Many other Electric Companies are providing Options for Wired, Opt Out, No Transmitter and keeping Analog meters.


TORONTO, Ontario

monthly fee of $50.00 for a phone line



1) manual-read meters:  a one-time, $68.35 cost for the meter and a monthly fee of $24.75.

For a residential customer that elects this option, the one-time cost (meter cost difference) is $68.35, and the monthly cost (manual read of meter) is $24.75.

All customers must have a smart meter (wired or wireless) so that Naperville’s Electric Utility can realize the intended benefits of the NSGI. The smart meters record four different electrical values in 15 minute intervals (instead of once a month) allowing the city to gather appropriate data for benefits such as demand response programming, and system performance analysis and optimization

2) running the meter through the phone line,  similar monthly costs but included a one-time fee of as much as $876.66.

[  it doesn’t say in this article whether the  manual-read choice is to keep the old meter or just have the wireless antenna deactivated.  ]



At the time, there were no alternatives offered to residential customers. But it turns out that in already high RF environments — near broadcast facilities, military areas, airports, some research/medical/university facilities etc. —  first generation meters wouldn’t work anyway because there was too much environmental RF causing interference already. They could not get accurate readings. So, they had become adept at using landlines that connected directly to the meters. Usage is called for daily, typically at night, by an automated system. That’s what they connected us up to, by special request. But it took coordination by them with AT&T, which the local installers considered a pain. (The utility couldn’t just connect to the phone lines — they don’t own them and vice versa.)




four choices:

1) the default smart meter which will become the standard meter in CMP territory;

2) a smart meter with the transmitter-off; an initial charge of $20.00 and a monthly charge of $10.50;

3) keep the customer’s existing analog meter; the initial charge of $40.00 and a monthly charge of $12.00.

4) move the new smart meters elsewhere on their property at the customer’s expense.”


“The old meters are not being manufactured any longer,” Rand said. “CMP is re-purposing the old supply to make sure they have them available. And the smart meters with the transmitters turned off require a software redesign. ”

from Smart-meter replacement starts in Lewiston next month,

by Scott Taylor  July 22, 2011 – )



(Note: Important sections have enlarged print!)

Smart Meter Quality And Security

Quality Control

Each smart meter goes through a stringent quality-control process before it is installed. The manufacturers of our smart meters must meet strict electricity metering accuracy standards, including those of the American National Institute of Standards (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

All new smart meters come to us with certified factory test results, which we verify by statistical sample testing on every order we receive. Before installing a new meter, we make sure the existing base is functioning correctly. We do this prior to every installation. If the base is not functioning properly, we complete repairs before installing the new meter.

Installation does not involve re-wiring. Instead, the smart meter plugs into the existing base that is already wired to a customer’s service location. There has been no instance of a smart meter causing a fire.

Wired Communications

Smart meters being deployed in Idaho Power’s service territory do not transmit radio frequencies. Our smart meters do not use any wireless communication media or generate any high-frequency signals. Our system uses only wired infrastructure to communicate to and from our smart meters utilizing the low-frequency 60 hertz (Hz) power line signal as the carrier for our communications.

This may be of interest because some smart meter deployments in California have raised concerns that radio transmission,

wireless transmission or high-frequency transmission may pose health risks. The technology we’re deploying is fundamentally different from the technologies in question in California.

Smart Meters Are Secure

Our smart meters do not communicate over public airways or the Internet. We employ cyber-security standards of encryption and isolation to ensure the integrity of the system. And we take effective precautions to protect our communication system physically.

In our system, smart meter communications happen over the power line between each individual smart meter and a secure Idaho Power distribution substation. Communication utilizes proprietary, secure equipment.

There is no meter-to-meter communication. It is physically impossible for smart meters to communicate with anything other than the substation. Typically, the meters communicate with the substation four times daily to collect usage information.

Idaho Power customer data received from smart meters is secure and confidential. It is used only for Idaho Power business purposes. We do not sell customer information, and smart meters have no photo or video capabilities. Idaho Power is not installing or using remote service-disconnect capability with our smart meter system at this time.


“2:50 “Open Protocol Standards Based Architecture” 
Cisco’s Standards-Based IP Architecture to Power Itron’s Market-Leading Smart Meter
3:05 ” Openway gives you the FREEDOM to CHOOSE, 
Rather then being FORCED TO SELECT a one size fits all system,
radio frequency, broadband over powerline, IP NETWORKS,
IP Network = Internet Protocol TCP/IP ( ETHERNET / CABLE )
There you have it, on video. ITRON telling you to Choose what ever you want
Most people have Cable and Telephone lines
If Itron says you can do it, If ANSI C12.22 standards also says you can do it,
If Ontario and other places have Wired Smart Meters working on homes – theyre Already doing it.
Many other Electric Companies are providing Options for Wired, Opt Out, No Transmitter and keeping Analog meters.

The Truth about Itron and B.C. Hydro Wired Connections

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PLC Meters installed in Alberta

DECEMBER 19, 2007  – PAGE 27

Alberta: By mid-2007, FortisAlberta had successfully deployed approximately 26,000 automated meters

as part of a pilot program. FortisAlberta selected primarily a PLC AMI technology for their service territory. Earlier this year, FortisAlberta negotiated a

settlement and is awaiting approval from the Alberta Energy Utilities Board for approval to proceed with the installation of automated meters for the remaining customers.

FortisBC continues to work closely with FortisAlberta, monitoring their results and exchanging AMI-related expertise and information.

Since 2007, approximately 508,000 PLC meters have been installed.

” PLC meters are wired to and send meter reads directly through the actual power lines, the same power lines that deliver electricity to your homes and do not use RF technology.  PLC technology operates in the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) range of less than 0.003MHz. ”