If you are looking for Documentation on the Smart Meters, look at this page on our website on Documentation.
IS THERE A LAW THAT REQUIRES THAT SMART METERS MUST BE USED?(Are the meters MANDATORY?)
The Short Answer is NO. However, here are some details to consider.
- There is no State (in Texas, and many others), or Federal requirement/mandate.
- Federal Energy Policy Act or 2005, the law proposing smart meters and a smart grid, only mandates the utilities to “offer” the meters and to install them “upon customer request.” The choice is still supposed to be ours!\
- Author of the Texas Legislation has written the PUC asking them to correct their oversight. He says that the intentions were for the meters to be optional. See his letter.
- In Texas, the Electricity Providers are encouraged to move to the use of Smart Metering, but not required or mandated to do so. [However, deregulation in Texas left our utility system in an interesting mix-mash of different ways of operating, and that is why some areas are under Oncor, others under Centerpoint, and some areas under neither one.]
- Therefore, if your city or Co-op decides to participate in using the new Smart Meters, then it appears that you will be expected to use whatever type of meter they choose. The same goes for Transmission Distribution Utilities like Oncor and Centerpoint etc. This is how it has always operated in the past – if they decide to change over their equipment, it is their argument that you have to use the type of meters that they choose as their equipment. Up till this recent change to the ‘smart meters’, we have either used the same analog meters, or the newer digital meters, and no one complained. That was then, this is now. This new meter is not like the old one, and people are beginning to ‘wise-up’, and now many are not pleased that these questionable devices are being used without our even being properly informed or consulted.
ONCOR TOLD ME THE S.M. HAS LESS RF THAN A CELL PHONE, OR A MICROWAVE
To answer this could take many pages of documentation. I will do my best to make this a true, but simple answer, leaving the research data up to you for the most part. (Until I have time to include more of that in our website, but I did provide some helpful links at the bottom of this FAQ).
In short, depending on the study that is cited, you might come up with different results. So, then one has to further explore to see why there are discrepancies. Personally, based on all the various data I have seen, I think that the smart meters emit a higher EMF (Electromagnetic Frequency) level or RF (Radio Frequency). [I can’t clarify the difference between the two terms above, as I am not trained in this area of study, but they seem to be largely interchangeable for the most part, although they probably vary slightly in what they mean specifically.]
However, for the sake of argument, let’s say that in at least one way of measuring EMF output, the Utility is correct, the Smart Meter EMF is lower…(‘hypothetically’ giving them the benefit of the doubt.) Here are the problems that I see with the smart meter that we don’t experience with the other two devices (Cell phone and Microwave).
- First, the cell phone and microwave are not operating 24/7.
- 2ndly, I can choose to use or not use the cell or micro. (And you don’t have a choice of where on/near your home the SM is located, i.e. a bedroom or office you spend much of your time in.)
- 3rdly, Oncor or other proponents of the smart meters would say that the smart meter only emits a signal a few times an hour, or less than a minute a day. This transmission time is called the ‘Duty Cycle’. However, in every situation that I have seen someone use a EMF radiation detector/measuring device, the Smart Meters were pulsing high RF waves sometimes every 10 seconds or so. This would make the Duty Cycle, almost constant. What I personally think is happening here, although I have not seen documentation to substantiate this, is that when the SM’s were tested, they were tested individually, perhaps in the lab. But this doesn’t represent real world situations. Each meter is a relay meter for other meters in the area, this is because it is part of what is called a “Mesh Network”. The network allows each SM to send it’s DATA Signal to the Collector Meter via bouncing it’s signal wirelessly off of numerous other meters so it can get from point A (on the house) to point B (the collector meter) to be sent on to the Utility company. This explains to my satisfaction, why Oncor (or other TDU’s, or the PUC or anyone else in the industry) is incorrect when they say the ‘Duty Cycle’ is less than one minute per meter per day!
- 4thly, There are numerous studies and research by reputable doctors, scientists, and researchers that show that EMF that is pulsed is more dangerous to humans than steady EMF. There is something to do with destroying parts of the cells of our DNA, which can lead to diseases (Cancer for one, I believe- but would have to go back to research again.) There is also an issue with our ‘Blood Brain Barrier’ with regard to either the pulsed radiation, or the non-thermal radiation. I recommend doing your own study if you have concerns in these areas.
- Of the researchers I have found have sound research are Cindy Sage of Sage and Associates (www.sageassociates.net) and Dr. Magda Havas (www.magdahavas.com). Dr. Havas is good to watch on YouTube, she has very good demonstrations and makes things as simple as possible.
- Here is a few more links on the subjects: http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/50-tips/
I WAS TOLD THAT SMART METERS SAVE ENERGY
Smart meters can’t save energy in and of themselves.
In fact, the smart meter uses a little bit of energy to run- which it would be interesting to know, who pays for that?
The government, and utility companies are hoping that by having a smart meter that tells you how much your electricity is costing you at any given moment, that you will make wiser choices in how you use your electricity.
Now, my problem with this concept is twofold:
First, there are ‘after market’ products you can buy that will attach to your meter, and give you an in-home display which will show you how much energy each appliance or device that you turn on is using or costing you. These in home devices can cost from under $100 to close to $200 depending on how sophisticated they are. This device, (one of which is called a TED which you can look up online) has been around awhile already, and if the US Government really just wanted us to be able to SEE our electricity use in REAL TIME, then they could create rebates for those products to encourage people to buy them. I can guarantee you this method would not have cost the 3.4 Billion that is already put out for the SM deployment so far.
I said my problem was two-fold here’s the other issue:
We all KNOW multiple WAYS to save electricity. Our moms told us as we were growing up- Turn off the Lights!, shut the door! and numerous other things we can all do to use less electricity…without spending any additional funds!
Now, in all honesty, there are more ways the Smart Meters may help our overall Energy situation. To explain, would take a lot more room, and I hope to cover those reasons under other FAQ topics.
But here’s something helpful for consumers to know. We need to know what the Governments motivation is, why are they doing this? (Especially, in a time of economic hardship!) They are ‘pushing’ the Global Warming crowd’s agenda of reducing our Carbon Emissions, but not only that, the ultimate goal using this agenda as a vehicle is CONTROL of every facet of the lives of every person in America and the planet. I know that sounds ‘out there’, but take a look around at all the ways the Government is now in control, or could be in control with just the right crisis. We are being monitored at every turn!
They are able to know where we are with our cars and phones and laptops, they know everywhere we go online on our computers, and now we have smart meters that record all our activities relating to electronic devices in our homes- i.e., when they are on/off, even the type of devices they are (although that is a little harder to verify), whether we are home or away!
The Smart Meters may allow electricity savings when the Utility Co. is given control of our appliances, A/C & thermostat, or permission to turn our power off for 15-20 minutes during peak demand times. At first, they will only do this with our permission, which we will give to them when they offer us economic incentives. For example there are already programs in place in other states, Colo. for example, that they give you a lower electricity rate, or a $25-$50 rebate in exchange for them to turn your AC unit off or your whole house off for say 15-20 or so minutes.
Now, my problem with this SM capability is that if they can do it WITH my permission, I don’t trust them not to pass some regulations in the future that will require/mandate me to always allow them to do those things even if I didn’t want or ‘allow’ them to. This is one of my biggest problems I personally have with getting one of these installed on my house!
WE should be in control over our own electricity in our own homes!
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