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Title: Smart Meters/Smart Grid


1
Smart Meters/Smart Grid
  • Kaye Beach
  • Oct 21, 2011

2
What is a Smart Meter
Smart meters are digital devices that collect
energy-use data and unlike traditional meters
transmit and receive data, too
  • Smart meters are a new type electrical meter that
    will measure your energy usage, like the old ones
    do now. But, it will send the information back to
    the utility by wireless signal (radiofrequency/mic
    rowave radiation signal)instead of having a
    utility meter reader come to the property and
    manually do the monthly electric service
    reading.

3
  • Smart Meters DO NOT save energy. (People Do)
  • - their sole purpose is to change your behavior.
  • It is hoped that consumers will save energy
    through increased awareness of how much they use
    and that estimated bills will be eliminated.

4
Smart Meters
A smart meter is usually an electrical meter that
records consumption of electric energy in
intervals of an hour or less and communicates
that information at least daily back to the
utility for monitoring and billing purposes.7
Smart meters enable two-way communication between
the meter and the central system. Unlike home
energy monitors, smart meters can gather data for
remote reporting.
5
  • What is Smart Grid?Smart Grid is the digital and
    Wi-fi enabled power meters that enable
    communication between the appliances in your home
    or business, with the power provider.
  • This provides you and your utility company with
    visibility of your energy usage and control over
    your appliances as well as your usage of gas and
    water.
  • The Smart Grid vision has three primary parts
  • new communication and digital sensors and
    automation capabilities for the distribution and
    transmission systems
  • (2) new digital metering systems for all
    customers
  • and
  • (3) direct interfaces between the new metering
    systems and customers through in home
    technologies.

6
Smart Appliances
  • On the heels of the Smart Meters come the
    deployment of smart appliances. These will affect
    ALL of us.  Your household appliances will be
    equipped with chips that allow your appliances to
    communicate with the smart meters, and if you buy
    into the "automated" plan, then the utility
    company will be able to control your usage if it
    wants or needs.  The plan is to penalize those
    who don't buy into the "automated" system by
    charging them with higher rates. 

7
Smart Home Energy Monitor 
  • In addition, in order to make the wireless smart
    meter effective with your smart appliances, smart
    grid energy efficiency proponents say you'll need
    a smart Home Energy Monitor  also installed in
    your home that will help you monitor which
    appliances are using how much energy and when and
    at what rate so you can modify your usage
    patterns.  Is your utility company making the 
    device optional or mandatory? 

8
  • Energates smart thermostats bring demand
    response to Oklahoma
  • Sept. 28, 2011
  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OGE) is moving ahead
    with plans to launch a residential demand
    response program in 2012.
  • The initiative is aimed at reducing peak energy
    demand, as well as the need to build new power
    plants to meet demand. The utility will work with
    smart-grid firm Silver Spring Networks and demand
    response technologies provider Energate to roll
    out the program. Energate will supply smart
    thermostats through Silver Spring.
  • Energates in-home technologies let customers
    program their use preferences based on peak
    pricing signals sent from utilities. Some 40,000
    residences are expected to see Energates smart
    thermostats and accessories installed as part of
    the 2012 rollout.

9
A Global Plan
  • Smart meters are part of a new global plan to
    upgrade the world electrical grid to a Smart
    Grid and reduce energy consumption.

10
Smart Grid-Global
  • Going Global
  • In addition to the United States, Smart Grid is
    being implemented in both Canada and Mexico.
    Planners are working on standards that will
    integrate all of North America into a single,
    unified Smart Grid system.
  • Moreover, there is a serious initiative underway
    to create a Global Smart Grid that will integrate
    all the continents on the globe!
  • The Global Energy Network Institute (GENI)
    presents this Dymaxion (tm) Map of the world from
    the perspective of the North Pole that reveals
    the global grid currently under construction. The
    only part of planet earth left untouched is
    Antarctica. The yellow lines represent
    high-voltage electrical transmission links that
    are capable of transferring large amounts of
    energy from continent to continent.

11
Technocracy
  • Technocracy is government by scientists,
    engineers and experts.  The endgame for Smart
    Grids is control through measuring and monitoring
    your every move.  Patrick Wood explains in detail
    the history and intent of Technocratic control
    and an economy based on resources.  Technocracy
    through Smart Grids can only exist as long
    through measuring and monitoring individuals and
    a persistent belief in the global warming fairy
    tale.  Wood's articles can be read here
  • http//www.augustforecast.com/2010/03/03/smart-gri
    d-the-implementation-of-technocracy-2/

12
SMART GRID-STIMULUS
  • On Oct 27, 2009 President Obama announced that
    the Department of Energy awarded 3.4 billion in
    stimulus money to 100 smart-grid projects.
  • Each project had come up with its own matching
    funds which put the investment at over 6
    billion. The Dept. of Energy estimated that the
    awards will result 18 million homes getting the
    smart meters which will allow for the conversion
    to the Smart Grid.

13
OGE 2009 Oklahoma Pre Approval
  • Why is OGE requesting pre-approval to move
    forward with Company wide deployment before the
    Norman Project (Phase I) is completed ?
  • Answer-A window of opportunity was created for
    further deployment in 2009, with the American
    Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) ,which
    contained an estimated 3 .4 billion in stimulus
    grant funding for Smart Grid investment.
  • http//www.occeweb.com/SmartMeter/05-21-1020Respo
    nsive20Testimony20of20Tonya20Hinex-Ford20for
  • www.occeweb.com

14
OGE
  • Oklahoma Gas Electrics smart grid program
  • Oklahoma Gas Electric, the states largest
    utility, began deploying smart grid technology in
    2010, starting with smart meters. As of September
    2010, approximately 100,000 meters are installed.
  • The company plans to install smart meters for all
    of its almost-800,000 customers by the end of
    2012.

15
OGE Smart Meter Oklahoma
  • In July 2011, OGE got approval from the Oklahoma
    Corporation Commission to roll the smart meter
    program out to all of its customers in the state.
  • The company expects to spend about 360 million
    on the project, with about 127 million of that
    coming in the form of stimulus funds earmarked
    for smart grid projects.

16
Cost Not Justified
  • CT Attorney General George Jepson
    states"Connecticut Light Power Co.s plan to
    replace existing electric meters with advanced
    technology would be very expensive and would not
    save enough electricity for its 1.2 million
    customers to justify the expense"
  • The current at the plans for smart meters all
    over the nation will not save enough money or
    energy to be worth it however, we should expect
    rates to increase by the way of critical peak
    pricing sometime in the future

17
From the Wall Street Journal Feb 22, 2010What
Utilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter
Tests...And why they aren't putting those lessons
to use
  • Preventing RebellionsYou could have a real
    rebellion" if smart meters push up customers'
    rates, especially if utilities' other capital
    expenses are increasing
  • . . .utility executives and regulators have been
    reluctant to implement rate plans that penalize
    people for too much energy use, fearing that if
    customers associate smart meters with higher
    bills, they will stall the technology's advance
    just as it is gaining traction.So, many
    utilities are trying an approach that is less
    controversial, but also less effective. . .
  • Steven Sunderhauf, a program manager for Pepco.
    "From a purist's standpoint, I may prefer
    critical peak pricing because it gets the boldest
    responsebut using rebates will help people get
    comfortable with smart meters

18
Peak Pricing
  • All indications are that peak pricing will be
    implemented at some point after we get used to
    the meters.
  • Customers will have to pay much higher prices for
    using the same energy during certain hours.
  • This would hit businesses, the poor and elderly
    the hardest.

19
Peak Pricing
  • Results showed that people responded most when
    threatened with the 75-cent-per-kwh peak pricing.
    Those customers cut their overall energy
    consumption between 22 and 34, depending on
    whether they also had programmable thermostats
    that could automatically change temperature
    settings. Customers offered rebates reduced their
    usage 9 to 15again, with the deeper cuts among
    those who had smart thermostats.

20
TOU FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS-Resisted
  • PUGET SOUND ENERGY Mandatory TOU prices for all
    residential customers abandoned in 2002 when
    analysis showed negative cost benefit and higher,
    not lower, customer bills
  • Customers with most adverse bill impacts
    multi-family and mobile homes
  • MAINE Mandatory TOU prices for high use
    electricity customers made voluntary with onset
    of restructuring and widespread customer
    dissatisfaction in face of higher electricity
    prices
  • Elderly customers in newly built multi-unit
    condos and senior and low income housing
    complexes most adversely affected and without
    alternative options
  • NEW YORK Previous efforts to push for Time of
    Use pricing resulted in state law that prohibits
    such time-based pricing except as voluntary
    options.
  • Many utilities offer Time of Use rate options to
    residential customers using interval meters
    little customer interest
  • RESTRUCTURING STATES Most abandoned mandatory
    TOU and other rate design structures associated
    with generation supply management and assumed
    that the competitive market would provide such
    products.

21
ISSUES/CONCERNS
  • Choice-Do we have one?
  • Health and Safety
  • Privacy
  • Accuracy
  • Security

22
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23
Do we have the right to refuse?
  • The Public Service Company who is installing the
    meters in Owasso says no.
  • Can a customer opt out of the program if the new
    meter is not wanted?No, in order to reap the
    full benefits of AMI from an operational and cost
    standpoint, AMI needs to be fully deployed
    throughout the project area. In turn, our
    operational structure is changing to support the
    new technology and work practices.
  • OGE customers are also told they have no choice
    and are being threatened with service disruption
    if they do not allow installation

24
NO FEDERAL MANDATE
  • The federal government has set goals for states
    and utilities to upgrade their electrical grids,
    and has awarded 4.5 billion in grants to
    encourage this.  However, the federal government
    does not mandate the installation of smart
    meters, or even wireless smart meters.
  • On February 1, 2011, press officer Thomas Welch
    of the U.S. Department of Energy press officer
    responded to questions about whether the federal
    government has made the installation of wireless
    smart meters mandatory.  He wrote
  • No.  The Federal government, including DOE, does
    not have any role in regulating the installation
    of smart meters, nor does it have a policy about
    the mandatory adoption of smart meters.

25
HEALTH AND SAFETY
26
They say that smart meters are safe
27
Two Views
  • The following are the two charts that seek to
    compare microwave radiation from smart meters to
    cell phones, microwaves and other devices.  

28
CCST
The first is from the CCST report- taken directly
from EPRI- an energy industry front group.
29
Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart
Meters
  • by Daniel Hirsch
  • 31 January 2011

This one is from Mr. Hirschs study (pdf),
corrected for whole body, cumulative exposure.
30
Dirty Electricity
  • Dirty electricity or electric pollution is
    another danger that can lead to cancer, heart
    disease, diabetes and suicide.  Dr. Sam Milham,
    author of 'Dirty Electricity', is a physician and
    epidemiologist who has studied this issue
    extensively.  You can read his recent papers
    about the health effects of dirty electricity at
    his website Sam Milham.com.

31
SAFETY
  • Safety HazardsThere are many reports of
    electrical fire hazards associated with smart
    meter installation and at least a couple of class
    action lawsuits have been filed by
    consumers.-Smart Meter Fires and
    Explosionshttp//emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_i...

32
FCC
The FCC was assigned by the Environmental
Protection Act of 1969 to protect our health from
microwave radiation from wireless transmitters
like cell towers, WiFi and Smart Grid units. US
safety standards for wireless exposures are now
among the weakest in the world.
The FCC does not have the expertise to evaluate
whether the standard (RF safety limits) is
appropriate. (Julius Knapp, Director of FCC
Office of Engineering and Technology in response
to Congressman Kucinichs question whether the
FCCs RF safety standards are appropriate to
protect children and vulnerable adults and others
at Sept. 25, 2008 Congressional Hearing.)
33
  • The Canadian Green Party has reversed its
    position on smart meters due to health concerns.
  • http//greenparty.ca/blogs/7/2011-07-28/twitter-fi
    re-storm-and-why-i-said-what-i-said-about-wi-fi

34
HEALTH
  • There are many advocacy groups formed that
    center on the health implications of the smart
    meters/smart grid. Here are just a few
  • Smart Meter Safetyhttp//smartmetersafety.com/
    The EMF Safety Networkhttp//emfsafetynetwork.or
    g/Citizens for Safe Technologyhttp//citizensf
    orsafetechnology.com/...

35
Privacy
36
The More You Know
The more people know about smart meters, the more
likely they are to worry about the impact those
meters will have on their privacy, according to a
new study by the Ponemon Institute, a research
organization based in Traverse City, Mich.
37
Dark side of a bright idea
  • Utility companies, by gathering hundreds of
    billions of data points about us, could
    reconstruct much of our daily lives -- when we
    wake up, when we go home, when we go on vacation,
    perhaps even when we draw a hot bath. 
  • They might sell this information to marketing
    companies -- perhaps a travel agency will send
    brochures right when the family vacation is about
    to arrive. 
  • Law enforcement officials might use this
    information against us ("Where were you last
    night? Home watching TV? That's not what the
    power company says "). 
  • Divorce lawyers could subpoena the data ("You say
    you're a good parent, but your children are
    forced to sleep in 61-degree rooms. For shame
    ...").
  • A credit bureau or insurance company could
    penalize you because your energy use patterns are
    similar to those of other troublesome
    consumers.   Or criminals could spy the data,
    then plan home burglaries with fine-tuned
    accuracy.

http//redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2009/10/09/6345
711-what-will-talking-power-meters-say-about-you
38
Possible Consequences on Privacy
  • Identity Theft
  • Determine Personal Behavior Patterns
  • Determine Specific Appliances Used
  • Perform Real-Time Surveillance
  • Reveal Activities Through Residual Data
  • Targeted Home Invasions (latch key children,
    elderly, etc.)
  • Provide Accidental Invasions
  • Activity Censorship
  • Decisions and Actions Based Upon Inaccurate Data
  • Profiling
  • Unwanted Publicity and Embarrassment
  • Tracking Behavior Of Renters/Leasers
  • Behavior Tracking (possible combination with
    Personal Behavior Patterns)
  • Public Aggregated Searches Revealing Individual
    Behavior

Read more from EPIC, the Electronic Privacy
Information Center http//epic.org/privacy/smartgr
id/smartgrid.html
39
Aggregate Data vs Granular Data
  • When the meter reader used to come to the house
    and record your electrical usage, it was
    aggregate data. There were really no privacy
    issues and the electric company was considered
    the owner of that information.
  • Now the utilities can detect occupancy, when you
    home or away, when you are sleeping or awake, and
    when and what appliances you are running.
  • This is granular data that can be used to track
    your whereabouts and habits.

40
Smart Meter Data
Granular Smart Meter data Energy usage over time
from Data Access and Privacy Issues Related to
Smart Grid Technologies, Megan J. Hertzler,
Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy
41
Valuable Data
  • Entities that may seek personal customer
    information include
  • energy companies seeking to improve service or
    sell information for profit,
  • third-party marketers,
  • law enforcement agencies investigating possible
    criminal acts,
  • insurance companies seeking to identify unhealthy
    behaviors in order to adjust rates,
  • criminals attempting to perpetrate illegal acts,
  • researchers looking to create new energy related
    studies

42
Marketing and law enforcement
  • From EFF
  • Marketing companies will also desperately want to
    access this data to get new intimate new insights
    into your family's day-to-day routinenot to
    mention the government, which wants to mine the
    data for law enforcement and other purposes.
  • http//www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/03/new-smart-met
    ers-energy-use-put-privacy-risk

43
The Fourth Amendment
  • The threats to privacy connected to smart meters
    lie primarily within the concepts of a right to
    be left alone
  • within ones home and the right to control
    personal information.
  • The first right is embedded in the Fourth
    Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
  • The right of the people to be secure in their
    person, houses, papers, and effects, against
    unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
    violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon
    probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation,
    and particularly describing the place to be
    searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

44
Control over disclosure of personal information
  • The second rightto exercise control over the
    disclosure of personal information has been
    discussed by a number of legal scholars.22 The
    U.S. Supreme Court also recognized this right in
    1977 in Whalen v. Roe.23
  • Smart meters can compromise both of these rights.
  • Privacy Implications of Smart Meters By Cheryl
    Dancey Balough, Balough Law Offices, Chicago,
    Illinois, 2011

45
Who Owns the Data?
  • The NASUCA (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE UTILITY
    CONSUMER ADVOCATES) states that
  •  
  • . . .the consumers are the ultimate owners of
    their energy consumption data. Andthe customer
    must own her or his home energy usage data, have
  • consistent access to that data for personal
    review in a usable format, be fully informed of
    what data is flowing to and from the meter, to
    whom the data is flowing, and with what frequency
    the data is communicated.
  •  
  • Once data is transferred to third parties, the
    genie is out of the bottle so to speak and once
    out, it cannot be put back. This is why consumers
    must retain as much control over sharing and use
    of smart meter as possible

46
Who owns the data?
  • Utilities traditionally own meter data and can
    use it for a variety of purposes within limits.
    But smart meter data is qualitatively and
    quantitatively different than the data collected
    by traditional meters which only collected the
    total consumption by kilowatt hours of
    electricity on a monthly (or even less frequent)
    basis.
  • It all boils down to control. Who ultimately gets
    to decide how a customers data is used?
  • The Department of Energy states
  • There also seems to be a broad consensus on
    perhaps the most critical question in the context
    of Smart Grid technologies who should control
    the extent to which third parties should be able
    to access CEUD for innovative purposes other than
    the provision of electrical power?
  • On this question, almost all proponents of both
    consumer-ownership rights and consumer-access
    rights agree Consumers should decide whether and
    for what purposes any third-party should be
    authorized to access or receive CEUD.

47
Third Party Access- Opt In
  • Explicit opt-in authorization should be required
    to release customer data to another company or
    party.
  • Customers should be told how their data will be
    collected and what it will be used for.
  • With opt-in arrangements, the customer
    initiates the contact with the service provider
    and approves sharing the usage data with outside
    third parties

48
Texas Statute
  • In Texas, lawmakers chose to specify ownership of
    all meter data in favor of the consumer.
  •  
  •  
  • Texas Utilities Code 39.107(b)
  •  
  • All meter data, including all data generated,
    provided, or otherwise made available, by
    advanced meters and meter information networks,
    shall belong to a customer, including data used
    to calculate charges for service, historical load
    data, and any other proprietary customer
    information.
  •  
  • Texas also requires written authorization by the
    customer before permitting a third party access
    to their data.
  •  

49
HB 1079
  • Oklahoma passed a bill last session that outlines
    how this revealing data is shared
  • The purpose of this bill is to establish
    standards to govern the access to and use of
    certain electric utility usage data by electric
    utilities, customers of electric utilities, and
    third parties.
  • This is not a customer data protection law. It
    is a consumer data access law for the utility
    companies.
  • Read the bill http//www.scribd.com/doc/62786738/O
    klahoma-HB1079-The-Electric-Usage-Data-Protection-
    Act

50
HB 1079
  • HB 1079 authorizes OGE and other utility
    providers in the state the right to share your
    meter usage data, without your consent, to
    various third parties for purposes of
  • development, enhancement, marketing, provision
    of energy-related products and services or
    promotion of public policy objectives.
  • That covers just about every purpose under the
    sun.
  • Data use for purposes that are directly related
    to billing and service is one thing. The
    utilities and their contractors need data for
    billing, providing services required by law, or
    to implement programs directly related to the
    provision of those services. But marketing,
    development, and promotion of public policy
    objectives may fall into the category of
    secondary purposes and seems to throw the privacy
    barn door wide open.
  • The Electric Usage Data Protection Act will go
    into effect on Nov 1, 2011.

51
Security
52
SECURITY
  • -Smart meters have security holesFlaws could
    allow hackers to tamper with power grid,
    reseachers say http//www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3605566
    ...

53
SECURITY
  • CIA Director James Woolsey calls Smart grid
    Stupid due to National Security problems caused
    by so-called smart meters. http//www.energynow.co
    m/video/2011/08/10/preview-mix-james-woolsey

54
Accuracy
55
Accuracy
  • PGE acknowledges SmartMeter problems
  • April 26 2010
  • "We have found eight meters out of the 5.5
    million meters that we installed where there is
    an issue with the actual meter accuracy," said
    Burt.
  • However, under intense questioning from Sen. Dean
    Florez, D-Kern County, PGE confirmed there have
    been other problems. For example, 9,000 of its
    SmartMeters have not communicated energy usage
    back to PGE, more than 11,300 SmartMeters simply
    failed to work and another 23,000 SmartMeters
    were installed improperly.
  • http//abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sectionnews/7_on
    _your_sideid7406652

56
Texas
  • April 24, 2010
  • Two major utilities in Texas have confirmed that
    some customers received inaccurate and sometimes
    inflated bills after turning to SmartMeters to
    measure their energy usage.
  • Hundreds of consumers have blamed SmartMeters for
    overcharges and sudden spikes in their bills.
  • "It's a software glitch," says Floyd LeBlanc with
    Centerpoint. "We found the software glitch and
    corrected it."

n Texas, numerous media outlets trumpeted the
results of Oncors smart meter accuracy testing,
saying the meters were accurate.  One Texan
decided to read the report and found the accuracy
wasnt so perfect after all.  This website is one
page full of well-cited documentation of smart
meter inaccuracies.http//www.defranchiseoncor.or
g
57
Blowback and Opposition
  • The growing opposition against wireless smart
    meters is uniting Republicans and Democrats,
    liberals and conservatives, environmental health
    advocates, green-advocates, civil libertarians,
    independents and Tea Party members.

http//sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneigh
borhood/home/wireless-smart-meter-concerns/smart-m
eters-unite-consumers-citizens-and-residents-from-
opposite-backgrounds-and-political-affiliations
58
USA Blowback
  • Excessive rate increases led to lawsuits in
    California and Texas.
  • California Public Utilities Commission has
    received more than 2,000 health complaints.
  • As of Sept 2010, 18 cities and 3 counties have
    demanded a halt to the SmartMeter program, citing
    peer-reviewed studies that suggest possible
    serious health consequences.
  • Hawaii Public Utilities Commission rejected
    SmartMeters
  • Maryland's Public Service Commission rejected the
    SmartMeter Program because of "significant
    financial and technological risks" and "savings
    that are largely indirect, highly contingent and
    a long way off.
  • New Mexico Gas is honouring medical waivers
  • http//emrabc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/SM_Nov
    _23_PDF.pdf

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  • OPTING OUT
  • In some states, utility companies have been
    persuaded to allow customers to opt out.
  •  
  • PGE Submits Smart Meter Opt-Out, But Wants to
    Charge for It http//larkspurcortemadera.patch.com
    /articles/pge-submits-smart-meter-opt-out-but-want
    s-to-charge-for-it-2
  • Maine Utilities Must Offer Consumer a Smart Meter
    Opt Out
  • The Maine Public Utilities Commission is
    requiring Central Maine Power (CMP) to offer an
    opt-out program for customers who do not want a
    standard smart meter installed. Power consumers
    in CMPs service territory will have two opt-out
    options they can get a smart meter and have its
    transmitter turned off or they can retain the
    existing analog meter
  • http//www.smartmeters.com/the-news/2232-maine-uti
    lities-must-offer-consumer-a-smart-meter-opt-out.h
    tml

60
Maine May 25, 2011
  • as a landmark case that represents the first
    time any state had ordered an electric utility to
    permit customers the choice to opt out of a smart
    meter program
  • They proved that because of unresolved concerns
    relating to health, privacy and cyber security
    resulting from the installation of wireless
    meters on their homes, customers should have a
    choice concerning the installation of those
    meters.  

61
Hawaii
  • Smart grid technology rollout stalls in
    HawaiiHawaii regulators scuttle plan for
    expanded rollout of smart grid technology
    HONOLULU (AP) -- "Hawaii regulators have
    rejected plans for a broad expansion of smart
    grid electric technology that would have been
    paid for by residents and businesses. Hawaiian
    Electric Co., the state's primary utility, had
    envisioned a 115 million smart grid project
    reaching 451,000 locations on Oahu, Maui and the
    Big Island. But the utility's proposal fell apart
    when the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission on
    Monday denied a request for expanded testing of
    the technology on Oahu. The "smart grid" concept
    relies on installing new electric meters that can
    wirelessly communicate with the utility, allowing
    it to better distribute power and handle
    additional renewable energy."

62
Smart meters not to be compulsory in Netherlands
The Hague, Netherlands --- (METERING.COM) ---
April 14, 2009 - Smart meters will not be
compulsory in the Netherlands, minister of
economic affairs Maria van der Hoeven has
decided. Van der Hoeven had intended to make
smart meters compulsory, with a refusal to
install them punishable with a fine of up to
17,000 or six months in prison. However, after
vigorous campaigning by consumer organizations
and privacy watchdog groups on privacy concerns
with smart meter data it became clear that a
majority of parliamentarians would vote against
compulsory smart metering. As a result van der
Hoeven has backed down and moved to make the
installation of smart meters voluntary. . A
report commissioned by the association from the
University of Tilburg last November stated that
the introduction of smart meters would constitute
a violation of the consumers right to privacy
and the freedom to do as they please within their
homes, and consequently would be in breach of the
European Convention of Human Rights. Moreover
Consumentenbond maintains, it is not obvious that
smart meters would lead to energy saving by
consumers.
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OKLAHOMA REPORTS
  • 912 646 1984

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EDMOND
  • September 21, 2011
  • Smart Meter installment began with little warning
    in some areas of Oklahoma. Since February of 2010
    OGE has already installed 350,000 smart meters.
    They plan on installing smart meters for nearly
    800,000 customers by the end of 2012.
  • Edmond residents are getting the jump on them and
    have started a petition drive to allow customers
    to have a choice in the matter.
  • From News 9 published Sept 19, 2011
  • EDMOND, Oklahoma A group of concerned citizens
    from Edmond are asking Edmond Electric to avoid a
    Smart Meter System.
  • The Smart Meter System is the newest technology
    available for electric companies. The system is
    designed to track a customers use of electricity
    without sending a utility worker to review each
    meter.
  • Edmond Electric believes the system could help
    with overall cost and energy efficiency. Not
    everyone supports the move.
  • Don Powers is an attorney in Edmond who believes
    the Smart Meter System is not a smart idea.
  • Read more 

If you are an Edmond Electric customer and would
like to have a say in the matter you can read and
sign the petition online here
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Del City Oklahoma
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WHAT TO DO?
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Opposition -What others are doing
  • People across the country are taking action to
    stop unwanted installation of smart meters on
    their homes and businesses. Some have gotten a
    moratorium on installation of the new meters
    declared by their city.
  • Residents usually developed a petition, gathered
    signatures and lobbied their city council to get
    the issue considered.
  • If you are opposed to having a smart meter
    installed you should contact your utility
    provider and notify them that you are requesting
    that it not be installed.
  • Follow up with a certified letter.
  • Some customers have applied DO NOT INSTALL
    stickers or signs on their analog meters and/or
    have taken steps to secure them by locking them
    up.

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  • Smart Meter Refusal Letter to your energy
    provider
  • http//www.scribd.com/doc/62782083/Smart-Meter-Ref
    usal-Letter

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  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission
  • http//www.occ.state.ok.us/

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How to Stop Smart Meters
  • http//stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-
    meters/
  • http//www.scribd.com/doc/46785093/How-to-stop-Sma
    rt-Meters

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Action
  • STOP SMART METERS
  • If a utility company installed a Smart Meter on
    your
  • property or residence, you can do something about
    it.

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