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Energy, Utilities & Technology
Legislative Action Alert for Mainers Regarding Opt-Out Fees
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A very important smart-meter bill will have its public hearing before the Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee next week on Tuesday, 26 March, in Augusta. Your input in person and/or by email or phone call to Committee legislators and your local legislators is essential! The bill would eliminate opt-out fees for retaining your analog electric meters. Note that we are supporting the bill with an amended expanded definition of smart meters to allow for more complete protection of ratepayers. Thanks to Representative Beavers for submitting the bill.
Details are presented below for the bill, including brief talking points you can cut and paste into your own email or written comments, linked contact information for committee members, and time and location for the hearing. Emails should be sent to the Committee Clerk, as well, and you may ask the clerk to print and distribute your communication to the committee members. Click on this link to look up and read bill language (plug in “826” in the upper right of the Maine State Legislature page): http://www.maine.gov/legis/.
LD 826 "An Act to Eliminate the Opt-out Charges for Smart Meters"
Opt-out fees are coercive and many say extortive. Why should we be forced to pay a fee to protect ourselves and families from the actual or threatened harm detailed in 1-7? FCC guidelines dating back to 1996 only deal with limits on thermal effects of RF. Those guidelines, often invoked by regulators and legislators, are irrelevant when it comes to the non-thermal RF that is emitted by smart meters and other wireless devices. We are all lab rats when it comes to RF exposure. The point of having an opt-out option is to make a meaningful alternative available offering protection in regard to items 1-7. Because this bill’s definition of smart meters was originally too narrow, an amendment will be offered by the sponsor, Rep. Beavers, to expand the definition.
Please request of the legislators below that they vote “ought to pass” on LD 826 as it will be amended with the expanded smart meter definition below:
Please also thank these additional cosponsors of this bill:
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