Pay No Attention – Smart Meters are Coming

In the latest [April 24, 2014] issue of Wheaton Weekly we read “ComEd soon will begin replacing analog electric meters in Wheaton with digital electric meters. Before your new meter arrives watch this…”  If you are typical, you think “who cares,”  “no big deal,” “it is new and improved…”  But, what if I told you that they are expensive and will most likely result in your electric rates going up?    What if I told you that they will let ComEd (and perhaps a hacker)  turn your power on/off remotely and they will let ComEd (and perhaps a hacker) know how much power you use based on time of day – perhaps even which appliances are running.
These new digital meters are called “Smart Meters.”  But, they are not a smart idea.  Smart Meters are too costly, provide little if any benefits to the customer, and there are unresolved issues of safety and privacy.  We found no studies proving them to be safe while plenty of data exists to raise credible doubt.  In February of this year, a Smart Meter in Pennsylvania started an apartment complex on fire.  There are numerous people who have had Smart Meters removed or at least the data transmission feature turned off due to health conditions that began or worsened after the Smart Meter was installed.
ComEd does offer an opt-out option.  Neither they, nor the city of Wheaton are telling us about it.  You need to be pro-active.  To opt-out call ComEd 866-368-8326 and follow up with a letter.  But, first, do your own homework.
 
Note:  ComEd’s Smart Meter Roll-out Will Affect Customers Throughout Illinois, including Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Warrenville, Westmont, West Chicago and Wheaton.  Illinois is accelerating the deployment of Smart Meters while the largest Massachusetts electric utility declares Smart Meters as “Irrational.”
 
Jan Shaw
Wheaton
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  1. Jan Shaw says:

    “Take Back Your Power” Special Screening – Public Meeting

    Naperville Smart Meter Awareness, West Suburban Patriots and
    Americans for Prosperity will jointly host a pubic screening of the award
    winning film, “Take Back Your Power”
    followed by a Q/A workshop featuring the film’s producer, Josh del Sol on Tuesday,
    May 27, 2014 at 6:30pm at National Louis University (850 Warrenville Road,
    Lisle, IL)

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