Maine regulators have been ordered to reconsider smart meter related safety concerns by the state's highest court, which ruled the Public Utilities Commission didn't adequately address health concerns before approving Central Maine Power's smart meter program.
The issue, according to a report in the Bangor Daily News, is whether regulators bypassed their legal mandate to ensure the delivery of safe and reasonable utility services when they approved CMP's smart meter program. PUC lawyers had argued earlier that regulators didn't need to consider safety issues that had already been addressed by federal agencies and that those with health worries could take advantage of the opt-out provision.
But with 600,000 smart meters installed in homes and businesses in Maine, it's unclear what impact the court ruling will have. CMP has 2,000 smart meters left to install and a spokesman said they plan to finish up.
The Maine PUC, meanwhile, issued a statement indicating they are considering the best way to comply with the court's order.
Critics also argued there are constitutional problems with smart meters related to privacy and trespassing, but those claims were dismissed by the court.
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