Installation of new automated meters begins for areas east of Stanfield and Hermiston.
On behalf of UEC, Allegiant Utility Services technicians are continuing to replace existing digital meters on the UEC system.
Previous phases concentrated on installations in the Boardman area and east of Pendleton. The latest efforts concentrate on areas east of Stanfield and Hermiston, and completing roughly 300 meters in the Boardman area.
During meter installations, disruption to members should be minimal. On the day of the replacement, a member can expect to briefly lose power as a technician makes the switch. In addition, your next electric utility bill may show two meter readings: one from the old meter and one from the new meter.
Eventually, meters will be replaced on the entire UEC system. The new automated meters help UEC’s ongoing efforts to improve service reliability.
One of the primary benefits of the new meters, compared to the older models, is their ability to immediately notify UEC of an outage. A system that instantly reports the scope of an outage -- the number of meters out and their precise location -- will help make our response more focused and immediate.
In recent years, UEC has upgraded its control and data systems, outage management and field equipment to help operators at our command center in Hermiston more quickly detect and respond to outages with accurate location prediction, reducing the need to send a crew to manually check miles of power lines. The new meters build upon that system.
For more information about our meter replacement project, please call UEC at (541) 567-6414 or visit My Meter.