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10.  Resident Campaigns In Other States

For a Google Map of where smart metering projects can be found across the county and around the world, go to Google Maps "Smart Metering Projects Map," and click the map for details. 

The U.S. Department of Energy also has this Map and Chart:

Then join a resident group in your state and area below (or start one of your own)!  Mass awareness and progress on the "No Smart Meters" front is being achieved by people talking to the media and speaking up at local government meetings.

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

Read story about residents opposed to the Opelika Smart Grid, "Some residents voice opposition to Opelika Smart Grid plan," July 30, 2010: http://www2.oanow.com/news/2010/jul/31/some-residents-voice-opposition-opelika-smart-grid-ar-647765/

Arizona, USA:

Ban Smart Meters Arizona: www.BanSmartMetersArizona.com

Electromagnetic Safety Alliance has formed the Arizonans for Safer Utility Infrastructure, go to: www.ElectromagneticSafety.org– NOTICE: They will be hosting a public forum in Arizona on July 17th, 2011. Many experts are scheduled to present information. Visit the home page for all the details.

Colorado, USA: Colorado residents opposed to smart/RF/AMR/EMF meters in Colorado, should contact resident group Colorado Citizens Awareness on EMF and Smart Metering today:

Colorado Citizens Awareness on EMF and Smart Metering:  http://cocitizensonrf.blogspot.com/

Florida, USA: 
Residents have started smart / meter / matrix ebsite specifically for people of Florida -- join and support their efforts against smart  meter installations there.

News stories about smart meters in Florida:

Sunshine State News: 'Smart Meters' Generating Static as More Counties Seek to Opt Out," May 25, 2012:  http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/smart-meters-generating-static-more-counties-seek-opt-out

Tampa Bay Online: Lakeland residents oppose smart meters, August 8, 2011, VIDEO report: http://video.tbo.com/v/43657584/lakeland-residents-oppose-new-electric-meters.htm

WSVN-TV News and video report, "Help Me Howard: FPL Smartmeter" (Florida Light & Power Smart Meter catches on fire), June 20, 2011: http://www.wsvn.com/features/articles/helpmehoward/MI92249/

Georgia, USA: Residents oppose smart meters and support NO-FEE opt out.  Join their efforts.

Hawaii, USA:

Hawaii's smart grid is in development (read: http://www.hawaiisenergyfuture.com/articles/Smart_Grid.html) -- if you're in Hawaii, reach out and connect with resident opposing them there:

On the island of Maui, Energy Health Specialist Debra Greene, Ph.D., says "No" to smart meter: http://www.mauiweekly.com/page/content.detail/id/503574/Say-No-to--Smart--Meters.html?nav=16
Greene's business website is here, in case you would like to contact her: http://www.yourenergymatters.com/

On the island of Kaui, go to KauaiTruth.com: http://www.afterenlightenment.net/kauaitruth.htm

Illinois, USA:  Residents in Naperville have organized against smart meters.  Join their efforts:

YouTube Resident video of RF measurements from Naperville, IL, smart meter: http://www.youtube.com/user/NapervilleSmartMeter#p/a/u/0/5xiv8RVNkZk

Maine, USA:  The State of Maine's PUC in May of 2011 came up with a smart meter options decision that charges residents who want to opt out of smart meters.  Read, Smart Meter Safety's "Winning Opt-Outs, Setting the Record Straight about Wireless Smart Meters," posted on May 18, 2011: http://smartmetersafety.org/2011/05/18/wireless-smart-meters-setting-the-record-straight-about-health-safety-security-and-privacy/

However, many residents oppose this decision, and/or don't approve of the fees.   As a result, in early November 2011, a group of residents appealed the decision, and a state legislator has proposed a bill opposing opt-out fees.

Read Maine Environmental News, "Smart Meter Opposition Appeals to High Court," posted November 4, 2011: http://www.maineenvironews.com/Home/tabid/97/newsid628/16783/mid/628/Default.aspx

Also read: Citizens for Safer Technology website, " Smart Meter Opposition Appeals to High Court (U.S.); Law Court appeal filed this week at PUC - Maine Smart Meter decision appealed to High Court," posted November 4, 2011: http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/Smart-Meter-Opposition-Appeals-to-High-Court-US,25,1499

For more  information on the lawsuit, contact:
Ed Friedman, Lead Plaintiff: 207-666-3372 edfomb@comcast.net
or Bruce McGlauflin, Attorney for the Plaintiffs: 207-775-0200 bmcglauflin@pmhlegal.com

Also read, Sea Coast Online: " State rep files bill to fight Smart Meters opt-out fee; Emergency bill set for review on Thursday," November 13, 2011: http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111113/NEWS/111130338/-1/NEWSMAP.  

Contact Rep. Beavers here: http://www.robertabeavers.com/

Maine Smart Meter News stories:

The New Maine Times: "Smart meter critics appeal PUC decision," November 9, 2011: http://www.newmainetimes.org/articles/2011/11/09/smart-meter-critics-appeal-puc-decision/

Seacoastonline.com: "Maine resident continues fight against CMP's Smart Meters: Kittery, Eliot and South Berwick residents must decide by Sept. 10," August 21, 2011: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20110821-NEWS-108210331

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott: Skelton, Taintor & Aboot Wins Landmark Smart Meter Case, May 25, 2011: http://www.skeltontaintorabbott.net/news/85/77/Skelton-Taintor-Abbott-Wins-Landmark-Smart-Meter-Case.html (This is a press release about the Maine PUC opt out decision reached.)

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

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

Maryland, USA: Maryland residents have organized against smart meters.  Join their efforts:

Maryland Residents Against Smart Meters: http://www.marylandresidentsagainstsmartmeters.org/

Michigan, USA:
Residents have organized a campaign against smart meters.  For more information on how to joint their efforts, visit these two websites, or contact them via the contact info listed below:

1) Warriors for American Revolution (W4AR) website:

Visit it today, and join their statewide efforts! 
Contact John and Pauline Holeton at (586) 731-3314 or w4arjohnholeton@att.net

2)  Michigan Stop Smart Meters website:

Visit it today for the latest info and developments!
Contact: Michigan resident David Sheldon at (248) 604-7545, or e-mail him at

Early developments in Michigan include:

Warren, MI:  City Council had unanimously passed, on October 11th, 2011, a resolution urging the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to (1) investigate citizen complaints concerning privacy and health issues of electric smart meters now being deployed in southeastern Michigan, (2) report back to Council any information it has gathered that would allay citizen concerns, and (3) Consider requiring Michigan utilities to allow opt-outs.

Here is link to a newspaper website story: http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2011/10/23/online/srv0000014762335.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Council decided to take this action instead of the stronger action of passing an ordinance banning the meters, though some Council members are still in favor of stronger steps. This is the culmination of months of persuasion at Council meetings by local citizens as reported in the news earlier. The full text of the actual resolution is found at the bottom of this screen (scroll down to the bottom).

Background: On August 6, 2011, the City Council of Warren Michigan held a special two hour working meeting to discuss possible adoption of a city ordinance that would require the electric utility company to be licensed by the city before beginning any smart meter installations here. The measure would have required the utility to submit independent test results on the safety and privacy issues before they could be granted a license. In the end they tabled the matter for five weeks (until Sept. 19) to allow the city attorney to research their jurisdiction.
  Here is link to an article about this meeting that was done by a reporter from the Macomb Daily. He did two video interviews that are embedded in his report:

The Macomb Daily: "Warren moving slowly on smart meter concerns," with VIDEO, August 2, 2011: http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2011/08/07/news/doc4e3f2fcfcb541313827016.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Southfield, MI. Council passed on October 17th, 2011, unanimously, a resolution urging the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) (1) to "initiate a careful review and analysis" of citizen complaints concerning privacy and health issues of electric smart meters now being deployed in southeastern Michigan, and (2) to conduct an "open public forum for discussion of these issues". The full text of the actual resolution is attached.

This action was taken by Council in the immediate wake of a presentation by representatives of Detroit Edison (DTE) who attempted, unsuccessfully, to justify their program. The DTE representatives were adamant that no opt-outs were to be allowed and that while they have no present plan to market the information collected by the meters, he could not say that the company has established any firm policy against selling this information down the road.

Shelby Township, MI: On August 16, 2011, Shelby Towship Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution nearly identical to the Oak Park resolution. Here is news story on that and the actual resolution:

The Macomb Daily: "Shelby Township to ask state about 'smart' meters," August 21, 2011
, http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2011/08/21/news/doc4e51be985cab7060704960.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Resolution: http://www.w4ar.com/Shelby_revised_Resolution2_for_reference.pdf
Scroll down to the bottom of this page, and View and/or download

Oak Park, MI:
On June 20, 2011, the Oak Park City Council voted unanimously a resolution expressing a request to the Michigan Public Service Commissiion (MPSC) to undertake a careful study of the health, safety and privacy concerns and to delay the roll out by Detroit Edison of their smart meter program. 

Resolution: http://www.oakpark-mi.com/smart_meter_resolution.pdf
Scroll down to the bottom of this page, and View and/or download City Council letter.

Nevada, USA:
Residents opposing smart meters have created this website:

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:

Oregon, USA:

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:

Check out their "Protests in  Your State," which is a state-by-state list of organizations (websites) and people (e-mail addresses)  in other states opposed to smart meters: http://www.bansmartmeters.com/blog/protests-in-your-state/

Ban Texas Smart Meters is the other resident website to support: http://www.bantexassmartmeters.com/

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

Virginia, USA: 

CenterForSaferWireless: http://www.centerforsaferwireless.org/

[They are having a 2-day summit on wireless safety in Washington D.C. on October 5-6, 2011]

Vermont, USA: Residents there are pushing for options, and the public health official in the state favors options.

The join the resident effort, join the EMR Policy Institute: www.emrpolicy.org

Also join the resident movement:

Wake Up Opt Out:
http://wakeupoptout.org/ and

StopSMeters: http://stopsmeters.org/index.html

Read the ACLU Vermont Position Paper on the smart grid and smart  meters, and use their helpful links: http://www.acluvt.org/issues/smart_meters.php

Read related news story, Rutland Herald: "
CVPS: Smart meters are safe; others aren’t so sure," February 27, 2011: https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/wireless-smart-meter-concerns/resident-campaigns-in-other-states/vermont-smart-meter-developments

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:

For other websites listing resident websites for groups opposed to smart meters across the states, go to:

        BanSmartMeters.com: http://www.bansmartmeters.com/blog/protests-in-your-state/

        EMF Safety Network.org: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=64

For an older 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

Read 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


DISCUSSION OF MAIN CONCERNS: Read these and helpful information about the wireless smart meter issue -- click each of the discussion items below. 

1.  First and Foremost: Are Wireless Meters Mandatory?

2.  Smart Meters Unite Consumers, Citizens and Residents from Opposite Backgrounds and Political Affiliations

3.  Actions Being Taken: What Are Consumers Doing To Protect Their Civil Liberties and Affirm Their Rights to Refuse or Opt Out?

4.  Going Deep: Understanding the Big Picture and Real Costs and Concerns, Helpful News Reports and Consumer Advocacy Reports and Analysis

5.  Smart Meter Consumers Anger Grows Over Higher Utility Bills

6.  Privacy and Security Concerns Still Unresolved

7.  Health Concerns Grow: Consumers Are Getting Sick From Wireless Smart Meters

8.  Consumers Report Public Safety Hazards and Interference Problems

9. Cities and States Outside of California Pull Back

10. Resident Campaigns In Other States

11. Options

12. Lessons Learned: What's Happened in Australia

13. Lessons Learned: Major Problems for Canada

14. Actions You Can Take & Other Helpful Organizations and Websites

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