Utility Workers Change Local Electricity Meters

AKRON OH – Metropolitan Edison electricity customers in New Hanover, Lower and Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Frederick, and Amity townships, and the boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville, and Boyertown all are likely to encounter representatives of Warrendale PA-based Wellington Energy Inc. at their properties sometime before the end of April (2019), the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission says.

Met-Ed, as it’s more commonly known, is swapping out old analog electricity meters for new digital “smart meters,” on a commission-approved timeline. Smart meters “will enable automated meter readings, and may enhance (Met-Ed’s) ability to respond to outages faster and more efficiently,” the company said. Changes in what Met-Ed broadly calls its “Boyertown area” began in November (2018) and were scheduled to take six months to complete.

The commission required the change for utilities with more than 100,000 customers. They include First Energy and PECO, which serve a majority of users in western Montgomery County. PECO has already completed its switch, the commission reports.

Wellington employees, under a contract with Met-Ed, were busy as recently as Thursday (Feb. 14) changing meters in New Hanover, its police department said.

Photo from FirstEnergy Corp.