SAN ANTONIO, TX-CPS Energy sued by Comal County homeowner over ‘smart meter’ technology
Reporter- San Antonio Business JournalEmail | Twitter | LinkedIn | FacebookA Comal County man has filed a federal lawsuit against San Antonio utility company CPS Energy over the installation of “smart meters” at his home.
Michael Thomas Paul filed a computer fraud and abuse act lawsuit in San Antonio’s federal court last week claiming that smart meters caused him medical harm. He also claims that the system tampered with his solar power equipment installed at his home.
The lawsuit comes at a time when CPS Energy promoting its “Smart Grid Initiative” for cost-saving and environmentally-friendly benefits but also a time when many homeowners are involved in a nationwide movement against smart meters.
Paul lives in the Siesta Village neighborhood near Natural Bridge Caverns, where he installed a solar power system in November 2013.
The Comal County man claims CPS Energy installed a digital “smart meter” to monitor the solar system’s production despite multiple requests for an analog meter. Smart meters are electronic devices that record energy consumption at small time-period intervals and then report it back wirelessly to a centralized location. CPS Energy introduced smart meters as a way to reduce the time and effort involved in dispatching technicians to the field who would record meter data manually.
The Comal County man claims a review of his equipment’s activity logs shows that the smart meter would activate and deactivate his solar power system against his wishes.
“They were making me buy power (from the grid) to turn back on the (solar) inverter,” Paul said about the smart meter.
Paul, who receives disability payments through Social Security, also claims that Wi-Fi signals from the smart meter harmed him medically. He alleges that titanium pins inside his body turned him into a “receptor” for the system’s wireless transmissions.