Few things are quite as disconcerting as a letter from a utility company that arrives the day after payment is due; I invariably go into “Did I forget to pay them?” mode, even though I don’t think I’ve ever been late on this one and they sent me back my deposit half a decade ago.
But no, this isn’t an accounting matter. Yet. OG&E wants me to know that my current electric meter is too stupid to live:
For the next few months, OG&E employees and contracted personnel will be crisscrossing the community to install smart meters on virtually every one of our customer’s homes and businesses, including yours.
I wonder who that one customer with all the homes and businesses might be.
This is the first step toward the so-called “smart grid,” which for right now will support modest enhancements like remote connection/disconnection and meter reading, but which somewhere down the line, I assume, will be used to make sure I’m paying as much as possible for running the A/C on an August afternoon when it’s actually needed, and not so much on an April morning when it’s not.
OG&E says this will enable them to “delay the building of a new power plant until at least 2020.” Whether this affects the plan to quadruple the amount of wind power they produce is yet to be determined.