What are Advanced Meters?
Advanced meters are modern electric meters that enable two-way data sharing between your home or business and Hawaiian Electric through a secure wireless communications network. Advanced meters look just like the analog electric meters but with a digital display. Advanced meters are an important component of our grid modernization efforts.
What are the benefits of an advanced meter?
- Unlike old meters that require a person to physically read the meter for billing purposes, advanced meters can capture and send electricity usage data to Hawaiian Electric via wireless technology. This means more privacy for homeowners, fewer trucks on the roads, less gas consumed, and cost savings through improved operational efficiencies. These savings are passed on to our customers.
- An advanced meter sends instantaneous alerts when power outages occur, which means we can locate and fix problems faster. Work crews can also send a signal to the meters to identify “pocket” outages (small sets of homes/businesses that sometimes remain out of power after majority of a circuit is restored) to ensure all customers are restored before leaving a job site.
- Energy use data can be collected in 15-minute intervals and securely uploaded to an energy management web portal that you can use to track your usage. This will allow you to better understand how different electronics and appliances contribute to your overall energy usage and how to make adjustments to better manage energy expenses.
- Advanced meters play a vital role in helping increase our renewable energy capabilities to better provide for progressive technologies, such as electric vehicles which helps reduce carbon emissions, as we tackle climate change.
My Energy Use portal
An advanced meter will record 15-minute interval usage data and give you access to it through the My Energy Use Portal. You can easily view how much electricity you use during different hours of the day and compare your usage patterns to previous days and weeks. This can help you to be more aware of your energy use patterns and make smart, cost-saving energy adjustments.
Leverage your data
It's your data, and you have full access to it. The My Energy Use portal provides you with the ability to easily download your energy usage data with granularity down to 15-minute intervals in either Excel (CSV) format or Green Button format (XML).
Green Button is an industry-led initiative to provide utility customers with easy and secure access to their energy use information in standardized XML format. This allows you to provide your data to third parties to utilize - for purposes like programming home energy management devices, sizing and financing rooftop solar systems, and verifying home energy savings investments.
When it's time to upgrade your electric meter, here's information to help you make your choice
Compare the features of advanced meters and existing analog and digital meters.
|Comparing meters||Advanced meter||Existing meter|
|View daily electricity use||Yes||No|
|Immediate outage detection||Yes||No|
|Remotely connect your service||Yes||No|
|Future benefits that could include dynamic pricing, customized billing dates, energy alerts, pay-as-you-go||Yes||No|
|Monthly meter reader visit||No||Yes|
|Estimated billing, when necessary (meter not accessible, animals in yard, etc.)||No||Yes|
Safety of Advanced Meters
Advanced meters use radio frequency (RF) to communicate across the electric grid. RF is electromagnetic energy that includes frequencies used for everyday communications such as radio and TV broadcasting, cell phones and wi-fi routers.
Advanced meters are an important part of our Grid Modernization Strategy. When installed and properly maintained, wireless advanced meters result in much smaller levels of RF exposure than many existing common household electronic devices, particularly cell phones and microwave ovens.
- American Cancer Society
- EPRI (5G Radiofrequency Exposure Assessment and Implications for Safety, May 2020) – PDF
- EEI (Smart Meters and Your Health, January 2012) - PDF
- EPRI (Characterization of Radio Frequency Emissions from Two Models of Wireless Meters, December 2011) – PDF
- California Council on Science and Technology (Health Impacts of Radio Frequency Exposure from Smart Meters, April 2011) – PDF
- EPRI (Radiofrequency Exposure Levels from Smart Meters: A Case Study of One Model, February 2011) – PDF
- EPRI (A Perspective on Radiofrequency Exposure Associated with Residential Automatic Meter Reading, February 2010) – PDF