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:

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  • 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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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.

World-Renowned Expert Shows CMP Smart Meter Info ‘Misleading’ at Best

Dr. Magda Havas, Ph.D., world-renowned expert in the field of  RF health effects, highlights how information, distributed by CMP attempting to show that its smart meters are safe, is inaccurate and misleading.

Of the myriad statements presented as fact in a CMP document, Dr. Havas says only one is partially correct.

“This type of information is being doled out to an unsuspecting public who are not nearly as unsophisticated and ignorant as those working in public relation firms on behalf of the Smart Meter and utility industries would like to believe,” says Dr. Havas.

Read Dr. Havas’ article about CMP’s misleading and factually incorrect information in its entirety.

What CMP Isn’t Telling You About Wireless Smart Meters

Developed by the Smart Meter Safety Coalition
in consultation with engineer Mikel Miller, Ph.D.

CMP and its “independent experts” claim that the human body emits more radiofrequency (RF) than a wireless smart meter does. The truth is, the human body does not emit any RF. None. RF covers a high-frequency band used for radio communications. Humans are not radio transmitters.

The natural, low-frequency field emitted by humans is vastly different than the manmade, high-frequency field that compose RF. Smart meters and associated equipment operate at frequencies of 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz, which fall into the radiofrequency (RF) range.

The human field (~7Hz) comes nowhere near that range. This is a misleading statement put out by CMP to minimize and downplay legitimate health concerns. Incidentally, CMP’s “independent experts” are from Exponent, the science-for-hire firm that has represented the tobacco and asbestos industries in cancer cases. A simple Google search for “Exponent” and “hired gun” will tell you all you need to know.

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More Health Concerns Over Smart Meters — Read Former State Employee’s Letter to PUC

Despite increasing reports of smart meter-related symptoms, CMP continues to dismiss health concerns and refuses to let customers permanently opt-out.

We’d like to know which CMP employee is qualified to diagnose arthritis over the phone…

Read our latest featured letter, from a retired state employee who says her smart meter triggered joint pain that went away after her old analog meter came back.

Smart Meter Safety: The Fight to Protect Health, Safety and Security

“There is definitely cause for concern” — Dr. Magili Chapman Quinn
“I believe it is crucial to err on the side of caution”Dr. Karen Emery

Amid national reports of illness, overbilling, privacy invasion and electronic interference with medical equipment, Central Maine Power (CMP), Maine’s primary provider of electricity, is moving ahead with plans to install so-called smart meters on the homes of its customers — despite a formal complaint filed with the state’s Public Utilities Commission and resolutions by three Maine towns requesting more time for a thorough, independent investigation into health, safety and security concerns — prompting calls to police in one town.

CMP and the state have downplayed the risks.

‘Hired Gun’

CMP — a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, a Fortune 500 company — has engaged Exponent, Inc., a company that has defended the tobacco and asbestos industries in cancer cases, and Toyota in the wake of widespread brake issues.

A Los Angeles Times article (February 18, 2010, “Toyota Calls in Exponent Inc. as Hired Gun”) begins:

When some of the world’s best known companies faced disputes over secondhand smoke, toxic waste in the jungle and asbestos, they all turned to the same source for a staunch defense: Exponent Inc.

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