Public Hearing today on Smart Grids 

The Public Utilities Commission will hear a proposal by Central Maine Power today, to install automated meter systems at homes and businesses.CMP hopes to begin installing the meters this year and complete the change over within two years. It’s received a $96 million federal grant to pay for about half of the $190 million price tag.Opponents of smart grid include the Electrical Workers’ union, which says it will cause layoffs.——-Meanwhile, Bangor Hydro is going ahead with its plans for an $8 million electrical grid update.The power company is going through with the project, despite being denied federal stimulus money.It’s expected to be completed by the end of next year.The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved its plan.