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Billiing Clerk July 17, 2014 at 04:28 PM
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Henri Duboise July 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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tylerdurden July 14, 2014 at 02:00 PM
I could care less if anyone actually gets a smart meter installed or not - but this is anRead Moreabsolutely insane post. I'd bet $1million that the author walks around with aluminum foil on his head so that aliens, the CIA, and the catholic church cannot read his thoughts. Smartmeters just provide you, the consumer, with more information about your use. You can check, in live time with some models, what your actual use is daily and see what your monthly bill will be. The opt-out will just let whacko's use basically the electric meter equivalent of an 1962 black and white antenna television instead of going digital - EVEN THOUGH IT'S THE UTILITY COMPANY PAYING FOR THE NEW METER - NOT YOU THE CONSUMER. Instead, you the consumer can be charged for maintenance related to the old one. There is a type of smartmeter designed to limit usage that transmits data back to the utility company in live time, but that service is only for people who "opt-in" and choose to do so. They have a function that can turn power down during peak times to avoid the consumer having to pay peak rates - AGAIN, THIS IS AN OPT-IN SERVICE. Additionally, this service exists primarily for rural customers and is used primarily at residences that are not occupied year round. People who use this in PA (an extremely small number) are actually very highly satisfied with it, because they save money. Smartmeters are not evil, the gov't won't be monitoring your usage in order to determine who gets what, and if you decline to let the utility install one it can charge you maintenance fees for your old meter (thereby wasting your money). There are consumer-protection laws in PA that prevent anything from being shut-off as long as you pay your bill. If you want to try a meter that can shut-down during peak times, you can, but it will never be forced on you. As for the concern of "hackers," I am quite sure your personal usage information is not of much interest. Everyone probably pays online already, and Smartmeters don't change anything about payment. If "hackers" want to shut down the electric grid, having a smartmeter will not matter.
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