CREWE – Senator Frank Ruff (R-15th) and Delegate Matt Fariss (R-59th) visited Southside Electric Cooperative on Thursday for a meeting with SEC staff at the co-op’s headquarters office in Crewe, Va. Following the meeting, legislators toured the SEC Operations Center, the central information hub that coordinates the daily operations of the electric distribution system which serves more than 48,000 co-op members in central and southern Virginia.
SEC Manager of Engineering & Operations Services, George Felts, demonstrated the capabilities of the new advanced metering system which is currently being deployed throughout the co-op’s service territory. With over 50% of meter upgrades currently complete, results are already being realized through significant cost savings in fuel, labor and time. The new meters are also critical for improving reliability in the delivery of electric service to co-op members, and were particularly useful in outage restoration efforts during the recent snow storms in March and April. Full deployment of the meters is expected to be complete by the Fall.
Pictured are (left to right) Frank Harris, Manager of Public & Member Relations; Jeff Edwards, SEC President & CEO; Delegate Matt Fariss; Aaron Tilton, Legislative Aide to Delegate Fariss; Senator Frank Ruff; and George Felts, SEC Manager of Engineering & Operations Services.