Councilman Eric Gioia calls on Con Edison to add Smart Meters
By Erin Durkin
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
A Queens pol called on Con Ed on Sunday to install technology that could save New Yorkers millions on their electric bills - and blasted the utility for squandering cash they could use to pay for it.
Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) said installing Smart Meters, which provide real-time info on electric rates and use, would save the average consumer 10% on electric costs.
"Con Ed has the money," he said, noting the utility made a $1.2 billion profit last year. "They've been sitting on the money and not investing a penny in what New Yorkers really need."
He said Con Ed instead paid "exorbitant" salaries to executives and upped dividends to investors for the 35th straight year.
In a statement, Con Ed called Smart Meters "the wave of the future" and said it would install them - when it could secure tens of millions of dollars in public funding to make it happen.
I guess Eric hasn't changed his position on these things, which will end up costing the consumer more in the long run. Why bother troubling yourself with closing hospitals, overdevelopment and crime when you can waste everyone's time bitching about the MTA, Costco and Con Ed?