POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 5:34pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 5:52pm
Early in the year, the state of Texas mandated that a statewide conversion to so-called smart electric meters would take place.
The new meters are supposedly more accurate and will ultimately save energy.
A lot of people said, not so fast.
Yes, and one in particular.
And he is telling the Public Utility Commission, either make the meters optional or the Legislature will.
This is one of those issues that has spawned conspiracy theories on both the left and right.
Some worry about the danger of exposure to high levels of radio frequency interference and the health problems it supposedly causes.
Others worried about accuracy.
Was this a way for a utility like TXU for example, who, according to Bloomberg, is in trouble financially, to make money?
One viewer installed a second meter upstream from the smart meter to see what his usage actually was.
He found the meter to be very accurate.
The other concern is that the meters actually transmit information back to the power company. They aren’t simple static recording devices.
They will even one day communicate with so-called smart appliances to get even more efficiency.
But Angleton State Representative Dennis Bonnen wants some options.
He actually likes the technology, he just thinks there should be a choice, and he’s asking the PUC to come up with an opt-out formula..