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Tune in to an encore episode of The Business Beat, as Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ed White, vice president of energy products for National Grid. They talk about whether smart meters pose financial and health risks. The interview aired originally on November 24, 2013.
On October 18, 2013, National Grid opened the doors of New England's first-of-its-kind Sustainability Hub, located in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood, near Clark University. The hub offers hands-on education about energy-efficiency and emerging-energy technologies for National Grid customers and the community at large. The intent is to help them learn how to maximize their energy savings with a better understanding of smart-energy solutions.
As Worcester Mag reported at the time, "The grand opening gave National Grid a break from the wave of criticism that has been directed to the company over the implementation of its Smart Grid Pilot Program, which the state Department of Public Utilities approved last August. Almost 14,000 so-called Smart Meters have already been installed [in Massachusetts]. Some homeowners have complained about the process, which calls for them to opt-out, instead of opt-in. Some see it as an intrusion on their privacy.
"The outcry has come from in and outside of Worcester," the Worcester Mag article continued. "Among the most vocal critics have been residents on Tory Fort Lane, where a National Grid Substation has caused [alleged] headaches for some who complain of the loud and constant hum. Residents there received a break, recently, when National Grid, under intense pressure not to install a 90-foot tower there. The company is in the process of receiving approval [from Worcester’s Zoning Board of Appeals] to instead build the tower in a business zone."
National Grid has received ZBA approval for the three other towers needed for the two-year pilot program, which will involve 15,000 National Grid customers throughout Worcester.