As I type this, I'm waiting for CenterPoint to flip a switch at Electricity
Central HQ to turn off the power to the other half of my duplex.
It will be done without a visit from any of their employees. I've had it
done before and they promise the action within six hours of my request.
Of course I'm not in Washington state. Things in Washington are done
differently, such as not using salt on the city street ice to avoid
posioning the nearby Pacific Ocean.
I suspect that power utilities have different procedures for
disconnecting service for customer requests or non-payment. People who
involuntarily lost electrical service tend to do things like lighting
lots of candles or bringing barbecues indoors, resulting in property
damage, injury, or death. It doesn't look good for the utility.
I was driving from the airport in Seattle a few years back.
They had just gotten some light snow, maybe an inch.
Boy, what a disaster. Accidents everywhere, cars in
ditches. Being from
the NYC area, I thought it was because they probably
don't get much snow and don't know how to drive. But
maybe there were other factors.....
The meter would have to have contacts or electronics that could switch
100 or more amps to remotely turn off the service. I have real doubts
that feature is built into any smart meter.
The absolutely standard way of making a single phase 120/240V meter is
to have a current coil in series with each of the legs and a voltage
coil across 240V. It accurately meters the total power being used. The
technology has been around for a real long time. It is highly improbable
the utility used a meter that was any different. IMHO it is much more
likely the electrician is wrong.
in phoenix some fiancially challenged realtives have pay as you go
meters. after habitually having power cut off.......
buy a preaid power card at a store, insert in meter get so many
dollars of electric.
it must have a way to authenicate the card is valid. so 2 way
communication has to be involved
family reports a loud click when the meter turns off or on.........
presumably theres a high capacity contactor in the meters base to turn
the power off or on
PSE&G (north Jersey) is advertising big savings if you let them install a
new thermostat (sdsupposedly fancy), and let them control your A/C
somehow remotely, 15 min off and on. Since I have trouble believing what
ths particular utility does, I'm no game (yet).
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