Smart Electric Meters Probed After Reports Of Overheating

Law360, Philadelphia (August 29, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT) -- After more than two dozen reports of units overheating or sparking fires, utility commissions in Pennsylvania and Maryland have opened inquiries into the installation of so-called smart electric meters manufactured by North Carolina-based Sensus Metering Systems Inc.

In a letter sent to PECO Energy Inc. on Friday, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission asked the utility to answer a series of questions related to its advanced metering infrastructure program, which has seen the installation of about 186,000 Sensus meters at homes across the state.

Officials with PECO said they’ve received 15 reports of the units overheating, including two in which fires broke...

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