Should people be allowed to opt out of smart meters?

March 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Smart meters: Should people be allowed to opt out?

Yesterday in Maine, parties in Central Maine Power’s (CMP) regulatory proceeding met to negotiate a potential settlement thatwould allow individual customers to opt out of receiving a smart meter.

On the one hand, allowing opt out is bad policy. It implies that smart meter RF emissions are unsafe — flying in the face of extensive documented evidence to the contrary and creating unfounded and unnecessary concerns among other customers.

Moreover, opt-out hurts other customers, because non-communicating meters prevent CMP from achieving the full potential of several types of smart meter benefits. According to McKinsey, these areas — outage management, voltage optimization, line loss minimization, service crew efficiency, and more — comprise at least half of the benefits from smart meters.

Furthermore, opting out costs consumers more.

Note that people don’t get to opt out of other laws with which they disagree. For example, we all must wear seat belts, regardless of our belief in their safety.

On the other hand, why not allow customers to opt out?…

Full story: Should people be allowed to opt out of smart meters?

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Entry filed under: consumer benefits, Maine, Regulation, Smart Meters.

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