If you recall, we got the first meter May first. So why do we have a new one? One word: Oncor. Or maybe it should be two words, the first and last name of the Oncor representative. Oncor is the electric provider in this area, which is not to be confused with the electric provider, TXU, who actually installed the
The Oncor representative, who was new to his job last fall, told Marvin that it would be cheaper to run the lines underground and have two meters because of the rebates. Since we only have one building, we were going to have one meter for the garage and one for the house. Then the representative drug his feet at every turn and it took months to get everything installed. In fact, I went around him to the previous reprentative to finally get electricity.
After we got the first meter, we called TXU, and then Oncor, and then TXU.... To make a long story short, the Oncor representative was wrong, we cannot have two meters on the same building. Commercial businesses can have more than one meter, but residences cannot. One of the TXU people we talked to, and there were several, told us that we may be able to get the second meter billed as recreational; otherwise, it would have to be a commercial meter. AND, we would have to build a second barn either way. Finally, it was decided that we wouldn't have to have two meters after all, but we would have to have a bigger meter to handle both areas.
So here it is, the new meter on the left, and the first meter on the right.