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Mayors discuss smart meter concerns

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The Mayors Council of Guam relayed ongoing concerns from their constituents to the Guam Power Authority regarding the installation of the new smart meters. While village mayors say they continue to hear the same concerns regarding health and privacy issues, the Council left pleased with GPA's response as to how these smart meters come with benefits such as assisting in reducing power consumption.

GPA spokesperson Art Perez said, "Safety is important to us and we would not do anything to harm our people. We want to make the message very clear that we are not in the business of hurting our people and that is not our mission. Our mission is to provide electrical power."

The mayors are hoping they don't run into the same issues they had when the Guam Waterworks Authority first installed its new meters. GPA is coordinating with each village mayor to schedule village meetings, which will fall in line with the installation of the meters in your village. Meantime, Perez says the Consolidated Commission on Utilities may decide at its next meeting if customers will be allowed to opt out from getting a smart meter.

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