Automated Meter Reading Project (AMR)
AEP Ohio is partnering with APEX for the installation of meters across the AEP Ohio service territory. Meter installations will be conducted Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The meter change is at no cost to customers.
AEP Ohio will install approximately 105,000 automated meter reading (AMR) meters throughout the AEP Ohio service territory. AMR improves reading efficiency and greatly reduces the need to estimate meter readings during periods of inclement weather. AMR meters only transmit meter readings which are collected by the utility remotely unlike Smart meters which use two-way communications to receive and transmit information between the meter and the utility on a continual basis.
Routine monthly readings will be collected by a mobile unit usually without the need to enter customer’s property. The new meter will have a digital display which makes it easier for customers to read and monitor their electric use. In addition, an AMR system nearly eliminates hazardous conditions for the meter readers such as dog bites and slips, trips and falls.
The majority of AMR meters use a weak radio frequency (RF) signal to transmit the meter reading. The radio frequency signals used by AMR meters comply with all FCC standards and have not been shown to pose any risk to human health. The monthly meter readings are then collected, or read, by an AEP Ohio meter reader using a specialized portable receiver when it is in close proximity to the meter. AMR meters only transmit meter readings; personally identifiable or account information is not transmitted.
The project is ongoing and is expected to be completed in May 2015, barring weather delays.
Areas to receive new meters Jan-May 2015
Benefits of Automated Meter Reading
- Greater privacy. Meter readers will be able to collect meter data without setting foot on your property and interrupting your schedule, though AEP Ohio will still need occasional access for testing and maintenance.
- Accurate billings. Because AEP Ohio no longer needs to depend on in-person meter readings, we no longer have to estimate your bill when we cannot access your meter.
- Eliminates hazards. An AMR system nearly eliminates hazardous conditions for the meter readers such as dog bites and slips, trips and falls.