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Benton PUD new energy meters; so far, so good

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Benton PUD has been working to update energy meters and make it easier to watch utility bills. PUD leaders say so far, they are very happy with the installation of the new radio frequency meters.

The PUD has been sending out letters, letting homeowners know when crews will be at their home and leaders say they've talked with most of their customers.

So far, 34,000 meters have been installed in homes and apartments. 31,000 of those customers are currently paying and using the new meters.

Workers still have 6,000 more meters to install, but say they are right on track and keeping up with their budget.

The meters will save Benton PUD about $1 million in the next six years. They are pleased with the numbers, and so are many customers.

"We've really had a really positive reaction from out customers about the smart meters. It enables us to take a look at energy usage when they have questions about that," said Rick Dunn, the Director of Engineering.

Some benefits for customers:
A lower PUD bill
If your power goes out, the PUD will know immediately
Safer for the environment
Help save energy