Pittsburgh – ‘Smart meters’ on electricity are not so smart and State Rep Mark Mustio agrees

We need more politicians like Mark Mustio to jump ship…Sandaura

‘Smart meters’ on electricity are not so smart

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Those in Duquesne Light’s service area are already paying a small fee for the new smart meters, but the worst is yet to come. These devices are required by law and Duquesne must install them unless the law is changed.

In some cases, smart meters add 20 percent to the electric cost and do not save money for customers or reduce the amount of electricity used. That’s the clear finding wherever they’ve been studied: California, Michigan, Illinois, Connecticut, Ontario and Germany also agree that they are a bad deal. Some communities have stopped them or let the homeowner opt out.

The Pennsylvania Legislature has not studied the costs or benefits, but members will soon consider removing this requirement in Act 129 (2008), which requires installation of smart meters in all our homes.

They are not cost effective and, worse yet, the utility can observe what you are doing and control your air conditioning and heat.My state representative, Mark Mustio (R-Moon), agrees that smart meters should be stopped. Do your state senator and state representative want to add another cost and control — or do they work for you?

Peter K. Sour
Sewickley

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