Give North Carolina Utility Customers an Analog Meter Option

Give North Carolina Utility Customers an Analog Meter Option

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Smart meters, optout meters and other digital utility meters have been documented to cause significant health, safety, and security risks. In consideration of the established hazards listed below and described in detail here, we request that the North Carolina legislature protect the health, safety, and privacy of North Carolinians by passing The Consumer Choice in Utility Metering Act which will provide an analog meter option to all utility customers in North Carolina.

Health Hazards:  Wireless technology used by digital meters has been linked to numerous acute and chronic health conditions, including electrohypersensitivity syndrome, cardiac problems, endocrine and nervous system diseases, auto-immune illnesses, and cancer. 

FCC standards for exposure to wireless radiation are outdated and fail to acknowledge compelling and clear evidence of harm, revealed through numerous peer-reviewed studies. As a result, lawsuits have recently been brought against the FCC by the Environmental Health Trust and the Children's Health Defense Fund to halt the continued densification of wireless infrastructure in favor of a precautionary approach that prioritizes public health concerns.

Safety Hazards: By design, digital meters are not grounded, making them a perpetual fire hazard. Smart meters have been documented to frequently catch fire or explode.

Cost Concerns:  Smart meters have not saved customers money, but instead have led to inflated bills and rate hikes. Time-of-use pricing will lead to drastic increases in rates during peak use hours. This will increase costs for all customers and disproportionately affect poor and low-income households. Kentucky, New Mexico, Virginia and Massachusetts have rejected smart meter deployment on the basis that cost/benefit analysis showed insufficient or non-existent benefit to customers. 

Environmental Impact: Digital meters, unlike analog meters, require electricity to run. The aggregate CO2 emissions from digital meters makes them environmentally unfriendly and represents an unnecessary and undue financial burden to consumers

Cybersecurity Risks: Due to their wireless transmission, smart meters are vulnerable to hacking, which can result in power outages to individual homes or offices or to wide swaths of the energy grid.

Privacy Concerns: Smart meters collect granular data about electricity usage in a home or office, including types of appliances used, as well as time of day, duration, and frequency of use. The aggregate of this usage data creates a profile of the energy consumer's activities that can be sold to third parties or shared with governmental entities or law enforcement and constitutes warrantless surveillance.

Recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in Naperville Smart Meter Awareness v. City of Naperville, ruled that energy consumption data is protected by the Fourth Amendment and that smart meters violate the protection from illegal search and seizure.


Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Ellen Whitaker, MA
Tracey Roizman, DC

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