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Overheating Smart Meters to be Replaced by PECO

PECO will move forward with installing smart meters after replacing all Sensus brand units. The Sensus meters were linked to several area fires.

 

All of the remaining 96,000 prone to overheating Sensus smart electric meters will be uninstalled and replaced within the next 45 days, PECO spokeswoman Cathy Engel Menendez said Tuesday afternoon.

The replacement work began in the Croydon section of Bristol Township on Monday, Patch readers reported.

The news comes after weeks of forensic analysis of more than 25 overheating incidents reported across the area. Some of the overheating incidents lead to minor fires in

Once all the Sensus meters are replaced with L&G brand units, the utility’s replacement of older meters will continue, Engel Menendez said.

Meter upgrades were stopped in mid-August after the overheating incidents were reported. At one point in summer, over 150,000 Sensus meters were affixed to area homes.

The new, reportedly safer L&G meters have been tested by the acclaimed Underwriters Laboratories, which confirmed that the L&G meters are “fully compliant,” PECO President and CEO Craig Adams said in a statement. L&G meters were also tested by PECO in the weeks after the Sensus unit fires.

“We have taken unprecedented steps to test our meters,” Adams said.  “We are confident in the results of the scientific testing by independent experts.

While the new meters are L&G brand, Sensus will continue to be the communications network provider for PECO, Engel Menendez told Patch.

PECO customers set to get a new meter installed will receive two letters and a call beginning about six weeks prior. Those with any questions or concerns can call 1-855-741-9011.

Engel Menendez noted that installers come wearing full personal protective gear  because they are dealing with electrified equipment; homeowners should not be alarmed.

Authorities in several different states are also investigating fires that are believed to be related to new smart meters.

By 2013, the Philadelphia-based utility hopes to placing over 1 million smart meters on homes across the service area. The replacement program is part of Pennsylvania’s Act 129, which provides PECO and customers with more information how household energy is used, and how to save resources and money. The new meters also allow remote should down of service if requested by emergency responders,  Engel Menendez saidin summer. The effort is part of a program that is funded by a $200 million federal grant.

 

Related:

PECO Assures State Smart Meters are Safe

PECO Continues to Work to Resolve Overheating Meter Problems

PECO Meters May Have Led to 6 Area Fires

Tom Sofield October 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Judging by comments on our Facepage (http://Facebook.com/LevittownPatch) it seems like some are leery about getting any new meter installed on their home. What's your take?
George Karadimas October 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I am Glad you asked! This is the technical analysis that the "Overheating Smart Meters to be Replaced by PECO" watered down article, did not tell you. http://bcfreedom.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/smoking-gun-did-utilities-and-meter-makers-admit-responsibility-for-fires/ The amazing thing to me is that the PECO talking Head , straight out told you that if Peco and Sensus do not come to terms as to who is responsible for the boondoggle. The PECO ratepayers will get left HOLDING the BAG! absorbing the costs of their screw-up!! First they set your house on fire, and then charge you the expenses to put it out! (One has to start thinking , how much they really need electricity in the age of the cyborg!) The BIG boys Play...The Little people PAY! And the news reporting Investigative journalists and all, have developed the ability to hide behind their pen. (Yes we know guys & gals, in the age of DIS-Information, you print what you are told by the politburo http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Political+Bureau) Mr. Thiesen in above link says it exactly how it is and I concur with his analysis 100%
Avis tannenbaum October 12, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Mine was replaced and I do believe it is another. Erosion of a smart meter. Still says net flix like the old one. Think they are playing with us. I switched to gateway for a supplier thinking it would do away with meter. Think they are all connected now. Just can't win. I'll be calling gateway to rid of them

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