AEP must prove ‘smart meters’ save customers money before charging to ‘opt out’ | The Columbus Dispatch

American Electric Power must demonstrate the financial benefits of so-called “smart meters” before it can begin charging a fee of $24 per month to customers who opt out of using them, Ohio utility regulators ruled today.

The unanimous decision is on an application filed in June 2014, one that had been opposed by consumer advocates.

Rather than accept the proposal as written, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio added some significant conditions.

“We find that customers should not have to pay for advanced meter opt-out service if they are not actually receiving a reduction in costs resulting from the operational efficiencies created by AEP Ohio’s gridSMART Program,” the panel said in the decision.

Source: AEP must prove ‘smart meters’ save customers money before charging to ‘opt out’ | The Columbus Dispatch

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