ComEd Smart Meter Refusals/ Deferrals … $21.53 per month

Electric Meter PhotosCommonwealth Edison (ComEd) customers in Illinois have the availability of a temporary refusal or deferral program so that they can retain their current analog electrical usage meter.  Unfortunately, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has ordered ComEd to install new wireless smart meters for all customers as part of the “Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act” over a ten-year period.

As part of a ruling by the ICC issued on February 5, 2014, customers can refuse to have smart meters installed at a cost of $21.53 per month.  “If customers make the decision to refuse a [smart] meter now and incur monthly charges associated with this choice, it should be with full knowledge that this refusal is simply deferring the inevitable,” the Illinois Commerce Commission said in its order.  Beginning in 2022 the ICC has stated that customers will receive the smart meters regardless of whether they want them or not.

[Updated June 2014:  Note that ComEd has accelerated smart meter deployments and now intends to complete its installation by the end of 2018.  See link at:  ComEd Receives Approval to Accelerate Smart Meter Installation.  Note the biased nature of the article in that it states that: “New timetable advances customer benefits three years ahead of schedule.”  It also, of course, advances the schedule for the many risks and hazards related to smart meter technology.  Regarding benefits, … ComEd’s own pilot program demonstrated that:

“A new report by independent researchers shows that less than 9% of about 8,000 randomly selected households used their newly installed smart meters to save money by adjusting thermostats or turning off appliances during the afternoon or on hot days.  As part of the test, ComEd imposed higher rates or offered rebates during peak- demand hours to encourage consumers to cut back.  Overall, reduced demand from those paying variable rates was ‘statistically insignificant,’ the report says.  In a few cases, some households inexplicably used more energy during peak hours when rates were higher, which the report called ‘counterintuitive’ …”

Based upon a review of documents submitted to the Illinois Commerce Commission, ComEd is assuming that 0.5 percent of total customers (about 20,000) will refuse smart meter installations during the term of the smart meter deployment.  In addition, all non-smart meters are now planned for conversion during 2019, the first year after the last year of the smart meter deployment period, which is 2018.] 

When contacted by ComEd that a smart meter installation is scheduled for your home, SkyVision Solutions encourages customers to take advantage of the deferral program if they possibly can afford the monthly penalty fee.  At this point it is not clear whether ComEd will even advertise or inform consumers of the available option.  It is likely that consumers will need to contact ComEd and insist that a new smart meter not be installed due to any number of reasons, including health issues, invasions of privacy, targeted home invasion/ physical security concerns, cyber threats, fire and safety concerns, billing issues, consumer choice, environmental impact, etc.  As a customer, you can initially call ComEd at 1-866-368-8326 to request a deferral.  A follow-up letter to document any phone conversations with ComEd is recommended.

A lot can change in the months and years ahead.  Continued push-back on smart meters by consumers is essential.  Let’s hope that people in authority at the ICC and elsewhere come to their senses and realize that the costs and risks associated with smart meters far outweigh any purported benefits.

ICC Press Release on Smart Meters Feb 6, 2014

For a related blog posting on how ComEd compares smart meters to baby monitors, refer to the following link:

https://smartgridawareness.org/2014/01/22/comed-compares-smart-meters-to-baby-monitors/

Other Recommended Reading:

Opting Out of the New Utility “Smart” Meters is a Healthier Choice

Nine Reasons Why Today’s Smart Meter Systems Are a Mistake

Smart Meter Privacy Invasion ALERT

When Smart Meters Get Hacked: The Nightmare Scenario

The “Smart” Grid Is Not Smart, Safe, or Green

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7 Responses to ComEd Smart Meter Refusals/ Deferrals … $21.53 per month

  1. bollivar4 says:

    As I understand the Illinois smart meter installation is mandatory for every one. This is where I come in. I was declared disabled by the Social Security Administration due in part to my hypersensitive to RF and microwave radiation. The administrative law judge stated this fact in her report adjudicating me disabled. The Illinois Smart Meter act is unconstitutional to all those who are hypersensitive as I am.. Class Action? You betcha and I am the guy getting the ball rolling.

  2. cpk says:

    ComEd keeps contacting me to install the smart meter. My old meter is located in a location that makes it impossible for the technician to install it. To move the old meter is going to cost me a few thousand dollars which I don’t have since I’m on a fixed income. I’ve told them this and they have no options for me.

    • Sorry to hear of your problems. Not sure what is causing your meter needing to be relocated upon change-out. Sometimes over the years, home additions or remodeling make one’s original meter nearly inaccessible due to poor planning at the time of the change in home design. In these cases the meter will eventually have to be relocated and this would normally be homeowner responsibility. For ComEd customers, paying the $21.53/mo opt-out fee may at least delay your having to relocate meter now until you can save enough money to hire an electrician to relocate meter box to a location more suitable for access by the utility company.

      One issue I have recently seen is where a homeowner installed a deck which basically covered the bottom half of meter box enclosure although meter itself could still be read. Before smart meter installation, the homeowner cut out a section of deck around the meter box allowing better access. After meter installation, a hatch of sorts was screwed back in place.

  3. Brooke Fry says:

    This is ridiculous. I just realized the dangers of a smart meter. I never even knew one was installed and never was informed. I am livid. Today I called Com Ed and asked them to remove it immediately. They are coming in two working days. However, they now want to charge me $77.00 to remove this piece of deadly garbage. Our government is trying to control all of us; this is not right and we are slowly getting toxified every day.

  4. I had a question from a blog reader regarding how ComEd customers pay for the smart meters in terms of their bill and whether their rates go up when they get the smart meter.

    Actually you are already paying for the smart meter whether you get one installed or not, about $3 per month was approved by the ICC for smart grid implementation. This extra charge would be in effect for at least 10 years.

    The fact you defer getting a smart meter by retaining an analog doesn’t affect the extra $3/mo you are already paying. This charge is not part of the price/rate for electricity but it is likely embedded in what you pay as a fixed delivery charge each month. I’m not a ComEd customer so I don’t know exactly how the actual utility bill charges are itemized.

    So if you defer and pay an extra $21.53 per month for that, you will also be paying an extra $3 or so in your bill as if you had the smart meter.

    What ComEd says at its website is: “The cost of all smart grid improvements for residential customers is about $3 per month. Smart meters are a key component of the smart grid and will comprise approximately $2 of this monthly cost.”

    https://www.comed.com/technology/smart-meter-smart-grid/faqs/Pages/faqs.aspx

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