Fulton Upgrading Electric Meter System
FULTON - Fulton is changing its electrical meter system for homeowners this month. Technical problems delayed the city's implementation of the new meters for several years.
City workers will be halfway through installing the upgrades by the end of this week, and expect to install roughly 100 new meters a day. The meters are part of the city's new smart grid system, in which customers will be better able to monitor their energy usage.
Bill Johnson is the director of administration for the city of Fulton. He said the new system will help get rid of customer complaints about utility bills being too high.
"We get several people that come in saying 'my utility bill is too high'," he said. "But with the smart grid technology, we're going to be able to pull up on the screen their hourly consumption, which is going to show them that last weekend they used a lot of electricity."
The total project costs $3 million. So far, the city has upgraded 2,000 of the 5,000 residential meters.