Vt. utilities see growing ‘smart meter’ opposition

May 14, 2012 • Business

Mark Delbeck of Burlington Electric, checks the radio frequency of a newly-installed “smart” meter on Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Burlington, Vt. Vermont has become a hotbed in the debate over possible health effects and damage to privacy from a new generation of “smart” electric meters, wth lawmakers passing a measure to block utilities from charging customers for not having them. It’s possible Vermont is the first state to not charge customers to “opt-out.”(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Worries about health effects, privacy and cost are fueling growing opposition to wireless, digital “smart meters” that utilities around the country are installing at homes and businesses and touting as key energy conservation and grid reliability tools.

Vermont appears poised to take an unusually aggressive stance. While several Login to read more

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