Some Albany residents are upset because they feel as though contractors with National Grid did not give them an option when moving their meters.
National Grid says this isn’t the case.
You may see meters no matter what neighborhood you live in, and with a state mandate, you may see more.
“People need to be advised, which they’re not, that they have the right whether they can have the meters moved outside or not,” Gregory Magee, a Whitehall resident, said.
Magee says he’s spoken with several residents in the Whitehall neighborhood who’ve had gas meters moved due to a recent state mandate. He says contractors aren’t letting residents know they have a choice.
“They’re not telling people, ‘well, by the way, you can keep your meter inside.’”
“It’s not just a convenience thing it’s a safety thing,” Nate Stone, with National Grid, said.
Stone denies these claims. He says the company is not forcing customers to move their meters.
“If a home owner decides that they do not want their meter on the outside we do not force them.”
Stone says the push to move meters outside is due to safety issues and meters being tampered with, creating problems.
There are some, like Whitehall resident Pat Loomis, who supports the push to move meters outside.
“There’s a lot of scams going on, and I really believe leave well enough alone,” Loomis said. “We have a lot of problems to deal with, and this shouldn’t be one in my priority.”
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