December 30, 2017




Smart meter installations causing problems, claims Carlucci

Carlucci, left, discusses a singed electric meter with a Rockland resident

NEW CITY – State Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet) said electric smart meters being installed on homes in Rockland County area causing some problems.

He said he has received calls from residents who have reported meters smoking and others who said appliances malfunctioned after those meters were installed.

“We want to make sure that they have recourse against Orange and Rockland when an appliance isn’t working or when they do have burn marks on their house,” Carlucci said on Friday.

Those meters are a “proven safe, secure and reliable device,” responded O&R spokesman Michael Donovan.

“None of the O&R smart meter installations has resulted in fire,” he said. There have been four instances of flashovers during installation. Two of those were the result of installer error and two were the result of faulty equipment. No fire resulted from the flashovers and on one was injured.”

Donovan said the utility received six claims for what customers believe has been damage to their household appliances as a result of smart meter installation. Of those claims investigated so far, there has been no correlation found between the appliance damage and the smart meters operation.

The claims were for two stoves, one light fixture, one power strip, one computer and one printer, he said.

O&R has installed over 53,000 electric smart meters in Rockland County since mid-June.

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