Maine utility commission rejects ‘smart meter’ review

The Associated Press
Posted April 07, 2011, at 9:38 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Public Utilities Commission has rejected a call for a second review of a plan by Central Maine Power to use “smart meters” to help manage electricity use.

And commissioners say they will not investigate the health effects of smart meters. Some people feel the meters pose a health risk.

The PUC says the utility did an extensive examination of options, costs and benefits before picking the wireless technology used in its smart electricity meters.

The Portland Press Herald says the PUC is studying the possibility of allowing some electric customers to opt out of the smart meter program.

CMP is in the process of replacing 600,000 traditional electric meters with wireless digital meters. Proponents say the new, smart meters will help save electricity.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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