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GPA to begin commercial meter replacement

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by Jolene Toves

GUAM - It was last October the Guam Power Authority initiated the massive meter change implementing the smart grid technology; throwing out the old meters and replacing them with the smart meters.

"To date, island wide we have deployed around 39 thousand meters. We are in the process of reaching out to those commercial customers this would be which would include your apartment or condominium" GPA spokesperson Art Perez explained.
 
Perez says that residential homes smart meters installation is almost complete -- Replacing the old, out-dated meters -- some of which are over 20 years old. He adds that residents who have not had their old meters switched out can schedule an appointment to have it completed.
  
"For the most part, the meters are operational island wide. We've completed northern, central and southern. Now we are focusing on the commercial what we call the schedule j, k, l, and m. These are mostly small commercial to large commercial customers" Perez elaborated. 
 
GPA's efforts are now being turned to the commercial sector of Guam. Some meters have already been installed however, this week and next week, GPA will be deploying the next round of meter installs.
 
"We will be sending out notices to the Guam Hotel Restaurant Association as well Guam Chamber of Commerce and also to the Guam Association of Realtors to advise their members that we will be coming out again to do the next round of meter installs" Perez advised.
 
GPA has until the end of this year to complete installs adding that they have completed other projects with the smart meter grant initiative.
 
Perez explained, "Substation automation has been completed the e-bill excuse me the e-portal site. This is where you can log on to our web site and you can register your account and then view your utility consumption that will be rolling out before the end of summer."
 
Before the final conversion is complete, GPA is ensuring all the software is working properly as well as ensuring that their staff is trained on the program. As for the prepaid service Perez is hopeful that feature will be accessible by the end of the year.

We should note that a settlement has been reached in Christopher Allen's lawsuit against the Guam Power Authority related to the smart meters. According to District Court records, a settlement conference was held a couple of weeks ago and an agreement was reached between the parties. Details of that settlement however were not disclosed.
 

 

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