Advanced Meters Provide Customers with Better Energy Usage Information and Allow for Money-Saving Pricing Programs.
The City of Leesburg on Friday will wrap up installations of 23,000 new electric meters in less than 60 days – a major accomplishment in a $20 million improvement project that will empower customers to save energy and lower their monthly utility bills.
Leesburg Electric has worked with Pennsylvania-based Grid One Solutions Inc. since July 2 to swap out older residential and commercial electric meters with more advanced meters in and around Leesburg and Fruitland Park. A team of 15 or more Grid One specialists worked weekdays and Saturdays to handle most of the work, installing 829 meters on their busiest day.
The new meters are working accurately, wirelessly providing electric usage information to the utility without the need for meter readers to visit each customer location.
Leesburg will test other parts of the new utility upgrade over the next three months. Early next year, the city will provide a choice of incentive pricing programs that better reward customers who save energy during peak periods – the time of each month when regional power plants charge the most for electricity provided to utilities like Leesburg.
Leesburg will provide an online web portal that will allow customers to get daily updates of their electric usage, check their historic energy usage and analyze benefits of the optional pricing programs.
The city also will offer a way for customers to pre-pay their electric bills, buying only the amount of electricity they want instead of facing uncertain bills after the electricity has been used. Pre-payments allow the city to refund large electric utility deposits that many customers paid to open new utility accounts.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.