Wood County Electric Cooperative will be replacing all meters during a 2 year replacement project. This is necessary because our meters, which use 20-year-old technology, are obsolete. In the next few years we will not be able to service or maintain them.

We’ve chosen a proven system that will offer many advantages, including remote disconnect/reconnect, better outage detection, “blink” troubleshooting, meter tampering detection, and eventually the ability for members to remotely view their own usage details. Main features of the system will be:

  • Reduce operating expenses, helping to keep rates low:
    • Reduce the number of cooperative vehicles on the road, saving fuel and time.
    • Detect and pinpoint electricity theft.
    • Produce valuable data to help member services work with individual members to lower kWh consumption.
  • Remove guesswork from designing electrical facilities:
    • Ensure efficient and effective investments in new power lines, substations, etc.
    • Reduce line loss.
  • Increase reliability and customer service.
  • Better data will help WCEC proactively prevent outages.
  • Ability for queries will speed restoration.
  • Member location transfers and connects/disconnects can be processed in real time.

These digital meters will be integrated with customer service, billing, engineering, and outage computer systems. They are secure and provide greater privacy by eliminating most on-premises visits.

Summary

We are confident the new meters WCEC has selected will offer enormous benefits for both the members and the cooperative. However, some members may still have concerns based on rumors or information in the media. Seemingly legitimate but unscientific and unsupported criticisms or claims have raised concerns about privacy and/or health. You can read more about that here: Privacy & Health Concerns

For those members that choose, we do offer a non-standard meter option. Members may download the Non-Standard Meter form to learn more and complete the form.