Washington regulators require utilities to offer smart meter opt-outs

BRIEF

Dive Brief:

  • Utilities in Washington are preparing for a rollout of advanced metering infrastructure to accompany grid modernization efforts. But state regulators, in an April 10 policy statement, required power companies to allow opt-out options for customers who do not want the upgraded meter.
  • While smart meters provide many advantages to the grid, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said many consumers have concerns over safety, privacy, cyber security and customer billing.
  • Investor-owned utilities in the state plan to begin rolling out the new meters as soon as August. The state began a modernization campaign in 2016 with $12.6 million in Clean Energy Fund grants.