Planned Smart Electric Meters On Long Island Draw Fears About Privacy, Radiation

CBS New York

JERICHO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Power is going high-tech on Long Island, as PSEG rolls out a new way of measuring electricity use.

But as CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, some are worried that the new meters might be invading their privacy.

The analog electric meters that have been around for decades will soon be a thing of the past on Long Island. Homes there are hooking up to smart meters, which wirelessly transmit utility use to PSEG Long Island.

The smart meters phase out meter readers, and enable customers to monitor their usage, according to advocates.

“We are trying to eliminate the estimated meter reads so people can have a more accurate and real-time understanding of what their usage is,” said PSEG Long Island spokesman Jeff Weir.

But some Long Island residents, including Rosanne Spinner of New Hyde Park, want no part of the high-tech upgrade.

Spinner said the plan “sounds…

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