In Maine the advocate general did go to bat for the citizen but it ended in a compromise.
You have the ability to opt out but it will cost YOU. Funny, it's the power company that is the benefactor in this "contract", let me check to see where I agreed to this extortion....oh wait a minute.... I didn't.
So basically, you can do nothing and the benevolent powers that be will install a fancy new meter on your house at no charge, gee sounds like nirvana. (they even send a fancy color pamphlet to get your mind right for the acceptance).
Option out A : get a smart meter without RF emission for $20 (iirc) but will cost you $10.5 a month to have it 'read'
Option out B : keep your existing meter for $40 AND $12 a month for meter reader visitations.
For those wondering what plan I chose ..... let's make it fun....take a guess
your odds of winning are 1 in 3 (in comparison, your odds of getting hit by NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite are 1 in 3200).