Maine smart meter opponents file appeal with state's high court
PORTLAND, Maine: Opponents of smart electrical meters are hoping to take their case before the Maine Supreme Court. The smart meter opponents are appealing to the state's high court after the Maine Public Utilities Commission dismissed the plaintiff's complaints. The 19-person group of plaintiffs, led by Ed Friedman, is arguing that smart meters pose safety and privacy issues.The Maine Public Utilities Commission has said it will not address health or privacy concerns related to the meters. In May 2011, the commission approved a plan whereby customers could pay $12 per month to opt out of smart meter usage. The Central Maine Power Company, using federal grants from the Department of Energy, is currently completing installation of 620,000 smart meters in the state. The World Health Organization has listed radiation from smart meters as a possible carcinogen. The Central Maine Power Company says it is not the company's job to determine the safety of smart meters. The Maine Public Utilities Commission has a mandate to "ensure safe, reasonable and adequate service."