Opposition to utility “smart” meters (electric, gas, and water) has been ongoing in the U.S. and worldwide since companies started deploying them over ten years ago. Reported issues have led to lawsuits (see 1, 2, 3) and inspired a documentary film. Installation sometimes results in unexplainably higher bills, which is what’s happening with Xcel’s “smart” meters in Colorado. Coincidentally, Xcel is also the utility company that took control of consumers’ “smart” thermostats in August.
Read more: Consumers Report “skyrocketing bills” After “Smart” Meter Installation; Utility Defends Meters, Recommends Energy Audits