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.