The cooperative's Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) provides members with many benefits, including near real-time meter reading and future savings to members. AMI helps the cooperative respond to outages more quickly and effectively, allowing us to restore your power in a timely and cost efficient manner.
Benefits of AMI:
- Improved outage management for you and your Butler Rural Electric Cooperative neighbors.
- Allows Butler Rural Electric Cooperative more flexibility to utilize technology that will directly benefit you.
- Improved efficiency of crew dispatching because of more accurate outage predictions.
- Reduce the number of "false alarms" that require a crew to be dispatched.
- Allows miscellaneous operations activities to be performed remotely.
- Improves members’ ability to troubleshoot issues that may be occurring in the home.
- Improves consistency of monthly billing cycles.
What is AMI?
Automated Metering Infrastructure. AMI provides two-way communication between the cooperative and your meter. This allows us to read electric meters more efficiently and assists during outages. AMI is the backbone of the “Smart Grid” system.
How will AMI benefit me?
- The cooperative is a not-for-profit organization and remains member focused, so the AMI system is being utilized to benefit you and keep your rates as low as possible.
- AMI benefits you during outages. After an outage is reported to our office, the AMI system begins checking your neighbors’ meters to see if they are without power also. This allows us to have a better idea of why the outage has occurred and how many members it is affecting.
- AMI allows us to instantly check the status of your service. This is important because it can help us determine if a crew needs dispatched to your home.
Will my electric service be interrupted during a meter exchange?
Yes, but only momentarily. If you are home, a technician will attempt to make contact with you prior to the exchange. Please make sure to follow manufacturers’ recommendations to protect your equipment and data.
My meter was exchanged recently, why are are you doing it again?
With its use of Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI), the cooperative is able to regularly read your meter through messages sent from your meter to our office along power lines. The readings are downloaded on a daily basis to provide information for energy consumption, billing, outages and system maintenance.