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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

Baraboo cuts off 81-year-old great-grandma’s water for resisting smart meter

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 Stop Smart Meters Wisconsin

July 10, 2013

NEWS FLASH: As I was writing this, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt announced a smart meter opt out bill for Wisconsin, LRB 0644/2— Relating to:  installation of smart meters at premises of public utility customers and allowing an opt-out. He will talk today on Vicki McKenna’s radio show at 5:06 p.m. about the proposed bill. Please TELL state lawmakers to support this law, which protects individual property and health choices.

Yesterday Audrey Parker’s city shut off her water because she refused to get their new smart water meter due to health and privacy concerns. The City of Baraboo heard her request last fall to opt out of the radiofrequency emitting meter, and has threatened her with various shut off dates since then.

A growing number of people nationwide (and worldwide) are rejecting smart meters. Besides the point nininithat no one should be forced to have a radiation-producing meter against their will in order to get utility service, WI Public Service Commission code actually prohibits shut-offs for sensitive populations. So, likely this “smart” city has made a rather dumb decision legally, not to mention a heartless one.

PSC 113.0304(4) (4) Conditions for disconnection. A utility may disconnect only those households whose gross quarterly incomes are above 250% of the federal income poverty guidelines and where health and safety would not be endangered because of the infirmities of age, developmental or mental disabilities or like infirmities incurred at any age or the frailties associated with being very young, if service were terminated or not restored.

Baraboo should follow the example of Madison Water Utility and the Town of Sheboygan in allowing smart meter opt outs for individuals. The 2005 federal Energy law stated that smart meters should be “offered” not forced upon residents. Just because utilities “can” choose their own equipment does not mean they should trash customer service in the process. The Public Service Commission should make a ruling to allow it in the name of fairness and good customer relations. Last fall, the PSC denied a Madison petition for statewide utility customer “bill of rights” for opt outs.

Non-transmitting analog meters should be a choice for every resident in the state. To deny customers this choice is an abuse of power by these utility monopolies. It is about time Wisconsin had a law to protect utility customers from this bull-headed, heartless abuse.

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