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Not all are thrilled about Smart Grid

July 27, 2009

The city sent out a press release today announcing the future installation of more than 120,000 “smart” meters, which Glendale Water & Power officials have hailed as the greatest advancement in decades.

I wrote about the new meters last week when the City Council approved a $28.5 million plan for the meters, and a number of city officials expressed excitement for the innovation, which will help residents better conserve water and energy.

But in an unscientific poll from our site, www.glendalenewspress.com, 65 people (47%) said the meters were too expensive in such a difficult financial time.

And last week, I received an e-mail from a reader who was concerned that the meters could serve as an invasion of privacy since utility officials will be able to track people’s use of water or energy down to the minute.

What do you think? Post comments here or e-mail me at melanie.hicken@latimes.com.

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