Customers throughout central Missouri will begin seeing crews in their neighborhoods as Ameren Missouri installs upgraded electric smart meters. The new meters will replace the current meter system, offering customers more options to tailor energy usage and potentially save money.
Crews began working in the Jefferson City area on Sept. 18, and the majority of installations in the area should be complete by spring 2024.
“The smart technology upgrades offered by these new electric meters give customers more convenience, choice and control over their energy use,” said John Luth, director of the smart meter program at Ameren Missouri. “Our accelerated meter deployment will give more customers access to the benefits of this technology sooner.”
Customers will be able to capitalize on the benefits of the smart meters soon after installation is complete. The precise energy usage information provided by the smart meter allows customers to better manage their energy habits, potentially saving on their bills. The new technology enables expanded rate options, allowing customers to lower bills by shifting their energy use to lower-cost time periods. Smart meters offer convenience by speeding up the move-in, move-out process. The technology can also identify outages even faster, which helps Ameren Missouri speed up the restoration process.
More information about the smart meter installation and time-of-use rate options is available at AmerenMissouri.com/SmartMeters.
As Ameren Missouri works to deploy the new technology in communities throughout its service territory, the company reminds customers to be vigilant of potential scam calls.
“Thieves may demand a deposit or payment for smart meter installation,” said Luth. “We want customers to know we never demand payment for electrical work, and no payment is required for the smart meter installation. Customers should call Ameren Missouri directly at 800-552-7583 to report a potential scam.”
The smart meter rollout is part of Ameren Missouri’s larger Smart Energy Plan, which launched in 2019 and aims to create cleaner and more reliable energy for its 1.2 million electric customers statewide. Smart meter installation for all Ameren Missouri customers should be complete by the end of 2024.