Oxford electric dept. may install 'smart meters'

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — The Superintendent of the Oxford Electric Department is proposing that the department install a smart meter system to increase efficiency.

The Oxford Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/10nl7x6 ) that the department has more than $2.2 million for capital projects in the coming fiscal year. Superintendent Rob Neely has told the Board of Alderman he would like to earmark some of that money for the purchase of a new Automated Meter Infrastructure.

A smart meter is an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information back to the utility for monitoring and billing.

Neely said the system would help ease the workload for employees and help solve customer service issues such as billing disputes. The installation is expected to cost $900,000. Aldermen are to vote on the proposal in June.