Like other anti-smart meter videos, the recent production of “Take Back Your Power,” a web site video that highlights misinformation and questionable data about the safety and security, uses scare tactics and inaccuracies in an attempt to delay important smart grid improvements. To learn about SMMAA’s point of view and gain access to independent information about smart meter health concerns, read the full article.
The Peggy Smedley Show, the voice of M2M and connected devices, recently interviewed SMMAA President Dan Pfeiffer. During the interview, Pfeiffer discusses the role of SMMAA, the benefits of smart meters and the steps the organization has taken to help ease regulator’s concerns about smart energy.
To listen to the interview, click here and select segment 3 and then segment 4.
SMMAA President Dan Pfeiffer recently contributed an article to Metering International, reflecting on the drastic transition in technology choices in the metering industry from proprietary systems to standard-based systems. The story highlights this trend and discusses another change on the horizon: the intersection of the smart meter world with the consumer’s world. Mainstream technologies, developed for consumers, are now applicable to the metering industry.
To read the full article, click here.
Like previous independent studies, two new RF safety studies– one in Maine and another in Vermont – add to the growing body of evidence that confirms exposure levels to radio frequencies (RF) emitted by smart meters are well below the federal thresholds set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
In Vermont, the legislature commissioned a study by the Department of Public Service, which found that smart meters emit only a small a fraction of the maximum allowed exposure levels for RF set by the FCC.
Likewise in Maine, the Office of Public Advocate commissioned a study that concluded that measured exposure levels were well below current FCC exposure limits.
To learn about the safety of smart meters in Maine, read the Radio Frequency Exposure Report.
To learn about the safety of smart meters in Vermont, read An Evaluation of Radio Frequency Fields Produced by Smart Meters Deployed in Vermont.
"Developing the smart grid is about leveraging information technology"
On 10/3/12, the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) published an issue brief in which it states that “developing the smart grid is about leveraging information technology to improve the production and distribution of electricity. The brief, “The Promise of the Smart Grid: Goals, Policies, and Measurement Must Support Sustainable Benefits,’ characterizes elements of the smart grid, like smart meters, as “enabling technologies.” It continues to say that “consumer participation is key” to realizing the potential of the smart grid to: encourage energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, enable greater use of plug-in vehicles, while lowing costs for both consumers and utilities.
To learn more read NRDC’s issue brief here.