Apr 02, 2014
I refused the new "smart" meter because we have severe lightning storms here in Florida and a close-by hit would most likely zap the electronics in those meters. I was in electronics and computers in my professional life and know what lightning can do, even if not a direct hit.
Just this last week, I got a notice from Florida Power & Light (FPL) that I have an option to opt out of the "smart" meter, but it will cost me an enrollment fee of $95 and thereafter, an additional monthly charge of $13 as long as I keep the old meter. The word "coercion" comes to mind.
So, a year and a half after my objection to the "smart" meter because of the above stated technical issues, FPL came up with this scheme. I suppose they got clearance from their lawyers to do this. I doubt that any complaint to the Florida Utility Board will be fruitless.