§ 57.22. Request tests and fees.

 (a)  Tests by the public utility. A public utility shall make a test of the accuracy of registration of a service meter upon the written request of the customer for whom the meter is installed upon payment of the fee specified in this section. If a customer desires either personally or by a representative to witness the testing of a meter, the customer may require the seal of the meter to be broken only in the customer’s presence or that of a representative. If the meter tested upon request is found to be accurate within the limits specified in § §  57.20 and 57.21 (relating to watthour meter testing; and demand meter testing), the fee shall be retained by the public utility. If not so found, the cost shall be borne by the public utility furnishing the service and the fee paid by the customer shall be refunded. A report of the test shall be made to the customer.

 (b)  Tests by the Commission. If service meter test is to be made by the Commission upon written request and payment of the fee by the customer, as specified in this section, the public utility owning the meter shall be notified that a test is to be made and shall have a representative present to open the meter, assist in the test and adjust and seal the meter after the test. If a tested meter is found to be accurate within the limits specified in § §  57.20 and 57.21, the fee paid for the test shall be retained by the Commission. If not so found, the fee shall be refunded to the customer and the cost of the test shall be borne by the public utility furnishing the service. A public utility may apply in writing for a test of a meter and, upon payment of the fee specified for that class of meter, the Commission will make the test and furnish the public utility with a record of the results.

 (c)  Meter testing fees. Meter testing fees for watthour and demand meters shall be as follows:

   (1)  Direct current and single-phase self-contained watthour meters operating on 600 volts or less shall be $20.

   (2)  Single-phase transformer-rated and polyphase watthour meters with or without instrument transformers shall be $38.

   (3)  In addition to charges associated with paragraphs (1) and (2) there shall be an additional charge of $11 for block interval or thermal demand registers and separate demand recorders.


   The provisions of this §  57.22 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 1501 and 1504.


   The provisions of this §  57.22 adopted February 25, 1946; amended through May 29, 1973; amended January 2, 1981, effective January 3, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 19; amended August 7, 1987, effective August 8, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 3324. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (80597) to (80598).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  57.254 (relating to advanced meter standards).

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