The is holding a neighborhood open house focusing on the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at , 200 W. Jefferson Ave.
The Naperville Smart Grid Initiative will upgrade the city’s $360 million electric network so it is more efficient, cost-effective and reliable customers and will “empower" customers with more information on their energy usage, according to the city’s news release.
According to the city, the digital smart meters measure energy use as it happens and meters do so securely and safely while transmitting information remotely to the city’s electric utility, which the city said gives customers a new level of awareness and control over their use. have argued that the system is not safe, fearing it might be hacked and that privacy rights are at issue.
Residents received information with their utility bill about what will take place during the smart meter installation and that information may be found on the city’s website. Customers should receive a letter six to eight weeks prior to installation, which will include contact information for a 24-hour customer care call center for questions and concerns, according to the city.
There is no additional charge to customers for the standard wireless smart meter being installed, according to the city. An interactive map of installation dates is available to view on the city’s website at www.naperville.il.us/smartgrid.aspx.
For those who aren't ble to attend an open house, or for more information, a “virtual open house” is available to view at www.naperville.il.us/nsgivoh.aspx.
For more information on the NSGI, visit www.naperville.il.us/smartgrid.aspx.