As of June 2011, more than 5 million smart meters had been installed in the United States as part of federal stimulus-funded efforts to accelerate modernization of the nation's electric grid. Today, according to the Department of Energy, every cent of the US$813 million in federal stimulus funds dedicated to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) has been spent on — or has been committed to — smart meter installations. Couple that with highly publicized consumer ...

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