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(a) A utility shall sell all of its electricity on the basis of meter measurements, unless otherwise provided for in the utility's tariff or by special contract.
(b) Only meters that are known to be mechanically or electrically sound, calibrated correctly, and tested and adjusted, if necessary, in accordance with meter test standards as outlined in (c) of this section and in 3 AAC 52.475 may be installed by a utility.
(c) Repealed 4/24/2004.
(d) If a meter in service is tested and found to have over-registered the amount of power delivered by more than two percent, a utility shall recalculate the bills for service from the known date of error, and shall make a refund or credit for the entire over-registered amount if it exceeds $5. If the beginning date of error is unknown, the utility shall refund or credit the most recent customer of record for the billed error for the period since the meter was last tested, not to exceed six months, or the period during which the most recent customer of record received service through the meter, whichever period is less.
(e) If the meter of a residential or small commercial customer is tested and found to have under-registered the amount of energy or power delivered, a utility may not charge the customer for any underbillings unless there is evidence of meter or electric service tampering by the customer. If the meter of a wholesale, large power, or large commercial customer is tested and found to have under-registered the amount of energy or power delivered, a utility may charge the customer for underbillings for usage for no more than the four previous months unless there is evidence of meter or electric service tampering by the customer.
(f) A utility shall test a meter upon request of a customer, and may charge the customer for the meter test according to its effective tariff. However, the utility may not charge the customer for the meter test if the meter is found to over- or under-register by more than two percent and there is no evidence of meter or electric service tampering by the customer.
(g) Meters and associated service switches must be installed in a location where the meters will be readily and safely accessible for reading, testing, and inspection, and where such activities will cause the least interference and inconvenience to the customer. The customer shall provide sufficient and proper space for installation of meters, at a suitable and easily accessible location without cost to the utility.
(h) If where the meter or service line location on the customer's premises is changed at the request of the customer or is changed as a result of alterations to the customer's premises, the customer shall provide and have installed at his or her expense all wiring and equipment necessary for relocating the meter and service line connection, and the utility may charge for moving the meter and service line.
History: Eff. 1/1/87, Register 100; am 9/15/88, Register 107; am 4/24/2004, Register 170
Authority: AS 42.05.141
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