WE'VE ALREADY GOT EM! -'They' already covered the Birmingham area last summer.
"With the Alabama Power Smart Meter program, the meter of the future is coming today."
‘Smart meters’ may trim power bill
Smart Meters Gaining U.S. Foothold
96.3 Million European Households To Have Smart Meters By 2014 Study Says
And it sure gets hot here in the south...so that ol' 'Smart Meter' is going to 'buzz' around -BIGTIME!
Obama's remarks on signing the stimulus plan - Transcript & Video
The investment we are making today will create a newer, smarter electric grid that will allow for the broader use of alternative energy. We will build on the work that's being done in places like Boulder, Colorado, a community that is on pace to be the world's first Smart Grid city. This investment will place Smart Meters in homes to make our energy bills lower, make outages less likely and make it easier to use clean energy.
And to make matters worse...look at MO - Analysis With new charge, saving electricity could end up costing Missourians
"The charge covers the cost of utilities’ efforts to promote energy efficiency and cut power use."[...]
One of the company’s more popular energy-saving initiatives has provided free programmable thermostats to about 34,000 residential customers in Missouri and Kansas. KCP&L can [SMART METER?]remotely control the devices to reduce the frequency at which air conditioners run during peak demand times. The power company overrode customers’ air conditioners four times last year and twice so far this summer, Caisley said.
Do you get this? So...it costs money to use and not to use electricity? Yea right!