Power meter upgrades next month

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Nova Scotia Power will upgrade current electricity meters to smart meters in the Stellarton, New Glasgow, Pictou, Antigonish region between March and June as part of an investment to modernize the province’s electricity grid and provide customers with faster, more effective service.

“Smart meters will put customers in control of their energy use. It’s a big step forward in delivering choice and convenience,” says Steve Pothier, director, Nova Scotia Power’s smart meter project. “Smart meters and the supporting technology will also help reduce costs in our electricity system, keeping rates stable for customers.”

Once all the meters in the province have been upgraded and Nova Scotia Power turns on the smart technology ─ the company says customers will realize the following benefits:
• Access to daily information on energy consumption will help customers make more informed decisions and manage electricity costs.
• Connecting or disconnecting electricity will be faster with no on-site appointment required.
• Smart meters will notify Nova Scotia Power when the power goes out, allowing for a quicker response in the event of an outage.

Smart meters digitally measure how much electricity is used and when it is used, sending this data over a secure wireless network to Nova Scotia Power. This information will be used to create a customer’s bill.

Approximately 70 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses already have smart meters. They are the standard in electrical meters.

In advance of the upgrade beginning, Nova Scotia Power will notify customers via a mailed notice. In most cases, meters are located outside, so homeowners don’t need to be present when the work is done. Businesses, office buildings and public institutions — and customers with indoor meters that are inaccessible — will require an appointment which can be arranged in advance by calling Nova Scotia Power.