Glendale Water & Power on Thursday initiated a full-scale roll-out of a $70-million modernization project, installing the first wave of 120,000 electric and water smart meters throughout the city after two small-scale test runs.
The smart meters are designed to enhance efficiency by digitally transmitting data to the utility — eventually allowing customers to monitor energy consumption in real time.
"They will be able to go online in the next few months and see their usage on an hourly basis and a weekly basis," said Craig Kuennen, marketing manager at Glendale Water & Power.
Installation of the meters is expected to be completed by summer, Kuennen said.
During the coming months, customers will receive a letter and a postcard in the mail notifying them of their specific installation date. They can also contact the utility to schedule the installation. There is no cost to customers.
The roll-out on Thursday followed two dry runs, during which the utility installed and monitored about 1,700 of the meters.