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Tampa Electric rolls out smart meters for homes

Tampa Electric Co. is rolling out smart electric meters for its customers. Pictured is Nancy Tower, CEO of Tampa Electric in 2018. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times, 2018]
Published Sep. 10, 2018

Tampa Electric Co. is rolling out smart electric meters for its customers. In a statement released Monday, the Tampa utility described the meters as part of a smart energy grid that will "deliver safe, more reliable and affordable energy to more than 750,000 customers." The project, which will cost $235 million, is expected to completed by 2022.

"This new technology will ultimately connect our grid to streetlights, rooftop solar, electric vehicles and more," Tampa Electric CEO Nancy Tower said.

Customers will get a letter alerting them to when installers will be in the area, and another notification about when their meter will be installed. There will be short service interruption during installation. Customers who wish to opt out of the meter will be charged a fee, which has yet to be determined, to account for a manual monthly reading.

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Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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