Kentucky Electric Co-ops Begin Transition to Smart Meter Technology

Several Kentucky electricity co-ops will begin using a new technology called “smart meters” soon.

The devices send energy data to power companies—so there’s no need for someone to travel to read the meter. Smart meters also tell consumers more information than traditional meters. With a glance, ratepayers can see how much electricity they’re using, how much it costs and during what times in the day electricity is cheaper.

Glenn English is the CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He says co-ops are leading the way in the smart meter effort. Besides saving money, he says the devices encourage efficiency.

“So obviously, the more efficient the co-op is and the more efficient consumers are then the less you need in the way of new power plants,” he said. “It’s not just an emissions issue, it’s also, keep in mind, a question of cost.”