PSE&G Receives Approval For Deployment Of Smart Meters
January 7, 2021 Email This Story Copyright 2010-21 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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Public Service Electric & Gas announced that it received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to invest approximately $700 million during the next four years to provide its 2.3 million electric customers with smart meters, under a territory-wide deployment.
PSE&G said that the BPU approved a settlement in the AMI and Energy Cloud proceeding
Under the settlement, PSE&G will conduct procurement for and the
expansion of the Energy Cloud communications network to be completed by mid-2022.
Additionally, PSE&G will conduct the procurement of the contract installation
workforce to be in place to install AMI meters by mid-2022.
In 2021, PSE&G plans
to install approximately 80,000 AMI meters in the ordinary course of business (e.g.,
replacements for failure or damage, and new customers). Where practical, and
regardless of the age of any particular legacy meter at the time of its removal, PSE&G
will replace all the meters at a premise to eliminate the need for additional premise
visits in the future to complete the AMI installations.
In 2022, PSE&G plans to install approximately 300,000 AMI meters. During the first
half of the year, PSE&G will continue to install AMI meters in the ordinary course of
business. As the installation workforce is secured in the second half of 2022, the Company will begin the transition from the ordinary course of business AMI
installations to a geographic strategic mass meter deployment
In 2023 and 2024, PSE&G will install approximately
900,000 meters each year. This installation will incorporate a geographic strategic
deployment, designed to maximize installation efficiency and customer satisfaction.
To minimize the inefficiencies of sporadic meter deployment, Phase II will proceed
regardless of the age of any particular legacy meter at the time of its removal
Per the settlement, customers’ usage data from the AMI meters belongs to the customer, who may choose to
share such data with any licensed third party supplier.
The settlement states, the development of a Data Access Plan shall be deferred pending the statewide proceeding
in Docket No. EO20110716. If that statewide proceeding does not produce a Board-approved Data Access Plan within 180 days of a BPU Order approving PSE&G’s CEF-EC (Clean Energy Future – Energy Cloud)
Petition, within 60 days after that period PSE&G will convene at least one meeting with
the parties to discuss the data access issues raised by the Market Participants in this
proceeding. The data access issues included in the testimony submitted by the Market
Participants and PSE&G in this proceeding may be supplemented at that time. The parties
agree to use best efforts to reach agreement on data access within 120 days of the initial
stakeholder meeting. If there is no agreement on the data access issues within 120 days, this proceeding will be reopened for the limited purpose of adjudicating data access issues,
and the parties may supplement the record on data access issues at that time.