Smart Meters - Installation
Due to the AMI system being used (see How they Work), replacing select meters in addition to regularly scheduled replacements will allow Estes Park Utilities to gather readings from the existing AMR meters as well. The meter upgrade installation plan calls for the following approximate completion dates by area:
- Highway 34 – December 2016
- CR43/Glen Haven & The Retreat – December 2016
- Pole Hill/Highway 36 – December 2016
- Highway 7 corridor: Allenspark - Carriage Hills – December 2017
- Estes Valley – December 2018
After 2018 will be the “scheduled replacement” phase, which means that remaining AMR meters will be upgraded with AMI meters over time, with full replacement planned by approximately 2026.
What to Expect During Installation
When a property is ready for regularly scheduled replacement or selected to be part of the limited deployment phase, about one to two weeks prior to meter installation, the resident will receive a postcard from the Town of Estes Park notifying him or her that Utilties will be installing an upgraded meter at the property. Both owners and renters will be notified, subject to having the correct contact information in the database.
Estes Park Utilities personnel with official identification and driving marked vehicles will arrive at the property and knock on the door. If the resident answers, they will provide a brief overview of the following:
- The resident's AMR electric meter is being replaced with an upgraded AMI electric meter
- There will be a brief power outage, so if there are any medical devices, computer or other electronic device operating, the installer should be notified and will request time for that outage.
- For operation of critical medical equipment, call Utilities at 970-586-5331 or 1-800-748-1717, option 1 upon receiving notification of meter installation, so staff can accommodate those important needs.
- Utilities personnel will conduct a visual inspection of the meter socket. Although not required, this is being done as part of staff's commitment to safety.
- The entire process should take about 15 minutes.
- Digital displays will need to be reset due to the brief power outage, which typically lasts less than 20 seconds.
If the resident does not answer the door upon arrival of our metering staff, they will replace the meter and leave a door hanger indicating that the meter was upgraded.
For more information:
- How they Work
- Questions? Contact Sarah Clark, Light & Power Administrative Assistant, at 970-577-3627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.