Northeast Utilities (NU) is New England’s largest utility system and serve more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  NU recently filed a document with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities critising a proposed state plan to require the installation of “smart” (or “advanced”) meters.

The document produced by Northeast Utilities stated, in part:

“There is no rational basis for …mandated implementation of [smart meters].”

“The [smart meter] technology choice is made although there is no evidence that this is a good choice for customers.  Conversely, there is ample evidence that this technology choice will be unduly costly for customers and that the objectives of grid modernization are achievable with technologies and strategies that rank substantially higher in terms of cost-effectiveness.  For customers who will pay the price of this system, there is no rational basis  for this technology choice.”


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Major U.S. Utility Says “No Rational Basis” for Mandating Smart Meters