Wireless meters have been making the headlines lately — whether they’re tracking parking spots or submitting power-use information to electric companies, and today Commonwealth Edison has a bit more unfortunate news. It announced that several of its smart meters have been involved in “small fires” in the Chicago area.
It’s completely understandable that you might lose power following a massive storm. It’s even understandable that you might be without power for several days while the power company repairs damaged lines. What doesn’t make sense is when you have no electricity because the power company is convinced that you have no idea what you’re talking about.
Whose fault is it when your cable installer climbs up your utility poll and breaks it? Is it yours? Is it your electric company’s? One woman found out the hard way that not only was it her problem — but that ComEd was going to shut her electricity off if she didn’t find a way to fix it.
When Robert Hancock of Carterville, IL got his monthly power bill, it made him mad. Why? Because it was $526.62—up 200% from the previous month.
When Illinois’ 10-year price freeze ended January 1st, people were told to expect an increase of around 22-55%, according to BusinessWeek. Now the legislature is looking into why some Amren customers are paying on average up to 170% more than before the price freeze melted:
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From The Chicago Tribune: “We don’t need a California-style energy crisis in Illinois,” cautions a voice representing Consumers Organized for Reliable Electricity.”
After her small dogs were attacked by coyotes, Illinois resident Julie Winters sought recourse from all manner of sources, from the local police to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Now she may have a surprise ally: the Commonwealth Edison utility company. Reports the Chicago Tribune: