In the Maine Sunday Telegram, Sun., April 25, 2010 -
"Smart meters key to cutting costs of energy"
The article itself is the usual cheerleading and boosterism for industry that I have come to expect from a paper run by Rich Conner. Why the man thinks he is producing anything like news is beyond me. His refusal to cover the Kurt Adams/PUC story says it all. But that is not my point here.
In the comment section of this article, there is a comment by "snowgo" that reads.....
"This article assumes that one can save electricity by taking advantage of the time of use rates - lower rates at off peak. CMP does not offer a meaningful time of use reduced rate program. I called CMP to inquire about their program and the woman that answered the call told me essentially that it would not benefit me AT ALL."
So, what are we being told here in a Conner run "newspaper" article? I can envision lots of people liking the idea of smart meters if they think they can save money. Unless they check with CMP (and most people wouldn't) and find that smart meters will not save money, they are very likely to want one. Thus, an easy sell by CMP. No big argument from the public. Everybody jump on the band wagon. That sort of thing. Just like we are being lied to about wind power, another big lie by the media is about to go unnoticed by the general public and it won't be until these meters are installed and people find out they have been ripped a new one, will they complain. Too late.
I am going to call CMP tomorrow to verify "snowgo"s comment. I will note the time and the person to whom I am speaking with. Then, if true, I will write a letter to ye ed. about it. I have no idea what else to do. We have no one in this state who gives a damn about the ratepayer, if you ask me. Any ideas?