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Advanced Metering Infrastructure
You may have questions about our plans to evaluate advanced meters. As the project unfolds, we will provide updates to include new information. Please check back periodically.
At Skamania Public Utility District (PUD), we’re undertaking an important project to evaluate how our customers could benefit from the 21st-century technology that’s improving the delivery and reliability of utility services – and enhancing customer service, convenience, and efforts to conserve. We’re considering replacing our customers’ existing water and electric meters with advanced meters.
On March 16th and April 22, 2021, the PUD held Public Meetings to present information on the AMI project, Opt-out Policy, and take public comments:
- March 16 Public Meeting presentation video
- March 16 Public Meeting comment session video
- Written public comment #1 (2021.4.12)
- Public Meeting Q&A #1
- Department of Enterprise Services Contract
- Draft Opt-Out Policy (2021.04.21)
- April 22 Public Meeting presentation video
- April 22 Public Meeting comment session video
- Public Meeting Q&A #2
Advanced Metering FAQs
What is Advanced Metering and how does it work?
How are advanced meters beneficial?
- Outage Notifications. Skamania PUD’s current meters do not have the capability to send outage alerts. The new meters will notify staff automatically and instantly when the power goes out, ensuring that crews are dispatched quickly, without waiting for customers to report the outage. Customers will be able to access an outage map showing if their area is affected and anticipated power restoration time.
- Energy Usage: The new meters will report usage frequently and reliably, allowing customers to view their hourly usage online, and if they choose, can even receive usage alerts to help avoid high bills.
- Waive Deposits: New customers are often required to pay a deposit when opening a new account. The new meters are built to work with prepayment programs. Customers who enroll in the prepayment program will be able to avoid paying a deposit and will not experience any late or disconnect fees.
- Account Flexibility: With the new meters, Skamania PUD will be able to offer more flexibility in how and when you pay your bills including prepaid services, allowing you to tailor your account to fit your budget and lifestyle.
- No More Estimating: Consistent billing cycles will be used and meter estimates will not be needed (sometimes used when weather or other access issues prevent meter readers from reading meters).
Who else has advanced meters?
- Avista Corporation
- Benton Public Utility District
- Big Bend Electric Cooperative
- Chelan Public Utility District
- City of Seattle
- City of Tacoma
- Clallam Public Utility District
- Clearwater Power Company
- Columbia Rural Electric Association
- Cowlitz Public Utility District
- Ferry Public Utility District
- Franklin Public Utility District
- Grant Public Utility District
- Grays Harbor Public Utility District
- Inland Power & Light
- Kootenai Electric Cooperative
- Lakeview Light & Power
- Mason 3 Public Utility District
- Pacific County Public Utility District
- Peninsula Light Company
- Puget Sound Energy
- Okanogan Public Utility District
- Orcas Power & Light
- Seattle City Light
- Tacoma Power
- Tanner Electric Cooperative
Are advanced meters safe?
Should I be concerned about health effects of radio frequencies?
An in-depth review of the scientific literature by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that the small amount of radiofrequency (RF) energy produced by advanced meters is not harmful to human health.
In the United States, the limits for human exposure are those adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC maximum permissible exposures (MPEs) are applicable because the meters communicate over FCC licensed frequencies. In addition to the FCC MPEs, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has published recommendations for safe exposure limits (IEEE, C95.1).
RF emitted by advanced meters is well below the limits set by Federal Communications Commission and it is below levels produced by other common household devices like cell phones, baby monitors, satellite TVs, and microwaves. In fact, you would have to be exposed to the RF from an advanced meter for 375 years to get a dose equivalent to that of one year of 15-minutes-per-day cell phone use.
No credible evidence shows any threat to human health from RF emissions at or below RF exposure limits developed by the FCC. With over 25,000 articles published on the topic over the last 30 years, scientific knowledge in this area is now more extensive than for most chemicals.
How will you protect my privacy?
What if I don’t want an advanced meter?
I heard that the PUD may have installed some advanced meters already. Is one installed at my house?
What are the next steps in this project?
When will meters be installed at my house?
- Phase 1 - Carson, Stabler, Mill A and Underwood service areas in summer/fall of 2022
- Phase 2 - Stevenson, North Bonneville, Skamania, and Washougal service areas in 2023/2024
Will the Meter Readers lose their jobs?
What is the cost of advanced meters?
Is there any grant funding available for this project?
Where can I find out more information about advanced meters?
- World Health Organization Radiation: Electromagnetic Fields
- American Cancer Society – Smart Meters
- Federal Communications Commission Radio Frequency Safety
- U. S. Energy Information Administration Frequently Asked Questions
- U. S. Department of Energy - SmartGrid.gov
- Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative Smart Meter Myths vs. Facts (PDF)
- Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative Consumer Concerns Videos
- Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission Smart Meter Basics (PDF)
- California Council on Science & Technology Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters
- Environmental Defense Fund What Consumers Need to Know About the Smart Grid & Smart Meters (PDF)
- An Evaluation of Radio Frequency Fields Produced by Smart Meters Used by the Benton Public Utility District (PUD) (PDF)
- An Evaluation of Radio Frequency Fields Produced by Smart Meters Used by Portland General Electric (PDF)
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration Review of Published Literature between 2008 and 2018 of Relevance to Radiofrequency Radiation and Cancer