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States Unsure on Smart Meter Implementation

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

November 14, 2011

Smart meters are increasingly being installed at households across the nation--but privacy concerns have followed, reports the Associated Press. Regulators in Nevada--where more than 500,000 meters have been installed--have received complaints, as have regulators in Vermont and California. Connecticut's energy commissioner has called for plans to delay so that new smart meter policies can be drafted ahead of deployment. Forty-seven cities and counties have adopted resolutions opposing smart meter installation, The Washington Post reports, and the state of Maryland has blocked installation. One California utility has been ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission to allow customers to opt out. Editor's note: Visit the IAPP Knowledge Center to learn more about designing privacy into the smart grid.
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