Community Concern - “Smart Utility Meter” – Is It “Smart” for You?
Let’s define what a “Smart Meter/ AMI meter “ is before we address the serious consumer concerns you ought to have. Many folks do not know, including PNM employees and its Co-Op partners, what a “smart meter” is and does.
First, it is a new wireless replacement for your old analog gas and water meters on homes and businesses, including apartment buildings.
The “smart meter” unlike your current analog meter is a surveillance device that violates Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of “energy consumption” behavior.”
It monitors this by emitting a biologically destructive pulsed microwave energy every few seconds into your home and neighborhood. The “smart meter” collects data on your daily habits and activities, when you use any electrical device (includes other “smart” devices—TV, oven, etc). This radiation is pulsed 24/7 non-stop into your dwelling and cannot be turned off.
Also, the wireless radio signal can be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. i.e. it can be hacked by other parties and criminals who can use it to monitor your behavior and occupancy. In short, they will know when you are away from your home.
It has been documented that the radiation may cause cancer, damage your DNA, harm wildlife and environmental vegetation, disable computers and appliances and catch fire!
Also, the “smart meter” has a duration of 5-7 years whereas your analog meter was designed to last for about 70 years. Further, the cost to replace an analog meter is $15-$60 whereas the “smart meter” replacement is $600 or more which you, the consumer must pay NOT the utility company. Also, the data it collects has been shown to be faulty. Your bill? There is/will be a significant increase in your utility bill.
Those with access to smart meter databases can determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the house or apartment, vacancy patterns and all your personal information and habits of all occupants.
So, what is the benefit to you? None—this device entirely benefits the utility company in terms of revenues plus the company will terminate employees—meter-readers. My motto is simple—“if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” PNM and their Co-Op partners have not shown the consumer benefits, have not fully disclosed the health hazards or addressed the constitutional rights of privacy invasion. Why should your behaviors in your dwelling be recorded without your consent or knowledge? Also, PNM has not disclosed with whom your data will be shared and how. Why can’t we continue with monitoring only the electrical usage which your current analog meter does?
Also, the World Health Organization has classified the electromagnetic and radio frequency radiation emitted from smart meters as a potential Class 2B carcinogen!
Therefore, if anyone in the household has an illness, compromised immune system, any serious disease or is sensitive to EMFs/EMRs, their health can deteriorate and can be adversely impacted.
Further, the utility company has already divested itself of all liability. If it is shown that a person’s health deteriorated or s(he) died after installation (also documented already), the person/family is responsible. Utility companies have no liability in the matter.
So why am I so concerned that you ought to be concerned and not allow this device to be installed?
First, as a health issue-- no local, state or federal agency has a right to radiate you, possibly killing you against your will in your own home. Second, I see this “smart meter” as an invasion of my privacy and clearly as a surveillance device. Third, why would I as an intelligent consumer agree to pay higher costs for a lethal device that is known to have no benefits to me but documented proof of adverse health effects?
If you need to know more, please go to www.freedomtaker.com That site contains info on “smart meters” and all the legal documents to fight installation plus how to order a new meter IF one is installed, at your home, because you were away at work, etc.
With all this said, what is most upsetting is that PNM held a public hearing on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at the PERA bldg. in Santa Fe with a dismal public showing of barely 25 folks on this issue! Why? Nothing was disclosed in the media about it! We were told that notices were put in your utility bill last year but not your recent bills. Please note that this issue impacts NM residents, not just those who live in Silver City (they already fought this issue and won) but those living in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and all surrounding communities! At that meeting, those who did attend called for a second public hearing; however, we do NOT know if this will be granted.
Now, there is an “Opt –Out” program that barely anyone knows about and the info is posted at www.pnm.com website. Look up “Smart Meter” on their site.
You must pay a 1-time $35 fee before installation and $60 after installation plus $47 monthly continuously atop your bill to opt out! That’s simply unfair and unconscionable!
Other states have opted out entirely having fought this issue. In states where there was an “Opt-Out” program—the cost was not nearly as high as this punishable fee for not allowing installation. So the questions are who is really going to benefit with the additional monies and where are they going? For what purpose? That also has not been fully disclosed by PNM.
I urge you to email the 5 District Commissioners stating that you will NOT give your consent to install on your home or property ANY meter that has the capability of monitoring anything other than simple metering of your overall electric usage.
We were told that we have 30 days from Feb 27 to email or write your non-consent letter as calling is NOT helpful.
Here are the email addresses of the 5 reps as follows:
District 1: Cynthia Hall: (505)-827-8015 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 2: Patrick H. Lyons: (505) 84531 email@example.com
District 3: ValerieEspinoza: (505)4533 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 4: Lynda Lovejoy (505) 827-8019 email@example.com
District 5: Sandy Jones: (505)-827-8020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last, I urge you to protect you/your family. I moved here 3 years ago because the state of NM did NOT have “smart meters” and I did fight this issue in Maryland and did NOT install this meter on my home. I also did NOT sell that house to the new owner with a “smart meter” installed.
So, here I am again, facing the exact same issue but with a more uninformed public due to this cover-up and lack of truthful disclosure on this matter by the utility company here, PNM and the media.
I care about our health and our constitutional rights—not just mine.
Oh, and in case you solar-owners feel that this is not an issue for you—just think about your neighbors and possible installation. You will not be able to control or stop the airborne EMFs and radiation coming from their homes on either side of you or the apartment building close to you which will have several meters installed on that building.
This is an issue for all of us... Be smart and do NOT allow a “Smart Meter” to be installed on your home. If you were uninformed, you are not now. Please talk to your neighbors... give them this letter and email the Commissioners-- we ARE in this together!
Rev. AdaRA L. Walton, ND, PhD
Concerned Santa Fean and NM Resident