Highland Park Action Committee: New meters and new leaders

One more community-group update from this past week: Highland Park Action Committee, which elected a new chair and co-chair, as well as getting a briefing from Seattle City Light.

But first: Outgoing co-chair Gunner Scott said he’s going to keep Mayor Jenny Durkan to her promise to visit Highland Park. He extended the invitation at her West Seattle “town hall” last weekend:

And she accepted it. Scott says he hopes to have her visit for coffee, donuts, and a look at Highland Park’s infamous traffic trouble (the one for which a roundabout is being sought).

Speaking of city business – City Light’s new meters will be installed in West Seattle soon:

Scott Thomsen from SCL was at HPAC with the update. He says City Light has installed almost 100,000 meters north of downtown so far and that phase two will be the south side, including West Seattle starting this summer. Among the benefits of the new meters, Thomsen said, will be that you’ll be able to know your usage even before your bill arrives. You’ll also be able to set an alert, if you want, to be triggered when your monthly bill reaches a certain dollar amount. And the meters will provide the utility with instant notice of power outages – in some areas, there’s still a lag until SCL hears from customers who have lost power.

Here’s how the installation will roll out: About six weeks in advance, you’ll get a letter explaining the new meters. About a week before the installer shows up, you’ll get a postcard announcing when the crew will be in your neighborhood. Then one day in advance, you’ll get a robo-call about it. On installation day, the crew will knock on your door to provide advance warning that you’ll be out of power for a few minutes while the switch is made.

Now, meet the HPAC leaders present and past:

From left, new secretary James Tucker, new chair Charlie Omana, outgoing co-chairs Scott (who will now serve as vice chair) and Michele Witzki.

P.S. HPAC usually gets updated on what’s ahead at Highland Park Improvement Club, which hosts its meetings – upcoming events include not only Corner Bar, Art Lounge, and Movie Night, all of which happen just about every month, but also the Uncorked “wine event” coming up May 19th – more details soon.

Highland Park Action Committee meets fourth Wednesdays, 7 pm, at HP Improvement Club – check hpacws.org between meetings for updates.

4 Replies to "Highland Park Action Committee: New meters and new leaders"

  • James Tucker March 5, 2018 (7:45 am)

    One correction to the article, James Tucker will serve as Secretary, with Gunner Scott continuing as vice-chair.

    • WSB March 5, 2018 (9:33 pm)

      Thanks, fixed.

  • Scott Thomsen March 5, 2018 (8:51 am)

     Thank you for your coverage. A couple points of clarification. Advanced Metering will enable customers to see their energy usage and costs as soon as an online portal is completed and connected to the data. Billing alerts are a potential enhancement that could be added after the meter data is fully integrated with our other systems.


    • chemist March 5, 2018 (11:05 am)

      With the daily reporting from meters, will “first block” usage also be calculated on a daily basis instead of averaged over the ~2 months between reads?  For example, the first 10 or 16 kW per day is at a reduced rate, depending on the season.  If I go on vacation and shut down everything for a week, currently those no usage days get “backfilled” with usage from elsewhere in the billing period, effectively pulling from the higher rate “end block” usage on days the home usage exceeds the first block tier.   I can imagine a scenario where daily reporting enables more true/higher bills than currently.

      Will daily data reporting also be reconciled with billed usage daily or is the new billing only going to calculate using start/end days and the daily stats are just for monitoring purposes?

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