Utility Partners of America (UPA), which helps utilities install and upgrade water, gas and electric meters embedded with time and money-saving technology, has safely connected more than 100,000 Texas homes and businesses to the smart grid on behalf of the Texas-New Mexico Power Co. (TNMP).
Smart electric meters allow customers to see how much energy they consume and can use this information to actively manage their daily usage and save on their electricity bill. As part of a federal energy program to modernize how homes and businesses across the U.S. can use energy more efficiently, more than 27 million smart meters have already been installed throughout the country.
TNMP plans to install 240,000 smart meters throughout its Texas service area over the next 4 years. The utility’s five-year phased rollout of smart meters began along the Gulf Coast in 2011 and is transitioning to North Texas in 2014, Central Texas in 2015, and will conclude in West Texas in 2016.
TNMP is a transmission and distribution service provider that delivers power to about 230,000 homes and businesses on behalf of retail electric providers in Texas. It is a unit of PNM Resources.