Of course they can. Look at your electric bill. They know your usage patterns and can react quickly to dramatic changes, up or down.<quoted text>
Can't they do that anyway?
That's how they catch the indoor pot growers.
That's how they catch the ones who bypass the meter.
But the wingnuts have to ratchet up fear.
It gives them something to do.
Smart meters are part of the new smart grid, which America is years behind in creating.
Our electric network is a national embarassment.
these nitwits think they somehow have a 'right to privacy' in their electric use.
Next, they'll tell us their right to hide their electric usage is a Constitutional right!!