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In with the new: Bluebonnet meters

0610
 2019


The newest residential meters, right, are made by Landis+Gyr or GE and feature a digital display and no visible moving parts.

By Mary Ann Roser and Melissa Segrest

There are two types of meters on Bluebonnet’s system, older electromechanical meters and new solid state microprocessor meters.

THE MODERN METER
The newest residential meters are made by Landis+Gyr or GE and feature a digital display and no visible moving parts.

STILL WORKING
Older meters still on the system have dials and a rotating dial. The flow of electricity through the meter turns the dial and registers consumption. They are no longer manufactured and are being phased out.

DATA ON POWER LINES
Both types of meters send data through a powerline communication system to a Bluebonnet substation, and from there data travels through microwave or fiber optic networks to Bluebonnet’s control center.

TRANSITIONS
Thousands of the older meters on Bluebonnet’s system have been or will be replaced with the solid state digital meters, which can provide information about the quality of power being served. With these ‘smart’ meters, members can see their own energy use and costs online.

SAFE DEVICES
Bluebonnet’s meters do not communicate via a radio frequency and they have a small electromagnetic field. A microwave or hair dryer in use has a stronger field than a meter.

 

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