This spring Florida Power & Light Co. completed the installation of 4.5 million smart meters, but the $800 million initiative was not problem free.
In fact, the compatibility of the new meters with existing customer-owned meter enclosures or “cans” was an issue during the installations. The meter enclosures are also being blamed, in some cases, with the meters’ inability to communicate with FPL’s network.
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Advice for homeowners about meter cans
If your home’s lights are flickering, or you have occasional outages, you might want to have the meter can, a metal box behind your meter, checked by an electrician.
In most cases, Florida Power & Light Co. will need to remove the meter first.
Any time there is a service upgrade to your home’s electrical system, the meter can would be replaced.
If you think your meter can problem is related to a smart meter installation, contact the Florida Public Service Commission to find out if you should have to pay for repairs.The PSC can be reached at 1-800-342-3552 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Lightning Electric, Office of Public Counsel