Current Smart Meter Policies

NC Smart Solutions is dedicated to educating the citizens of North Carolina about Smart Meters.  There are no current or pending legislative actions for the State of North Carolina.

North Carolina Utilities Commission

OPT OUT in North Carolina

The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that you may OPT OUT of your Smart Meter.  However, you must have a doctor’s note!

Read more about the current policy here.

Confused about your OPT OUT options?  Read our FAQ here.

DOCKET NO.E-7 SUB 1115

The North Carolina Utilities Commission is still taking comments for DOCKET NO.E-7 SUB 1115.

This is a docket that was part of the approval of a fee to be paid by Duke Energy (DEC) customers who choose not to have DEC install advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meters (smart meters) to measure their electric service.

Docket Number E-7 Sub 1115 was opened on May 10, 2016. At this date, it remains open.  However, the commission has dictated that customer’s may opt out with a doctor’s note.

Many of your fellow North Carolinians have commented on Smart Meter and their right to opt out of being charged a fee for having a non-AMI installed on their homes.  The comments cite health concerns, privacy rights and fires as reasons to opt out of a smart meter installation.  This is information worth reading.

To access the documents, click on the dockets tab at https://www.ncuc.net

Then, click on the documents tab and fill in the docket number as E-7 Sub 1115.

Two Doctors Weigh In

Here are two compelling comments:

Larry Burk’s comments to the NCUC in February, 2016.

letter from Olle Johansson, Associate Professor of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Other Jurisdictions

Opting-Out of Smart Meters

Many states have enacted legislation or policies supporting the installation of smart meters. However, at least 21 states have programs that allow consumers to opt-out of smart meter installation. While the general approach to opt-out programs varies, there are some trends. For example, many states have approved opt-out fees to cover the costs of manually reading the meter every month. However, a few exceptions do exist and there have been a number of bills introduced in state legislatures that seek to ban this type of opt-out fee. And while most states require a customer to request an opt-out, New Hampshire is the only state that requires that customers opt in. Utilities in the state must receive written consent prior to installing smart meters. Several states have considered bills in 2017 including Kentucky’s S.B. 121, which would have required utilities seeking to install smart meters to offer advance notice and the option to opt out to customers. Missouri also considered H.B. 1033, which would have also included a one-time fee not to exceed $100. Source:  NCSL August, 2017

The latest decision by the North Carolina Utilities Commission possibly makes North Carolina the first state to limit the smart meter technology revolution by means of a medical opinion.