Reject installation of smart meters

Posted6/28/2014 1:01 AM

A "smart grid" is an electricity distribution network that utilizes "smart meters." A smart meter is a wireless or hard-wired two-way communication device that connects your home or business and broadcasts your personal information and energy use habits to the electric grid company. Current analog meters have been safely used for decades. They still work just fine.

ComEd, although lagging behind other states, is accelerating the deployment of smart meters here in Illinois. ComEd is beginning the process of installing millions of digital electric meters throughout its northern Illinois service territory.

In accordance with the 2011 state law, per a February 2014 decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission, ComEd customers might shortly expect the following:

• Customers who refuse to have smart meters installed will be charged $21.53 a month.

• If customers make the decision to refuse a (smart) meter now and incur monthly charges, this refusal is simply deferring the inevitable.

Common sources of electromagnetic or EMF exposure include smart meters. Based on studies linking wireless radiation to brain tumors, the World Health Organization has classified wireless radiation as a 2B carcinogenic. Other adverse effects include sleep problems, stress, agitation, anxiety, irritability, headaches, sharp pain or pressure in the head, and ringing in the ears. Numerous accounts likewise exist of smart meter fires and explosions.

Com Ed is blindsiding its customers by installing digital meters that are harmful, dangerous, invasive and unlawful by claiming that installation is mandatory. What's at stake is our basic right to life, health, choice and freedom. Say no to smart meters when ComEd attempts to install one in your home.

Nancy Thorner

Lake Bluff