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POWER CIRCUIT


Visit us on the Internet at: www.vvec.com MARCH 2012


Published for the members of Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative A Supplement to Oklahoma Living.


Ready, Set, Grow! Landscaping Improves Your Home’s Energy Efficiency. p. 3 TWACS: The Next Progression


The name may sound funny, but the technology is state-of-the-art.


in Meter Technology trouble areas;


Beginning in mid-April VVEC will install 600 Two-


Way Automated Communication System (TWACS) meters in the Owasso area. TWACS meters operate by sending a signal over exist- ing power lines from the meter directly to the co-op, providing low-cost, highly-reliable, two-way communica- tion.


“This is the next step in the progression of meter technology,” explains Randy Riddle, VVEC’s manager of operations & technical services. “Years ago meters were read by co-op personnel, then members read their meters and sent in the readings, next we implemented Turtle meters – which are our current meters – and those send in readings electronically every 24 to 36 hours. “The TWACS meters send in readings electronically too, but on hourly intervals,” he says. He goes on to point out Turtle meters could only be installed on residential accounts, but TWACS meters will be installed on every VVEC account. “This means oil field accounts won’t have to send in their meter readings anymore.”


Riddle goes on to explain there are several advantages to the TWACS system, both now and in the future. In addition to the real-time meter readings, the system will allow:


VVEC personnel to detect and verify outages, map outage locations, and poll meters to make sure service


has been restored following an outage;


using crews and other resources more efficiently; monitoring voltage and blinking lights, and plot


detecting meter tampering; detailed information on an account’s electric con- sumption;


the ability to connect and disconnect meters from the office;


and pre-paying for electricity.


Riddle says once the meters have been installed and tested in Owasso, the program will expand to the Verdi- gris and Sequoyah substations, and then to Collinsville and Skiatook. “We will send out letters to members as we move into each area. In addition to letters, there will be articles in the VVEC Power Circuit, and automated courtesy calls. Riddle goes on to say the change out will take only a few seconds, but could result in members finding blinking lights on appliances and electronics when they get home. “We will attempt to let members know what we’re do- ing if they are at home,” he says. “We will leave a notice on their door if they aren’t home.” Although VVEC’s metering department will be heavily involved in this program, contractors will be used for the change-outs.


“This program offers so many advantages to our mem- bers – both now and in the future,” says VVEC General Manager Alice Houston. “We are truly excited to imple- ment it. This state-of-the-art technology gives us the ability to maintain a high quality of service to our mem- bers.”


Anyone with questions about the TWACS meters is encouraged to call Riddle at (918) 371-2584, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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