I’ve been staring at this awesome smart meter photo for so long, I’m starting to feel like a frat boy drooling over car porn (OK, but much more lame). Down in the Dallas, Texas, area, customers of utility Oncor already have a whole lot of these good-lookin’ smart meters made by Landis+Gyr — Oncor says it has just finished installing almost 250,000 of them. The Texas utility says it’s on track to install 700,000 of them by the end of the year, on its way to a planned total of 3.4 million.
Presumably, these aren’t the 898,000 smart meters that Oncor previously purchased, but that couldn’t provide certain services mandated by the local public utility commission, leading Oncor to try to collect a collective $93 million in rate hikes for meters that many residents never saw. Oops. Yeah, these new ones are much better.