Repeal of Smart Meter Mandate for Utility Companies
INTRODUCED BY REESE
This legislation, one of three bills addressing smart meter technology that I intend to introduce, would simply remove language that requires energy companies to provide smart meters while still allowing companies to offer the technology should they choose.
ORIGINALLY BILL 899
Consumer Consent to Share Smart Meter Information
INTRODUCED BY REESE
Part of this mandate is the requirement that, with customer consent, power companies provide direct meter access or meter data to third parties including electric generation suppliers and providers of conservation and load management services. While it makes sense for certain third parties to have access to data necessary to ensure that consumers are billed properly for the services they receive, I am concerned about this information being shared with government agencies without prior consent.
ORIGINALLY BILL 906
Act amending Title 66 (Public Utilities)
INTRODUCED BY REESE
- remove language that requires energy companies to provide smart meters.
- provide consumers the ability to “opt-out” of having a smart meter and require the Pennsylvania Utility Commission to create a fair surcharge system that would be paid by these consumers.
- ensure that customer consent is required before an electric distribution company share customer meter data or provide meter access to a government agency.
Repeal of smart meter mandate
INTRODUCED BY WHITE, WAUGH, KASUNIC, ROBBINS, FOLMER, HUTCHINSON, ALLOWAY, WARD, BAKER AND EICHELBERGER
Consumer Consent to Share Information
INTRODUCED BY WHITE, KASUNIC, ROBBINS, FOLMER, HUTCHINSON, McILHINNEY, ALLOWAY, WARD, BAKER AND EICHELBERGER
Consumer "Opt-Out" of SM Usage
INTRODUCED BY WHITE, KASUNIC, ROBBINS, FOLMER, HUTCHINSON, VULAKOVICH, McILHINNEY, ALLOWAY, WARD, BAKER AND EICHELBERGER
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This Act is what initiated the implementation of Smart Meter installation.
(On Oct. 15, 2008, Governor Rendell signed HB 2200 into law as Act 129 of 2008, with an effective date of Nov. 14, 2008.)
Act 129 mandates reductions in retail electric power consumption:
• By May 31, 2011 a 1% reduction in retail consumption is mandated.
• By May 31, 2013 a 3% reduction in retail consumption is mandated.
• By May 31, 2013 the peak demand for retail consumption shall be reduced by 4.5%.
• By November 30, 2013 and every 5 years after that, an unelected, appointed commission will perform a cost/benefit analysis of the program and is empowered to order additional reductions in retail consumption if the commission deems it necessary.
• The reduction calculations will be based upon the projected electric power
consumption from June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010.
• Utilities failing to meet the above requirements will be fined at least $1 million dollars or as much as $20 million dollars.
• Electric companies are required to initiate “smart meter” technologies and “smart meters” will be required in all new construction.
Act 129 will ration the amount of electricity that will be available to retail consumers of conventionally generated electricity in Pennsylvania. Contrary to the bill’s stated intent of making energy reliable and affordable, Act 129 will force a reduction in energy consumption and result in price increases. This is a perplexing mandate for a state with an abundance of natural
resources that never experiences rolling power blackouts. The law of supply and demand will dictate a rise in the cost of electric power in Pennsylvania. This in turn will adversely affect the fragile economic climate in Pennsylvania. Hardest hit will be Pennsylvania’s poor, as Act 129 fixes the size of the pie representing available electrical power. Those able to afford to use more than their allotted amount will do so at the expense of others.
As written, the bill makes no provision for an increase in conventional electric power generation due to population growth, industrial growth, or an unforeseen demand for electric power. An increase in energy demand is reflective of a booming economy. Why are Pennsylvanians being forced to consume less? Pennsylvania has 250 years of coal reserves and the
technology exists which would enable us to use less coal to make more energy. Act 129 makes oblique references to alternative energy sources that are, as of yet, not economically or technically feasible on a large scale basis.
Pennsylvanians must ask themselves, “Who will decide the amount of energy allotted to each household per month? What happens when the weather is unseasonably warm or cold? What happens during the month of November or December when there is more baking to do?” Electric power companies are under the threat of huge fines if they do not meet the reductions
mandated in this bill. The fines will be passed on to the consumers and power companies will ‘encourage’ residents to reduce electric consumption with the “smart meter” technology mentioned in the law.
The idea behind “smart meter” technology is to provide a meter that will monitor electric consumption and provide an alert if usage gets too high. Act 129 stipulates that the next actions to be taken can be controlled by the consumer, the utility company, or a third party designated to conserve usage. Steps to reduce usage include: turning down the air conditioning during
heavy usage, turning down the heat during heavy usage, and automatically cutting back on lighting. The idea of reducing the availability of electricity is not something with which many Pennsylvanians feel comfortable. It flies in the face of the bill’s stated intent of making electric power more reliably available to the public.
All legislation regarding Smart Meters is
under the UN Agenda 21 umbrella, so we
suggest that everyone become familiar
with this topic.
STOP SMART METER COALITION IN PA
respectfully submits written rebuttal statement in response to the testimony of John F. Coleman Jr., Vice- Chairman/PA Public Utilities Commission.
Opt-out Option for Consumer
INTRODUCED BY REESE
This legislation, one of three bills addressing smart meter technology that I intend to introduce, would provide consumers the ability to “opt-out” of having a smart meter and require the Pennsylvania Utility Commission to create a fair surcharge system that would be paid by these consumers.
ORIGINALLY BILL 902