NO COST JUSTIFICATION    Northeast Utilities in Massachusetts stated in a written submittal,

“There is no cost justification that can support the implementation of smart meters…there is ample evidence that this technology will be unduly costly for customers and that the objectives of grid modernization are achievable with technologies and strategies that rank higher in terms of cost effectiveness…the costs associated with AMI are astronomical, while the incremental benefits for customers are small.”

Attorney General of Illinois, Lisa Madigan, “Consumers don’t need to be forced to pay billions for so-called smart technology to know how

to reduce their utility bills.…The utilities have shown no evidence of billions of dollars in benefits to consumers from these new meters, but

they have shown they know how to profit.  I think the only real question is: How dumb do they think we are?”