In a bid to consolidate its position in smart metering systems market, Ameren Illinois has recently announced to refurbish over 63000 electric & natural gas meters in Central Illinois with smart technology. As per reliable sources, it is part of Ameren’s long term plan of improving the service reliability and employability across the central and southern belts of Illinois.
Apparently, the American power giant is planning to install these advanced meters in counties like Piatt, Sangamon, Christian, Moultrie, Dewitt, and Macon. In fact, the residential customers of these countries are likely to benefit the most through this initiative. The upgrades would take near about 10 to 15 minutes, within which customers are likely to face a short span power interruption in the supply. The work will be either performed by Donco Contracting crews or Ameren.
Sources claim that these smart bi-directional natural gas and electric meters would undeniably improve the overall grid efficiency, giving customers a comprehensive idea about optimized energy utilization. Quoting a reliable spokesperson, the advanced technology would provide consumers more widened access to pricing options and help them control their energy usage via energy efficiency tools. In tandem, it would also ensure a quick detection of power outages and disruptions, accelerating service provision. Undeniably it is one of the significant initiatives undertaken by the regional smart metering systems market player on the home ground.
As per experts’ opinion, this smart meter renovation project falls under Ameren’s effort to modernize its conventional grid network, in sync with the environmental viability, consumer demands, and regulatory mandates. While this is not the first instance where Ameren is making a significant move in smart metering systems market, taking an initiative to remodel the grid network of nearly six countries indeed adds up an extra feather to its portfolio.
Allegedly, these about-to-be-installed smart meters would deliver consumers a complete layout of data usage by the units through web and mobile based tools. Further information about the project is expected to come onboard shortly with its commencement from August, this year.