Smart Meters – The Battle Isn’t Over

Posted by Carole Fineberg

On Thursday, February 14th, at 9:30, there is another PUCN general agenda meeting. This is like the meeting on Jan. 30 where Smart Meters are not on the agenda, but we speak out in the Public Comments section at the end.

WE NEED TO GO and make sure that these new ‘issues’ that NVE are proposing are brought to light. They think they’ve done everything they can to get rid of us. They didn’t want an opt-out; we demanded it and they gave it to us. They didn’t want to make the opt-out option an analog; we demanded it and they gave us the analog. They wanted to charge quite a bit more for the opt-out; we argued and they are charging $52.44 up front and $8.72 per month. We are making headway, inch by inch and we need to keep the pressure on. They are making their own ‘adjustments’ and this has to stop.

Not everybody, but some people are extremely sensitive to electromagnetic Radio Frequency (RF) radiation and are very sick from Smart Meters, even if they don’t have one and are getting radiation from neighboring meters. Everything from headaches to ringing in the ears to nosebleedsĀ to leukemia to heart palpitations to irregular DNA to infant diseases are being reported at an increasingly alarming rate. NVEĀ authorities have claimed these meters to be safe in several studies, none of which were longer than a year. The cumulative and long-term effects of these meters have not been studied here and where it has been studied, the results have been nothing short of frightening. Read this 12/31/2012 BioInitiative Report where 29 scientists and doctors from 11 different countries do in-depth, long-term research on the effects of EMF… and they aren’t good effects.

There have been house fires in several places here in Washoe County directly attributed to the Smart Meter malfunctioning (one on Zermatt Ct. in Montreux and another in Montreux that we know about for sure). NVE stated in a filing last year that a lot of the fires and power surges were the RATEPAYERS fault. Why is it OUR responsibility, when we can’t even access the housing?

They are still charging the $9.25 Basic Service Fee for “meter reading and other administrative costs”, even if you have a Smart Meter where no meter reading is required. And if you opt out, you pay the $9.25 Basic Service Fee + $8.72 for meter reading. This adds up to millions of dollars revenue to Nevada Energy during the trial usage period until 2016.

The fight is not over by a long shot. We have to keep showing them that we are extremely persistent, diligent, will not go away lightly and will seek to expose them along the way.

Why is government pushing this program so hard? It has nothing to do with cost savings and everything to do with CONTROL and we will not back down without a fight.