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Inadequate training for meter installers, as opposed to faulty smart meters, led to three fires to area homes in recent years during Chicago-based utility Commonwealth Edison Co.'s (ComEd) smart meter pilot program, according to a recent report from the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Citing the report, Crain's Chicago Business says that the meters overheated because they were installed in outlets that were corroded or in disrepair. For its part, ComEd says it is committed to revamping its training procedures and will perform remote daily temperature scans on each of its smart meters.

The utility recently commenced a wide-scale deployment of 4 million smart meters throughout its Illinois service territory.

ComEd is not the only utility that has had to overcome fire-related issues during its smart meter rollout. In August 2012, Philadelphia-based PECO halted its installation program after several units overheated and were tied to fires. Following an investigation, which found “pre-existing conditions with customer equipment [such as faulty wiring in a home],” PECO restarted its deployment in October 2012. Last month, the utility announced plans to complete its smart meter rollout of about 1.9 million smart meters by the end of 2014 - five years ahead of schedule.






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