an independent Tea Party group in DuPage County, IL
received an email today:
Please join us to show your opposition to Smart Meters in Naperville! We're going to PACK THE HOUSE at this Tuesday's City Council Meeting.
Please come, bring everyone you know, and pass this email on to anyone you know opposed to the project.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
6:45pm (meeting begins at 7:00pm)
WEAR BLUE to show your opposition!
400 Eagle Street, City Council Chambers
See you there!
Recieved an email togay:ISSUE: SMART METERS
DEFINITION: A “Smart Meter” is a wireless or hard-wired two-way communication device that connects your home or business and broadcasts your personal information and energy use habits to the electric grid company.
DEFINITION: A “Smart Grid” is an electricity distribution network that utilizes “Smart Meters”.
REASONS TO OPPOSE SMART METERS
1.) More than 47 cities and counties in California have demanded a halt or have passed ordinances prohibiting “Smart Meters” due to excessive measurement errors, higher electric bills, privacy violations, fires and explosions, and commonly reported health impacts such as headaches, nausea, tinnitus, and heart problems associated with powerful wireless transmissions. http://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/sample-let...
2.) California’s largest utility has replaced “Smart Meters” with analog meters due to health reasons.
3.) Nevada’s Public Utility Commission is investigating “Smart Meters” to allow residents to “opt-out” of this technology. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/oct/25/nv-energys-smart-meters...
4.) Lisa Madigan states “Smart Meters” are to expensive for consumers and will increase spending $3.76 Billion dollars. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-06-21/news/ct-oped-0621-mad... You could use that $3.76 Billion to build a generating station.
5.) Connecticut and Hawaii both rejected the smart grid project b/c it was too expensive for the ROI
and lacked societal benefits. (Atty. General George Jepsen in CT on 2/8/11 urges state regulators to
reject CL&P's plan to replace electric meters b/c "the pilot results showed no beneficial impact on
total energy usage" and they are not cost effective.")
6.) Analog Meters are accurate and there is NO need to change to “Smart Meters”.
7.) “Smart Meters” cost money, which will be passed along to the consumer and are potentially inaccurate. http://www.investingdaily.com/id/18042/electric-utilities-and-smart...
8.) There is NO end-to-end encryption, therefore personal data can be hacked and misused. According to Pike Research the Stuxnet worm makes electrical grids unsafe and hackers have the advantage!
9.) C.U.B. offers Com-Ed customers a FREE online assessment of their energy. We do NOT need “Smart Meters”.
10.) GAO (Govt. Accountability Office) identified 12/11/2011 6 key challenges in "Electricity Grid
A.) Aspects of the regulatory environment may make it difficult to ensure smart grid systems'
B) Utilities are focusing on regulatory compliance instead of comprehensive security.
C.) The electric industry does not have an effective mechanism for sharing info on cyber-security
D.) Consumers are not adequately informed about the benefits, costs, and risks associated with
“smart grid” systems
E.) There is a lack of security features being built into certain smart grid systems.
F.) The electricity industry does not have metrics for evaluating cyber security.
11.) According to Epic.org, Smart grid systems may be designed to allow electricity service providers, users, or third party electricity usage management service providers to monitor and control Consumers electricity use.
Further, they believe “Smart Meters” may Breach Civil Liberties in the following 14 ways:
Identity Theft Determine Personal Behavior Patterns
Determine Specific Appliances Used Perform Real-Time Surveillance
Reveal Activities Through Residual Data Targeted Home Invasions (latch key children, elderly, etc.)
Provide Accidental Invasions Activity Censorship
Profiling Unwanted Publicity and Embarrassment
Tracking Behavior Of Renters/Leasers
Behavior Tracking (possible combination with Personal Behavior Patterns)
Public Aggregated Searches Revealing Individual Behavior
Decisions and Actions Based Upon Inaccurate Data
12.) The following article shows a partial list of General Assembly politicians who were paid by Com-Ed or Ameren prior to passing SB 1652 & HB 3036 to raise energy rates and revamp grid. Radogno $38,000, Kirk Dillard $19,000, Mike Jacobs $16,750, Dale Righter $13,930, Antonio Munoz $13,850, Don Harmon $11,500, Toi Hutchinson $11,000, James Meeks $11,000, Bill Brady $9,500, Annazette Collins $8,250, A. J. Wilhemi $7,700, Mattie Hunter $7,000, Carole Pankau $6,350, John Millner http://mchenrycountyblog.com/category/electricity/
Here is entire list: http://ilcampaign.org/sites/default/files/Smart%20Grid%20Chart%2011...
13.) Health Risks of EMF/RF radiation: http://www.bioinitiative.org/freeaccess/report/index.htm, http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21714138, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21793784
14.) “Smart Meter” is fire hazard. http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1280
15.) Smart meters is just the POWER expansion of the United Nations Agenda 21 to take away people’s choice to choose and control the behavior patterns of society on a global basis. http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/39477