They'll give us cancer, claim MA smart meter opponents

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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take: Another scare-tactics group has arisen, this time in Massachusetts, where an organization called "Halt MA Smart Meters" is hosting a website and issuing press releases. The group claims that the "meters use pulsed, wireless (cellular), high frequency communication, a recently recognized carcinogen."

 

We have two suggestions for utilities. First, create an opt-out program for those few customers who are immune to logic and reason. Second, take a look at the consumer-oriented smart meter materials just released by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative. Borrow them (or build your own if you prefer) and then immediately begin an outreach program to tell the truth about smart meters. Be proactive. Don't wait for a problem to surface in your service territory. - By Jesse Berst

 

Groups of  smart meter opponents in the Boston area are uniting and affiliating themselves with other anti-smart meter groups in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to oppose meter deployments, according to a press release from the group Halt MA Smart Meters.

 

The group is claiming that the wireless communications systems smart meters use to transmit data are sending radio frequency radiation into their homes and surroundings that were recently found to be carcinogenic.

 

The group also contends that utilities are misleading customers about smart meters. "The utility companies, including NStar and National Grid, are misleading consumers about the meters that are actually on their homes, claiming they are being read by meter readers when they are in fact transmitting wirelessly. Additionally, these meters can reveal when customers are home or away, and what appliances they have purchased, as well as many other personal homeowner habits which may be turned over to 3rd parties (such as Comcast) for marketing purposes."

 

The Halt MA Smart Meters group describes itself as a statewide organization "against wireless and Smart Meters," and say they are joining forces and "pushing back on this poorly designed and dangerous initiative."

 

Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.

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