Idaho Falls Power installed meters built by North Carolina-based Elster Solutions, an American company that's widely recognized as an industry leader in Smart Grid and metering solutions for electricity, gas and water. The company has systems deployed in 130 countries and its employees have combined over two centuries of experience.
Among the benefits of the Elster system:
The digital meters IFP has installed allow information to flow almost constantly between your house and IFP. Customers will no longer have to wait for the monthly electric bill to arrive; they'll be able to see how much energy your household uses in near real-time via an in-home display, your laptop or smart phone.
IFP has no control over how its customers use this information, but studies have shown that the more informed a consumer is about energy use the less energy he or she uses. Providing consumers with more control over their energy use is just one of the benefits of advanced meters. They'll provide IFP with more information, too. The meters will alert us to outages immediately, and they'll pinpoint the source of the problem. This will save time and money on labor and transportation costs, and will lead to fewer and shorter outages. In fact, we predict the meters will pay for themselves within five years.