By B.N. Frank
State utility commissions are supposed to protect consumers from being exploited by utility companies. That’s not been happening for a while (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 6, 7) though some American elected officials have stepped in to stop the rollout of expensive and dangerous utility “Smart” Meters (see 1, 2, 3). Unfortunately, these horrible meters (see 1, 2, 3) as well as surveillance equipped ecologically unfriendly LED lights (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and Electric Vehicles (see 1, 2) are still being promoted (and forced) in some states – maybe even yours – by utility commissions, utility companies, and special interest groups.
Thanks to Greentech Media for publishing this list of utility trends which provides more details about this nonsense.
NOTE – Number 5, Number 7, and Number 10 are all about “Smart” Meters and “Smart” Grids, please see the original article linked above for full descriptions. It’s becoming more common for proponents to use flowery language to describe and refer to “Smart” Meters and Grids because of all the issues associated with them including higher customer bills, cybersecurity vulnerability, fires, explosions, etc. (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
Below is an executive summary of the complete roundup, which has specific examples of state public utility commission action. (You can read AEE’s full version with details and links to proceedings here.)
- Implementing 100% clean energy commitments
- Falling cost of renewables and storage drives resource plans
- Aligning utility performance with policy goals
- Utilities planning for electric transportation
- DER integration and investments in a modern grid
- Energy efficiency, load-shifting and building decarbonization
- Valuing DERs for their contributions to the grid
- Wildfire prevention and protection
- Customers making their own energy choices
- Non-wires alternative mechanisms
Regarding Number 8, “Wildfire prevention and protection” – it might be cheaper, easier, and more effective to simply replace the “Smart” Meters with traditional analog meters. Just sayin’…
Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
- EMF Safety Network
- Smart Grid Awareness
- Take Back Your Power
- The People’s Initiative
- Wireless Information Network
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