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Sawnee customers can track energy use
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Sawnee EMC has launched a new Web site that allows customers to track their daily energy use over the previous 30 days and other information.

Customers who have received their automated metering infrastructure, or AMI, meter can use the site, which can be accessed via Sawnee’s corporate Web site. AMI meters track energy use and report the information back to Sawnee EMC without the need for “meter readers” to go out and check meters.

Sawnee serves 3,625 meters in Hall County, 6,411 in Dawson County, 1,010 in Lumpkin County and 66,880 in Forsyth County. The cooperative also has customers in Gwinnett, Fulton and Cherokee counties.

Blake House, vice president of member services for Sawnee EMC, said in a statement that the utility was “excited about this first generation data presentment portal.”

“In an effort to promote energy conservation, we feel one of the key components of our AMI system is to put each member’s energy usage information into their hands so they can see exactly how much power they are using and when they are using it,” House said.

In addition to tracking use, customers can also find a schedule and map of the AMI deployment, frequently asked questions about the AMI project and other features.

Carl Badgett, vice president of information services, said Sawnee wants its members to “have the tools they need to be able to see what is happening at their home or business from an electric energy perspective and use that information to conserve energy.”

The Web site will be revised in the first quarter of 2010 with a “more robust application” that will provide “near real time” energy use data and other information.

After the revision, the site will provide monthly and daily power cost information and other features.

“We want our members to use only the bare minimum of energy needed to light, heat and cool their homes and businesses,” House said. “We think these new tools can effectively and efficiently do that.”