PUI: Meter School - Basic Metering (Track 1)

Starts:  May 16, 2017 9:30 AM (ET)
Ends:  May 18, 2017 3:00 PM (ET)

PUI: Meter School - Basic Metering (Track 1)

Part of ECNE's Power Utility Institute (PUI), Meter School - Basic Metering (Track 1) will be held May 16 - 18, 2017 at National Grid's Training Center (449 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604).  

Basic Metering combines classroom instruction with hands-on lab training techniques for a comprehensive understanding of basic metering.

The program brings together meter personnel and management from a variety of regional utilities to solve common problems, discuss standard best practices, various procedures and new technologies.

Who Should Attend:

This track is designed to benefit the technical employee and meter reader entering technical metering applications who can gain by hands-on learning applications. It can also benefit meter supervisors and managers who have a technical education but limited experience in the meter function.


Attendees who complete this track will have a comprehensive understanding of single phase and self-contained polyphase meter theory, application, installation, testing and troubleshooting techniques. The track also covers related mathematics, electrical measurement theory, and revenue protection basics.

Topics Covered:

  • Personal Safety and Situational Awareness
  • Basic Meter Lab
  • Basic Electricity Lab
  • Introduction to T&D
  • Self-Contained Polyphase Meter
  • Troubleshooting
  • Self-Contained Field Testing
  • Revenue Protection Basics


Member Type Tuition Rate
  Full IOU, Municipal, Associate Members:   $615
  Affiliate IOU Members:   (n/a)
  Non-Members:   $790

Unsure of your tuition rate?  Contact ECNE at (603) 626-4602 or email registrar@ecne.org.


You may either register online by clicking the link "Register Now" at the top of this page, or return the PUI Registration Form to registrar@ecne.org (found under "Downloads").

Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-requested, first-honored basis.  Cancellations are accepted until Tuesday, May 2nd.  Substitutions may be made at any time.


Lodging is not included in tuition and must be arranged directly with the hotel.  Be sure to mention Energy Council of the Northeast or the Group Code: ECN to get the rate.  Rooms and rates are held until Tuesday, May 2nd.

Holiday Inn Express Auburn - $135/night + tax
12 Johnson Street
Auburn, MA 01501
(508) 832-2500


Agenda & Syllabus

PUI Registration Form


Tuesday, May 16th
9:00 am Registration
9:30 am

Personal Safety - Situational Awareness 
by Nicole Colby, Unitil Service Corporation
11:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm Meter Lab or Basic Electricity Lab (Students switch Wednesday Morning)

Meter Lab 
by Brian Anders, National Grid & Doug Bergholm, New Hampshire Electric Coop.

Instruction in metering and metering hardware for single-phase, network and polyphase self-contained applications. Reviews ANSI form numbers, meter sockets, voltage measurements and installation safety checks. Discussion of many types of self-contained meters and metering devices with working examples in a meter training room. This class assumes a basic knowledge of self contained metering.

Basic Electricity Lab

by Bob Vrusho, Cheryl Prout & Paul LaFrance, National Grid

This course provides instruction in AC and DC circuits and the use of measuring hardware including voltmeters, ammeters, multimeters and other measurement tools. Demonstration of each concept using hands on hardware to create and measure the actual electrical quantities. Includes a discussion of safety procedures and safe work practices. This class assumes no knowledge of meters or circuits.

4:30 pm Adjourn
Wednesday, May 17th
8:00 am Meter Lab or Basic Electricity Lab (Students switch from Tuesday's Lab)
Meter Lab

by Brian Anders, National Grid & Doug Bergholm, New Hampshire Electric Coop.

Basic Electricity Lab
by Bob Vrusho, Cheryl Prout & Paul LaFrance, National Grid

12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm

Intro to T&D 
by John Teixeira, National Grid
1:30 pm

Self-Contained Polyphase Meter Lab 
by Brian Anders, National Grid
4:00 pm Wrap-Up and Q&A
4:30 pm Adjourn
Thursday, May 18th
8:00 am

Troubleshooting Lab 

by Doug Bergholm, New Hampshire Electric Coop. 

A continuation of the Meter Lab where simulated meter socket and wiring conditions are measured, analyzed and discussed in a meter laboratory environment. Includes typical field situations that result in improper or unsafe metering practices and how to spot them and safely correct them.

10:00 am

Self-Contained Field Testing by Fred Avila, AvCom, Inc.

Meter testing concepts and terminology.

12:00 pm

Revenue Protection Basics Lab by Tony Colangelo, Eversource Energy

Basics of revenue protection, including seals & sealing practices, high security devices, seal tracking, record keeping & evidence gathering. This course assumes no working knowledge of revenue protection.

1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Smart Metering (Track 2) Introduction by Brian Anders, National Grid
3:00 pm

Course Wrap Up, Q & A, Graduation & Departure 
by Doug Bergholm, New Hampshire Electric Coop. 



National Grid Training Center
449 Southwest Cutoff
Worcester, MA 01064
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(603) 626-4602