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自动化的米: Enabling You to Access Your Energy Information Anytime, Anywhere!

Midwest Energy replacing all electric and natural gas meters with automated meters from 2016-2019; now, customers have access to their detailed energy usage through the CustomerConnect portal, 当你登录腾博会登录公司的账户时. 

A photo of an old electromechanical meter is shown next to a new automated meter.

什么是自动仪表??

自动仪表看起来类似于您当前的电表或燃气表, and they measure electric or gas usage the same way your current meter does.  But they're "automated" in that they contain a small radio transmitter that sends your usage information back to our offices every four hours.  自动电表还提供电压数据, 以及发生在电线上的任何中断.  Midwest Energy will deploy automated meters for all electric and natural gas meters now in service. 
A frontal view of a gas meter with an automated gas meter module inserted in it.

自动化仪表有助于控制运营成本, 提高可靠性, 中断响应速度, 启用新的和方便的支付选项, 增加能源效率机会,提高员工安全.


安装工作于2016年在海斯开始, 大约有500个电力模块和700个气体模块进行测试.  Customers who only take gas service from Midwest Energy in southwest and northern Kansas were updated in 2016; customers in the Hays District were completed in mid-2017, 科尔比区于2018年底完工, and the Great Bend District was completed in the summer of 2019 (see map below). 

腾博会最新为什么要换米?

随时随地获取你的能量信息.  你的新电表提供你的能源使用的详细信息.  Customerscan log in to their Midwest Energy account and see their energy use for the past day, 周, 或每月.  No more surprises when the bill comes; you can even set up text or e-mail alerts, 当您的使用率达到选定的水平时通知您, enabling you to budget more effectively and use energy more efficiently. 

新技术意味着更高的可靠性和新的服务.  您的自动计价器给腾博会最新发送消费信息, 以每小时的增量来衡量, 每四小时一次.  Automated electric meters send additional information, such as readings on voltage.  在停机, 当它失去能量时,它会向腾博会最新发送信号, 这样腾博会最新就能快速确定停电范围,更快地恢复供电.  到时候,你还可以选择预付电费.  Pre-paying for electricity whenever it’s convenient for you makes budgeting simple, 并消除了新客户支付保证金的需求.  Utilities nationwide are finding that pre-pay programs can result in double-digit energy savings.

自动化有助于控制成本.  Automated meters help Midwest Energy control costs, keeping rates affordable.  这些仪表有望拯救腾博会最新的客户 每年超过100万美元 通过改进公用事业操作.  Most of the savings are related to meter reading and “meter operations” activities (re-reading meters, 电断开/重新连接, 等.). 

自动化带来了安全、方便和环保的好处.  抄表员和军人每个月要开车几千英里, 他们的工作使他们暴露在动物叮咬下, 昆虫叮咬和其他危险.  Automated meters allow for routine functions like monthly meter reading, 启动或停止服务的读数, 一些断开/重新连接是远程完成的.  这将使公路上的数十米和服务卡车减少, eliminates thousands of trips and reduces the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere.     

问题和答案:

问:“自动仪表”是如何工作的?          

A:  Automated meters are similar to the mechanical or digital meter currently on your home or business, 两者衡量的都是总消费.  
   Our automated electric meters and natural gas modules have a 2-watt transmitter, allowing them to send encrypted digital readings back to Midwest Energy 每四小时一次, 通过50多个无线电发射塔组成的网络.  自动电表还提供电压数据, 以及发生在电线上的任何中断.  这有助于腾博会最新更早地定位故障点,从而提高可靠性.  这些传输只需要几分之一秒.  它们为腾博会最新提供了更准确、更及时的读数, and allow you to go online and see your current energy consumption anytime you wish.

新的计价器花了我多少钱?

A:安装了自动仪表 不另收费 所有腾博会登录公司的电力和天然气客户.  All electric meters were replaced; a new automated module was added to all gas meters.  When your new electric meter was installed, your meter housing was inspected for defects.  Where defects are found inside the meter housing, Midwest Energy arranged for repairs.  If an unsafe condition is found with wiring leading from the meter housing to the breaker box, 房主负责维修.

问:部署计划是什么?  

A:  In 2016 we installed about 500 electric meters and 700 gas modules in the Hays area to test the functionality of the system.  Next, we installed automated meter modules in the Scott City, Phillipsburg, Hays and Colby districts.  大本德地区是最后一个收到计价器的地区, 安装于2019年夏天完成.
  
问:自动仪表安全可靠吗?

A:  More than 70 million automated meters have been installed nationwide, 测量电, 天然气和水的消耗.  Dozens more companies and cities, like Midwest Energy, install more each year. Midwest Energy is installing Sensus iConA Gen4 electric meters on residential properties, which are the first automated meters to pass Underwriters Laboratory (UL) standards.  腾博会登录 meters transmit data back to Midwest Energy 每四小时一次.  
   腾博会最新的Sensus测量仪是“点对点”的," meaning that the communicate directly with nearby radio towers on a dedicated frequency, unlike "mesh" technologies where meters send data back and forth with meters at nearby locations. 
   Automated meters give off the same kinds of radiofrequency (RF) waves as cell phones and Wi-Fi devices.  腾博会最新的仪表使用2瓦的发射机,工作在900MHz范围内.  为视角, many cell phones and garage door openers use 1- to 2-watt transmitters, 许多CB无线电使用4瓦发射机.  考虑到他们的发射机很小, 因为这些仪表的“占空比”只有几秒钟, 一天六次, 接触射频的频率明显低于典型的手机, 或者是Wi-Fi路由器,它会不断地发送信号.  联邦通信委员会(FCC)管理射频发射, and the meters Midwest Energy is installing fall well below the FCC's Power Density Exposure Limit.
   The American Cancer Society has reviewed several studies regarding automated meters, and concluded, "Because the amount of RF radiation you could be exposed to from a smart meter is much less than what you could be exposed to from a cell phone, it is very unlikely that living in a house with a smart meter increases risk of 癌症.”
发件人:美国癌症协会,http://www.癌症.org/癌症/癌症-causes/radiation-exposure/smart-meters.访问的html, 9月. 5, 2019.

问:现在我的计价器自动读取了,我的计价器发生了什么事?

A:  In December 2015, Midwest Energy had 14 employees working as full-time meter readers.  The company communicated with employees about the automated meters project beginning in 2013, and worked with our meter readers on transition plans; some retired, 有一对夫妇为了新的机会离开了公司, and others transitioned into other positions in the company as they became available.  

Q:  How can I access CustomerConnect, and what information will I find there?

答:所有腾博会登录公司的客户都可以访问CustomerConnect, 一旦你登录腾博会登录公司的账户.  这个小册子 说明如何创建一个新的Midwest Energy帐户, 如何访问CustomerConnect, 你会看到.

问:我什么时候可以在你们的网站上访问我的能源数据?

答:CustomerConnect门户网站于2021年7月全面运营.  要访问CustomerConnect,只需登录到您的帐户gboxstar.com,然后单击左上角的CustomerConnect图标.

问:客户是否可以“选择退出”,并要求一个旧的模拟电表?

答:腾博会登录公司没有“退出”政策.  充分享受自动仪表的好处, 腾博会登录公司必须在所有有电表的地方安装电表. 

问:我在哪里可以学到更多?

A:  Customers with questions or concerns on automated meters can contact Mike Morley at 1-.  We will meet with individuals on a case-by-case basis to discuss meters, if desired.

本页最后更新于9月. 2, 2021

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