Title

Article on safety concerns about smart meters, wireless meter reading systems th

Source

Down East

Date

10-1-2011

Pages

54-57, 78-80

Abstract

Article on safety concerns about smart meters, wireless meter reading systems that Central Maine Power began installing this summer. CMP will be able to reduce its staff by nearly half and will save millions of dollars on the gas currently used by meter readers driving to inspect meters. CMP also touts the smart meter as a way for consumers to become more knowledgeable about their energy consumption. But opponents of smart meters worry that the radiofrequency fields emitted by the meters could cause health risks and electronic interference with other household electrical items. Since there have been no health risks studies done on smart meter usage, the PUC ruled that Mainers should be able to opt out of the new meters and retain their old meters as long as they pay the costs associated with requesting non-standard equipment.

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