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Public Regulation Commission rejects a smart meter installation program by PNM

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From Staff ReportsPublished 10:37 a.m. MT April 18, 2018

Smart meter pilot program requested from PNM by the time of the next energy efficiency filing in 2020

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission unanimously rejected the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s proposal to install Advanced Metering Infrastructure , called smart meters, citing rate increases, an excessive opt-out fee and layoffs as deal breakers.

“After several hearings, I felt the program was clearly not in the best interest of the public,” Commission Chairman Sandy Jones, who represents District 5, said. “I held public meetings in Silver City and Deming and many of my constituents agreed.”

Following three separate hearings held over the course of almost two and a half years, the commissioners concurred that the proposed AMI program did not fairly balance the interests of investors and ratepayers or promote the public interest.

According to a release from the PRC, the commissioners determined the AMI program failed to take advantage of possible energy efficiency measures, identify sufficient operational benefits, or provide meaningful opt-out opportunities. Especially significant was a concern that the lifetime costs to ratepayers would exceed savings in contrast with the benefits shareholders would reap.

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ACTION ALERT: Hold public hearing on AB 345 SMART METER opt-out

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STOP SMART METERS WISCONSIN

ACTION ALERT: Tell Committe on Energy and Utilities committee: Hold public hearing on AB 345 September 5, 2013

Rep. Thiesfeldt’s smart meter opt out bill, AB 345, has been assigned to the Committee on Energy and Utilities. Please call the members, especially vice-president of the committee Thomas Larson, to ask them to hold a public hearing on the bill. (The committee chair just left, and no replacement has been named yet.)

Rep. Thomas Larson

(608) 266-1194

(888) 534-0067

 

Reasons to hold the hearing would be:

*Wisconsin citizens deserve the chance to be heard on legislation about the issue of transmitting utility meters, which directly affects their daily lives and homes.

*This Republican-studded committee ought to heed the resolution passed early this year by the party: “…and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin must make the usage of smart meters, electrical, gas, and water optional, and provide for an opt out of the smart meter program at no additional cost.”

*Lawmakers dealing with our utility monopolies could show that they truly care about utility customer service and statewide fairness. Opt outs now are offered entirely at the whim of each utility, resulting in uneven treatment of property owners and renters throughout the state.

*WI utilities and regulators had never disclosed to customers the privacy, security or health risks of transmitting utility meters prior to installations, some of which utilities and regulators spoke about amongst themselves. Ramthun_Smart_Meter_JointMtg_Tbilisi_2011_eng_FINAL A public hearing would bring to light what should have been aired before roll-outs of “smart” meters in the state. Freedom of information and full disclosure is what a democracy is about. Shine the light on these meters and the smart grid system. The public deserves to be informed and to weigh in on it.

*Elections matter. This issue is not going away. It will only grow with public awareness of the privacy, security and health risks involved, which the industry had never disclosed to customers before installations. Lawmakers will be held responsible at the polls. Industry money will only go so far once public will is roused.

Wisconsin: Support Smart Meter Opt-out Bill

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Note:  There is NO federal mandate for Smart Meters.  The system is set up through PURPA, and is an OPT-IN system.  You must be offered and ACCEPT the meters, or request them.  There is no requirement for you to OPT-OUT.   Forced installation under threat of harsh punishment or extortion is malfeasance of office.  This means that your county commissioners, city councils, and public utility representatives have misused their office to cause you intentional harm under threat and coercion. 

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Stop Smart Meters Wisconsin

Open letter to WI lawmakers from businessman:

Support Smart Meter OPT OUT bill August 16, 2013

August 6, 2013

Shaun A Kranish Owner, ElectraHealth.com (Stetzerizer-US.com)

1817 18th Avenue Rockford, IL  61104

Mr. Jeremy Thiesfeldt Room 16 West State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953 Madison, WI 53708

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Dear Mr. Thiesfeldt:

I became aware of your bill – LRB-0644/2 to ensure that Wisconsin residents can opt-out of having a “smart meter” on their property.  I would very much like to see everyone in the state have the ability to opt out without risking the power/water/gas company shutting their service down, as it is right now.

I have many friends and contacts in Wisconsin, and we’re wondering what we can do to help.  I was also wondering where to see a status of the bill so we can monitor its progress.  I’m a little unfamiliar with how that works in Wisconsin.

In my business, the number one complain I hear from my customers is smart meters.  Not just from Wisconsin, but from all over North America.  Headaches, dizziness, “brain fog,” sleeping problems, trouble concentrating, chronic pain, heart palpitations, and ringing in the ears are some of the most common complaints I hear.  Many people had no idea a “smart meter” was placed on their house, and then only after suffering months and months or in some cases years, they found out they had a smart meter and that it was placed on their house the same time the symptoms started.

I’ve had customers who lost family members, and I’ve had customers who didn’t even complain about a digital meter, but while talking to them I could tell they seemed distracted/bothered – not fully attentive/present.  They couldn’t focus.  This has happened quite a few times.

This is my 6th year in business, and the smart meter complains have been steadily increasing every single year.  It greatly saddens me when I hear these stories, and my heart goes out to those suffering.  Sometimes they are so ill/debilitated that they feel helpless/powerless and don’t know what to do.  As for me, I’d rip that thing off my house immediately.  But some people are scared of the utilities or scared of the “authorities” in their area.  More

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