Advanced Metering Basics

Advanced, two-way digital metering is a safe and proven technology that is widely used across the US. More than half the utilities in the country are already using this technology.

Advanced metering is a building block for a more efficient electric system, often called the smart grid. It will provide many benefits to customers and greatly improve operational efficiencies.

The meters will:

  • Empower you to make energy-saving choices
  • Improve customer service and outage response
  • Help you and the PUD save money

Advanced Metering fast facts: 

  • Similar to your existing electric meter, the new digital meter is installed on the outside of your home or business.
  • Actual data transmission occurs in milliseconds, or 90 seconds or less per day.   
  • Many of your existing appliances and mobile devices, such as microwaves and cell phones, transmit far higher radio frequency (RF) levels and often are much closer to you than a digital meter.