State-specific Information

***Thanks to StopSmartMeters.org for allowing us to copy the information from their website onto this page.***

Alabama, USA: Residents in Opeka, Alabama oppose wired smart meters planned for their community:

The Opelika Smart Grid resident website: http://opelikasmartgrid.com/

Maine, USA:  The town of Sanford has joined Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth in passing resolutions calling for CMP to halt smart meter installation until more is known about health, safety and security consequences.   Most recently, the Public Utilities Commission is now exploring feasible options, while the Governor and legislators are supporting the right to opt out.

The Forecaster, “LePage, legislators back opt-outs for CMP’s ‘smart’ meter customers,” Mar. 1, 2011: http://www.theforecaster.net/content/pnms-smartmeters-030211

The Portland Press Herald, “Informal talks seek smart-meter solution; The issues are whether it is feasible for CMP customers with concerns to opt out, and who would pay the extra cost,” posted March 1, 2011, updated March 2, 2011: http://www.pressherald.com/news/informal-talks-seek-smart-meter-solution_2011-03-01.html

Lakes Region Weekly, “Windham woman decries ‘smart meter’ installation,” December 16, 2010: http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_weekly/news/article_2c5601d0-094d-11e0-ab1e-001cc4c002e0.html

The Portland Press Herald: Maine PUC to seek flexibility in installation of smart meters:  The decision gives hope to those who believe the wireless devices put in by CMP pose a health hazard, January 27, 2011:  http://www.pressherald.com/business/puc-to-seek-flexibility-in-smart-meter-installation_2011-01-05.html

The Portland Press Herald, “UPDATE: After CMP defends ‘smart’ meters, Scarborough asks PUC to halt installations,” Nov 30, 2010: http://www.pressherald.com/news/maine-Sanford-smart-meter-installation-cmp-scarborough-cape.html You can join their efforts by contacting organizers of Smart Meter Safety.

Smart Meter Safety website is here: http://smartmetersafety.com/

To view all actual compliants and many, many supporting health studies, doctor & public comments:

Go to PUC website at www.maine.gov/mpuc/online/index.shtml and click on “Virtual Case File”
Click on “Enter Virtual Case File”
Enter 2010345, 0R 2010400 OR 2010398 in the space provided for “Case ID”
Click “Search”
Go to the last page of the list, then Scroll down the left column until you see “Initial Filing”
Click on the file folder picture in the far left column of this line item and a new window will appear
Click on the pdf symbol under the top right heading
“View” it will take a couple of seconds to come up with a copy of the Complaint

New Mexico, USA: Residents in New Mexico are getting medical waivers to temporarily halt the installation of smart meters on their homes until their state utilities utilities commission (New Mexico PRC) decides what it wants to do about residents who don’t want the meters installed on their homes.  For more information on how to submit a medical waiver, and to join their effort, go to this website:

Why Fry Website: http://whyfry.org/tag/smartmeters/
Medical Waiver Form Instructions: http://whyfry.org/how-to-file-a-medical-waiver-now-to-keep-smart-meter-from-your-home/

Texas, USA: Texans are also outraged to find smart meters being installed on their homes without their pre-approved consent, reporting overbilling that’s occurred, as well as concerns re: privacy, property, and health.  They’ve also filed a lawsuit and have gotten state legislators to support them.  For more information and to join their effort, go to their websites:

Resident website: http://www.smarturcitizens.com/

Resident Website (Ban Smart Meters): http://www.bansmartmeters.com/blog/

Sign their Petition to ban wireless smart meters: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nosmartmeters/

Wisconsin, USA: Residents in Wisconsin are also reporting problems and concerns with the smart meter roll-out there.  The utility company there is using bullying tactics, and residents have had to ask their state legislators and local disability experts to help them find a solution.  Go here to read more and join their effort:

Do No Harm Blogsite: http://firstdonoharmblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/wisconsin-utilities-bullying-customers.html

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For a state-by-state overview of smart grid deployment, read:
Edison Foundation, “Utility-Scale Smart Meter Deployments, Plans & Proposals,” September 2010, http://www.edisonfoundation.net/iee/issuebriefs/SmartMeter_Rollouts_0910.pdf

Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC): “Demand Response & Smart Grid—State Legislative and Regulatory Policy Action Review: October 2008-May 2010: An Overview,” June 2010: http://www.demandresponsecommittee.org/2009_DR&SG_Policy_Survey_FINAL_10.06.17(2).pdf

8 Responses to State-specific Information

  1. Dave says:

    Are there any “NO to smart meter programs” in New Hampshire? Thanks for the info.

  2. kristie says:

    I FULLY believe that the smart meter is responsible for my house burning in may 2010. I lived in a BRAND new doublewide. had the “old meter” for the 1st 9 months of living in the home. immediatly after the smart meter was installed, fuses began to blow, lights would dim totally off then come back on, light bulbs would blow WEEKLY. my home burnt on a thursday, and prior to the fire,,,alabama power had came to my home 4 times to check out my “problems”. four days before the fire, the power co was called out to check a LOUD pop and power went off for about 30 seconds and then came back on. I started making my son sleep in my room for fear of a fire in the middle of the night. we lived in total fear for MONTHS then one day I got off work and came home to find my home fully engulfed in flames. AL POWER immediately took my smart meter. hmmmm. and within 60 days of the fire, MY meter was no where to be found, I was told the power co had destroyed it!! can someone help or if you have had a fire since the smart meter was installed, PLEASE email me or call 256 463 9864

    • Kim Wright says:

      Hi Kristie,
      I live in B’ham, AL. and just read your story and was wondering if you had gotten any help from anyone? We have just “discovered” this info about the meters. Do you know if you can opt out here in AL? I have not contacted AL Power yet, I want to get up on the laws first. But alot of people have been saying that they can’t make you use it. You can refuse it and pay a small fee to go back to analog. Some people are just changing them back to analog themselves I think, and some are suing. Currently we live in an apt. not a house, but when we get a house we will remove a smart meter if there is one! Definately sounds like AL Power did something suspicious and knew something about your fire. I hope you have a good lawyer! Good luck!

      • kristie says:

        Hi Kim…give me a call if you would like to discuss specifics…256 463 9864////and thanks 4 posting. SOMETHING needs to be done ASAP!!

      • kristie says:

        @KIM…we have a lawyer but we are at a “standstill” so to speak. we dont have the original meter, so therefore, we cannot move forward with the case UNLESS new info come to light and we can find some one with “inside” info that can testify or give a written statement about what they know about these things.

  3. Elizabeth D. says:

    Yesterday 8/2/11 my son called me at work to tell me that Centerpoint had installed a smart meter on our home. I had no prior notice this was happening. Can I have it removed and the old meter replaced? I don’t want one of these on my home. Thank you.

  4. I would be pleased to provide information about fighting smart meters in Virginia.

    I manage a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Center for Safer Wireless, which educates people about wireless products and their reporte health effects.

    We send a biweekly newsletter to wireless safety activists throughout the US and Canada with infomation on events and ways you can raise awareness. Just let me know if you would like to receive it.

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