Not All Digital Meters are Smart Meters

I’m posting a public reply to the previous question to help clear up confusion. Smart meters are digital but not all digital meters are smart meters. We’ve been told that they are not currently installing smart meters anywhere else on Maui except in Maui Meadows and only with permission. However, 9400 smart meters were installed on Oahu in a pilot project that ended in 2010. That project failed and HECO was denied a second pilot project by the PUC. It’s difficult to tell the difference between a smart meter and a digital meter. We were told the digital meters, or net meters or networked meters as they are called, do not have memory and do not communicate with a smart grid whereas smart meters do. I know it’s confusing but I hope this helps!

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