in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

There appears to be an opposition movement building throughout Texas, as some residents are giving smart meter deployment a sour welcome.

According to an Associated Press report, Houston-area woman Thelma Taormina even pulled a pistol out on a utility worker who was trying to install a meter on her home last summer.

AP reports Taormina said at a recent public hearing on the technology, "This is Texas. We have rights to choose what appliances we want in our home."

Other Texas residents have reportedly joined the backlash against smart meters, enclosing their old meters in metal cages, threatening installers, and protesting at public hearings and events.

"We're concerned about the safety of utility workers and other public service personnel legitimately doing their jobs," Floyd LeBlanc - a spokesperson for utility CenterPoint, which serves the Houston area - told AP. LeBlanc added that CenterPoint has ordered its workers to avoid confrontation and leave the premises when a resident rejects a smart meter installation.

To read the full AP article, click here.




Hse SandyHook
Latest Top Stories

Does Income Determine Who Benefits The Most From Smart Grids?

According to the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, low-income consumers may be at a disadvantage.


Accenture And Siemens Form Smart Grid Joint Venture

OMNETRIC Group will help utilities improve energy efficiency, grid operations and reliability.


Maine Public Utilities Commission: Smart Meters Are Safe

According to a report by the commission, there is no direct link between smart meters and health issues.


Report: Global Solar Deployment Topped Wind In 2013

Research firm Clean Edge finds that solar surpassed wind for the first time since it began tracking international markets in 2000.


HEM Is Key For Utilities To Maintain A Competitive Edge

According to a report by Lux Research, automated meters, electricity rates and renewable energy are crucial to the success of home energy management.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id