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Model Letter for State Representatives Opposing Smart Meters

The following model letters are provided to help get you started. Ideally, a personalized letter would be most effective. Please see our 2014 Guide here

Model Letter to State Delegate for 2014 Legislative Session Opposing Smart Meters

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Your Name
Your Address
Date

 

Delegate {insert Delegate name here}
House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

 

Dear Delegate {insert Delegate name here}:

I am one of your constituents and am very concerned about my utility replacing all of our analog electricity meters with ‘smart meters’.

These meters are supposed to help us manage our electricity usage and save both money and energy.  While I am certainly in favor of both of those goals, studies have proved that these meters will not save either energy or money.

In addition, these smart meters constitute a serious invasion of our privacy because of the wireless two-way communication and ease of hacking.  Some of the most intimate details of our lives will be on display for anyone working for my utility, anyone working for the contractor who prepares our utility bills, and anyone hacking into the system.  To make matters worse, there is nothing stopping my utility from selling our data to third party marketing companies.

Furthermore, the ‘smart meters’  will fill our homes with thousands of pulses of radiofrequency microwave radiation each day.  The utilities have refused to conduct any studies to determine whether this radiation can have adverse human health effects.

It is therefore vital that each Maryland ratepayer has the right to choose whether to have a smart meter or keep their old meters.  I therefore urge you to support House Bill 332.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Sincerely,

{Your Name}

 

Model Letter to State Senator for 2014 Legislative Session Opposing Smart Meters

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Your Name
Your Address
Date

 

Senator {insert Senatorname here}
Miller Senate Office Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

 

Dear Senator {insert Senator name here}:

I am one of your constituents and am very concerned about my utility replacing all of our analog electricity meters with ‘smart meters’.

These meters are supposed to help us manage our electricity usage and save both money and energy.  While I am certainly in favor of both of those goals, studies have proved that these meters will not save either energy or money.

In addition, these smart meters constitute a serious invasion of our privacy because of their wireless two-way communication and ease of hacking.  Some of the most intimate details of our lives will be on display for anyone working for my utility, anyone working for the contractor who prepares our utility bills, and anyone hacking into the system.  To make matters worse, there is nothing stopping my utility from selling this data to third party marketing companies.

Furthermore, the ‘smart meters’  will fill our homes with thousands of pulses of radiofrequency microwave radiation each day.  The utilities have refused to conduct any studies  whether this radiation can have adverse human health effects.

It is therefore vital that each Maryland ratepayer has the right to choose whether to have a smart meter or keep their old meters. I therefore urge you to support Senate Bill 880.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Sincerely,

{Your Name}

Some Links You Might Want to Share with Your Representatives
Dr. Joseph Mercola’s article “Smart Grid Funding Misspent on Obsolete Technologies, Says New Report” (referring to the Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid report). This is a summary of the a report put out by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy. This link also includes many links to other reports etc.

Link to the actual report: Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid

Consumers Digest Investigative Report by William Kelly: “Why Smart Meters Might Be a Dumb Idea” This concerns the (lack of) cost benefits to the consumer.

This is an article concerning the utilities’ attempt to sell the Smart Grid as “green” but the reality is far from this. There are no energy savings from Smart Meters, as shown in Dumb and Dangerous: The Problems with Smart Grids by B. Blake Levitt and Chellis Glendinning.

The following two articles discuss how localized solar energy solutions are threatening the utilities monopolistic business model:

“Solar Panels Could Destroy U.S. Utilities, according to U.S. Utilities” written by David Roberts

“Building a Solar Economy: 4 Lessons from Hawaii” by Erin L. McCoy. Hawaii’s solar boom has brought about an obstacle: excess power.

7 Responses to Model Letter for State Representatives Opposing Smart Meters

  1. Pam Platt June 18, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    I wrote a letter to my State Senator, Michael Miller, and I got a run around letter from his office. Maybe it’s time to shop for a new Senator, everyone should consider this as the means to an end.

  2. Kirk Wimer April 28, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    I just received a money grab letter from Delmarva Power as to a $75 opt-out fee and a $17 a month tack on for reading their meters for ME. (?)
    Total BS.
    What is the status of the fee deletion by the PSC?
    Kirk

    • Sueann April 29, 2014 at 8:52 am #

      Kirk –
      Please see the link on this website titled ‘regarding utilities proposed opt out fees’. A t the moment our legislators failed to help us pass law that would make the opt out free – but there is an upcoming election that we are hoping will bring more favorable results. In the interim please help us all by writing letter to PSC commissioner Kevin H gushes and make it clear to him their decision on fees is not acceptable!

      • Sueann April 29, 2014 at 8:55 am #

        I had a typo. PSC Kevin Hughes is his correct name.

  3. Alice Carole Edwards January 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    I do NOT want a smart meter. I must opt-out. I don’t believe they are safe from all that I’ve read about them. Further, utilities are already too high, and smart meters will only make the cost higher. Is this the reason they are sneaking them in on us.

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