The purpose of this health impact assessment (HIA) is to evaluate the potential health impacts of the deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for residential customers in the Commonwealth Edison service territory in Illinois. The purpose of this HIA is not to evaluate whether or not AMI meters should or should not be deployed, but rather to highlight the health and safety aspects of AMI for consideration by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) as it reviews proposed AMI deployment plans. The data-driven, systematic nature of HIA offers a unique opportunity to incorporate health explicitly into the terms set by the ICC so that AMI deployment maximizes its potential to promote health and minimizes the likelihood that consumers, especially those from households that struggle to pay utility bills, will be harmed.

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