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Smart Meters Face Resistance

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

January 31, 2011

The New York Times reports on the growing opposition to smart meter installations at homes in Maine and California. The wireless meters report hourly home energy usage back to the utility. Some Maine residents have launched e-mail campaigns, and some municipalities in both states have adopted moratoriums on meter installation. A group of Californians has launched a "Stop Smart Meters" campaign, and four protesters have been arrested for blocking trucks delivering meters to homes. In response to privacy concerns, the vice president of Edison Electric Institute, the national association of utilities, said, "We've always gotten information about customers' usage and always kept it confidential. We're going to honor their privacy." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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