The October 2013 EWEB Board Meeting was met with about 30 individuals from the public who voiced their opinion on Smart Meters to attempt to influence the board members decision in adopting these so called “Smart Meters”. The board calls the program “AMI” which stands for Advanced Metering Infrastructure, likely because Smart Meters have got a pretty bad rap recently with the release of the comprehensive film “Take Back Your Power” which documents dozens of problems with this technology.
At this board meeting they went ahead and voted in the first voluntary Smart Meter program in the country so supposedly no one will get one unless they ask. Now we will have to wait and see what kind of sales pitch they will give the public to convince them to actually want one! Many of us, however, don’t consider this a reliable solution because it doesn’t address the issue with public places, businesses, and renters. If Smart Meters are installed in these locations there will still be issues coming up.
Smart Meters are just the beginning. So called “Smart Appliances” when used in a Smart Metered home open the door to a host of surveillance opportunities for whoever controls the grid. This is yet another reason to avoid so called Smart Metering. There’s really nothing smart about them.
I just pre-purchased a new film about the dangers and controversy surrounding these Smart Meters. The film’s official release is tomorrow – today may be the last day for the pre-sale discount. I’m looking forward to watching the entire film to tomorrow.
Utility companies are replacing electricity, gas and water meters worldwide with new generation “smart” meters at an unprecedented rate. Take Back Your Power investigates the benefits and risks of this ubiquitous “smart” grid program, with insight from insiders, expert researchers, politicians, doctors, and concerned communities. Transparency advocate Josh del Sol takes us on a journey of revelation and discovery, as he questions corporations’ right to tap our private information and erode our rights in the name of “green”. What you discover will surprise you, unsettle you, and inspire you to challenge the status quo.
Earlier this year in Maryland a new bill came up in the courts about Smart Meters relating to the optout process. Here’s a video about it which has an interesting mention of the fact that there have been no studies on a federal level proving the safety of these devices. Of course the US Federal Government doesn’t conduct studies like this so to me this is a rather strange statement anyway, but the bottom line is that there haven’t been any studies like this funded and the safety of these things is definitely NOT proven!