Smart Meters or AMI technology are one component of Obama’s cap and trade system. The meters are being forced into homes across the nation by utilities funded by the federal government even though it is not yet the law.
Smart meters gather detailed information about everything you do within your home that uses energy. It is a significant intrusion into people’s privacy.
The only reason to collect this information is if they plan to charge people in real time for every bit of energy usage.
Undoubtedly, there will one day be specific “sins,” like smoking and overeating are “sins” in Obamacare, that will cause offenders to be charged higher rates. For instance, if you use your A/C too much or you run your pool filter, those are luxuries you will have no right to without paying a steep price. It’s environmental justice.
Have you thought about the many ways he plans to implement cap & trade? One way is through Smart Meters and he will do it.
New York currently has a bill supporting the use of real time pricing smart metering for residential consumers. It has passed the Finance Committee and is scheduled for a vote. “Introduced by New York State Senator Kevin Parker, Bill 1642A says deploying smart meters enables consumers to make informed decisions about their energy use.”
How thoughtful of Kevin Parker! Helping us out as we make decisions about our energy usage!
Smart Meter proponents like to say this technology will strengthen our infrastructure. It won’t. That is cover. The fact is that microelectronic systems are more sensitive to natural and manmade damage or manipulation that could cripple our way of life, than electromechanical (analog) systems.
In addition, smart meters introduce unregulated electromagnetic radiation into our lives that is greater than cell phones or wireless devices.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 allows customers to opt-in to AMI technology – smart meters. It is not yet the law.
16 USC 2621(d)(14)(A) states, with regard to the installation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology (Smart Meters) –
Not later than 18 months after August 8, 2005, each electric utility shall offer each of its customer classes, and provide individual customers upon customer request, a time-based rate schedule under which the rate charged by the electric utility varies during different time periods and reflects the variance, if any, in the utility’s costs of generating and purchasing electricity at the wholesale level. The time-based rate schedule shall enable the electric consumer to manage energy use and cost through advanced metering and communications technology. (underlining for emphasis)
Companies that have received grants from the federal government are forcing it on customers unless people fight it.
In Naperville, Illinois, one woman was arrested for refusing to allow her utility access to her backyard so they could install the meter. ARRESTED! She is continuing to fight it.
Others have been told they will receive “no service” or will face additional charges unless they allow the installation.
The code is clear on this – for the time being. They cannot do that.
The Public Utilities Code section 745(d) states, in part, “On and after January 1, 2014, the commission shall only approve an electrical corporation’s use of default time-variant pricing in a manner consistent with the other provisions of this part, if all of the following conditions have been met:
(1) Residential customers have the option to not receive service pursuant to time-variant pricing and incur no additional charges as a result of the exercise of that option….”
“Service pursuant to” is having a smart meter capable of supplying the information to run the “smart system.”