BEATRICE – Aside from a handful of locations, Beatrice Electric and Water Departments have completed installation of a new Automated Meter Infrastructure system. The system enables meters to be read remotely.
City Electric Superintendent Pat Feist says the A-M-I has also shown to be useful when the power goes out.
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Remaining locations to install the A-M-I, Feist says, require some re-wiring. Feist says the system can detect even small interruptions that last only seconds.
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Feist provided an overview of the electric department to the Mayor and City Council, Monday night. Beatrice has ten distribution substations and one transmission switching station, along with overhead and underground transmission and distribution lines that serve six-thousand-795 electric meters.
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There are sixteen employees in the electric department. The city has begun the first year of a three-year transition from Nebraska Public Power District, to A-E-P Energy Partners of Ohio, a new wholesale supplier of electricity. This year, Beatrice is getting about 70 percent of its’ power, through NPPD.