Today, Illinois’ biggest electric utility will begin installing digital “smart meters” in Chicago’s western suburbs, launching an ambitious plan to give 4 million customers new meters by 2021.
These new meters, built in a plant on the city’s South side, are a symbol of high-tech upgrades, collectively called the “smart grid,” that have the potential to make our electricity more reliable, cleaner and more affordable. But there’s a lot of work to be done.
The Chicago Tribune reports that ComEd will alert customers by letter, automated phone calls, and a knock on the door before installing a new meter. The actual installation will take about 10 minutes, and will probably include a brief power outage, the Tribune reports. ComEd also will hang a sign on the door to let people know of the new meter.
Your meter will have a new look—the confusing mechanical dials of the old analog…
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