EWEB Opts In for Smart Meters

EUGENE, Ore. — EWEB will move forward with the controversial smart meters on an opt-in basis.

The decision came down after a lengthy board meeting that included dozens of public comments. Smart meters have wireless capabilities to relay data to the utility company.

Many who spoke at the Tuesday meeting are worried about privacy and the amount of energy the meters transmit. That’s ultimately why the board decided to move forward with this opt-in pilot program.

“This opt in approach gives people choice,” said EWEB spokesperson Joe Harwood. “If you want in on it, great. If not, that’s fine too. We only need 10 to 15 percent of our customers to opt in and we can actually see some great benefits to it.”

The pilot program will allow people to see how much and when they use their power and possibly shift their consumption patterns to save on their bills.

Anyone interested in the program’s urged to call EWEB.

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