This legislation is a request the legislature investigate the reporting of the smart meter (AMI or mesh) pilot in Worcester. The pilot was plagued by cost overruns, constituent complaints ignored, and the submissions of the costs for a public hearing were blacked out, i.e. censored. This request is intended to help get justice and forestall continuance of expensive and also harmful smart meters, and was put forward by constituents in Worcester and Norfolk in two different but similar bills.
An Act An Emergency Act to Investigate the Results Reporting of the National Grid Worcester Smart Meter Pilot Program and its Implications for the Department of Public Utilities Grid Modernization, Time of Use, and Smart Meter Proceedings.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
(a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be established a special commission to investigate the results reporting of the National Grid Worcester Smart Meter Pilot Program established in Docket MA DPU 11-129, which ended December 31, 2018. The scope of the commission shall include, but shall not be limited to, calculating a complete and transparent accounting of all costs for the pilot program, including those costs incurred by the public for actions taken by the Department of Public Utilities and the Attorney General’s office; conducting an independent audit and investigation of the results reported by Navigant Consulting, including claimed cost and energy savings; and determining whether National Grid ratepayers should bear the costs for said Worcester National Grid Smart Meter Pilot Program.
(b) The commission shall report the results of its investigation and its recommendations by filing a public report with the Clerk of the Senate; the Clerk of the House of Representatives; The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy; the Office of the Governor; and the Department of Public Utilities no later than 6 months after the first meeting of the commission is convened.
(c) The commission shall conduct its first meeting no later than 90 days after the effective date of this act.