PECO Smart Meters

There are numerous concerns about the Smart Meter's PECO is installing. Here's an position paper on the heath risks.

http://aaemonline.org/pressadvisoryemf.pdf

Someone told me that PECO threatened to cut-off their service if they did not have one of these meters installed.

It's all so beautiful.

TLP's picture

Not a scientist, but I don't think there's much to worry about. The position paper even admits that the Smart Meters are no more dangerous than Wi-fi, cell phones, or other RF-emitting devices.

Of course, if you think that those devices are dangerous and you don't have any in your home, then you probably won't want a smart meter. But at that point, living in the city is no longer for you, because there's RF and EMF being beamed everywhere.

There's always West Virginia! http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.02/quiet_pr.html (I can only find this article... I'm remembering another one that talks about RF-sensitive people moving to areas like the WV Quiet Zone.)

austen's picture

I'm hoping that mine turns me into a superhero.

lighterthief's picture

I cant wait to see the fallout when PECO makes Viper Kahn get one!

Empty factories to the east and all our waste
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qbert4578's picture

Got my letter today about it... and saw this posted on the Port Richmond Town Watch group on Facebook.

I don't like it. Can they really force us to make the change?

"Hold onto your hats, neighbors, because emissaries from the world of the smart electric meter, aka PECO, will be knocking on your door soon. Unlike conventional door-to-door missionaries trying to sell you a new religion, PECO emissaries will not accept an "I’m not interested" response but will insist that they be allowed to enter your house. Why? Their mission is to switch the old Analog Meters, a time-proven, classic basic system, to digital electricity (wireless) gauges that are causing controversy wherever they are installed.

Keeping up with technology sounds harmless on one level; after all, who can blame PECO and utility companies nationwide for keeping up with the times? Most "machines" need periodic updates. Recently, the city Water Department just finished a citywide door-to-door meter adjustment. Perhaps next year there may be something new with PGW, and maybe even after that, Verizon will make additional changes and force everybody to purchase FIOS.

While the traditional Analog Meter merely records electricity use, the smart meter passes more complicated sorts of information about the electric consumption in your house to the electric supplier. The smart meter also uses radio frequency energy that’s measured in mill watts. Some people say the new meters are very dangerous and that after a few months of use, strange things begin to happen to people. PECO, however, insists that the new meters are very safe, and that the radiation emitted is as high (or even lower) than a microwave oven.

Once again, we are in a position to choose. Do you believe the corporation, or do you believe the skeptics and the naysayers who smell a rotten fish?

The people in California worried plenty about the forced installation of smart meters but then decided to do something about it. Political campaigns were started in order to give residents the option of opting out of the big conversion. Some Californians were reporting memory loss, dizziness and insomnia after the smart meters were installed, while others were concerned about giving a utility company a Big Brother window into their homes. California politicians listened and now Californians can now say, "No thank you" to smart meter installation, but this refusal comes at a very high price. To opt out of the smart meter program, one must pay hundreds of dollars upfront and then sign up for a monthly maintenance fee.

Isn’t this a wonderful thing to have to deal with during an economic meltdown?

In Pennsylvania, many residents in the Great Northeast are following the example of the people in California and saying, "Thanks, but no thanks" to the PECO "smart meter" missionaries. This is especially true in the Rhawnhurst section. At various civic association meetings there, Northeast residents demanded the option to opt out of the program, and as a result managed to help create Pennsylvania House Bills 2186 and 2188, which would solidify the ‘opt out’ option. These bills face an uphill battle if only because Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) chair Robert Powelson has gone on the record as urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to veto this option.

For some reason, Powelson doesn’t want Pennsylvanians to have a choice to opt out of the plan.

Under Pennsylvania state law, homeowners cannot say "No thanks" to PECO when they come knocking to install the smart meter. Saying no and meaning it will only get your electricity shut off. Comply, or be sent packing to the Stone Age.

I don’t know whether the new meters are safe, but I remain a skeptic. In the past we’ve been told that things were safe when it was proven later that they were not. Wasn’t smoking once allowed in hospital waiting rooms? Wasn’t asbestos once an everyday-use material? Lead pencils? So-called experts are now advising against taking multi-vitamins---because they could be hazardous to your health--- when only a decade ago the opposite was true.

"I’m old enough to remember running behind the DDT truck as a child, and everyone told us those were safe," South Portland, Maine, Mayor Rosemarie De Angelis told USA Today, when speaking about the smart meter installation in her state.

Resistance to the smart meter is happening all over. On a Michigan-based Stop Smart Meter website, I read this: "Smart meters can also overexpose the general population to high frequencies by putting high frequencies on home and building wiring, either deliberately through signaling or inadvertently through poor engineering…"

Experts also mention that at least 3-15% of the general population is what they call electro-sensitive, meaning that the health conditions mentioned above can come about years after the meters are exposed.

PECO’s smart meter installation program was enhanced by a 200 million dollar federal funds assistance check. Other utility companies across the nation have also received federal money so that by the year 2020, 65 million people will have the new gizmos.

Critics say the new meters are not always accurate, and that when they err they tend to err on the side of the utility company, increasing electric bills (sometimes) by significant amounts.

It seems to me that spending 200 million dollars for more accurate reading of electrical usage so that there will be larger profits for utility corporations is a shady thing at best. In this time of economic recession, when cash welfare support in Pennsylvania has just been cut by a heartless governor, do we really need utility companies measuring every radio wave from our homes with the aim of piling up proceeds in dollar bills?

Smart meters don’t seem to be smart for many reasons (if I’m wrong, I’ll eat my old Analog). There’s also the issue of lost meter reader jobs, and why our tax dollars have to be used for this sort of innovation, especially when the likelihood is that all these gizmos were probably made in China."

Kenzo's picture

I think the real reason why there is opposition to smart meters is because they contain remote shutoff capability. So when you don't pay your bill, it cuts your lights off. No need for a tech visit.

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qbert4578's picture

It also seems very invasive...feel like it's being presented as one thing, but there are ulterior motives... I think that it will benefit PECO more than it will benefit the user.

There is a bill (PA HB 2188) that aims to give consumers the right to opt out.

stein's picture

I stopped reading when you made the stupid FiOS argument

Ken Milano (before he went and edited this comment out to avoid the consequences of having wrote it) wrote:
I don’t have much sympathy for renters, for me, they are non citizens

qbert4578's picture

stein wrote:
I stopped reading when you made the stupid FiOS argument

Actually, like I said, I got the text from the Port Richmond Town Watch Facebook group... I didn't write it. I added quotes to make this more obvious.

stein's picture

I stopped reading before I got to that point. Conspiracy theories are dumb, even if you can pretend you are supporting them by quoting someone else.

Ken Milano (before he went and edited this comment out to avoid the consequences of having wrote it) wrote:
I don’t have much sympathy for renters, for me, they are non citizens

qbert4578's picture

stein wrote:
I stopped reading before I got to that point. Conspiracy theories are dumb, even if you can pretend you are supporting them by quoting someone else.

There's a lot more negative/questionable information out there about the smart meters than the few (poorly written, yes) paragraphs I pasted above, if you care to look. I'm sure you don't/won't, so I won't bother to debate with you because you make sure you always "win," even if you don't.

I would just like the option to opt-out.

Coder's picture

My grandmother used to say that the telephone "was the devil's instrument".
Technology rolled on, without her.

"No no! You don't ask me questions! You are a rabbit! I am a human!"

Lutherie's picture

Kenzo wrote:
I think the real reason why there is opposition to smart meters is because they contain remote shutoff capability. So when you don't pay your bill, it cuts your lights off. No need for a tech visit.

So your assuming most people don't pay their electric bills.

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

Kenzo's picture

Lutherie wrote:
Kenzo wrote:
I think the real reason why there is opposition to smart meters is because they contain remote shutoff capability. So when you don't pay your bill, it cuts your lights off. No need for a tech visit.

So your assuming most people don't pay their electric bills.

Did I say that?

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dan

MILLIWATTS? ??

Please, God, no! Not milliwatts!
That's like a million nanowatts!

Godwin was basically a Nazi.

dan

They may have a point. Already PGW is pumping an explosive gas mixture into our homes and there are high levels of hydrogen hydroxide flowing out of our faucets.

Godwin was basically a Nazi.

FPDA's picture

Soul Man wrote:
They may have a point. Already PGW is pumping an explosive gas mixture into our homes and there are high levels of hydrogen hydroxide flowing out of our faucets.

Beware, your house and maybe even your own body may contain hundreds or thousands of chemicals!

And that's not even including all of the radiation, electromagnetic waves, and subatomic particles! I think we need a law passed to fix this.

george's picture

Guvmint man come up 'ta house talking a blue streak 'bout this here 'lectricity they's a bringin' to the Valley. I done shot 'im up good.

Kenzo's picture

PECO just swapped my meter just now. So far it hasn't spontaneously caught fire or started emitting powerful gamma rays.

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ExUnit4's picture

to quote a well know lyric " they only come out at night"

Speak softly, the dashboard cam has a very sensative microphone

LST's picture

I got my 2nd request to come in to do it. Stupid of them to include it with the usual trash they put in with the bills, which I trash directly into the recycling bin, sight unseen.

It's all so beautiful.

qbert4578's picture

Nevermind.

Misfitz's picture

This article: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20120816_Peco_suspends_smart-meter_installations_after_Bucks_fire.html
has me a bit worried now. They installed one of these things at my house a couple weeks ago.

"Save me Jebus!!"

HAZMAT's picture

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

LST's picture

Misfitz wrote:
This article: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20120816_Peco_suspends_smart-meter_installations_after_Bucks_fire.html
has me a bit worried now. They installed one of these things at my house a couple weeks ago.

I still didn't get an appointment to have this done yet.

It's all so beautiful.

Kenzo's picture

That's 25 KILO-amps. On your house itself you're talking a couple hundred amps at 240V. The arcing can still be quite a show.

Ever see a residential power line short? That's what can happen at your meter box.

If your meter box hasn't caught on fire by now (most of 19125 is now installed), then it's not going to. Arcing is what causes fires. If you got mega-old contacts on the meter socket, loose wiring behind the meter going into your panel, that's what PECO is blaming as a customer-wiring problem. If the homeowner doesn't fix it, PECO has to fix it or they can't safely mount the meter.

They may not even be able to put the old meter back on because they've jiggled the old meter to pull it off the meter socket.

I've noticed most people's meter boxes lately while walking around. It says FlexNet on the meter but that's really Sensus.

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