February 4, 2013
On November 20, 2012 City Councilman Morrison made a motion to increase the purchase of 6000 so called smart meters to 60,000. WOW!!
He got Yes votes from Boyd, Conrad, Flinn, Ford, Harris, Lowery, Strickland and himself. There were No votes from Fullilove, Brown and Collins. Hedgepeth did not cast a vote and Halbert was absent.
Has anyone really thought about Smart Meters, the cost, the savings (if any) and what is really their purpose?
Well here is my 2 cents worth.
It should be easy with modern technology to have a meter that broadcasts your readings and does away with the meter reader’s job. That is a good thing for the customers as it lowers the cost of the utility service. However it does away with the meter readers jobs and I suspect that is the reason for the three No votes. MLGW President Jerry Collins denied that the smart meters would do away with meter reader jobs but this is what he would say to avoid greater union opposition.
Last Saturday there was an article in the CA about this purchase and smart meters. Miss Fullilove has asked to have hers removed.
Smart meters are part of Agenda 21 and this is the camel nose under the tent. I think that we should have a public debate about smart meters and what is the future of this program. If it is to lower the cost of utility service by doing away with the need for meter readers, than that is a good thing. If it is to get us all on a time of day utility rate, to collect invasive information on a household’s utility use, and eventually enforcing rolling blackouts etc. then that is a bad thing. We need to know more before we go down this road. Recently homeowners in the United States have been arrested for refusing to install smart meters. There is much more behind this smart meter facade than meets the eye.