Smart Meters Versus Privacy

For the utilities, the meters' real worth lies in the information generated, including details that some customers might prefer remained secret.

Published: 18-Sep-2009

Those new smart meters Peco Energy Co. and other utilities will install soon are being touted as money-savers that will give customers more control over their electric bills.

But for the utilities, the meters' real worth lies in the information generated, including details that some customers might prefer remained secret.

Already, Peco is analyzing daily readings to spot thieves who intermittently bypass the meters and steal power. And experts looking at meter data can discern the telltale signs of illicit activity, such as a marijuana "grow house."

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