Meters & Billing Cycles
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For all billing inquiries or to learn more about assistance programs, please contact the Customer Care Center. 

ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT (ALL OF LOS ALAMOS COUNTY)

**** DPU IS SEEKING APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES TO AWARD A CONTRACT FOR THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF THE ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE (Press Release) ****

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 @ 5:30 PM 
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - MUNICIPAL BUILDING
1000 CENTRAL AVENUE, LOS ALAMOS, NM
Agenda Documentation for the BPU Meeting


Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will upgrade its existing metering system to an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) network.  Once a contract is awarded, installation may begin as soon as six months later in a phased approach, starting in White Rock.


AMI is a method of using communication technology to read meters remotely without having to access the meters located in meter boxes or in the ground.  Using electric smart meters and communication modules attached to existing gas and water meters, the AMI architecture will transmit usage electronically using a mesh radio network.


Once the AMI is fully deployed and integrated into DPU’s billing system:

  • AMI will help customers take control of their monthly bills as it provides detailed customer information on electricity, gas, and water consumption in near real-time online or through mobile devices.
  • Meter technicians will no longer need to enter onto customers’ properties to read meters every thirty days. 
  • The smart meters can alert the DPU of power outages, and the communication modules can alert the DPU and the customer of service issues, such as water or gas leaks. 

2015-08-26 Power Point Presentation on the AMI Economic Case Study

Overview and Benefits of Advanced Metering Infrastructure.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Advanced Metering Infrastructure.

ELECTRIC SMART METERS (NORTH & BARRANCA MESAS) – PORTAL ACCESS

At this time, only North Mesa and Barranca Mesa have electric smart meters. These meters allow customers to view their electric consumption in 15 minute increments. This knowledge empowers them to make adjustments to consumption to save money and energy.

Customers who have a smart meter may set up an account and access their consumption data through the My Meter Portal at https://mymeter.losalamosnm.us.

BILLING CYCLE & METER READS

DPU bills customers throughout the month on a 25-30 day billing cycle, which is based on each customer’s neighborhood meter-reading schedule. If a “Y” appears in the “Est. Read” column on your bill, this means our billing system estimated your meter-read in the absence of a visual-read by a Meter Reader. Visual reads may be inhibited by plant overgrowth, locked or frozen gates rendered impassable, animals in the meter area, or snow or debris covering the meter. All estimated reads are validated individually by Customer Care Center Staff against historical norms.

Customers may also submit their own meter reads to the Customer Care Center. Contact the Customer Care Center for instructions.

The due date of payments is 25 calendar days after the Billing Date on your bill. On the 26th day, all existing charges become past due and a 1% late fee is assessed.