South Carolina Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the South Carolina House would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses without penalty. Passage of this bill would enable South Carolinians to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

Rep. Dwight Loftis (R-Greenville), along with five other Republican representatives, introduced House Bill 4723 (H4723) on Jan. 25. The legislation would ensure utility customers can easily opt-out of smart meter programs.

Smart meters monitor home energy usage in minute detail in real time. The devices transmit data to the utility company where it gets stored in databases. Anybody with access to the data can download it for analysts. Without specific criteria limiting access to the data, these devices create significant privacy issues. Smart meters can also be used to remotely limit power usage during peak hours.

H4723 would require utility companies to provide written notice before installing a smart meter on a home or business and provide an option for the customer to opt out without any additional charges. The proposed law would also allow a customer to have …

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