Customers Want Smart Meter Opt-Out Option
PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.January 27, 2011
The Maine Public Utility Commission (PUC) will determine whether or not Central Maine Power Company (CMP) customers should be allowed to opt out of the company's smart meter implementation in homes across the state, WCSH6 reports. CMP has begun plans to install 600,000 wireless smart meters, which report hourly electricity usage back to the utility via the Internet. But some customers want to opt out of the installation based on concerns that smart meters may put security and privacy at risk if hackers gain access to the system. The PUC decision will also address whether or not there would be a cost associated with opting out.