Letter: Let’s reject ComEd’s ‘ill-conceived’ smart meter plan
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It was reported in the Lake County News-Sun, on Dec. 28, 2015, that Highland Park electricity customers will be switched from analog meters to digital meters in the first three months of 2016.
Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents are not far behind from this mandatory, no-opt possibility of having a smart meter installed when ComEd comes knocking at their doors.
A senior research fellow at the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy Report called smart meters “a canard — a story or hoax based on specious claims about energy benefits.”
Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General, wrote in a Chicago Tribune editorial on June 21, 2011: “Utilities have shown no evidence of billions of dollars in benefits to consumers from these new meters. The utilities want to experiment with expensive and unproven technology, yet all the risk will lie with consumers. The pitch is that smart meters will allow consumers to monitor their electrical usage, helping them to reduce consumption and save money. Consumers do not need to be forced to pay billions for smart technology to know how to reduce their utility bills. We know how to turn down the heat and shut off the lights.”
The following are just two of many reasons why smart meters are an ill-conceived policy being foisted upon the public:
1. In May of 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radio frequency emissions from smart meters as possibly carcinogenic.
2. Privacy is a great concern. Household activities and behavior within closed doors can now be monitored through the collection of detailed discrete data. Personal habits, work schedules and family activities are being recorded.
Smart meters can well be considered an ill-conceived policy. It is unjust and not the American way to force these meters on every home without warning residents of the potential risks and offering them a choice.
ComEd customers who want to ensure their family’s privacy and safety should have the option of an opt-out for their own peace of mind.
Nancy J. Thorner