SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR DETAILS ON HOW VERMONTERS CAN OPT-OUT
Why Stop Smart Meters?
Utility customers have noticed huge increases in their bill after a ‘smart’ meter is installed- in some cases hundreds of dollars more than usual. http://www.triplepundit.com/2009/12/customers-revolt-as-smart-meters-accused-of-overbilling/#
Read the interview with the Electronic Frontier Foundation about how ‘smart’ meters violate privacy.
Smart meters do not result in energy savings, according to Reuters. They may even increase energy consumption.
Whistleblowers interview on Smart Meters
The CA Public Utilities Commission, an appointed (not elected) body who are meant to regulate utility companies, has ignored popular local opposition and recklessly continues forcing ‘smart’ meters onto the people of CA.
full article – http://stopsmartmeters.org/why-stop-smart-meters/
PRESS RELEASE from the Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience, Stockholm, Sweden, February 3, 2011
Scientists who study radiofrequency radiation from wireless technologies have issued a scientific statement warning that exposures may be harming the development of children at levels now commonly found in the environment. Pregnant women are cautioned to avoid using wireless devices themselves and distance themselves from other users.
The Seletun Scientific Statement has now been published in Reviews on Environmental Health (2010; 25: 307-317). The article recommends that lower limits be established for electromagnetic fields and wireless exposures, based on scientific studies reporting health impacts at much lower exposure levels. Many researchers now believe the existing safety limits are inadequate to protect public health because they do not consider prolonged exposure to lower emission levels that are now widespread…
Many countries are promoting wireless communications on a community-wide scale for energy management and conservation. The SmartGrid concept could require every home to have a wireless electric and gas meter in place of their existing meters. If implemented, it will greatly increase the intensity of new wireless emissions in homes, schools and every other building that uses electricity and gas.
full press release – http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/docs/Karolinska_Institute_press_release.pdf
Assessment of Radio frequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters
FCC compliance violations are likely to occur under widespread conditions of installation and operation of smart meters and collector meters in California. Violations of FCC safety limits for uncontrolled public access are identified at distances within 6” of the meter.
full report – http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/
the Sage Report responds to the EPRI – linked below.
Sage Report on Radio-Frequency – Radio Frequecy Exposures from Smart Meters
EPRI (The Electric Power Research Institute) conducts research on issues of interest to the electric power industry, and is largely funded by electric utilities in the United States.
Currently, the data made available by the utilities that are installing smart meters is non-existent, piecemeal and without sufficient basis to verify. In addition, there are different types of meters being deployed, so a full accounting of each one should be public information.
full article – http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/?page_id=460
No Smart Meters San Francisco Blog (videos) – http://nosmartmeters.blogspot.com/
The following link has a list of local governments within California who are opposed to the mandatory wireless ‘smart’ meter program. Names of cities and counties are linked t0 news coverage or official council minutes that substantiate each city or county’s inclusion.
Smart Meter Facts - http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/index.php/smartmeter-facts
TAKE ACTION – Tell Governor Schumlin and your state Reps. you want the option to opt-out and keep your analogue meter. Governor’s office – http://governor.vermont.gov/ Legislator’s e-mails arranged by county - http://www.leg.state.vt.us/lms/legdir/districts.asp?Body=S&Session=2012 House Representative’s e-mails by county – http://www.leg.state.vt.us/lms/legdir/districts.asp?Body=S&Session=2012
Inform your community!
From CVPS – Can I opt out from CVPS SmartPower®?
We recognize that there may be some customers who would prefer not to have an advanced digital meter installed at their home. Customers have the right to opt out of the CVPS SmartPower® program. However, we strongly believe that together we can all benefit from updating and improving our electric system. Customers who choose to opt out must contact CVPS’ Customer Information Center at 800-649-2877, and will also be required to pay a monthly fee of $10 to cover the cost of meter reading and additional equipment expenses. (This fee has now been waived) - VPR News story