This petition to the Commonwealth Court filed in late November 2019 is asking the Court to invalidate the PA PUC’s interpretation of Act 129 as mandating" smart" meters for everyone, with no accommodations.
This lawsuit is far different from every individual formal complaint filing which is appealed to the Commonwealth Court. It is asking for relief for all Pennsylvanians. It does not require scientific evidence that customers are sick or sensitive. It will apply to all Pennsylvanians regardless of disability status. This lawsuit takes a different position than many of you who have filed suits in formal complaints in front of the PUC in order to not get your electricity shut off while you fight against your utility in PUC court, i.e., it is not saying that Act 129 was a voluntary smart meter deployment statute. It entirely avoids any discussion as to voluntary and no opt out language in Act 129; It avoids all of the legislative history discussion. It is attacking Act 129 the way it has been implemented by the PA PUC as unconstitutional. The way they brought the PUC into this lawsuit was to attack the way the PUC is implementing Act 129.
This is a game changer for all of us embroiled in individual battles against our utility companies.
The complete Petition is available to download on our Resource Files webpage.
Ask your Legislator to support the proposed Analog Choice and Accommodation Bill. This would provide electromechanical analog meter choice for ALL Pennsylvanians. (Please see our UPDATE SECTION for press release containing details.)
The Pennsylvania Utility Commission has interpreted Act 129 as a mandate for the use of "Smart" Meters in Pennsylvania. We are one of only two states where they are required, and the only state that mandates "smart" meters that has looked at the health effects.
FCC Guidelines were never intended for safety purposes. Scientists for Wired Technology provides an explanation on their Action Page. https://scientists4wiredtech.com/action/
People in urban areas and those with chronic illnesses disproportionally affected. Urban areas typically house more people live in less space, and contain more meters per city block than in more rural areas. For example the photo above shows at least 7 meters between two homes, and several arrays going down the block of homes. Children and other vulnerable populations (the unborn, pregnant women, chronically ill and seniors) are also more at risk.
Is Pennsylvania the only state to mandate "smart" meters? Please scroll down the the next section to find out!
Consumer Costs: there are reports of inaccurate billing, higher energy consumption, and premature wear of home appliances following smart meter installation.
Involuntary Exposure to Microwave Radiation and EMR
Fires: There is a history of fires and explosions of "smart" meters.
Privacy: "Smart" meters collect data from private homes with out consent.
Security: National, Business and Home security is at risk. Wireless systems are not as secure as hardwired ones.
Discuss the need for Analog Choice and ADA Accommodations with your legislator. PA is the only state that has looked at the health effects and mandates smart meters.
"Smart" Meter Covers - Covers that allow the signal to reach the electric company but provides some protection for people and wildlife.
Move your meter socket at least 100 feet away from the house,. Contact a licensed electrician, your power company and township for more information.
PUC Complaints: If you are concerned about the smart meter on your home you may file a formal complaint with the PUC at the link below. Health and Safety Violations are covered by Title 66 (Public Utility Code) Section 1501 and 1502.
Dr David Carpenter's Video on "Smart" Meters
There are a number of Pennsylvania "Smart" Meter groups. At least one meets in person and all provide for virtual interaction and support through Facebook. Here is a listing of the Pennsylvania groups we are aware of. If your group is not listed please contact us and we will be happy to add yours! Also, though not in Pennsylvania, we recommend The Smart Meter Education Network's facebook page and website, www.smartmetereducationnetwork.com
EMS PA; Advocacy website and support for those who have Electromagnetic Sensitivity, Radiation Sickeness Sequela, and Other Non-ioninizing Radiation Sequela. www.EMS-PA.org
Pennsylvanians for Analog Choice (PAC)
We are opposed to smart meters being installed on our home without our consent. We oppose 5G small cells near homes, schools and businesses. We discuss our opposition to these harms and focus on solutions to improve the health, safety and privacy of our families. Find us on Facebook. You may also reach us through PASafeTech@gmail.com.
Pennsylvanians Against Smart Meters: Pennsylvanians Against Smart Meters (PASM) is a group of concerned citizens whose goal is to educate the public about utility company smart meters and to halt the widespread installation of those meters through legal and/or political action.
Email address: PASM@gmx.us
Smart Meter Alert - Pennsylvania
The smart meter debacle is a huge threat to our health, safety, privacy, & wallet. Smart Meter Alert (SMA) is fighting to give consumers an opt-out choice.
Smart Meter Information Exchange NW PA
The intent of this facebook Group is to exchange information about Smart Electric Meters, especially in the communities surrounding Pymatuning Lake. Jamestown, PA had their new meters installed beginning in October of 2015. Linesville, PA had theirs installed February of 2016. I (Tom Deighton) live in Linesville. I declined my Smart Meter installation. I was informed by phone that they couldn't force me to allow the installation because it is Winter. In the Spring I will either allow the installation or my power will be disconnected. In doing research I discovered the facebook Group Jamestown Online. There I discovered many citizen complaints of electric bill increases. The complaints were mostly of extreme increases of $100.00 or more, often doubling the household's electric bill. I am forming this Group to consolidate information that will help people who have had the Smart Meters installed and are experiencing problems with them. Who do we take our concerns to and how can we lower electric bills even though the Smart Meter is installed?
STOP SMART METERS IN PA www.stopsmartmetersinpa.com
More Video Links: Experts
Electrical engineer William Bathgate testifies before the Michigan House Energy Committee (2018)
William Bathgate, Electrical Engineer Explains Smart Meter Technology
Senator Patrick Colbeck, Michigan, discusses the need for Meter Choice.
Senator Patrick Colbeck, Michigan, speaks about True Smart Meter Opt Outs
Dafna Tachover, Esq MBA and Senator Patrick Colbeck discuss wireless radiation and the iOT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCC15k6EEOQ
Sharon Goldberg MD, internal medicine physician, testifies before the Michigan 5G Legislative Hearing. She discusses the health effects of wireless radiation.
Electrical engineer William Bathgate testifies before the Iowa Utilities Board (2018)
What have other states in the US have done about accommodating those who do not want or cannot, for medical reasons, have a smart meter? Our friends at EMS-PA have the answer, and more information.
1. Pennsylvania is the only state of the 41 states that considered homeowner choice and accommodations for health and other reasons but has not granted them. The other 40 states offer an alternative to smart meters. Visit www.ems-pa.org for more information.
2. Some states have accommodated customers by enacting state law which mandates opt-outs or requiring opt-ins on a statewide basis. For example, Vermont has a statute mandating no fee opt outs from smart meters.
3. Most of the 40 states accommodating customers who do not want or cannot tolerate smart meters, have done so by state PUC action.
4. State PUC action is usually, but not always, a response to individual utilities in that state. The utilities file with the state PUC to allow the utility to put smart meters in its territory. The utility usually, as part of those filings, asks for opt out fees, or “tariffs”, for customers who do not want smart meters. The state PUC rules on these utility filings, and then the state PUC establishes smart meter opt outs, with or without fees.
5. There is one example of a state PUC acting across a whole state at once. The state of Maryland PUC (Maryland PSC), acted statewide, responding to after year of customer pressure, to offer opt-outs from smart metering. This was not in response to a utility filing. The Maryland PSC was afraid of what type of legislation was going to be passed, because the state legislators were poised to enact smart meter accommodations legislation under consumer pressure to act. The PSC offered a temporary smart meter “opt out” fee structure, based on forecasted numbers of customers who opted out and what the costs to the utilities would be. Maryland PSC revisited that fee structure a few years later, making the opt-outs permanent. The Maryland PSC lowered the opt out fees, because there were economies of scale that they had not counted on when they did initial opt out fee calculations.
6. To our knowledge, no utility in the state of PA has filed a smart meter deployment plan with opt out/ accommodations or fees, as is customary in other states.