Winning Opt-Outs, Setting the Record Straight about Wireless Smart Meters

We did it!

The Smart Meter Safety Coalition sends out a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped win this landmark fight for opt-outs.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has officially ruled in our favor, rejecting Central Maine Power’s arguments and giving each customer the right to choose whether a wireless smart meter is worth the risks to health, safety, privacy and security.

CMP will be contacting customers about various opt-out options and costs associated with each option. Our favorite is the “existing meter” option, for $40 up front and $12 per month. While we do not believe that anyone should have to pay to maintain their health, safeguard their privacy, prevent overcharging or protect their electronics from malfunctioning, the reality is that without this charge, everyone would be forced to have these devices, which are causing headaches, nausea, insomnia, heart palpitations, skyrocketing electric bills, broken appliances and electronic interference with pacemakers, security systems and Wifi.

Trying to decide whether to opt out?

The article below is a must read. Find out everything you won’t learn in CMP’s promotional materials, including why you’ll be forced to buy all new appliances if you want to take full advantage of your smart meter.

Wireless Smart Meters: Setting the Record Straight
About Health, Safety, Security and Privacy

A former New York Times science/medical writer tells you everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision about whether to let CMP install a wireless meter on your home.

Read the article, “The Problems with Smart Grids,” by B. Blake Levitt and Chellis Glendinning.


4 Responses

  1. The first wireless meter photo shown in this article by Blake is the exact same on we have on our home. We were unaware that they changed out the meter until we discovered it investigating a constant noise in our home and symptoms described by victims such as nervousness, agitation, interrupted sleep, having trouble concentrating, heart palpatations, headaches to name a few.
    I think it would be helpful to list the models and how they specifically function. The one on our home is an Itron Centron CL200, 240V, 3W, TYPE
    C1SR, 30TA
    Now here is the bedtime story an official from MA
    Dept of Environmental Protection Agency described how this meter works. The meter is asleep until the meter reader drives by and wakes it up; then the data is transferred, which only takes one second. This happens only once a month. We were also told this is not a smart meter. We believe it is the first generation and it is not retrofitted to read appliances. The language sleep mode and bubble mode are used to describe how they are programmed the latter being on all the time. In a manual I found for this particular model it never speaks of these two modes. It uses the language, redundant transmission?
    Can anyone explain this further and tell us the real truth of how it works?

    • I live in a small rural Arizona town that doesn’t have the smart grid going in yet. I have this meter too and my electric co also told me that it’s not a “Smart Meter”. The weird thing is I live in a 4 plex apt.(with the meter closet on the other side of my living room wall), but there are only 3 digital meters with 1 analog. I live near 8 duplex apts and they all still have their analog meters. Why in the world would they leave one analog on my 4 plex? So the meter reader still has to walk up to the closet to read that one meter????? I think it’s BS about the ‘sleeping till it’s activated by the reader’ thing. I’ve always slept like a rock all night. But after moving in here 7 months ago, Right away I started waking up many times in the night, and each time I looked at the clock and it would be right on the hour or half hour. After a few nights I thought this was very weird. After I heard about the Smart Meters, I went out to look and found this 3/1 situation, plus one BIG meter labeled ‘house’. My land lord said that was for outdoor lighting and the laundry room. He’s owned the apts for 7 years and said nothing changed since he bought it. The meter has a date on it 7/04, so it must have been done right before he bought it. Our elec. co was bought out about then too. I don’t trust anything about this. Especially the way they have already installed a million meters in the US before we ever heard about the smart grid. Something like GMO foods.

    • Sandaura….I went to my elec co website. They explained this (the exact one you and I have) as a one way meter, and a “smart meter” (probably after they retrofit it) as two way when you have the appliances that can be ‘read’ by the meter. Then it’s a ‘two-way’ meter.
      I think this is a crock. In one paragraph they say the meter collects the info every 30 seconds and that every hour it is ‘sent’ to the elec. co.
      I wonder why then I hear the ringing in my ears as a constant sound?


    I live in NC and am investigating the same meter and it is a smart meter. Read this posting.

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