• On July 12, 2012, the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine, the state’s highest court, vacated a portion of a prior Maine Public Utilities Commission (Maine PUC) order dismissing a complaint filed by certain customers of Central Maine Power Company (CMP) over the installation of smart electric meters. The consumer complaint alleged, among other things, that the Maine PUC failed to take into consideration the potential health and safety issues related to radio frequency radiation emitted by smart meters prior to approving CMP’s smart meter installation project. In vacating that portion of the Maine PUC’s order, the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine found that the Maine PUC failed adequately to address the health concerns raised by consumers. Because CMP has already installed over 600,000 smart meters, it is unclear what impact the court’s ruling will have. CMP has confirmed that it has an additional 2,000 smart meters to install and a spokesperson stated that it intends to install them. The Maine PUC, meanwhile, has issued a statement indicating that it is considering the best way to comply with the court’s order. The Court’s decision is available here.
  • Comments on the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) draft “Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework” are due August 9, 2012. The Federal Register notice is available here. “Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework” is available here.