VEC has made substantial investments in infrastructure, building one of the most technologically advanced power control systems.
VEC's AMI system uses two-way communications over a secure wireless network to provide members the latest in advanced metering technology. Upgrades were made at no additional cost to metered residential and commercial members. VEC's AMI meters read up-to-the-minute electric energy use information and allow customers to track their electricity use by the hour. Readings are transmitted remotely over the AMI network.
AMI meters are approximately the same size as mechanical meters, but feature an LCD digital display showing how much energy has been used. Unlike traditional meters, which were read once a month manually by our members, AMI meters transmit daily readings to the cooperative. Energy use and charges are in no way affected by the type of meter. VEC owns the AMI meters, and they are part of our electrical distribution system. The meter base is still owned by the member.
Reducing the number of trucks on the road also saves time and resources and helps contribute to cleaner air throughout our service district.
The AMI meters may detect the loss of power during outages and send out an alert, allowing VEC to quickly detect the location and restore power to members.
VEC receives detailed information on member electric use for billing purposes, and automation ensures accuracy. This data also helps us to allocate crews more efficiently and identify underused or overused transformers. It also helps VEC quickly spot meter tampering and energy theft, reducing costs that must be passed on to the cooperative.
The project included the installation of nearly 22,000 AMI meters and a meter data management (MDM) system that helps VEC collect and analyze long-term use data to improve overall operation of our distribution grid. MDM imports and validates data, and then processes it for future billing and analysis.
Members can log into our powerMINDER to view their usage and peak times of energy usage.