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Rocky Mountain Power rolls out 'smart meters' in Utah but what do they do?

Rocky Mountain Power is telling its local power customers that they’re continuing to roll out “smart meters” locally, but what are they? What do they do? And what’s the installation process like?

The electricity utility is in the process of upgrading 175,000 of its Utah customers to digital smart meters. It estimates the round of installations will be complete in 2022.


Individual meters take just a few minutes to install, according to spokesperson David Eskelsen. Customers will be notified by mail up to a month before the installation and by a phone call about a week before technicians arrive. Power may be interrupted for about five minutes. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.