Smart Meters also can interact with appliances, allow ComEd to force shutdown of appliances during peak consumption times, and carry a number of concerns ranging from privacy concerns to health concerns from the wireless signals they emit to communicate with ComEd and appliances within the consumer's home.
The issue, according to ComEd, is not with the Smart Meter device itself but rather the wiring of the device to older consumer homes. Regardless, the industry is concerned about the dangers stemming from overheating and fires.
ComEd, like other utilities, are responsible for the products that they use to deliver their services. While ComEd does not generate electricity, they are the distribution company for most of the consumers within the Chicagoland area.
The industry is determined to increase adoption of Smart Meters, both to even out electric consumption by shifting consumer habits (such as automatically starting appliances during the night to reduce peak load consumption or preventing air conditioning condensers from operating, but allowing fans to circulate air) and by saving overhead costs from terminating meter maid reader positions.
Their gains should not come at the expense of consumers who have rights and should contact an attorney who is knowledgeable in energy, environmental and personal injury law.