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CUC to install new meters for private accounts

FOR private accounts, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. will replace obsolete electro-mechanical meter models with advanced metering infrastructure or AMI, CUC financial account manager and administrative office Betty Terlaje said.

The project will improve CUC’s metering and billing programs, she added.

For phase 1, CUC will replace 1,157 existing meters in Dandan with Nighthawk AMI meters.

AMI is an “integrated system of smart meters, communication networks, and date management system that enables a two-way communication network between the utility and the customers.”

CUC said these meters “allow a customer to go online and access a customer web-portal and purchase or pay for energy (power) before they use it.”

CUC has over 3,000 Nighthawk AMI meters in inventory.

In her report to the CUC board, Terlaje said they have launched the project this week and expect to complete it within 30 calendar days.

In installing the new meters, the scope of work includes analyzing, evaluating and inspecting the electrical wiring system in homes, she added.

“It must pass an inspection or CUC will issue a citation to the customer that he or she is not compliant with the requirements,” she said.

She added that CUC will work with customers to ensure that they comply with the requirements.

Phase 2 of the project will replace approximately 900 meters on Tinian, and will start 30 days after the completion of the new meter installation in Dandan.

Terlaje said this will “allow CUC staff to maximize the software potential before expanding it.”

She said the benefits of Nighthawk AMI meters include an improved metering system, a reduction in vehicle and fuel use, improved billing accuracy and billing credibility.

In 2017, CUC installed Nighthawk meters for all government accounts.