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April 25, 2014

Timeline outlined for Smart meter installation



“Every meter installed will be tested for accuracy at the factory prior to installation,” Hughes said.
According to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, benefits of Smart meters include the following:
•Remote meter reading — Utilities will be able to read Smart meters remotely, virtually eliminating the need to go house to house to read electric meters, which means fewer trucks on the road, less cost for the ratepayer, and less CO2 emissions.                                                                                                                      
•Faster transactions and order processing — The Smart meter’s remote capability can mean requests for connection and disconnection of electric service can be filled more quickly.  
•In the future, electrical power could be restored around the clock with less manpower and in many cases much more quickly than before.  
•Automatic outage notification — Smart meters will automatically notify the utilities about power outages to help restore power more quickly. 
•Energy efficiency and savings – Consumers can more closely monitor their electricity use to better manage energy costs by making even small changes, such as adjusting their thermostat. 
Customers with questions may contact Hughes by email at or by phone at (918) 341-2895 ext. 250 during normal business hours.

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