Smart Grid and Smart Meters
Improving Long Island's Tomorrow
Learn how digital technology is enhancing power delivery—and how it can help save you money.
Ensuring safe, reliable, and abundant energy
We're working hard to modernize the energy grid that delivers your power. Through digital technology and two-way communications, often referred to as the Smart Grid, we can improve the reliability and efficiency of the energy grid. In terms of more visible action, you might see us replacing existing electric meters with new Smart Meters. A Smart Meter offers two-way, automated communications between the meter and the utility.
Ultimately, using Smart Meters and Smart Grid capabilities saves energy and reduces costs for you, our customers. With advanced monitoring and control capabilities, these new technologies can identify problems instantly and route electricity around them to minimize outages.
Smart Meters and Smart Grid capabilities
- Long-term reliability and less need for new energy sources, due to an updated energy grid
- Reduced outages, thanks to faster isolation of problems
- Faster power restoration, as a result of two-way communication
- More visibility into your energy costs, through Smart Meter data that provides detailed insights into power usage
- Reduced costs, as more information leads to ways to increase efficiency
- Fewer billing errors, as Smart Meters eliminate the need for estimated bills
Benefits of the Smart Grid and Smart Meters
Reduced outages and costs, faster power restoration, more visibility into your energy costs, fewer billing errors and online access to your daily usage down to 15-minute intervals with the MySmartEnergy portal on your My Account. Don’t have a My Account? It’s easy to sign-up! Have your account number handy and register today.
Smart Meter Installation
Frequently Asked Questions
We do not view your individual energy usage data. All information that is collected is aggregate data, or information that originates from a variety of sources.
Protecting our customers' information is a top priority. PSEG Long Island has invested and continues to invest significant resources in cyber security. PSEG Long Island applies multiple layers of security controls and processes designed to identify and protect against potential system vulnerabilities posed by people, technology, and operations. PSEG Long Island adheres to industry standards such as Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) set by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and uses state of the art cyber security tools such as cryptographic methods approved by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Additionally, PSEG Long Island actively participates in collaborative associations and research forums with other utilities, academic institutions, government entities and vendors to ensure that our security architecture and processes continue to deter future threats.
PSEG Long Island reviews factory test results and performs its own laboratory and field-operation quality-control testing to ensure that all meters, including Smart Meters, are safe, accurate and functional.
Yes. The Smart Meter digital display will cycle through four different screens. Look for the screen that displays "001" on the left and “kWh” on the right – the five-digits in between are your reading. Keep in mind that the online MySmartEnergy tool provides easy access to far more detailed usage information right from your computer or mobile device.
No, the meter will remain at the location at which it was originally installed, just as a traditional meter would.
Smart meters transmit data only four times per day with relatively weak radio signals as compared to those emitted by cell phones, baby monitors and laptop computers with wireless Internet connections. Radio waves from a Smart Meter, at a distance of 10 feet, are only about one one-thousandth (.001) as strong as those of a typical cell phone. To match the impact of radio wave exposure from a typical cell phone in one month, it would require more than 1,000 years of exposure to a Smart Meter.
No. The Smart Meter will have no impact on the charging of electric vehicles. It will record the energy used by the charging station just as it would any other appliance in your home.
No, only customers with a non-communicating digital meter will have to pay a monthly service fee starting January 2023.