Opting out of smart meters: What does it cost?

February 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

This week at the National Electricity Forum in Washington DC, a state public utility commissioner asked me how much it would cost for a customer to “opt out” from receiving a smart meter.

Opting out means not receiving a standard smart meter — those customers would keep their old electromechanical meters, which must be read manually and do not record when energy is used. Also, old meters do not support smart appliances, improved home energy management through information feedback, or time-managed and discounted electric vehicle charging. Furthermore, when individual “dumb” meters are interspersed among large numbers of remotely read smart meters, it becomes costly to read and maintain the old meters.

Recently, Central Maine Power filed an extensive analysis of the opt-out topic. Here’s what they found…

Full story: What does it cost to opt out of a smart meter?

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Entry filed under: consumer benefits, Maine, PUC, Regulation, Reliability, smart grid benefits, Smart Meters, Utilities.

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