Hawaii Electric Co-Op Sued over Smart Meters

Hawaii Electric Co-Op Sued over Smart Meters

The complaint says in part: “The defendant is rushing forward with the installation of so called smart meters throughout the island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i, despite serious security and privacy concerns, some of which involve apparent constitutional and statutory violations…The requested preliminary injunction is urgently needed to prevent potential injury to plaintiff and thousands of other individuals residing on Kaua’i.”

Asquith is requesting a judgment requiring KIUC to halt all smart meter deployments until an acceptable alternative for co-op members is presented. The complaint urges KIUC to acknowledge the right of members to keep their analog meters at no additional cost and urges an opt-in policy.

KIUC Chief Executive Officer David Bissell says the utility was “disappointed. While KIUC is committed to the smart meter technology, the cooperative has said it will indefinitely defer installation of smart meters for the small number of members who are opposed to the technology and submit a formal request. We hoped this deferral program and our many conversations with the community about smart meters would relieve the concerns raised by the plaintiff and prevent this issue from ending up in the courts.”

Installation of residential smart meters was scheduled to start by early May. The co-op has announced that residents can opt out if they contact KIUC within two weeks from when they receive the installation notice.

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