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Friday
Jul182014

Massachusetts Becomes First State in the Nation to Require Utilities to Modernize the Electric Grid

On June 12, 2014, the Patrick Administration announced that the Department of Public Utilities issued two orders requiring Massachusetts electric distribution companies to modernize the electric grid. This marks Massachusetts as the first state in the nation to require electric distribution companies to take affirmative and far-reaching steps to modernize the electric grid.

The DPU’s order requires each utility to develop and implement a 10-year grid modernization plan, to be updated regularly. The DPU determined grid modernization will provide several benefits including:

  • Empowering customers to better manage and reduce electricity costs;
  • Enhancing the reliability and resiliency of electricity service in the face of increasingly extreme weather;
  • Encouraging innovation and investment in new technology and infrastructure, strengthening the competitive electricity market;
  • Addressing climate change and meeting clean energy requirements by integrating more clean and renewable power, demand response, electricity storage, microgrids and electric vehicles, and providing for increased amounts of energy efficiency.

To learn more, read the Patrick Administration’s press release.

Thursday
Sep052013

Anti-Smart Meter Group Misinformation is Counterproductive to Constructive Debate

Like other anti-smart meter videos, the recent production of “Take Back Your Power,” a web site video that highlights misinformation and questionable data about the safety and security, uses scare tactics and inaccuracies in an attempt to delay important smart grid improvements. To learn about SMMAA’s point of view and gain access to independent information about smart meter health concerns, read the full article.

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Friday
Jun072013

The Peggy Smedley Show features SMMAA

The Peggy Smedley Show, the voice of M2M and connected devices, recently interviewed SMMAA President Dan Pfeiffer. During the interview, Pfeiffer discusses the role of SMMAA, the benefits of smart meters and the steps the organization has taken to help ease regulator’s concerns about smart energy.

To listen to the interview, click here and select segment 3 and then segment 4.

Thursday
Mar212013

Metering International: The Changing Face of Industry Standards

SMMAA President Dan Pfeiffer recently contributed an article to Metering International, reflecting on the drastic transition in technology choices in the metering industry from proprietary systems to standard-based systems. The story highlights this trend and discusses another change on the horizon: the intersection of the smart meter world with the consumer’s world. Mainstream technologies, developed for consumers, are now applicable to the metering industry.

To read the full article, click here.

Tuesday
Feb122013

Two Recent Independent Studies Find No Radiation Danger From Smart Meters

Like previous independent studies, two new RF safety studies– one in Maine and another in Vermont – add to the growing body of evidence that confirms exposure levels to radio frequencies (RF) emitted by smart meters are well below the federal thresholds set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In Vermont, the legislature commissioned a study by the Department of Public Service, which found that smart meters emit only a small a fraction of the maximum allowed exposure levels for RF set by the FCC.

Likewise in Maine, the Office of Public Advocate commissioned a study that concluded that measured exposure levels were well below current FCC exposure limits.

To learn about the safety of smart meters in Maine, read the Radio Frequency Exposure Report.
To learn about the safety of smart meters in Vermont, read An Evaluation of Radio Frequency Fields Produced by Smart Meters Deployed in Vermont.