FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Evansville, Ind. – Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) is launching its smart meter deployment program this month, bringing safe, secured, and proven digital technology to customers in its electric service territory. This digital enhancement is part of Vectren’s Smart Energy Future strategy, and the new meters and supporting information technology offer a number of enhanced services, including providing customers with more control over their energy use and automation to readily pinpoint and manage outages, and improvements to energy grid management.“We know our customers want more tools to manage their energy usage and bills, as well as tools to help them make smart energy choices to best fit their needs,” said Carl Chapman, Vectren chairman, president and CEO. “These meters will help us deliver that detailed usage information to customers and will also ensure estimated meter reads are virtually eliminated, which is another must-have our customers have requested.”Implementation is planned to begin this month with widespread deployment starting in January of 2018. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Vectren planned the initiative so that customers will see no increase in their bills from the smart meter initiative until after the company’s next electric rate review.Although customers do not need to be home when the upgrade occurs, they will be notified prior to their neighborhood installation. The meter installation typically takes no more than 5-10 minutes. Customers can expect to start seeing benefits of the change in phases shortly after the project is completed. These customer benefits include:Fewer Estimated Bills: Once installed, smart meters will be read remotely over a secured network rather than manually – so there’s no need to estimate bills when meters can’t be easily accessed, such as during severe weather. Vectren will no longer have to access a customer’s property for monthly, walk-by meter reads.Faster Service: Beginning in 2019, most residential customers may no longer have to wait for a Vectren technician to come to their premises to activate or voluntarily deactivate their electric service because requests can be performed remotely with smart meter technology. For reconnecting or disconnecting gas service, access to the gas meter will still be needed.Quicker Response to Power Outages: Today, customers must notify Vectren when experiencing a power outage. With a smart meter, there is a two-way conversation with Vectren’s information systems, so the energy company can proactively notify customers when an outage has occurred. This customer communication is expected to debut in 2019. Likewise, this technology will help Vectren more readily identify outages, which ensures a faster response to begin repairs. Vectren plans to enable customers via a web tool to select preferences for when and how they will be contacted for such events as outages and billing and usage alerts.Usage Alerts: By summer 2019, customers will have the option to receive an alert in between billing cycles if electric usage is trending upward and is likely to lead to a bill that is 30% higher or more than the previous month. The email or text will include the current bill amount and a projection of their final monthly bill. On Vectren.com, customers will also be able to set up budget alerts to help keep track of their weekly usage. They will be informed when their monthly bill is expected to reach a specific dollar amount of their choosing, allowing them to more efficiently manage usage if they wish. This feature will be upgraded to allow customers to tailor the dollar amount for when they want to be alerted on mid-period bill estimates.While crews working for Vectren are upgrading electric meters, for those customers who receive Vectren’s natural gas service, at the same time they will receive enhanced natural gas meters. Automated meter reading technology will be installed on all natural gas meters allowing the gas meter to send usage information through the nearest electric smart meter to Vectren. Vectren recently completed retrofitting more than 1 million natural gas meters throughout Indiana and Ohio in its gas-only service territory where meters received similar technology enhancements over the past two years.Customers’ energy usage information is strictly confidential. The information coming from smart meters is restricted to kilowatt hours of electricity and therms of natural gas only. The information is encrypted and protected from the moment it is collected and while it is being transferred. Digital smart meter technology uses FCC approved radio frequency bands that have been used for many years in devices such as remote-controlled toys and medical monitors. The radio signals are far below the levels emitted by common household appliances and electronics, including cellphones and microwave ovens. According to the World Health Organization, FCC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Electric Power Research Institute, no adverse health effects have been shown to occur from the radio frequency signals produced by smart meters or other such wireless networks.Customers can access additional information regarding the smart meter deployment plan by visiting Vectren.com/smartenergyfuture.
PORT DICKINSON (WBNG) — The halls at Port Dickinson Elementary in the Chenango Valley School District will be filled with students and staff on Monday morning, for the first time in months. “We did tours right before the break. Each of the teachers brought their classes through the buildings. To see the excitement on the kids faces, that’s what it’s all worth,” he said. “It’s just another mechanism and tool for learning,” said Gill. Not only was the building in need of physical renovations, the needs of students are always changing. Social workers and counselors were added to the school and interactive TVs were put in every classroom. The look of the inside of the building changed too. The school went through renovations starting over the summer. The project upgraded classrooms, learning spaces like the library, and some of the building’s systems. Gill says both students and staff were looking forward to seeing the building. “Because it was, again, so old in nature, to just upgrade and get the students from Pre-k on to understand about school spirit and red and gray, it creates a culture,” said Gill. Port Dickinson Elementary will be celebrating 100 years in the fall. “It’s going to be the first day of school again,” said superintendent David Gill. The last big project at the school was in 1989. For more information on the district’s capital project, click here.
This fall, the University of Wisconsin women’s cross-country team would love nothing more than to crack into the upper echelon of Big Ten competition.Under second-year coach Jim Stintzi, the women’s team will be anchored by five returning distance runners who qualified for the NCAA Regional meet for the women’s track team this past spring.Even with seniors Linsey Smith, ‘A Havahla Haynes and junior Katrina Rundhaug leading the way, lack of experience could still be an obstacle for the team to overcome. With 12 freshmen and two transfer students joining the squad, UW looks to build on new legs and attempt to rebound from an eighth-place finish at last year’s Big Ten Championships.The Badgers will begin their season this Saturday, Sept. 10, competing at the Carroll College Invite in Waukesha.After Waukesha, the girls will proceed to invitational runs on the following three weekends in September. The team will get to do some traveling, leaving for Minnesota and Indiana later this month.When the Badgers return, they will begin Big Ten and National meets, with the season culminating at the 2005 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21.Rundhaug was the only Badger to receive an invitation to last year’s NCAA run. This season, Stintzi hopes to send her back, accompanied by other UW teammates.Smith, who redshirted the 2004 campaign after an appearance in the ’03 NCAA championship meet, is one of several possible runners looking to travel to Terre Haute. Haynes is the other top senior at UW, after being named to the all-Big Ten second team.Senior Maggie Grabow and sophomore Christina Fiduccia are the two transfer students for UW this year. Grabow, like Smith, is a fifth-year senior, and joins the team from Washington University in St. Louis for her last year of collegiate competition. Fiduccia redshirted at North Carolina State in ’04, but is coming off an appearance at the United States Junior Cross Country Championships.Also new to the team are incoming freshmen Alicia Pabich and Melissa Manke. Pabich and Manke bring impressive high school results to the squad, as do 10 other freshman hopefuls for this year’s team.
The Ireland squad have been given a day off today ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.Martin O’Neill took the decision last night to cancel this morning’s scheduled training session in order to allow his players some extra down time this week.At the mid-way point of the Group D qualifying campaign, O’Neill admits that it’s still hard to predict which teams will progress and which ones will lose out.
Photo: Acting Mayor Don Irwin (centre) listens in as members from the North Peace Restorative Justice Society present their proclamation request on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caFort St. John City Council made three proclamations at Monday night’s regular meeting.Sherri Jones from the Adoptive Familes Association in British Columbia requested that City Council proclaim November as Adoption Awareness Month. During her presentation, Jones said there are roughly 1,300 children across the province that are waiting for a permenant home. Councilor Lori Ackerman endorsed her request, stating that she herself is a grandmother of three adoptive children.- Advertisement -Members from the North Peace Restorative Justice Society asked Council to proclaim November 15th-22nd as Restorative Justice Week in Fort St. John. The Restorative Justice Program is an alternative way for victims and offenders to mitigate the effects of misdemeanor petty crimes.Mary Marcellus was the last delegation to present to council. She requested that November be proclaimed as Diabetes Awareness Month and that November 14th be recognized as World Diabetes Day in Fort St. John.All three proclamation requests were approved by City Council.Photo: Acting Mayor Don Irwin hands Sherri Jones the Adoption Awareness Month proclamation – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
“That’s a pretty good guess,” AEG president and CEO Time Leiweke said. “We haven’t locked down David’s arrival date yet. The Beckham camp keeps telling me not to make that commitment. “But the reality is his season in Real Madrid is going to end probably earlier now, based on where they’re standing, and we want to give David some time off. And that’s really the only debate here, is how long does David need to rejuvenate and rev up his engines?” Beckham, of course, is recovering from a right knee injury he suffered last weekend while playing for Real Madrid. The 31-year-old will be out for at least a month, and his contract with the Spanish team runs out on June 30. Then he embarks on his five-year contract with the Galaxy worth an estimated $27.5 million in base salary. Leiweke said Beckham will be afforded as much time as he needs to relocate and recuperate before his American debut. And now, the hype over the arrival of David Beckham is really beginning to take shape. The Galaxy all but built the stage for the English star’s first appearance with the MLS club on Friday when they announced their participation in the World Series of Football to be played in July at Home Depot Center. In addition to the Galaxy, two-time defending English League champion Chelsea, Tigres UANL of Monterrey, Mexico and the Suwon Bluewings of South Korea will participate in what appears to be the time and place of Beckham’s debut with the Galaxy. So soccer fans, you have plans for July 21? That’s the day when the Galaxy face Chelsea in the second and final match of the World Series of Football. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!