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May 12th, 2009
Oldest electric meter in San Marcos retired

The oldest electric meter in San Marcos, installed in 1943.

STAFF REPORT

The oldest electric meter in San Marcos was recently retired when Mrs. Ausencia Flores Trevino received one of the new “smart meters,” which are currently being installed across the city.

According to records maintained by San Marcos Electric Utility, Trevino’s old meter was installed on Nov. 26, 1943 by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). It was a General Electric type I-14 meter.

“This type of meter was manufactured in the early 1900s – with manufacturing discontinued in 1929,” said Metering Supervisor Angela Riley. “It was already fairly old when it was installed 65 years ago.”

Despite its age, the meter recorded electrical use accurately, and recent readings with the new meter are comparable with the old one. The new meter will remotely transmit readings to the utility office when the system is complete. City officials estimate the project being finished in the next 18 months.

The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project will improve customers’ online access to their accounts, provide hourly readings and let customers monitor their own use during the month. The meters are expected to increase privacy, improve accuracy and quickly help identify power outages and water main breaks.

For more information about the AMI project, call the City of San Marcos Electric Utility at (512) 393-8300.

One of the AMI project’s new “smart meters”.

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