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Who Benefits From Smart Meters

smart meter st patrickSedona AZ – Today, April 8, 2014, on Agenda Item 7, Public Comment, the following testimony was given by Sedona resident Monnie Ramsell to the City Council of Sedona:

“I am wondering who can really benefit from having an automated meter in Sedona. Not every rate plan requires an automated meter. The Standard Plan only requires an analog meter. On APS’ website it says, “This plan helps those who use less energy save money. It doesn’t matter what time of day you use electricity, you’re billed at a single rate.

This plan works best if you:

– use 1,000 kilowatt hours or less each month

– live in a home or apartment that is 1,100 sq. ft. or less

– don’t have a swimming pool or spa that’s electrically heated.

So most condos, townhomes, mobile homes, duplex and small single family homes will fit into this category.

Who else?

smart meters 24This plan works best for those who stay at home during the day, the retirees, the elderly, and the stay at home moms or dads with young children.

These people will not be able to take any advantage of any of the Time Of Use (TOU) plan which an automated meter offers.

For commercial accounts, the standard flat rate plan will benefit businesses that remain open during normal business hours which includes; most offices, retail shops, government offices, financial institutions, and most restaurants, schools and libraries, and health care facilities and most hospitals. So I am sure that City of Sedona understands this and opted out.

Doesn’t the standard plan sounds like a plan that will benefit the majority of the people here in Sedona?

Even so, APS does not hesitate to talk people into a TOU plan even though there will be no saving for them. Many may end up paying more with the TOU plans because these plans are designed to charge you more when you need it the most, for example from noon to 7 pm during summer time.

smart meters 37Those who have high electrical usage have a big house, a swimming pool or spa and those who works outside their home during the day are those who may benefit from a TOU plan with an automated meter. So what percentage of Sedona residents fit that category?

The majority of us here in Sedona will not have any financial benefit to have a smart meter.

So can you see who will be subsidizing whom with this meter upgrade APS has in mind for all of us and the majority of our City Council had voted not to intervene with ACC on this issue?” [end]

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  3. N. Baer says:

    Hooray to Bad Kitty Koffee, Golden Bone Products and Home Elements for joining Tlaquepaque, New Frontiers/Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and Choices for opting out of smart meters!

  4. You guys are insane. There is nothing wrong with smart meters in any way shape or form. You are bombarded every day with so much radiation, and electromagnetic waves you can’t even begin to comprehend. Do you listen to the radio, satelite radio, TV, Wifi………daily bombardment, yet you use these items on a daily basis. It boils down to a cost savings for the utility, which in turn increases their bottom line. Next you are going to get on chem trails again right? Lord help you vocal minority up there.

  5. N. Baer says:

    @Captain Obvious – Your information is not correct. Manmade frequencies are not at all the same as those occurring naturally. The point is that since the 1980’s our exposure to these manmade frequencies has increased 20,000 times. Likewise, one can see the tremendous rise in autism from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 88. I suggest you do some research. Finally, there are no cost savings to any consumer, only to an electric utility that is a monopoly who owns three nuclear power plants and whose holding company Pinnacle West.

  6. julie says:

    Everything in moderation. You don’t know. bombardment…….

    Look at some allergies such a nuts. People die when exposed. They can’t breathe. Celiac disease, foods with gluten eats the lining of stomach. You can’t see it but they are real. Everyone may not be effected.

    Rather then take risks wait until we understand it. BTW they are just eliminating jobs.

  7. Ben says:

    To Captain Obvious
    lol you hit the nail on the head, but don’t mess with Ms Nancy cause she can get pretty vicious if you question her paranoia. The chem trails have already killed her garden you know. Javelina are rodents and now smart meters cause autism. I myself sometimes lay awake wondering if she’s given up her cell phone yet. Golly only here in Sedona could she round up such a following.

  8. Scott says:

    Again with the personal? What happened to admiring those that do rather than those that don’t? Right. Ben must be a teacher or government employee. See? Doesn’t sit right to get personal?

  9. James Poole says:

    There is a level of probability in statistics. P-value. An informal interpretation with a significance level of about 10%:

    p < 0.01 : very strong presumption against neutral hypothesis
    p = 0.01 : very strong presumption against neutral hypothesis
    0.01 < p < 0.05 : strong presumption against neutral hypothesis
    0.05 < p 0.1 : no presumption against the neutral hypothesis

    Ms. Baer uses her real name and has done some great research. Kudos to the group trying to be informed. Anyone else throwing stones use your real name, that may get you some credibility.

    There are some great scientists working on the effects. I listen to the experts.

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