Texans' Enthusiasm About Smart Meters Wanes

Seven years after legislators passed a law encouraging the use of “smart” electricity meters across Texas, enthusiasm about the initiative is waning amid complaints about the meters being installed against the wishes of some homeowners. And the numbers of calls are increasing from Texans who want to opt out of the program.

Smart meters, which can be remotely read, record power-usage data almost instantly, enabling utilities to respond faster to outages and also helping consumers track their own electricity habits and save money.

Utilities have placed the meters in millions of Texas households, and their proponents say they make the ...

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