Monday, July 8 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-07-09 03:44:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Communism, hacking, and even fire. Residents and politicians alike have said just about everything about MLGW installing smart meters. The resolution that sits before the Memphis City CouncilMore >>
Communism, hacking, and even fire. Residents and politicians alike have said just about everything about MLGW installing smart meters.More >>
Friday, June 7 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-06-07 15:46:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Are smart meters dangerous? That is what one Memphis city councilwoman and some Memphis residents want to know. A town hall meeting is being held Thursday night to discuss the potential dangers. MLGWMore >>
With 1,200 installed and a planned 60,000 more to come, a Memphis city councilwoman and MLGW customers raised concerns about smart meters during a meeting Thursday.More >>
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(WMC-TV) - Many expect the Memphis City Council to make a decision soon regarding the so-called smart meters that have caused much opposition from residents.
MLGW says smart meters are the future, which is leading the analog utility meter on the way out.
"Has a lot of cost saving involved with it," said MLGW CEO Jerry Collins in May.
Weeks ago Collins talked about the accuracy of the smart meters and the cost savings to the customer. The meter gives printable information on the bill to show when a customer uses the most energy and what times of the day he or she should use more energy to save money. In other words, it provides real time information to help reduce a customer's utility bill during peak hours.
According to MLGW, the smart meters bring a number of advantages, and that the entire industry is moving in that direction.
"All across the country utility bills are doubling and tripling. The high bill comes because of the smart meter," said Rick Thompson with IBEW at a town hall meeting. "We feel the customers need to know what MLGW is about to do to them."
Some people have concerns about privacy because the meter sends information to MLGW.
"This gives the potential form [of] government, foreign or domestic, or attackers of some type with any sort of agenda to take control of parts or all of the power grid," said customer Adam Eubank.
But others, like the workers union, have concerns about a reduction in jobs.
"Meter readers are turning in 1,300 tickets a year of things they're finding out in the field. Smart Meters will never find those things," said Hawkins.
Collins says no one will lose their jobs as a result of Smart Meters.
"We will eliminate 170 positions over seven years through attrition," he said.
MLGW hopes for the council approval to get 24,000 customers switched from an analog meter to a smart meter or less than six percent of its customers. City leaders are expected to vote August 6.
It is important for customers to note if they do not want a smart meter, whether a business or residence, then they can opt out of the program.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:28:36 GMT
The search is over for the missing Mississippi 17-year-old at the center of the weekend Amber Alert. Katelyn Beard's body was found Tuesday before noon, off of Darden road, near the scene of a morningMore >>
The coroner said her body had been dumped for at least two days, and she was shot in the head.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:22:45 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Katelyn Beard's body was found during a search by local law enforcement Tuesday morning. More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:21:05 GMT
Tracy Lynn Garner is being sentenced, Tuesday, in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to an Atlanta woman's death. Garner was convicted Friday evening after the jury deliberatedMore >>
Garner was convicted Friday evening after the jury deliberated for about five hours.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert MahaffeyMore >>
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:39:10 GMT
(WMC) – Memphis police are the scene of a shooting where a woman was possibly shot in the head. This happened in the 900 block of East Raines Road, near Elvis Presley Boulevard on Tuesday morning. ThisMore >>
A Memphis mother of two was shot and killed by her estranged husband outside a Whitehaven day care center Tuesday morning. More >>
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