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Kauai utility votes to keep smart meter opt-out fees

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:58 a.m. HST, Jan 27, 2014


The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative voted to keep fees that are charged to customers who don't want to use the company's wireless smart meter to measure their energy usage.

The fee is $10.27 a month for customers who don't want to use the smart meter.

Of the 10,901 ballots casted, 74 percent of KIUC members voted to keep the fees while 26 percent opposed.

"The record voter turnout along with the big margin for 'yes' votes suggests that the vast majority of members were engaged, understood what was at stake and wanted to send a clear message that they supported the board's decision to charge the fees," said Allan Smith, chairman of the KIUC board of directors. "We're grateful for that support and we thank the members on both sides of the issue who took the time to vote."

The Public Utilities Commission approved the charge last November.

The charge covers the cost of manually reading the meters.

Smart meters allow the utility to remotely read a customer's energy usage data and can connect and disconnect service.







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Numilalocal wrote:
Ha!
on January 26,2014 | 08:56AM
LKK56 wrote:
Count that vote as "1" for the locals and "0" for the newcomers.
on January 26,2014 | 08:59AM
slowroll323 wrote:
Agree.
on January 26,2014 | 09:38AM
Hawaiiobserver wrote:
"The charge covers the cost of manually reading the meters. Smart meters allow the utility to remotely read a customer's energy usage data and can connect and disconnect service." What? Why is there a need to read the meters manually when it can be read remotely?
on January 26,2014 | 09:57AM
username_required wrote:
Did you fail reading comprehension?
on January 26,2014 | 10:07AM
harley1 wrote:
Well the SA staff failed syntax, reading and spelling: "Of the 10,901 ballots casted" should have been written as "Of the 10,901 ballots cast"...
on January 26,2014 | 06:06PM
nitpikker wrote:
the article doesn't clarify, but an earlier article said some customers refused the smart meters and they are the ones still needing manual meter readers.
on January 26,2014 | 12:24PM
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