Smart Choices About Smart Meters: Critical Issues to Consider in Deciding Whether to Opt Out

A public service brought to you by the Smart Meter Safety Coalition

Now that the Maine Public Utilities Commission has ruled that it is “unreasonable” for Central Maine Power to force every customer to accept a wireless meter, and that it is “in the public interest” for customers to opt-out, here’s a candid look at the information you won’t find in CMP’s promotional materials.

It’s information you need to decide whether the purported benefits of a smart meter outweigh the documented risks to health, safety, privacy and cybersecurity.

Here’s why people, communities and governments around the world are rejecting smart meters:

Click on image for printable informational flyer.

  • Radiofrequency interference causing malfunctioning of wireless equipment such as Wi-Fi and Netflix
  • Radiofrequency interference causing malfunctioning of medical equipment such as pacemakers and wireless insulin pumps
  • Radiofrequency spikes causing appliances to break
  • Health effects like migraines, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, heart palpitations and sleeplessness caused by intense bursts of radiofrequency radiation that has just been classified as a “possible carcinogen” by the World Health Organization — in the same category as lead, engine exhaust and DDT
  • Cybersecurity breaches
  • Excessive billing
  • Interception of personal identity information
  • Electrical fires

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‘Maine Public Advocate: CMP Bullies Customers into Installing Smart Meters’ (The Forecaster)

From the March 15, 2011, edition of The Forecaster:

The Office of the Public Advocate has filed a letter with the Maine Public Utilities Commission alleging that Central Maine Power Co. is “bullying and intimidating” its customers to install controversial “smart” electric meters on their homes.

Read the Forecaster article.

Has an installer tried to bully/intimidate/pressure
YOU into accepting a smart meter?

Have you received a CMP letter threatening “action” on your account?

Report it to the Public Utilities Commission, 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0018, or fax 207.287.1039, with email CCs to the PUC’s Consumer Assistance Division, Derek.D.Davidson@maine.gov, the Public Advocate, Richard.Davies@maine.gov, and the Smart Meter Safety Coalition, eboxer@maine.rr.com.

Calif. Public Utilities Commission Orders Smart Meter Opt-Outs

As opt-out settlement talks continue here in Maine, there is breaking news from our colleagues on the West Coast. CPUC President Michael Peevey stated that he is ordering PG&E to create an opt-out program within two weeks for customers concerned about health impacts from the wireless meters.

Click here to read news coverage of this latest development.

Forecaster: Gov. LePage, Legislators Back Smart Meter Opt-Outs

Gov. Paul LePage supports offering opt-outs to Central Maine Power Co. customers who do not want “smart” electric meters installed on their homes, reports The Forecaster, in a March 1 article.

In addition, Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) has submitted a bill that would require CMP to offer customers an alternative to the wireless meters.

Read the Forecaster article.

Prominent M.D. Links Patient’s Hospitalization to Smart Meter Installation, Urges Opt-Outs

CMP continues to dismiss health concerns, so growing numbers of doctors are asking the Public Utilities Commission to intervene and protect their patients from forced wireless exposure in their private homes.

An excerpt from Dr. Stephen Kirsch’s letter to the PUC:

“When I offer my concerns regarding the use of Smart Meters in the State of Maine it is not out of fear of new technology. As I rely on new technology on a daily basis. It is out of concern of new technology without a proven safety record. This concern is intensified by a lack of proffered plans by CMP to monitor the health and safety of these devices once installed…We in America hold our personal liberties dear. One such liberty is to create a personal living space that is safe, healthy and free from potentially dangerous exposures.”

Read the full text here; it’s our latest featured letter to the Public Utilities Commission.

CMP Continues to Dismiss Customer Concerns, Instead Hires Expensive Experts to Insist Opt-outs Would Cost Too Much

Watch WCSH coverage of the Maine PUC proceeding.

Smart Meter Safety Coalition Speaks Out about Need for Choice on ‘Good Day Maine’

Smart Meter Safety Coalition founder Elisa Boxer-Cook appears on the WGME/Fox 23 program Good Day Maine about the need to offer Central Maine Power customers a choice when it comes to CMP’s controversial smart meter program.

Watch the Good Day Maine segment.

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