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Has my meter already been replaced with a smart meter? How can I tell the difference between the old and new meters?

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Example of a meter for residential customers (without billing demand)

When Hydro-Québec is ready to replace the meters in an area, it sends a letter informing residents. You’ll receive it at least 30 days before the scheduled installation of your next-generation meter.

How to recognize the new meters ?

Hydro-Québec’s next-generation meters have three main distinguishing features:

  • They are electronic devices.
  • They have a liquid crystal display (LCD) window.
  • The display changes at regular intervals.

Technology that has developed in the last few decades

Example of Electromechanical meters

1st GENERATION

Electromechanical meters

The electromechanical meters installed by Hydro-Québec for decades are the oldest and over the years, they have been replaced by electronic models. They have a spinning disc and several dials. They aren’t being made anymore.
MANUAL READING

Example of Radiofrequency meters

2nd GENERATION

Radiofrequency meters

Hydro-Québec started installing these meters in the mid-1990s. Meter readers can obtain electricity-use data by means of a special device without entering the customer’s premises.
REMOTE METER READING BY METER READERS

Example of Next generation meters

3rd GENERATION

Next-generation meters

Combined with an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), these next-generation meters automatically record the amount of electricity consumed and transmit it over long distances to Hydro-Québec's systems.
AUTOMATED REMOTE METER READING

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An Evolvable Network

Hydro-Québec is entering a new stage in the development of a smart grid, which, in the long term, will cut costs to customers. The company decided on an advanced metering infrastructure that requires the installation of 3.8 million next-generation meters. This new technological platform will allow billing based on actual consumption through remote reading. Customers will no longer have to fill in meter-reading cards when they move and service can be restored remotely. Watch the video to learn more.

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Hydro-Québec is entering a new stage in the development of a smart grid, which, in the long term, will cut costs to customers. The company decided on an advanced metering infrastructure that requires the installation of 3.8 million next-generation meters. This new technological platform will allow billing based on actual consumption through remote reading. Customers will no longer have to fill in meter-reading cards when they move and service can be restored remotely. Watch the video to learn more.

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