Next-generation meters—sometimes called smart meters—are electronic devices that measure the energy customers use and can be read remotely by Hydro-Québec. There’s no need for meter readers to visit customer premises anymore. From now on, in the vast majority of cases, bills will be based on actual consumption rather than estimates, as sometimes happened with the old technology, when meters were hard to reach.
Here are just two of the many advantages to the new advanced metering infrastructure:
• Faster outage detection and service restoration
• Customers can monitor their electricity use online and manage it wisely.
The new evolvable infrastructure will meet customer needs, now and in the future. With its use of next-generation meters, a technology that has been tried and tested elsewhere in the world and has become the industry standard, Hydro-Québec is part of a global trend in the field.
Hydro-Québec will be able to read electricity-use data from next-generation meters remotely. Eventually, other remote applications like remote disconnection and connection when customers move will be possible with the new advanced metering infrastructure.
There is no Québec company that makes them. When choosing its new technology, Hydro-Québec used a rigorous call for proposals ...
No. A new meter, be it electromechanical, radiofrequency, or next-generation, has no relation to changes on a customer’s bill.All of ...
Why replace existing meters?Although they are still reliable, close to half of Hydro-Québec’s meters are over 25 years old and ...