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Sawnee EMC unveils customized Web site
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Forsyth County News

Sawnee EMC members who want to receive their AMI meter ahead of the normal deployment schedule can do so by making a request through the customer service center at (770) 887-2363 or by e-mailing To access the site, users should go to and then click on AMI Web site.
Sawnee EMC has launched a new Web site to help customers monitor their energy use.

According to a report from Sawnee, the site works in conjunction with the corporation’s new Automated Metering Infrastructure, or AMI, system.

Sawnee began deploying the system, which provides enhanced services such as meter reading and outage notification, in 2009.

It also provides energy use data to Sawnee’s billing systems, and this data is being presented to Sawnee EMC members through the new Web site.

To access the site, users should go to and then click on AMI Web site.

Online, customers with AMI meters can view their energy use for each hour of every day, along with daily high and low temperatures.

Monitoring of energy use is particularly important during hot summer months, when bills can sky rocket.

Blake House, Sawnee vice president of member services, said this summer has been one of the hottest on record.

“Not only has it been hot, but it’s been a prolonged heat,” he said. “Normally, we’ll see a few really hot days and then it’ll ease up, but this summer has been 35, 40 days of prolonged heat.

“Last year, I think we only had about 11 days above 90 degrees and this year we’ve had well over 30 days.”  

House said Sawnee typically sees peak energy use periods during the late afternoon hours.

“Since we are primarily serving residential areas, our peak times are normally during the week days from 4 to 5 or 5 to 6 in the evening,” he said.

He hopes Sawnee customers will take advantage of the new Web site, which he said will have even more data tools available by the end of August, in order to help save on power bills.

“It’s no different than pumping gas or going to get groceries,” he said. “You have an idea of how much you can spend. Energy should be the same way.

“With this Web site, people will be able to have tools to help them know how much they’re spending and when, so hopefully they’ll be able to reduce their usage and not be surprised when they get their power bill.”

Sawnee is deploying its new AMI meters across its seven-county service area at a rate of 3,000 to 5,000 per month.

So far, about 40,000 have been put in place and Sawnee estimates the system will be fully implemented by mid-2012.