TNMP May Need To Perform Manual Meter Reads On ~100,000 AMI Meters In Interim Due To 3G Shutdown, Supply Chain Issues
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Texas-New Mexico Power issued a market notice concerning a remediation plan for its AMI meters which currently communicate via the AT&T 3G network which is being shut down at the end of February 2022
As of January 2021, there were approximately 146,000 meters deployed on the AT&T 3G network.
Due to supply chain issues related to COVID, TNMP said that it has been unable to obtain the necessary amount of NextGen meters as replacements
In a December 2021 RMS presentation, TNMP said that it "expects" to lose the ability to communicate with
approximately 115,000 AMI meters beginning in March 2022.
TNMP said in a January 21, 2022 market notice that, "We will potentially lose the ability to communicate with 3G meters beginning in March 2022. TNMP is working with a utility service provider to implement a manual meter reading process if this occurs."
"Our process will be to update the ESI ID for a non-communicating meter to Non-AMS and NIDR profile at the time the meter is no longer communicating. The ESI ID would then follow the guidelines for a Non-AMS, NIDR profile," TNMP said in the notice
TNMP currently has 55,000 NextGen meters in stock to replace 3G meters.
"We plan to begin installing NextGen meters the week of January 24, 2022," TNMP said in the notice
In the December 2021 RMS presentation, TNMP said that current guidance projects that TNMP will not receive enough
meters to fully remediate the 3G turndown until EOY 2022.
"It is the intention of TNMP to try to accommodate requests to retain communicating AMS meters at specific locations identified by Retail Providers," TNMP said in the notice
Ongoing updates will be provided during regularly scheduled RMS Meetings, as well as interim updates on progress and/or status as necessary, TNMP said in the notice
TNMP has made a formal request for a date extension with AT&T and TNMP Management has had numerous discussions with AT&T counterparts, so far to no avail.