Smart Meters

More Information about Smart Meters

More Information about Smart Meters

 

by Lynn Stuter

 

Posted 12/31/2011

 

Recently, an e-mail made the rounds, requesting the names of attorneys with experience in the Smart Grid/Smart Meter fight.  Follows is some information that may be helpful to others in this fight.

Many companies have received federal grants to help defray the costs of installing Smart Meters.  If you have had a Smart Meter installed, did your electric company receive such a grant?

If so, were you given the option of opting out?  Or were you told that the Smart Meter would be installed irrespective of your making it very clear that you did not want it?

16 USC 2621(d)(14)(A) states, with regard to the installation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology (Smart Meters) –

Not later than 18 months after August 8, 2005, each electric utility shall offer each of its customer classes, and provide individual customers upon customer request, a time-based rate schedule under which the rate charged by the electric utility varies during different time periods and reflects the variance, if any, in the utility’s costs of generating and purchasing electricity at the wholesale level. The time-based rate schedule shall enable the electric consumer to manage energy use and cost through advanced metering and communications technology. (underlining for emphasis)

“Shall offer” means just that.  It is up to the consumer to accept or reject the offer.

How do federal grants tie into this fight? Continue reading