11 May '12, 8pm

The Angst of Installing Smart Meters in the US: ... to local utilities, providing the information (and feedback)...

Whenever we post an article related to smart meters, we inevitably get some angry comments from people who say they overcharge and are health hazards. Apparently, there's fairly widespread concern about this and it's actually slowing down the effort among utilities to upgrade their networks. Smart meters are the foundation for smart grid. Household (and business) energy use data streams in real time to local utilities, providing the information (and feedback) useful to planning and controlling energy use. Utilities can identify outages faster, give customers more choices in rates and even restore electricity through "self-healing" features. Since meters are read automatically, fewer trucks are needed. Utilities have invested $15.4 billion to install them and another $13.4 billion will be spent through 2015, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. About 27 million are in...

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