PUC HAS OPENED UP FOR PUBLIC INPUT, BUT YOU MUST CONTACT THE PUC BY MAR 30TH TO BE INCLUDED IN THE COMMENT PERIOD!!!
URGENT- PUC Calls for Comments on the Smart Meter Issue! They are taking comments from the Public until Mar. 30th!
Now is the time we can really make an impact. Up till now, the PUC has just given very little consideration to our pleas to STOP forcing certain TEXANS who want electricity to have to take a “Smart Meter” on their home.
Because of a series of events, Devvy Kidd’s Formal Complaint for one, they are accepting public input on the issue. Comment time ends March 30th…which means it must be IN THEIR OFFICE by that date, NOT just POSTMARKED by Mar. 30. (if you have found this after Mar 26, it might be best just to call the PUC since your mail may not get there by Mar. 30th! OR just do both for good measure!)
The PUC will also take phone calls- but guaranteed this won’t have the same weight, and your details as to why you don’t want them etc. likely will not convey, so only do that as a last resort if you are unable to get your personal letter sent.
YOUR LETTER: (I have typed a Sample Letter[scroll to bottom], you can copy/paste, include your personal info, and Sign it- but it is best to change it up some, use some of the other ideas on the Documentation page, etc. & add your personal PS)
- All letters need to refer to this: Project Number 40199
- All letters need to have the original, plus 16 additional copies sent, (for internal distribution). (I know that is a PAIN!)
- Must be in their office by March 30, NOT just POSTMARKED!
Public Utility Commission of Texas
P.O. Box 13326,
Austin, Texas 78711-3326
The letter should give several reasons you object. First, if you have a personal story, a PHYSICAL REACTION to the meter, that is very important to say, especially if you have any supporting Dr. Bills, or statements.
Here’s our chance to tell them we want a BAN on the meters as well, because if they are bad for one, they are bad for all. Plus, one person’s smart meter can affect neighboring homes etc. (I personally know several who have symptoms from neighboring meters when they do not even have one.) We also need to ask for a HALT (moratorium) on installation while they are determining the Privacy, Health & Safety implications of the Smart Meters. If you have specific research you can site, even better, but not required. (find Documentation help below) Better that it gets done regardless whether it is ‘perfect’. They need to see an onslaught of response to know that TEXANS DO CARE about this issue. Be sure and put your signature (and date) on your letter…a good idea always to hand write a personal PS. Handwriting makes it even more powerful.
Suggested Talking Points & Documentation – go to this article on this website: “DOCUMENTATION on Issues Regarding the installation of Smart Meters”
Secondly, state your primary objections, or choose from our list for help. Start with what is most important to you…2-3 should do it or more if you want. The PUC will likely want to get through the letters prior to schedule the Hearing…so try to be succinct, but informative. It might be good to write your comments, then send a separate page for the documentation.
IF YOU CANNOT MAKE TIME TO WRITE TO THE PUC- then the other option is to CALL them by Mar. 30th
Phone calls: Interested persons may contact the commission at
(512) 936-7120 or (toll-free) 1-888-782-8477
“Hearing and speech-impaired individuals with text telephone (TTY) may contact the commission at (512) 936-7136 or use Relay Texas (toll-free) 1-800-735-2989. All comments should reference Project Number 40199.”
For more information or for Questions email
Cindy at Cindy@bantexassmartmeters.com
————- S A M P L E L E T T E R ———(may be copy/pasted to a Word Doc, but best if you change some and add any personal story or personal reasons not mentioned here.)
City, State Zip
March 21, 2012 (date)
Public Utilities Commission of Texas
1701 North Congress Avenue
P.O. Box 13326
Austin, TX 78711-3326
RE: Petition for Initiation of Rulemaking Proceedings Regarding Smart Meters, Project Number 40199.
Dear PUC Commissioners, and Chairman Nelson;
After reviewing the Summary of the Petition submitted by Devvy Kidd and John Kidd, I would like to stand with them in agreement regarding their reasonable request to terminate the installation of Smart Meters in Texas, at least until the health & safety concerns are completely resolved in regards to the radiation of radio frequency and electromagnetic field energy to transmit data from the Smart Meters on a nearly continuous basis that may affect biological health of persons and animals in close proximity to the meters. The PUC is charged with Consumer Protection, and this is an issue of extreme importance regarding the protection of the health and well-being of Texans.
Furthermore, I object to the meters as they are a violation to my 4th Amendment Right to Privacy, since the meters collect data that is specific as to detail my usage of electricity approximately down to the minute, and can bear the load signatures of the devices and equipment used within my home. I have not given the TDU or Electricity Provider any permission to collect such personal data, nor should any implied consent be acceptable in regards to such detailed personal information.
Additionally, the vulnerability of the data to prevent piracy by third parties, or perhaps even the misuse of the data by the providers is a realistic concern. There is ample proof that the ‘smart meters’, nor the ‘smart grid’ are anywhere near secure enough at this point in time for implementation.
I DO NOT want to have a Smart Meter installed at my residence, or on any other homes near mine. I revoke any previous “implied consent” considered by the Utilities to have authorized the installation of any so called ‘smart meter’. My personal usage details (beyond total electricity used during a billing cycle), belongs to me, period!
Please grant a public hearing immediately, to allow the petitioners and other concerned citizens to present evidence and testimony. Please, also declare a moratorium until such information from the hearing can be assimilated, and studied so as to come to an informed decision on the future of the ‘Smart Meters’ in Texas.