Utility companies are pressing forward with misleading information about new utility meters being installed all across Maryland right now. These meters are linked to higher bills, appliance burn outs, house fires, interruption of radios and other wireless devices – even pacemakers – along with many other health, safety, and privacy related issues ….. and they are not being held accountable! In all sincerity, what you do not know about these smart meters can not only cost you financially, but hurt you or your loved ones as well. Please read on and spread the truth.
Since the rollout began, Smart Meters have resulted in consumer complaints ranging from higher bills to immediate health effects and potential long term effects to interference with household appliances and medical devices, and even incidents of fire.
What began as a trickle has turned into an avalanche of complaints and concerns. The number of negative reports from already installed Smart Meters is staggering and demonstrates the absolute need for rigorous safety and health testing before full-scale implementation of this wireless mesh network.
- Smart Meters have caused several hundreds of fires in Pennsylvania, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, & California.
- Smart Meters have not been independently tested for safety. They have only been tested by the utilities internally for data accuracy and transmission. This is far from meeting ANSI or UL testing standards.
- Smart Meter installers and engineers in other states are coming forward, some even taking legal action, voicing serious fire and personal safety concerns.
- Smart Meters have been shown to interfere with vital medical equipment such as pacemakers.
- No independent authority has conducted a single study on the short- and long-term human health effects of Smart Meters.
- The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) recommends a moratorium on Smart Meters based on double-blinded, placebo controlled research of wireless radio frequency on humans, particularly if a household member already suffers from any of 40 conditions listed, such as headaches, attention deficit disorder, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, liver diseases, and even pregnancy – to name just a few.
- In addition, many prestigious medical institutions, scientists, and experts from all around the world have released similar warnings of negative health effects, especially for the elderly, infants and children.
- Reports show ZERO savings for consumers.
- There are attorneys general filing objections against Smart Meter deployment on the sole position that ratepayers in their states would never see any real savings or benefits.
- Some utilities plan to charge higher rates at peak use times, called “time of use” metering. This could mean higher electricity rates during hot weather.
- Businesses and households who cannot lower usage during peak times – i.e. retirees, disabled Americans, individuals using medical equipment, telecommuters, home businesses, and stay at home moms – will most likely pay more for electricity as their circumstances or disabilities preclude the possibility of a rebate.
- Pepco and BGE together have already received $305M of our tax money. Estimated costs for Smart Meters in Maryland is approximately $1B. Regardless of what they tell us, we (the consumers) will be footing the bill.
- Wireless Smart Meters facilitate malicious access to our power grid and leave us all vulnerable to massive power outages.
- Smart Meters monitor, collect, and transmit so much data about our daily activities that they are, in effect, a new form of surveillance. Anyone with access (authorized or not) can tell whether you are home or not; what appliances you are using; whether or not your home alarm system is on or what medical equipment you are using.
- There is no law protecting ratepayers from disclosure or sale of our sensitive information. This information is extremely valuable to third parties such as insurance companies, marketers, law enforcement, and criminals.
Why does industry continue to promote smart meters despite abundant evidence that smart meters pose more risks and dangers than benefits?
We also do not expect this debacle to resolve itself – we must each voice our concerns by opting out and informing as many people as we can. We must hold the utilities accountable for staggering lack of due diligence and the risks their neglect exposes our bodies, homes and environment.
While this remains unresolved, one possible explanation is that utilities must pay higher premiums for energy during peak load demand. If utilities are able to manage or even control usage during these peak demand times, the potential savings (and increased profits) would be substantial. A Smart Grid with rebate incentives, the potential of time of use pricing down the road, and appliances that can be “browned out” or turned off completely at peak demand times from utility headquarters would provide utilities with far greater control of the cost of the energy they purchase. In other words, it’s likely that at the heart of it, smart meters are about money, money, money.