In many parts of the US (and maybe in Canada, too) there seems to be significant backlash against the idea of utilities using smart meters in consumers’ homes.
The concerns seem based around paranoid beliefs in four areas:
- Many of the meters use UHF radio to transmit their data, and some are concerned about the health risks (as opposed to their smart phones, satellite TV, microwave oven, etc.)
- The meters transmit information about your usage (duh), which some see as an invasion of privacy (though they do not seem to object to their phone company monitoring usage in real-time)
- There are fears that the utilities will use this as a way to charge consumers more for electricity if they use it during peak times
- There are fears that the utility could unilaterally control some portion of your usage (heat, lights, etc.)
Here is a link to an opinion piece that talks about this (from the perspective of someone fighting the backlash). It is an interesting read – I had never even considered that there would be such a backlash against smart meters.