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Quick Take: Back in August I warned you that an anti-smart grid documentary was launching in early September, with the implicit support of USA Today. Now I'm back to pass along some helpful sites and arguments you can use to counter the damage.
Let me be transparent about my own personal beliefs. First, I think these fringe groups have every right to speak their minds. Second, I think those who sincerely believe smart meters damage their health should be able to opt-out, or at least get the meter placed on a pole at a distance from their home. (As long as they pay the extra costs, so the rest of the customers don't have to subsidize their beliefs.)
Sadly, most of these groups resort to pseudo-science at best and nonsense conspiracy theories at worst. Unfortunately, many in the electric power industry are unprepared or afraid to tell our side of the story. If you are simply unprepared, the materials below should help. If you're just cowardly... well, I can't do anything about that. - By Jesse Berst
The materials below were assembled by an ad hoc group of industry experts, spearheaded by Erich Gunther of EnerNex and Massoud Amin of the University of Minnesota and the IEEE Power and Energy Society. Thanks to them and all the others who contributed.
At top you will find a list of useful Web sites. I have organized the list to include only sites that are a) useful for your own education about smart grid and smart meter benefits or b) suitable for customers to visit. At the bottom of the article are some talking points developed by the group.
USEFUL WEB SITES
EPRI - smart grid benefits
EPRI - EMF health assessment and RF safety
IEEE utility resources
IEEE consumer resource
Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative utility resources
Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative consumer resource
Smart Grid News consumer resource (SmartGrid 101 eBook)
Utilities Telecom Council - RF safety
Next page: Talking points and more