So why spend billions on a “smart grid” that, in their words, will save money, but not provide those same funds for green energy? Most likely because it’s not about saving money or being more efficient with individual electric usage, but this implementation is more about the electric companies monitoring our personal lives and sharing personal data.
Update on SLVREC’s position on smart meter installation: On July 26, three Crestonians (myself, Dorje Root, and Dr. Dean Lloyd) presented our case for an individual, no-cost “opt out” of the smart meter installation, along with the hazards of these smart meters, to the SLVREC Board of Directors in Monte Vista. The key concerns of health and fire risks, along with a long list of municipalities putting moratoriums and “opt out” programs in place, were presented to the board. We distributed to each board member a 105-page packet, which included detailed research data sheets, pictures with dates of specific fires, testimonials, and much more. At the close of our brief presentation, the president of SLVREC, Loren Howard, stated that the board was to discuss and possibly vote on an “opt out” program that very afternoon.
Subsequently, he has informed us that they are still in discussions on an “opt out” change to their contracts. He implied that the decision for such an individual “opt out” would be made prior to the next meeting on August 30. Most likely, the SLVREC will need to update and revise various internal contracts and agreements with their manufacturers and suppliers, and certainly their attorneys are involved. We are cautiously optimistic on their decision, however, there is a concern that an “opt out” program may have a significant fee attached to it. Clearly in our economic condition, a high fee to “opt out” of an installation that is unnecessary is not acceptable. We will keep everyone apprised of the status of their actions, as well as all follow-up actions. If the SLVREC chooses NOT to offer an individual “opt out” program to our community, we will need to re-calibrate and re-assess our approach. We have done some good research and have a good basis upon which to respond and “push back” if necessary. One strategy we are taking is to have them offer an individual “opt in”, or in other words, no action to keep the meters we now have, but have the choice to “opt in” if one wishes to receive a new “smart meter”.
One “eye opener” for our team during our research was the fact that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture often provides loans to electric companies for upgrading their current electric infrastructure. For example, they are loaning electric companies in the state of Georgia millions of dollars, much of which will be used for the new “smart grid” roll out. The new “smart grid” technology is being pushed by the U.S. Dept. of Energy. On their website one can find the high level architecture of the new “smart grid”, which of course includes the smart meters. Of greater interest is the fact that the U.S. Dept. of Energy recently awarded several companies a total $1B in free grants for this same roll out of the “smart grid” technology. I seriously doubt that such loans and free grants from departments of the United States government would be so easily available for solar or wind energy. So why spend billions on a “smart grid” that, in their words, will save money, but not provide those same funds for green energy? Most likely because it’s not about saving money or being more efficient with individual electric usage, but this implementation is more about the electric companies monitoring our personal lives and sharing personal data.
The key is to get informed so we can make a choice to “opt out”, or, in some cases, “opt in”. Feel free to google “smart meters” or “take back your power” (a great video) for a great introduction to this subject. There’s a small group that meets each Thursday at 10am if anyone is interested (location is TBD until the POA water leak issue is resolved)—all are welcome. Get informed. We have choices. Many municipalities have placed moratoriums on these smart meters, and that may be our next option. Feel free to write me at email@example.com for more info or our current meeting location.
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