Tag Archives: Opt-Out

Deflating the Propaganda Argument on How Smart Meter Opt-Outs Shift Extra Costs to Ratepayers

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  In order to penalize consumers who do not wish to take on the additional safety and security risks associated with smart meters, utilities typically charge those customers punitive fees.  They justify or rationalize these fees … Continue reading

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Extension Likely Coming Soon for ComEd Customers ‘Deferring’ Smart Meter Installations

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  We have previously communicated through this website on how Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) customers are being mistreated by not having a permanent smart meter refusal option even though downstate Illinois customers of Ameren do have such … Continue reading

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Smart Meters Should Do No Harm

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions I discovered a new article [1] written by Nick Hunn of WiFore Consulting Ltd. regarding the status of the smart meter program in the UK, dated August 1, 2016.  In May 2016, Mr. Hunn provided … Continue reading

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Utilities Intimidate and Browbeat Customers on Smart Meter Refusals

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Governments and corporations are forcing utility ‘smart’ meters onto consumers’ homes saying that they give consumers control over their own energy bills.  This propaganda-like message is quite misleading and more importantly completely ignores the tremendous … Continue reading

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Chicago Suburb Formally Requests Permanent Smart Meter Refusal Option from ComEd

Story Updated July 27, 2016 The Village of Burr Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, has formally requested “that Commonwealth Edison take action to work with the ICC [Illinois Commerce Commission] and General Assembly to amend its rules to allow … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Challenges ‘Smart’ Meters and Refusal Fees

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Elk Grove, California, resident Mark Graham has filed a lawsuit against the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) regarding its smart meter program. The primary basis for the lawsuit is an allegation that the SMUD Board … Continue reading

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Maine Supreme Court Affirms Judgment for Smart Meters Being ‘Safe Enough’

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Yesterday the Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that wireless smart meters are safe enough to be installed upon customer homes and that fees associated with opting-out … Continue reading

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Published Law Analysis: Smart Meter ‘opt out mechanisms should be offered to consumers’ so they can ‘exercise their privacy and data protection rights’

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions For those consumers who oppose utility smart meters, it should not be necessary to “opt-out” of a program for which there never was an “opt-in.”  This is especially true when there are no clear benefits … Continue reading

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Utility Industry RF Safety Expert: Utilities need an opt-out strategy for customers who can’t tolerate a ‘smart’ meter on their house.

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Someone sent me a link to a smart grid-related webinar video from 2012 where a utility industry RF safety expert made some surprising but yet rational statements on the need for ‘smart’ meter opt-out programs. … Continue reading

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Smart meter “issues are of great concern, not just locally, but also nationally and internationally,” cautions Judge

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions In May we reported on a positive story that a Michigan Court Orders Justification of Smart Meter Refusal Fees.  The Court document for this case stated that: “…because of the numerous issues raised on appeal … … Continue reading

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Michigan Court Orders Justification of Smart Meter Refusal Fees

Last week a Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that key issues remain regarding Consumers Energy Company being able to charge customers a fee for refusing to allow installation of smart meters on their homes.  The Court ordered that the Michigan … Continue reading

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Smart Meter Refusal Fee Rescinded in Arizona

Last December the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) set a $5/mo “opt-out fee” for analog meters as well as a $50 initial fee for those customers who wisely do not want invasive smart meter technology attached to their homes. The ACC … Continue reading

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