Archive for May, 2016

May 29, 2016 — ALBANY, N.Y. (May 27, 2016) – A second New York Assembly committee has passed a bill that would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Final passage of this bill would allow New Yorker’s to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

$7,000 is too much for an electric meter
National Grid’s run-amok Worcester area
‘smart’ meter pilot is $29M (65%) over-budget at $7,000 per meter, & does not represent Massachusetts demographics.
The many

egregious ahhem, 
misrepresentations in National Grid’s FEB 2016 ‘Interim Report‘ need to come to light before we all end up with $7,000 ‘smart’ electric meters.
The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office will listen to ratepayer concerns on 
June 13th in Worcester (see details below)

CLAIM: 98% retention & 72% satisfied but the 4,000 – 6,000 

subjects who quit were conveniently not counted

CLAIM: In a ‘portion of Worcester’  

NOT: Groton, Auburn, etc.

CLAIM: ‘smart’ meters installed April ’14 

NOT: Installed in ’12 & ’13

CLAIM: Worcester Library usage 

Overstated Worcester’s Main Branch usage by 71%

 CLAIM: Not enough lower income subjects available
though half of Worcester meets National Grid’s threshold
CLAIM: 0.2% electricity “saved” on average
CLAIM: $1,250,0000 “saved” –  total (see chart below)


– 0.2% of the average annual MA home’s bill is less than $3

– Less than 11,000 subjects remain in the pilot

– $3 x 11,000 = $33,000



 $29,000,000 (65%) over budget (and counting)

 Sustainability Hub: $700k / 1,400% over budget 

 Cost:  $7,000 per meter and rising

 Vegetation decimated for ‘smart’ networks

 National Grid bought ratepayer private financial

& lifestyle data without their permission


National Grid and MA Department of Public Utilities rely on 
career tobacco testifier and outdated health data.
v Adverse symptoms ignored or scorned: headaches, sleep 
issues, ear ringing, neurological, etc.



Page 11 of Interim Report

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Public Listening Session
Monday, June 13, 2016: 6 – 8 pm
Energy & Environment Listening Session
devoted to hearing directly from YOU about issues
important to Greater Worcester & the Commonwealth.

Broad Meadow Brook Center & Sanctuary
414 Massasoit Road, Worcester
Open to the public: RSVP
Questions for the AG: 



Guess who is paying for the cost overrun…. yup.. us!
The Company’s filing is designed to recover $14,791,900 in smart grid pilot program costs both incurred in 2015 and under-recovered from prior years. To recover these costs, the Company seeks approval of the following for effect May 1, 2016: (1) revised Smart Grid Customer Cost Adjustment Factors (“SGCCAF”) pursuant to its basic service tariff, M.D.P.U. No. 1250; and (2) revised Smart Grid Distribution Adjustment Factors (“SGDAF”) pursuant to its smart grid adjustment provision tariff, M.D.P.U. No. 1238. The Department docketed this matter as D.P.U. 16-28.
In this proceeding, the Company proposes to recover $8,954,786 in customer-facing pilot program costs from its basic service customers, which includes $6,781,437 in customer-facing pilot program costs incurred in 2015 plus an under-recovery of $2,173,348 in customer-facing costs from prior years (Exh. MHK-3, at 1). 2 To collect these customer-facing costs, the Company proposes following revised SGCCAFs for effect May 1, 2016: Table 1: Proposed SGCCAFs 3 Customer Group SGCCAFs ($/kWh) Residential/Streetlight $0.00120 Commercial $0.00118 Industrial $0.00155 In addition, the Company proposes to recover $5,837,114 in grid-facing pilot program costs from its distribution customers, which includes $5,744,486 in grid-facing pilot program