Glendale Water & Power officials have spent about $51 million to replace traditional analog meters with smart meters and implement the back-end system. About $30 million is from Glendale, $1 million from the state and the rest from the federal grant.
Some of the infrastructure needed to complete the smart grid has already been purchased, but the utility can't afford to set it up, angering Glendale Water & Power commissioners.
“I'm very concerned, I have to say, when I hear things like what you said which is, you know: ‘We bought this, but we don't have anyone to install it,'” said commission President Zanku Armenian at a meeting this week. “This stuff is aging as we speak and we're not getting any benefit after having spent the money to purchase things.”