Judge considers utility's plan for smart meters

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An administrative law judge is considering a $120 million plan for a utility to install smart meters statewide despite objections from the AARP.

American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma hopes to install more than 500,000 meters statewide, which would increase residential customers' monthly bills by about $3.11. At a hearing Tuesday, representatives with AARP spoke against the plan, arguing the utility hasn't proven the cost savings associated with the plan.

But AEP-PSO spokesman Stan Whiteford says customers will save money with the new meters. He says the meters will cut costs associated with manual meter reading and allow for remote connects and disconnects.

The Tulsa World reports that Administrative Law Judge Jacqueline Miller could make her recommendation next month, then the Oklahoma Corporation Commission would consider the plan.

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