New Meter Infrastructure

What’s that on the pole?

At Piedmont Electric Cooperative, we’ve been getting that question a lot the past month!

Many of you have noticed new equipment on our poles and have called to ask, “What is it?”

The item, pictured below, that has been generating so many questions is a router for our new metering system. The meters collect energy use and then send this information back to the co-op’s headquarters through one of these routers.

meter router

Some members have asked if these routers provide internet service or record anything. The answer to both is no. These are common misconceptions.

About 90 percent of the routers needed for the new system have been installed. However, additional ones may be needed as we complete our new meter project.

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