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You can access your energy usage data anytime via your online account. No more waiting until your bill arrives.
Upgrading meters is the first step toward modernizing and building a smarter energy future for you.
Energy usage is displayed in 15-minute increments on your online Entergy account, which can help you better manage energy consumption.
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Entergy Texas is in the process of rolling out a new digital, advanced metering and communications system. The new meters are "advanced" because they record usage in 15-minute increments and can communicate with us on a two way-basis via a new secure wireless communication network.
The majority of utilities across the United States have installed advanced meters. Advanced meters will provide a number of future benefits, including new online tools to help you better manage your energy usage and potentially save money on your bills, improved customer service due to the deeper level of insight into your energy usage, quicker and more accurate detection of outages, reduced costs due to the elimination of on-site meter reading, faster detection of electricity theft, and faster connection and disconnection of service.
Entergy Texas is committed to continuous improvement of its systems and services, and the introduction of advanced meters is the first step toward modernizing and building a smarter energy future for our customers. We have studied the costs and benefits of advanced metering. This system will reduce some of our current meter reading and operational costs, benefits that will be delivered to you to offset some of the costs of this investment. This system will enable us to provide new products and services to you that will enable you to reduce your monthly bill and manage your energy usage more efficiently. The Public Utility Commission of Texas agreed with our proposal and approved the deployment of advanced metering for our customers.
Starting in January 2018 and through December 2022, a $2.88 surcharge was added to Entergy Texas residential customers’ bills. Starting in January 2023, the surcharge will drop to $1.57 per billing cycle and will eventually drop off customers’ bills at the end of December 2029. This amount will help pay for the costs associated with advanced metering, including the communication system. The savings in our operational costs will be used to offset some of the new system costs. Over time, we believe the potential benefits will far outweigh the overall costs of meter deployment. We will be providing you with new programs and services that help put more control in your hands to better manage and reduce your monthly electric usage.
If you do not want an advanced meter, you will have the opportunity to "opt-out" of receiving your meter upgrade. Customers who choose to "opt out" will incur a one-time service and administration fee in the amount of $120 or $135 depending on whether you complete the opt-out process before the AMI meter is installed. Also, you will incur an approximate $30 monthly manual meter-reading fee, which will be added to your monthly bill. Because the older, analog meters do not capture your electric usage every 15 minutes, you will not have access to detailed energy usage information, or be eligible to participate in some future programs that might be helpful in further managing your electric bill, and may experience longer restoration times in case of a service interruption or outage.
Customer satisfaction is our utmost priority. We believe that advanced meters will offer tremendous benefits to our customers; however, should you be unsure about the meter or have further questions, we are happy to answer them. Please call us at 1-800-ENTERGY.
Installation of the meters will begin in 2019, with expected completion in 2021. We will inform you in advance when we’re coming to your home or business to install your meter.
Prior to your new meter being installed, you will receive a notification from Entergy Texas letting you know when the upgrade will take place. The actual installation process should take about 15 minutes, but will result in a momentary loss of power. Before beginning, the installer will knock on your door so you can be prepared for a brief electric outages.
Should you have any concerns about the upgrade or loss of power, please let your installer know when he or she arrives. If there is no one at the premise, the installer will simply upgrade your meter. If the installer cannot gain access to your meter, a door hanger will be left with more information about how you can schedule your upgrade.
Entergy Texas is working with contractors to install advanced meters across the state. Contractors will have a badged I.D., uniform and automobile sign displaying the Entergy logo.
Once your meter is installed, we’ll let you know when to access your online energy management tools accessible via your online Entergy account. Depending upon where you are in the order of installations in your area, accessing the online usage information may range from a few weeks to months. Expect to see a note on your bill, following your meter exchange that confirms the upgrade.
The upgrade to your advanced meter is the same as when we exchange any meters. If you are registered with Entergy’s Life Support Identity Program, then the installer will not exchange your meter without first speaking with you. If you are currently not registered with this program please call 1-800-ENTERGY.
The majority of homes and businesses in the United States currently have advanced meters. They operate by using radio frequency similar to many common devices such as mobile phones and appliances around the home, but at a significantly lower level. Many electronic devices, including your television, microwave and baby monitor, use radio frequency technology.
Data security has been and always will be of utmost importance to Entergy Texas. We will continue to provide the highest level of protection to your privacy and data. Please learn more by visiting energyfuturetexas.com/security.
Once your advanced meter is initially installed, Entergy will continue to manually read energy usage for a period of time, while also conducting automated readings collected from the new advanced meter. This period of time allows us to ensure the communications network and meters in your area are fully installed and working properly together. We’ll be monitoring these energy usage readings as an additional step, but this is temporary. In the long-term, there will be little need for a meter reader to come to your home. Instead, this will be an automated process where we will bill according to your reported energy usage. You may receive a visit on occasion from a field employee to test or maintain equipment.
Advanced meters will enable Entergy Texas to remotely turn service on and off at your premises, making moving in and out of homes easier and more convenient for our customers. This function can also be used to handle accounts with unresolved payment issues, following the consumer protection regulations that are currently in place for residential service.
No. Advanced meters function much like current meters. They read energy use, but cannot do anything to interfere with how customers use energy in their homes. Advanced meters are designed to provide customers with more timely usage information so that customers can make necessary adjustments to reduce consumption if they chose to.
We will be replacing all existing meters including digital, bi-directional net meters for customers with rooftop solar systems. You do not have to do anything differently to prepare for your meter upgrade if you are a net metering customer or if you have a generator installed.
The existing meters used for customers with solar panels do not perform the same functions as advanced meters. For example, existing net meters are not equipped with two-way communication capabilities, require manual reading, and do not provide detailed usage data. With the meter upgrade, this will change.
There are no changes with advanced meters that will affect billing for net metering, or otherwise impact the operation of a customer’s solar system. Once your meter is installed, you’ll soon have access to detailed usage data and new tools that will create additional opportunities for you to save on your bills.
By communicating with advanced meters remotely, Entergy Texas can determine if power is on or off without sending trucks to the field. This level of precision lets us respond to outages more effectively than ever before. During a storm, data sourced from advanced meters will help us visualize, analyze, and efficiently manage repairs, reducing outage times while quickly and accurately verifying service restoration.
The majority of utilities across the United States have installed advanced meters.
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