What is a ‘smart’ meter? ‘Smart’ meters wirelessly transmit granular usage data to utilities and 3rd parties in as small as one-minute increments, have two antennas, receive and implement instructions, can control thermostats/appliance, etc. and make remote shut-off possible. What does ‘smart’ meter data indicate? It is the same size and shape as you old meter.Northeast Utilities (NStar and WMECo),Massachusetts’ largest electric utility courageously declared the truth on 1/17/2014:
“There is no rational basis for the implementaion of AMI” (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) aka ‘smart’ meters/infrastructure)” in response to the Patrick Administration’s and MA Dept. of Public Utilities bid to hurriedly mandate so called ‘smart’ meters and their infrastructure via DPU Docket 12-76. See NStar’s comment: HMSM highlighted version or original at Mass.gov. Also see National Grid’s at DPU Mass.gov
MA Department of Public Utilities and our electricity providers are deploying the multi-billion dollar (aproximately $7.5B if National Grid’s program is deployed in MA) so-called ‘smart’ meter ‘AMI’ Advanced Metering Initiative. Many hundreds of private antennae and 90′ data towers are being deployed in residential neighborhoods. (Will your neighborhood be next?) Attorney General Coakley estimates the cost to be $2,793 per meter.
The meters pulse microwave radiation – an especially dangerous form – to transmit heretofore private home-life data and receive instructions from the utility and 3rd parties via three brand new networks. AMI replaces old-style meters and transmit-only digital meters. (For ‘what is a ‘smart’ meter? click here.)
Propaganda combines benefits of ‘smart grid’ and ‘smart’ meters together; don’t be fooled. Much of ‘smart’ grid is beneficial but ‘smart’ meters cost a fortune, provide no net benefit for consumers and pose immediate and long-term threats to our: Health, Wallets, Privacy, Security & Safety.
Adverse Health Effects
3 min: First Hand Experience – Maryland Man with MS
Invasion of Privacy
4 minutes: Jerry Day on Smart Meters
$ Billions Now… Tariffs Forever
Fitchburg, MA Pilot Final Report (P. 9)
Increased Security Risk: Hacking & Terrorism
1 minute: Ex-Cia Director: “really, really stupid grid”
Also see MIT’s “The Future of the Electric Grid” “…the more smart meters … the greater the risk of security breaches or cyberattacks on the system.
10 seconds: ‘smart’ meter on fire
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