Originally Posted By: Bud Russell
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This meter should be on an obsolete meter list somewhere and when the company does replace it, the new meter will be a Cl 200, regardless of the panel size.
However, this meter will probably continue to function at 160 amps but with great accuracy reduction. The meter should never be considered the fuse.
Determining customer capacity and actual day to day load have always been a problem.
Many times you will find a Cl 200 meter set which can theoretically operate at 100% accurately. That is a total load of 48 kW. However, the transformer feeding it may only be 15 kW. It could not supply the entire 48 kW anyway. Utilities are consolidating their meter inventories so fewer types of meters are required. One meter can fit nearly all residential metering applications.
To me customer load capacity is determined by his main breaker. Sub panel breakers should be fed by the main and would not be additive for load capacity.