The City of Albemarle received three separate awards for its electric utility system as it anticipates a major change impacting its customers.
The awards were presented by Electricities of North Carolina; the group is focused on the future of energy.
Albemarle plans to allow public electricity customers to track their daily usage and adjust accordingly to put more money back in their wallets.
Jay Voyles is Albemarle’s director of utilities and explained how the city plans to use Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to help customers understand and make smarter decisions about energy consumption.
“Meters will be installed; every meter in the Albemarle system will be replaced,” Voyles said. “These meters communicate with the front office and this information is transmitted to an application which will be available to our customers. They will be able to track their electricity and water consumption.
The city also received an award for its Stanly Community College program to train students for jobs installing and repairing electrical systems.
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