Posted by Janet Day
The presenter, Mike Vialpando, represented Longmont Power and Communication (LPC). He is the manager of AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure Services)
Mike began by showing the group the electric mechanical meters currently used in Longmont that are read each month by a meter reader sent to the site.  He then showed the new smart meter that will be used as part of the advanced metering system rollout in Longmont.
Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) captures the energy use of a residence or business more accurately than traditional meters. Instead of being read once per month by a meter reader, an AMI system meter reads itself for a few seconds every hour. The data allows for greater energy efficiency, a faster response to outages, better planning, and becoming a more sustainable community. The smart meter used in the AMI system allows for 2-way communication between the meter and LPC.  The meters themselves become part of a mesh network so the meters can talk to the meter next to it or to the gateway of which there are 13 connected by fiber and back to the LPC office.
An advantage of the AMI system is the meters report any power outage within seconds enabling LPC to begin restoring service more quickly. Also, with the AMI system the power service can be connected and disconnected remotely. Some applications of AMI beyond metering include DA or the ability to route power distribution around a problem; smart street lights; a web portal that will allow customers to look at their usage hour by hour; and prepaid metering. 
LPC serves all of the City of Longmont and surrounding areas all the way to Lyons but not including the City of Lyons. Currently there are approximately 46,000 meters in the area served by LPC.  The initial deployment of the program will be a pilot program to include residential, commercial, and industrial customers to begin late in Q2 of 2022 with the replacement of 500-600 meters. The City of Longmont has a contract with Landis+Gyr to help the city deploy the meters. Following the pilot, starting in 2023 a contractor will be hired to replace the remaining 45,000+ meters.
 
Following Mike’s presentation, there was a very active question and answer period including discussion of what the opposition to the plan has been, concerns about black outs, and the advantages of Longmont owning its street lights, fiber, and infrastructure.  Customers will have the option to opt-out but will have an additional opt-out fee and a monthly fee to have their meters read. How much do the meters cost and who pays for them? Each meter costs about $135. Rate adjustments were made 2 or 3 years ago in anticipation of the cost of replacing the meters and no tax dollars are being used to pay for the system.