Advanced Metering Installations

Project Description

Seattle City Light is continuously working on infrastructure improvements throughout our service territory, and this includes replacing older meters for our customers. City Light will be replacing these existing meters free of charge with a new, wireless advanced meter. Affected customers will be receiving a letter.


Installations will occur throughout City Light's service territory

What's Happening Now?

Program Update (April 2021): Letters have been mailed out to customers in the 98057, 98188, 98148, 98166 and 98146 ZIP codes. 

Community Benefits

  • More accurate billing
  • Automated outage reporting for faster outage recovery
  • 200,000 fewer miles driven each year by meter readers, reducing carbon emissions by 72 tons
  • A foundation for potential new and expanded services, such as pre-paid accounts, high usage alerts, and web services for energy management

Anticipated Impacts

  • City Light Meter Electricians will install the new meters. The electricians will identify themselves with proper photo identification, a City Light safety vest and arrive in a utility vehicle.
  • The installation will involve a short momentary outage (approximately less than five minutes). You may need to update digital clocks and other equipment once the installation is complete.
  • Meter electricians will be working in one ZIP code at a time to complete this work.
  • Customers can assist us with the installation by taking these steps:
    • Keep the area in front of the meter socket free of materials and vegetation. We require a 3' x 3' flat working area in front of the meter and a clear path to access it.
    • You do not need to be home during the installation. However, the installer will knock on your door before starting the work to avoid any surprises.
    • If your meter is behind a locked gate or other obstruction, please contact us to arrange a time to access your equipment.
  • City Light employees are required to follow all safety protocols, including mask-wearing and social distancing. This work follows protocols in place to meet COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Start Date: March 2021