Centron model CL 200 bi-directional meter

Centron model CL 200 bi-directional meter

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Description (Brief)
Since Edison’s day electrical meters have measured the flow of current in one direction only—from power plant to user. Customers can then be billed for the amount of electricity they use. Measuring current that flows in both directions requires a bi-directional or net meter like this one. It runs forward when the user draws power from the electric lines and backwards when solar panels make more power than the building is using. This feature can lower the customer’s monthly electric bill and reduces the need for new power plants to meet growing demand.
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Object Name
electrical meter
watthour meter
watt-hour meter cover
date made
ca 2015
overall: 6 in x 7 in; 15.24 cm x 17.78 cm
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Credit Line
from Edison International, thru Adam Umanoff
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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