Due to security concerns we have opted out of the ‘smart meter’ installation in our area. Had a guy here today installing dumb meters (gas and electric). Talked with him a bit, he told me that all of the lineman and electricians he works with have joined the opt out program. His concern was the fire risk that appears to be associated with ‘smart’ meters. According to him they’ve had meters that will turn off the main power and back on over and over again, eventually arcing and causing a house fire.
Anecdotal stories aren’t reasonable evidence, however the utilities refuse to provide real information and instead just discount these ‘stories’ as isolated incidents.
It all boils down to who you trust. I will never trust a business who’s model depends on using government violence to achieve profits.