How Does Advanced Metering Work?

Advanced, two-way digital meters will connect homes and businesses to the PUD and will collect customer meter reads automatically.

This means that:

  • Advanced digital meters record customer energy-use information throughout the day, just as today’s meters do.
  • Customer energy-use information is sent several times a day to us, using radio frequency (RF) waves. This is similar to the wireless communications used by cell phones and WiFi. The meters will transmit data for a maximum of 90 seconds per day.
  • Once it’s within our secure firewall, the information will be matched up with customer accounts for billing and other customer service activities.