Cape Elizabeth asks CMP to delay smart meters

Posted Nov. 09, 2010, at 3:05 p.m.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Cape Elizabeth has become the second Maine town to ask Central Maine Power Co. to delay installing its smart meters.

The Cape Elizabeth Town Council passed a resolution Monday that also asks that CMP give customers the option of not having smart meters installed on their properties and for the Public Utilities Commission to provide a forum for residents to state their positions for or against the devices.

CMP is replacing 620,000 standard meters with the new digital meters that transmit data through a series of antennas.

CMP and Maine health officials say the meters are safe, but critics say they pose potential health and privacy risks.

CMP spokesman John Carroll said the company already has installed meters in Cape Elizabeth and won’t be delaying future installations.

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