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Otter Tail Power to install automated metering

Otter Tail Power Company is planning to install advanced electric metering.

It has asked the North Dakota Public Service Commission for an “advance determination of prudence” for the project. If granted, it would make it easier for Otter Tail to seek financing for the project.

"Currently, 99 percent of Otter Tail's 7000 customer meters in North Dakota must be manually read," said Commissioner Brian Kroshus. "It's 37,000 square miles of service territory."

Kroshus said Otter Tail projects $43 million in savings over the 20 year life of the project, becuase Otter Tail won't be sending people out into the field.

"Custoners will have access to usage information, which could lead to energy savings, with smart thermostats in thier homes," Kroshus said.

The PSC has issued a “notice of opportunity for a hearing,” should any Otter Tail customers request one.

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