LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Beginning this weekend, Entergy Arkansas electric meters in metropolitan Little Rock , Jacksonville and Benton will be read by a new contracting company, AccuRead Services. Customers in these areas should expect to see differently marked vehicles and different uniforms on meter readers.
Currently, meter reading in these areas is performed by Baker Services. The new contract with AccuRead begins March 30.
AccuRead meter readers will be driving either gray economy cars or white Toyota Tacoma pickups. On the sides of the vehicles will be both an Entergy logo and an AccuRead logo, which is the words AccuRead in white on a rectangular red field. Meter readers will be wearing blue polo-type shirts with both Entergy and AccuRead logos in white. There is also a uniform jacket that is darker, but bears the same logos as the shirt.
Years ago Entergy began contracting out all its meter reading. When contracts expire, the company explores opportunities to improve service and reduce costs, and such an opportunity led to the decision to hire AccuRead. AccuRead is a subsidiary of Olameter Corp., based in Arlington, Texas.
Except for the change in vehicles and personnel, this transition should be invisible to Entergy Arkansas customers.
Entergy Arkansas, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy Corporation's utilities own and operate power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. The Entergy utilities deliver electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy Corporation has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.