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NYSEG, RG&E installing ‘smart’ meters in Wayne County: If residents try to opt-out, they’ll get hit with a monthly $13 or $11 fee

Thanks to some technology meter reading in Wayne County is going to get easier.

Representatives of RG&E and NYSEG told the Wayne County Board of Supervisors this week that ‘smart’ electric and gas meters will be installed in homes and businesses by early 2023.

Timothy Winderl, the community relations partner of the utilities, told supervisors that the smart meters allow two-way, wireless communication between the meter and utilities’ systems.

That will mean billing estimates mostly disappear. The new meters also allow opportunities for customers to better manage energy use by working with the utilities directly.

Contractors selected by NYSEG and RG&E will be installing meters throughout the week, typically between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For gas meters to get ‘smart’ a module will be added.

Customers can opt out, but that will come at a cost. Those who do will be charged a meter-reading fee of $13.37 by NYSEG and $11.56 by RG&E.