Smart Meter Program Opt Out 

The state Public Utilities Commission says Central Maine Power must allow its customers to opt out of using “smart meters” designed to help utilities manage the consumption of electricity.In a decision issued yesterday, the PUC says CMP customers who don’t want to use the smart meters must pay an upfront cost and then a monthly charge. Mainers eligible for heating assistance will be charged half price.CMP is in the process of replacing 600,000 traditional electric meters with wireless digital meters. Proponents say the new, smart meters will help save electricity.Some people feel the meters pose a health risk, but the commission said earlier it wouldn’t investigate the health effects of the meters.