"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about smart meter installation.
1.) Will smart meters benefit consumers? Smart meters can perform various functions, from remote meter-reading to facilitating time-of-use tariffs to the consumer.
2.) ICC lets ComEd delay smart meters until 2015. The Illinois Commerce Commission on Wednesday approved ComEd's request to delay the installation of smart meters until 2015 but said it will revisit the issue in April when the utility is scheduled to file a progress report on the program.
3.) A lot of people don't want their electric meters 'smart'. Seven years after legislators passed a law encouraging the use of "smart" electricity meters across Texas, enthusiasm about the initiative is waning amid complaints about the meters being installed against the wishes of some homeowners.
4.) Price of saying no to smart meters could go up. Customers of Southern California Edison and other public utilities could see higher bills in the coming months if they continue to block smart meter installations at their homes.
5.) Smart meter opt-out policies explained. During the past two decades, roughly 300 million electric and gas meters on customer premises have been equipped with radios to transmit meter readings to remote locations without harming a single consumer.