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Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to introduce next-generation smart meters that can transmit electricity consumption data for all households in its service area by the end of March 2021, three years ahead of schedule, Tepco officials said Monday.

Smart meters record data on power usage and send it to utilities for monitoring and billing purposes. A Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry panel had urged Tepco to push up the debut of the device to help curb waste by helping homeowners use energy more efficiently.

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