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With growing opposition to ‘smart meters,’ Vermont favors free opt-out for consumers

Mark Delbeck of Burlington Electric checked the radio frequency of a new “smart meter.’’ Mark Delbeck of Burlington Electric checked the radio frequency of a new “smart meter.’’ (Toby Talbot/Associated Press)
By Dave Gram
Associated Press / May 14, 2012
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MONTPELIER, Vt. - Worries about health effects, privacy and cost are fueling growing opposition to wireless, digital “smart meters’’ that utilities around the country are installing at homes and businesses and touting as tools for energy conservation and grid reliability. While several states have allowed utilities to charge a fee to customers who want to opt out of smart meters, Vermont’s governor is expected soon to sign legislation that would allow customers to say no.

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