Using Stimulus Funds, our utilities are rushing to install Smart Meters (SM), before the funds run out.
The meter is not only a bad 'deal' but worrisome:
1. PECO, Philadelphia's electric provider has suspended installation of SM's after 15 fires have been associated with their installation. These meters are not U/L certifies http://articles.philly.com/2012-08-17/business/33233644_1_smart-meter-sensus-peco-energy
2. These two-way meters will be used to shut YOU down if you use too much electricity at the wrong time- Like your A/C at 5:00PM - a peak time.
3. The electric company also gets to charge you for the priviledge -not only for the meter but for its instalation. Read PA Act 129 (2008)
This law requires reduction of electric usage by 10% & more - regardless of growth in industry or population.
All this to avoid building sufficient power plants or to shut down coal-fired ones which supply 23% of our needs.
PA Representative Mike Reese, with the support of Reps. Mark Mustio and Jim Marshall, has proposed HB 2188 which will permit us to OPT-OUT.
Support your State Represntatives in this effort- After all, who is the customer?
An apparent SM plus: If you do your clothes drying at 2AM, you would get a lower rate...