Smart Meter Victory on Maui
August 31, 2017
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Maui’s electric utility has taken an extraordinary step in proposing to only provide new smart meters to customers who request them. The decision is likely the first time that a utility anywhere in the nation has adopted such a radical proposal. Across the United States, people have either been forced to accept a smart meter replacement for their analog meter, or pay an “opt-out” fee, in places like California, of more than $400, to not take the forced “upgrade.”
Pitched as a boon to consumers, their deployment seems like one of the biggest cons ever imposed on the American public. They don’t save consumers money, they emit harmful radiation, they are susceptible to hacking, they have caused homes to burn down, and they contribute to unemployment as meter readers are being fired across the nation.