PRESS RELEASE February 27, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Education on Smart Meter Technology WHY STOP SMART METERS? Pennsylvanians are ANGRY! Awakened citizens are opposed to the implementation of intrusive devices called Smart Meters, set forth by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) through PA Act 129 -- a law that was stealthily designed by our government to invade our privacy, mine our personal data, control and regulate our energy consumption, increase our electric bills, subject us to a potential fire-hazard, and intensify our exposure to potentially unhealthy levels of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF). All this without the expressed PERMISSION of Pennsylvania citizens! PA ACT 129: Enacted in 2008, this law expanded the PUC’s oversight responsibilities and imposed new requirements on electric companies, with the overall goal of reducing energy consumption and peak electric demand. Why – is there a problem? Why should we reduce our consumption? Is there an actual and identifiable difficulty, or is this a capricious exercise in public domination? The pattern of control is repetitive; it starts with passing laws furtively under suspicious rationale, authorizes the adoption of objectionable technology, and then ends with massive deployment of a “good for you” program! The PUC is implementing Act 129 in phases. Pennsylvania electric companies are mandated to install Smart Meter technology at homes and businesses according to a 15-year schedule. Why? This is clearly an imposition not requested by consumers. Like other states, Pennsylvania has since become a battleground where grass-root groups of awakened citizens are fighting against the deployment of Smart Meters. The government should not be imposing such a mandate on residents; this should be optional for the consumer. Many rightfully view the installation requirement a case of government over-reaching into consumer decision-making. Read on, it gets worse. SMART METERS: A Smart Meter is a meter installed by your local electric company to replace your perfectly functioning analog meter. A Smart Meter uses Radio Frequency (RF) waves, which are electromagnetic fields. The Smart Meter, with RFID technology is able to record your electric usage on a continuous basis, communicating this information in real time directly to a central location. In addition, central operators can communicate in real time directly with the meter itself. So usage data is electronic, continuously extracted, recorded in real time at a remote location, with utility personnel able to remotely operate your electric meter. To make matters worse, all new appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, TV, clothes washer, clothes dryer, etc., contain an RFID Chip that can communicate with a Smart Meter. This whole system, using RFID Chips for 2-way communication between your appliances and Smart Meters, has been cleverly designed to give your utility company the ability to: ü Remotely turn your meter ON and OFF ü Remotely turn a specific appliance OFF ü Harvest data to determine the gross and specific electric usage of your home ü Extract a constant detail of electric usage in your home (when, how much, and for what) ü Know what devices are being used in your home (TV, Dishwasher, Computer, etc.) ü Know when devices are being used in your home 1/3 PRESS RELEASE February 27, 2015 Education on Smart Meter Technology Continued… IMPLICATIONS: Your electric company is able to and will mine your usage data. It can invade your privacy by creating a portfolio of your lifestyle habits, and know when you are away from home, etc. Invasion of privacy is a criminal offense, right? Because Smart Meters operate by RF waves, your personal and property safety is compromised when hackers peer into your private information to determine when you are away from home. Electronic eavesdropping can become a consequence of Smart Meters. Your electric company can pass your information onto third parties such as government agencies and insurance companies. Electric companies are establishing peak usage hours with associated higher costs. Your costs will increase when you use an appliance during peak times. In fact, excessive billing has occurred from Smart Meters. This is what it means to “reduce energy consumption and peak electric demand.” They can control your consumption by shutting off your electricity, or regulate your consumption by shutting down a specific appliance. Smart Meters are not UL certified! They have not undergone independent safety testing that is required of all other electric devices. Where Smart Meters have been installed, there has been increasing concern over the meters combusting into flames, resulting into major fire damage. PECO actually stopped installation for a period of time due to these fires. Smart Meters operate with the same electromagnetic frequency (EMF) used in all wireless devices that we are increasingly becoming concerned about due to its cumulative adverse effects on our health. In fact, because Smart Meters can adversely affect your physical health in an exponential manner, the actual amount of EMF broadcast from the new meters has been greatly downplayed by the utility companies. Tests have shown that Smart Meter readings are taking place every few minutes 24/7. Because of the RF network necessary for Smart Meters to operate, the range of the RF waves is very strong and is designed to travel long distances. Smart Meters are designed to communicate with all ‘smart technology’ in the home, so the waves penetrate walls and windows. It has been reported that Smart Meters have interfered with medical equipment (i.e., monitors, pace-makers, c-pap equipment, wireless insulin pumps, pain pumps, ventilators), baby monitors, garage door openers, routers, Wi-Fi equipment, etc. Widespread physical ailments caused by Smart Meters have been reported as well: Insomnia, agitation, headaches, dizziness, ringing in ears, nervous system effects, and leukemia. Such amount and intense exposure to EMF is particularly harmful to pregnant mothers and young children. Who benefits? It appears that the utility companies benefit from increased profits and an accompanying decrease in payroll from cutting meter readers. They are embarking on a monstrous act of deception, and the forcible manner of Smart Meter deployment is indistinguishable from extortion. 2013 - 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION LEGISLATIVE SPONSOR & BILLS: Three bills were introduced in the PA State Legislature’s Consumer Affairs Committee. These bills served to address issues stemming from PA Act 129. The main sponsor of these bills was PA State Rep. Mike Reese. House Bill 899 was intended to repeal the Smart Meter mandate. House Bill 902 was intended for a consumer Opt-Out of Smart Meters. House Bill 906 was intended for consumer consent before sharing Smart Meter information with third parties. 2/3 PRESS RELEASE February 27, 2015 Education on Smart Meter Technology Continued… 2015 - 2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION LEGISLATIVE SPONSOR & Bills: PA State Rep. Mike Reese announced January 14th & 15th that he intended to introduce all three bills once again (HB-899, HB-902, HB-906), while also adding a fourth new bill that would encompass all three issues, in the PA State Legislature. Reese put out a memorandum looking for additional co-sponsors for such bills. Monday February 9th, Rep. Mike Reese and his co-sponsors introduced four Smart Meter bills into the Consumer Affairs Committee as follows: HOUSE BILL 393: Repeal Smart Meter Mandate (printer no. 430) - No government body should mandate the usage of any technology because it jeopardizes common principles of supply and demand. This law would remove language that requires electric companies to provide smart meters, while still allowing them to offer the technology. The following members served as co-sponsors: REESE, BARRAR, BLOOM, DeLUCA, DIAMOND, DUNBAR, DUSH, EMRICK, EVANKOVICH, GABLER, GILLEN, A. HARRIS, JAMES, KAUFFMAN, MALONEY, MARSHALL, METCALFE, METZGAR, MUSTIO, PETRARCA, PICKETT, REGAN, SACCONE, SAYLOR, SNYDER, SONNEY, and TALLMAN. HOUSE BILL 394: Consumer Opt-Out Smart Meter Usage (printer no. 431) - This law would (1) provide consumers the ability to “opt-out” of receiving a Smart Meter and (2) require the Pennsylvania Utility Commission to create a fair surcharge system that would be paid by consumers. This is similar to laws recently passed in Maine, Nevada, and California. The following members served as co-sponsors: REESE, BENNINGHOFF, BISHOP, BLOOM, V. BROWN, DeLUCA, DIAMOND, DUNBAR, DUSH, EMRICK, EVANKOVICH, GABLER, GRELL, GROVE, A. HARRIS, JAMES, KAUFFMAN, LAWRENCE, MALONEY, MARSHALL, METCALFE, METZGAR, MUSTIO, PETRARCA, PICKETT, REGAN, SACCONE, SAYLOR, SNYDER, SONNEY, and TALLMAN. HOUSE BILL 395: Consumer Consent to Share Smart Meter Information (printer no. 432) - This law would ensure that customer consent is required before information gathered by the Smart Meter technology can be shared with government agencies. The following members served as cosponsors: REESE, BARRAR, BLOOM, DIAMOND, DUNBAR, DUSH, EMRICK, EVANKOVICH, GABLER, A. HARRIS, JAMES, KAUFFMAN, MALONEY, MARSHALL, METCALFE, METZGAR, MUSTIO, OBERLANDER, PETRARCA, PICKETT, and SACCONE. HOUSE BILL 396: Combines All Three Proposals - This law combines all three proposals into one. The following members served as co-sponsors: REESE, BLOOM, DeLUCA, DIAMOND, DUNBAR, EMRICK, EVANKOVICH, GABLER, GROVE, A. HARRIS, KAUFFMAN, KRIEGER, MUSTIO, PICKETT, SACCONE, SNYDER, and TAYLOR. WHAT CAN I DO? ü Contact your PA State Representative and educate him/her about Smart Meters (use this press release). ü Get your PA State Rep. to co-sponsor the legislation NOW. ü Educate yourself: http://www.stopsmartmetersinpa.com ……….& GET INVOLVED! Note: In researching bills listed in this press release, please be advised to look for the “printer number” of a bill, or the latest version of the suggested bill. Also be aware that when there is a re-introducing of an older bill (such may be the case with HB- 899, HB-902, HB-906) from 2013/2014, the newer 2015 version may have a newly associated Bill number. 3/3Type your paragraph here.