MLGW to Switch Customers to Smart Meters by 2020

MLGW to Switch Customers to Smart Meters by 2020

In the land of smart phones, smart cars, and even smart water comes another item: smart electric meters. MLGW claims they are more accurate, but a lot of you aren't buying it.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - In the land of smart phones, smart cars, and even smart water comes another item: smart electric meters. MLGW claims they are more accurate, but a lot of you aren't buying it.

Memphis Light Gas and Water says its time to get into the 21st century, even though we've been in it for 13 years. And they say one way they're going to do it is with new smart meters to read your electrical power use.

"We currently have a million meters in our system and we hope to have them all replaced by smart meters by 2020," stated Jerry Collins, MLGW President and CEO.

Collins says these little smart meters are just ginger peachy things. The company put on an event to demonstrate the meters and to answer any questions, like what's going to happen to those 170 people who read meters for the company. Their answer, in seven years they'll all be gone from MLGW.

"It's best if we let our customers keep as much money in their pocket as they can keep rather than having unnecessary expenses that lets them not be able to afford food, medicine, rent, etcetera," Collins said.

Maybe that's true, but the people who pay the bills for MLGW don't seem to be too hot on this smart meter stuff.

"I don't like it," said MLGW customer Ann Brown. "I don't know if they'll be benefitting the customer or not."

There are some people who just don't trust Memphis Light Gas and Water.

Lajoyce Harris told abc24.com, "When you look at how the power is always going out in Memphis and all the problems we always have, you wonder with a utility company why does this take so long for everything to get back right. So i don't know if i would trust them or not."

Collins says the meters are accurate, and he wants 60,000 to go in starting this year. However it won't happen without a fight.

Since it means some guys are going to lose their jobs, the Memphis City Council will probably be debating this thing long and hard.

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