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By Elissa Fulton Electricity meters have been a source of contention and skepticism since electricity was first introduced into homes around the turn of the 20th century. After hearing these tales from generations passed, it’s no wonder many of us still feel that way today. If our electricity bills increase, it must be because of the meter, right? Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) has equally received its fair share of ridicule since first being introduced in the 1980s. AMI meters have largely been misunderstood and perhaps not properly defended, but in fact, all they do is communicate readings. Their daily readings and technology offer a great deal of convenience and quality for the members of North East Mississippi Electric Power Association (NEMEPA). In addition to the quality these meters offer, they also offer great reliability. The decision to install these AMI meters in 2006 was made to offer that great quality, reliability and the convenience to our members. Jake Parmer, AMI technician for NEMEPA has a long history with meters and is very familiar with how they operate. The Iowa native was first introduced to NEMEPA when he was installing AMI meters on electric systems across the United States. He moved to Oxford in 2010 to join NEMEPA’s team, primarily dealing www.nemepa.org with the meters and the technology that accompany them. “When I go out into the field I try to explain to our members that these meters are tested before installation and they have to be within .03 percent of accuracy or they can’t be Choose account. installed,” said Parmer. “Out of all the site visits we did during the past winter spell – approximately 75 site visits – not one of the meters had failed against the member.” According to Parmer, most of the extreme electricity use comes from

HVAC systems, or an appliance that is failing in the home. “On a 1,500 square foot home, a heat pump, which is your outdoor unit, will run for about 40-50 cents an hour. However, when it gets down to about 32 degrees or below, it has to rely on the furnace that’s in the home, and when it goes to the furnace in the home, it’s around $1.50 per hour to run,” said Parmer. “So when no one touches their thermostat, and no one does anything Dec. 20, 2017 different, they are living the same way, but the temperature drastically drops; that piece of equipment that was creating your bill last month for 50 cents an hour, is the same piece of equipment that is now having to run at three times, depending on the size of the home. It’s not the members’ fault, it’s not our fault. There’s a middle ground that’s never been explained before. So when the member gets that bill during a winter month, it’s easy to assume that our rates have changed, but nothing has changed except that device they rely on to heat their home, has to use a different device, and it uses a lot of electricity when it’s 20 degrees outside.” North Mississippi typically has a two-tofive-day cold wave. This year it was about 10-15 days. When the weather conditions drop and the home begins to use its furnace instead of its outdoor heating pump, that is Jan. 17, 2018 what makes the bills double and sometimes triple. The good news is that NEMEPA has the technology available for energy m technology available that allows our memNEMEPA’s website www.nemepa.or bers to view their daily use and to monitor app available in the Apple Store or A ‘NEMEPA’. “When a member visits our websi a member login. A new user can sign New User,” said Helton. “Once they Usage. If the member has more than account they want to view and it wil Ledger, Billing History, Payment Hi to left). Reading the graphs and alerts “When a member views the usage charts of each day in the month and View My Usage. lows. If you hover over the days, it w where their energy is being used, or to uncover the things that may be day and the actual kWh use for that failing in the home. With this information, a family can determine where for a member to figure their usage is they can make sacrifices during the extreme weather days. approximately 10 cents. So in this gr Pam Helton, manager of office services, works closely with Parmer on the high for the day on Wednesday,


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Feb. 28, 2018 was 55 degrees. The electricity use for this member on that day was 47 kWh. On that day they used roughly $4.70 worth of electricity on a day that was 59 degrees.” A few days later on Jan. 17, 2018, the temperature dropped to 23 degrees during the day and 7 degrees at night (see image to the left) and the electricity use went up to 172 kWh. That’s approximately $17.20 on that day for the electricity use, almost four times the use on Dec. 20.” And then again on Feb 28, 2018, the temperature is back up to a high of 68 degrees and a low of 58 degrees (see image above) with a 26 kWh use; that’s lowered that bill back down to $2.60,” said Parmer. “So as you can see, the days fluctuate the most by temperature. By hovering over each of these days on the chart, you can see the use for each day and determine where you need to make sacrifices on the extreme weather days.” Energy efficiency appliances also make a difference. When building a home, most people are more concerned with the cosmetic elements of a

monitoring. The information is on rg (see image at top left) or there is an Android Market by searching

ite from a web browser, they will see n up for this service by clicking on y are logged in, they will click on My n one account they can click on the ll offer services such as Account istory and Usage History.” (See image

e graphs, they will see interactive bar d you can easily see the highs and will show the highs and lows for each day,” said Parmer. “The easiest way s to know that each kWh costs raph (top image above) we see that Dec. 20, was 59 degrees and the low

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My Alerts home, but choosing energy efficient appliances, installing high quality insulation or windows and other energy efficiency upgrades can make a huge difference in the electric bill and can save you over time.

Five students were selected from the schools in NEMEPA’s service area to attend the 2018 Youth Leadership Workshop held Feb. 21-23, in downtown Jackson, and the Washington, D.C., Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in June. Alexis McLarty, Siena Cizdiel, Marissa Harrison, J.R. McClure and Jackson Dear were selected to represent NEMEPA. We congratulate these outstanding students! Another handy feature NEMEPA offers its members in the Member Services Portal is the Alerts section. “Once you grasp how the graphs work and on average how much electricity you are using, you can start customizing for alerts that will notify you when your electricity use goes above your stated average,” said Parmer. “If the first day of summer hits, and you haven’t had your HVAC serviced, your alerts will notify you that your electricity use has increased, and you’ll know you might need to have that unit serviced.” The alerts can be customized by kWh or by dollar amount, and will send alerts by text every day if you set it to. There’s also low usage alerts and payment confirmations; and coming soon will be outage declared and outage restored alerts. “There’s so many different ways to look at these features,” said Parmer. “And there’s so many ways for these alerts and this technology to help our members plan their electricity budget.” In the coming months when Mississippi will see it’s warmest weather, NEMEPA encourages our members to take advantage of this technology and all of its uses that are made possible because of AMI meters. And if you have questions, there are dedicated employees at NEMEPA that are here to help you. “Members will see some relief in the next coming months with the nice spring weather,” said Parmer. “This technology is here to help in those extreme times and so are we.”


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Today in Mississippi April 2018 North East  

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Today in Mississippi April 2018 North East