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Northeast Utilities: No rational basis for Smart Meters

From Stop Smart Meters in Massachusetts:

Northeast Utilities (NStar and WMECo), Massachusetts’ largest electric utility courageously declared the truth on 1/17/2014:    ”There is no rational basis for the implementation of AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure aka ‘smart’ meters/infrastructure)” in response to the Patrick Administration’s and MA Dept. of Public Utilities bid to hurriedly mandate so called ‘smart’ meters and their infrastructure via DPU Docket 12-76.    See NStar’s comment: HMSM highlighted version or original at Mass.gov. Also see National Grid’s at DPU Mass.gov

Excerpt from StopSmartMeters.org:

According to Halt MA Smart Meters, Massachusetts largest electric utility NSTAR has submitted scathing comments to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) regarding its proposed mandate (to the utility, not the customer- there is no legal mandate for individual utility customers to accept “smart” meters on private property anywhere in the US or abroad that we are aware of- that is a myth and a lie perpetuated by utilities).

NSTAR states in its official submission to the DPU:

  • “there is no cost justification that can support the implementation of ‘smart’ meters”
  • “Smart Meters do not reduce the number of outages” 
  • “Smart metering systems are not necessary to integrate distributed resources” (wind & solar)”
  • “Smart meters introduce a brand new portal into (our) information systems, significantly increasing the cyber-security risk.”
  • “mandated implementation of (smart meters) is not a prerogative within the [DPU]‘s discretion”
  • “Many customers have a deep aversion to technology that links them to the ‘grid’ in a way that they perceive as an invasion of their privacy and/ or detrimental to their health”
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