Smart Meter Opt-Out Would Cost Users, Utility Says
ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.April 6, 2011
Allowing customers to opt out of Central Maine Power's (CMP) smart meter plan or imposing a one-year ban on further installations would kill the project and cost ratepayers tens of millions of dollars, CMP officials said at a public hearing this week. Maine Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) said she may propose legislation allowing consumers to opt out of the meters, reports the The Portland Press Herald. If the meters were banned, the company said it would have to repay $22 million in federal grant funding, a cost that would be passed on to customers. CMP has thus far installed 157,000 of the 600,000 meters it plans to install at Maine homes, inciting privacy, cybersecurity and health concerns from residents.