AUGUSTA  (AP) — A group of Central Maine Power ratepayers has filed a complaint with state regulators about the utility’s use of so-called “smart meters.”

Ed Friedman, of Bowdoinham, is the lead petitioner in the 19-person complaint filed with the Maine Public Utilities Commission challenging CMP’s smart-meter program, in which CMP is replacing 600,000 traditional electric meters with wireless digital devices.

After reviewing other complaints, the PUC in May voted to allow CMP customers to opt out of using the meters, at a cost of $12 a month.

Friedman says the new complaint seeks to have CMP stop installing the meters or at least make them optional at no cost.

He says the meters carry health risks and raise questions about privacy issues.

CMP says smart meters are safe.

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