Beginning in September, Atlantic City Electric will start the broad installation of new smart meters for its nearly 565,000 customers.
That installation process will continue through 2024 as part of Atlantic City Electric’s Smart Energy Network. The company effort aims to create smarter and more resilient energy infrastructure while offering new tools to enhance the customer experience.
“We’re extremely excited about our smart meter installation and the benefits that the Smart Energy Network will provide for our customers,” said Morlon Bell-Izzard, senior vice president and chief customer officer for Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric.
Atlantic City Electric says the initiative will also be a boon to the local economy, with more than $27 million going to local companies that are supporting the smart meter installation, which will result in job creation throughout the South Jersey community.
The company says there is no upfront cost for the new smart meters and that any cost associated with their implementation will be spread across the its customer base over many years.
The new smart meters provide a number of benefits, including enhanced reliability with faster and more efficient power restoration efforts, more detailed outage information when they occur, tools to help customers use energy more efficiently and save money, a reduced need for estimated billing, and better integration of new clean energy technologies.
“Once the network is fully operational, customers will have greater control over their energy use so they can make more informed decisions about how they manage their energy expenses,” said Bell-Izzard. “Customers also will enjoy enhanced reliability, and when a power outage does occur, we will have the data necessary to restore power quicker than ever before.”
The smart meters are the same size and shape as the existing analog meters and will connect customers to a variety of clean energy choices.
Learn more about the Smart Energy Network here.