Can Vermonters Opt-out from Smart Meters? UPDATED

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

February, 2011

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.

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

link http://www.cvps.com/ProgramsServices/smartpower/TheFacts/AnswersToYourQuestions/index.asp#answerSix

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4 thoughts on “Can Vermonters Opt-out from Smart Meters? UPDATED

  1. A VERY SIMPLE METHOD TO DERAIL THIS PROJECT IS TO INFORM THE PUBLIC THAT WRAPPING THE GLASS PORTION OF THE SMART METER IN ALUMINUM FOIL WILL PREVENT IT FROM RADIATING THE SIGNAL REQUIRED FOR THE SMART GRID. IF THE “POWERS THAT BE” PERCEIVE THAT A MAJOR SEGMENT OF THE HOUSEHOLDS WILL DO THIS THEY WILL BE FORCED TO RETHINK THIS. THIS WILL REQUIRE WIDESPREAD DISSEMINATION OF THIS REMEDY.

    • Most people don’t care, “if you can’t see it, it is harmless.” The Green Propaganda Machine convince the people it is needed to upgrade the grid. Plus with all the handy apps they will sell you, you will be able to control your heat & A/C from France or preheat the oven before you arrive with frozen pizza from the store. It could be seen as the new necessity like cell phones. I hope not.

  2. Excellent, Simha. The net-net: Smart Grid is a collapse-related scam, in which a huge military corporation (Lockheed) gets to ‘greenwash’ its image by taking over a chunk of Vermont’s economy.

    The Legislature are for it, because their bloated, corrupt budget is in the red every year, and their solution is to militarize Vermont’s economy. They refuse to listen to any alternative solutions from actual Vermonters… are they scared? What are they so scared of?

    Lockheed will also get a monopoly over the residential energy sector. And if you’ve ever played Monopoly, a Quaker game invented to teach economic principles, you know that if you’ve got a monopoly, you can jack the prices up high as you want, forcing the other players out of the game: http://senatorwagner.com/2011/02/monopoly-blue-ribbon-tax-commission/

    I started writing on ‘smart’ metering here, and will continue to pursue this issue as a Vermont Senate candidate: http://senatorwagner.com/2011/09/refuse-smart-meters/

    • Greetings Robert,

      It is an important issue like so many these days. All these issues tend to revolve around Citizens United and Debt slavery. If we are going to be a Civil Society it won’t be in the name of special interests. In my view addressing all these issues individually is nearly impossible, we must reclaim “person’s rights” and put the corporations in their place. Peace, Simha

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