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.

Prominent Public Health Physician Warns of Wireless Smart Meter Dangers, Stresses Need for Keeping Analog Meters

The Smart Meter Safety Coalition  recently caught up with Dr. David Carpenter, a Harvard Medical School-trained physician who headed up the New York State Dept. of Public Health for 18 years before becoming Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Albany, where he currently directs the Institute for Health and the Environment.


Here’s what he had to say about Central Maine Power’s claims that wireless smart meters don’t pose a health threat, and about the importance of customers keeping the meter that’s already on their home:

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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‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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