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Smart Meters - not so smart

Smart Meters are being forced on Pennsylvanian's and pose serious dangers, restricted usage and higher costs.

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...

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George Craig January 30, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I'll set the timer on my clothes dryer! Now I know why I only live in PA 6 months out of a year.

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