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smart meters and kentuckyHere’s an email a friend received from Mr. Melnykovych at the PSC re. Smart Meters and KU’s plans for installation on homes in their jurisdiction:

Good morning –

The PSC currently has an administrative proceeding underway to consider a number of issues related to smart grid technology, including smart meters. A decision in this matter is a number of months away. The case number in this matter is 2012-00428.

Records in the case are available on the PSC website at this location: cases/2012-00428.

At this point, issues regarding smart meter installation are being addressed on a case-by-case basis as they arise.

To the best of my knowledge, Kentucky Utilities has not announced any plans for a large-scale installation of automated meters. IF KU moves to install smart meters in advance of a PSC setting forth any standards, and you are unable to come to an accommodation with the utility, you can contact our Consumer Services Division at 800-772-4636 to see whether there is anything they can do to assist you.

Andrew Melnykovych
Director of Communications
Kentucky Public Service Commission
211 Sower Boulevard
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-782-2564 cell:502-330-5981

Her email to the PSC (which is way nicer than mine, a good reminder that you catch more flies with honey):

Dear Mr. Melnykovych,

I am writing to let you know that I do not wish to have a Smart (AMR) Meter installed at my home. Currently, I don’t have one but I am concerned that I might be slated to receive one.

I called the PSC customer service line to let them know that I am concerned about this. I have also contacted Kentucky Utilities but was informed that it may not be up to me. I am wondering if you know if there’s anything I can do to keep my normal meter.

Thanks in advance for your help.