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Fort Lauderdale, FL
reply to Jack_in_VA

Re: Here's the law

said by Jack_in_VA:

Electricity, water, gas, air, can be delivered without any meter at all.

While it can be done without a meter, it is neither practical nor wise to try and do so, the meter or more specifically, a smart meter provides end point data which with each passing day becomes more valuable to a power utility, without such data capacity managers and planners are really in the dark as to what is coming their way until it actually hits them.

As it is now power utilities are in a quandary as to how to manage connecting electric vehicles to their grid, they know for example it will only take a few vehicles per transformer to overload residential distribution and without the deployment of smart meters to shift those loads later into the evening when overall consumption is reduced, the alternative being monitoring overload induced outages to drive feeder and transformer upgrades, the cost of which would be burdened by all the ratepayers not those driving the need for the upgrades.

As such the need for the smart meter is quite real, and the day will come when the DOE will step in and overrule the local authorities who are carving out exemptions to the deployment of those meters much in the same manner to which the FCC has overruled local zoning boards over the deployment of communications facilities.

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