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If the meter was removed by the electric utility after the tenants were stealing electricity, then it is up to the utility about whether to replace the meter if the tenants pay their bill. If the bill remains unpaid, then I can't see the utility agreeing to replace the meter so as to restore service.
But since this is a problem of the tenant's own making, you aren't legally responsible for making sure that electric is restored to the dwelling if it is their duty to pay any bills.
With that said, it would probably be a good idea to serve them with a written notice to pay or vacate so you can begin the eviction process if they continue to squat there with no electricity.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...
Can I legally request that the electric company NOT replace the meter.
I would opine you can request it....but if the tenant fixes their default by paying any back bills and any fees, then it is up to the electric company whether or not to restore service.
As for the notice requirement, that is state specific and if you can tell me what state you are in, I can confirm..