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Meters to make power cutoffs, reconnections easier for DU

If you habitually get your electricity cut off because of failure to pay, Decatur Utilities will soon be able to disconnect and reconnect service more quickly.

At its Wednesday meeting, the DU board approved a three-year lease of 150 electric remote disconnect meters from Carina Technology in Huntsville for $16,200.

The meters allow connection and disconnection through the Internet without a field service representative going to the home.

General Manager Kem Carr said DU would place these units at the residences that get their power cut off multiple times a year. He estimated that the utility has 600 to 700 "problematic" customers and about 200 who are a major problem.

- Bayne Hughes

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