Smart Meter Costs Rejected: Are Consumers Balking?

Law360, New York (July 16, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT) -- Maryland and its subdivisions have been ardent supporters of renewable energy, climate change mitigation and all things green. To date, the cost of implementation has not been considered a barrier given the perceived benefits.

However, a Maryland regulatory agency recently rejected a smart meter proposal by the state’s largest utility that included $200 million in federal funding. What happened? And what does this portend for energy efficiency projects across the nation?

Some background on the Maryland project will shed light on the subject. Recent examples of...
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