Sedona AZ (July 23, 2012) – The following is written by Sedona, Arizona resident Warren Woodward. He encourages its sharing via social networks and email distribution:
Is everyone on the APS Smart Meter Opt out List? If not call today and register that you DO NOT WANT a SMART METER! I have a friend with 2 houses, one down in the Valley and one here in Sedona. The house in the Valley has electricity supplied by the Salt River Project (SRP). SRP is not regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission.
SRP placed a so-called “smart” electric meter on her Valley house. After the installation, my friend noticed that her bill never went down when she left the house to spend time in Sedona. A normal monthly bill for the Valley house was about $300, and a normal monthly bill when that house was empty was around $100 since the fridge and pool pump were left running. But with the “smart” meter – the bill never went down when the house was empty. It was always around $300, empty or occupied.
This experience has happened to others throughout the country wherever “smart” meters have been installed. Indeed, some of her Valley neighbors had the same billing rip-off when they vacated their houses.
The stock standard response of the power companies is flat out denial. “Smart meters are never wrong.” “The new meters are digital and solid state.” “It was your old meter that was wrong.”
Thus are the lies.
Since SRP is not regulated by the ACC, they can and do charge a fee to anyone who wants their “smart” meter replaced with analog (The ACC has not yet ruled on an “opt out” fee for the AZ utilities they regulate).
My friend is paying the $22 per month SRP opt-out fee. Now that she has an analog electric meter back on her house she also gets her old, normal bill when she closes up her house. $122 per month is $22 more than what she used to pay but it is cheaper than the $300 she was paying with the “smart” meter for an empty house.
There are a couple of lessons here. One is that the power companies lie.
Here is another example of a power company lying.
In this instance the lie is about both the strength and duration of the microwave radiation given off by “smart” meters. All of the power companies that I know of across the country tell the same lies. I have heard this particular lie, as well as the billing lie, in person at the ACC meetings on “smart” meters. The graphs in this article are a powerful visual demonstration of the difference between reality and power company lies:
Suggested action to take:
If you have a ‘smart” meter, demand its removal. APS has been removing “smart” meters for those who demand it.
If you do not have a “smart” meter, call APS or your electricity provider and demand to be placed on their opt-out list.
One reason this is important is because at the last ACC meeting, APS was able to tell the commissioners that “only” 3,700 people had opted out. With over a million customers, APS was obviously trying to marginalize opposition.
The ACC has not ruled on “smart” meters yet. So numbers matter. Make your opposition known. After you tell APS, tell the ACC you do not want and will not accept a “smart” meter or a fee to keep your analog meter. Here are the commissioners email addresses:
Pierceemail@example.com, Newmanfirstname.lastname@example.org, Burnsemail@example.com, Stumpfirstname.lastname@example.org, Kennedyemail@example.com
If you don’t care then the ACC won’t care either.
Feel free to forward this email (information) to others.Warren Woodward Sedona, AZ
PS – Just because you do not have a “smart” meter now does not mean you will not get one in the future. APS does have Sedona on schedule for “smart” metering. So don’t wait. Act now!
Also read Kristen Monday’s 2011 Sedona Eye Smart Meter article and its 15 comments: http://sedonaeye.com/aps-smart-meters-invasion-of-privacy