Massachusetts citizens fighting hard in Worcester against smart grid technology

These items have been placed on the agenda for the Worcester City Council Meeting on April 12 at 7/))pm by citizen petitioners:

7a. Susan Lozoraitis request City Council call for an independent, public, transparent investigation of Worcester’s National Grid Smart Meter pilot program and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) by the Attorney General, legislature, and the Baker Administration, because National Grid has publicized a misleading 98% retention rate, while at least 4,000 out of 15,000 have dropped out.

7b. Judith Alden request City Council call for an independent, transparent public investigation by the State Attorney General and the Baker Administration because National Grid, Worcester Zoning, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) relied on the testimony of a career tobacco scientist Peter Valberg and because there are no safety standards for long term chronic exposure to pulsed microwaves.
7c. Pamela Steinberg request City of Worcester immediately enlist the State Attorney General, Inspector General, State Auditor and the Baker Administration to publicly investigate cost overruns and cost reporting of the National Grid smart meter pilot program, including the costs being incurred by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and other MA agencies to promote smart meters.
7d. Christopher Maider request City Council call for an investigation by the State Attorney General, Inspector General and State Auditor because of claims of a $1.25M savings attributed to the Worcester National Grid smart meter pilot program.
These items have been placed on the agenda by the Public Service Committee:
8a. FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION – Request City Manager provide City Council with an update on the National Grid – Smart Energy Solutions Program (Smart Grid Meters), consisting of both non-City and non-industry sources, that focuses on emerging data regarding issues with cyber security, consumer privacy, as well as health and safety. Further, request said report include what levels of security are in place at National Grid for their Smart Energy Solutions Program.
8b. FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION – Request City Manager provide on the City’s website a crowd sourcing question concerning citizens’ experiences with the National Grid – Smart Energy Solutions Program (Smart Grid Meters).
8c. FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning when the National Grid – Smart Energy Solutions Program ends, who determines the success of the program, and whether or not residents of Worcester may opt out of the program.
8d. FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion regarding how National Grid defines themselves in the context of cable services.
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