Advanced Metering System Frequently Asked Questions
New AMS system
will improve BECi’s quality of service
BECi is taking another significant step in
fulfilling our mission to provide the best possible service by implementing a
new Advanced Metering System (AMS).
Louisiana Public Service Commission recently approved our plan to launch an AMS
pilot program, followed by a complete deployment after field testing is
We began installing advanced meterson April 13,
2015. The plan calls for members to receive a phone call notifying them that a
new meter will be installed. The installation process and equipment upgrades
should be non-disruptive and will not require any action on your part.
This innovative project represents the cutting edge
of power distribution technology, makes use of the latest advancements in the
electric utility industry, and will ultimately benefit members and the
community in a number of ways.
Our board, management and employees have a very
clear vision of what the energy future looks like, and we’re excited about the
opportunity to work collaboratively on reaching that vision for a more
efficient, secure and reliable energy environment for our members.
The two-way AMS configuration will revolutionize the
cooperative’s power delivery infrastructure by allowing near real-time
communication between the central station, meters and monitoring /control
devices positioned along the distribution system.
The comprehensive integrated communication network
allows BECi to gather much more system data than before in a more timely
fashion, information that can be used to help contain the cost of providing
power, curtail outage frequency and duration, and help members consume less
power and thus lower your monthly bill.
The system will also increase the profile of your
co-op as we seek to attract more commercial and industrial customers to the
system, which in turn helps keep costs low for all members.
We feel this is a very wise and prudent investment
in our system and will be a great boon for all of our members. It gives us a
lot of flexibility as far as being able to accommodate our current members as
well as drawing the interest of businesses moving in the area. It enables us to
offer so much more as far as preventing outages, improving service and
containing costs by minimizing power loss on the grid.
It also sends a signal across the region that BECi
is a major player in the industry sector and we have the capability to deliver
the high level of modernized service that business customers need and demand.
Those electric cooperatives in other areas of the
country that have implemented AMS report faster complaint response, shorter and
fewer outages and a generally higher overall customer satisfaction. Cost of
service has also been reduced because of more accurate meter reading, fewer
field calls, lower line loss and because many of the issues that once had to be
addressed during overtime hours can now be handled during regular business
Other potential advantages of AMS include the
Electricity theft detection
Remote disconnect and reconnect
• Outage management and
Time of use pricing and critical peak pricing
Transformer loading assessments
Distributed generation and net metering (Acct. No. 134891-001)
Power quality investigations.
Members can be assured these new meters are tested
by leading manufacturers and they meet or exceed stringent national standards
for safety, security and privacy requirements. Meters use a variety of communication
methods to communicate or transmit data.
The new AMS meter operates using a radio frequency
similar to what is used by walkie-talkies or some cordless phones. These new
meters transmit information to the utility by broadcasting for a few seconds
each day to routers and data collectors and then transmit the data to the
All of this adds up to a major system enhancement
that enables us to add to our long tradition of friendly, responsive, hometown
service members have come to expect for more than 75 years.
Even though we are working diligently to maintain
our status as an industry leader, we are still large enough
to serve, but small enough to care.
full deployment of new Advanced Metering System
its ongoing effort to make the best use of the latest technological
advancements in the electric utility industry, BECi will begin full deployment
of its new Advanced Metering System (AMS) on Aug. 3, 2015. The project is
expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
to upgrade the locally-owned cooperative’s power delivery infrastructure will
enable BECI to meet growing energy demands and future regulatory requirements,
according to General Manager Kevin Turner.
new Advanced Metering System platform is quickly becoming the industry standard
across the country because it gives us so much more flexibility, more service
options for our consumers, and it also allows us to operate more efficiently.”
said the AMS project is part of the cooperative’s strategic plan for continuing
its status as an industry leader in rates, service, safety and reliability.
the new system will provide the following improvements:
Automatic off-site meter readings
More accurate billing
Better power quality and reliability
Automatic outage notifications
this system, we can do so much more with the resources we have available to
us,” Turner said. "To cite just a couple of examples, we can save a lot of time
and manpower by being able to read meters remotely and being able to connect
and disconnect through electronic automation without sending an employee and a
vehicle to the site.”
stressed that performing the installation and equipment upgrade will require no
action on the part of BECi members. Before each meter is put in place, he said,
the member responsible for the account will be notified with a phone call and a
door hanger will be distributed informing the member that power was turned off
for a few minutes to perform the upgrade.
more information, please contact BECi at 1-800-367-0275.