Spreading smart energy

Grand Haven resident and former Consumers Energy area manager for governmental and public affairs Dennis McKee has begun a new job helping electric service customers in the utility’s service territory understand the role of the company’s smart energy program.
Tribune Staff
Dec 28, 2012

His new role involves being the communications coordinator for smart energy, which includes the installation of electric meters with improved capabilities and interactive features.

McKee and fellow employees made more than 80 smart energy presentations to homeowners associations, civic groups and other community organizations in 2012 throughout Muskegon and Ottawa counties.

So far, 53,500 meters have been installed in Northwest Ottawa County to kick off the seven-year statewide program.

Comments

sirhansalot

I do not want a smart meter, big brother at its worst

sirhansalot

I do not want a smart meter, big brother at its worst

gordbzz231

tell me one good reason why you dont want a smart meter, are you afraid of change, i know a number of people that have a smart meter and love the saving, i hear the same complaints about solar wind projects, no one, in this area wants anything to do with it, you know what, the new age is coming whether we want or need change

sirhansalot

Why be concerned about Smart Meters?

Smart meters using wireless technology are being installed in many US states and European countries (Idaho and Italy used fibre-optic connections rather than wireless). The installations have been met with intense opposition from concerned citizens. Why are these people angry and protesting smart meters with such vigour? They are concerned that wireless radiation from smart meter networks will compound their existing exposure to harmful radio-frequency (RF) radiation and increase their risks of illness. There have been numerous reports of people becoming sick shortly after smart meters were installed on their homes. We are being exposed to high levels of RF radiation, whether we choose to or not, from sources such as cell antenna towers, Wi-Fi, cellphones, cordless phones and other wireless technologies. Smart meters will add to the RF contamination in our homes, unnecessarily.

A significant percentage of the population (about 35%) feel the effects of RF radiation through symptoms like headaches, confusion, tinnitus, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, dizziness and flu-like symptoms. A segment of the population, approximately 3–5% percent, suffers with acute sensitivities to radio-frequencies much like allergic reactions that can be quite severe and debilitating. Scientists are concerned about the strong link between man-made radiation and increases in reported cases of childhood and adult leukemia and brain tumours. Cases of autism have increased by 6,000% in recent years and new cases of Alzheimer’s disease are expected to increase by 300% in North America. Despite our war on cancer, reported cases of lung cancer are up 50%, breast cancer up 200% and prostate cancer up 400%. RF radiation has greater effects on children because their bodies are smaller and in the developing stages. By proceeding with the installation of wireless smart meters, BC Hydro is deliberately and unnecessarily risking the health of thousands of children and adults under the guise of reducing energy usage

Ghpeytonfan

Big brother at its worst?!?!?! You realize it's no different than what you have really. But instead of only reading your energy usage monthly the power company AND YOU can instantly and easily see your usage and demands. Ever get an abnormal bill because of "estimated usage" for the month? This makes that go away.
And NOONE should complain about "Big Brother" if they're on the Internet. You use the Internet and I'm sure email but you dare complain about a low tech wireless system for reading your power demands? Better just move to the woods and live unplugged.

Vladtheimp

Sorry, but it's really different from what I have. If I want to use the internet I have to make a decision to pay money to an internet provider and understand that there are privacy issues implicit in that decision. In the Smart Meter situation, the government (Charter is a quasi-monopoly of the State of Michigan) tells me they WILL install a Smart Meter in my home unless I pay them a one time fee not to install it, and a monthly fee for having made the decision not to have one. http://www.mlive.com/business/in...

Am I the only one to see a difference here? Like a freedom from government intrusion issue? Next, let's talk about the bureaucrats who want to tax everything you buy from Ebay!

sirhansalot

They will have the ability to shut down or slow down your power use!

sirhansalot

There is a difference between the the 2 type of meters. Why be concerned about Smart Meters?

Smart meters using wireless technology are being installed in many US states and European countries (Idaho and Italy used fibre-optic connections rather than wireless). The installations have been met with intense opposition from concerned citizens. Why are these people angry and protesting smart meters with such vigour? They are concerned that wireless radiation from smart meter networks will compound their existing exposure to harmful radio-frequency (RF) radiation and increase their risks of illness. There have been numerous reports of people becoming sick shortly after smart meters were installed on their homes. We are being exposed to high levels of RF radiation, whether we choose to or not, from sources such as cell antenna towers, Wi-Fi, cellphones, cordless phones and other wireless technologies. Smart meters will add to the RF contamination in our homes, unnecessarily.

A significant percentage of the population (about 35%) feel the effects of RF radiation through symptoms like headaches, confusion, tinnitus, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, dizziness and flu-like symptoms. A segment of the population, approximately 3–5% percent, suffers with acute sensitivities to radio-frequencies much like allergic reactions that can be quite severe and debilitating. Scientists are concerned about the strong link between man-made radiation and increases in reported cases of childhood and adult leukemia and brain tumours. Cases of autism have increased by 6,000% in recent years and new cases of Alzheimer’s disease are expected to increase by 300% in North America. Despite our war on cancer, reported cases of lung cancer are up 50%, breast cancer up 200% and prostate cancer up 400%. RF radiation has greater effects on children because their bodies are smaller and in the developing stages. By proceeding with the installation of wireless smart meters, BC Hydro is deliberately and unnecessarily risking the health of thousands of children and adults under the guise of reducing energy usage

Ghpeytonfan

Yes I've read the same article but still don't understand you're paranoia. It's an electric power meter not a camera or microphone the gov't isn't intruding in anyway. Just instead ov monitoring power consumption grid wide they can more easily monitor it per consumer.

Vladtheimp

Ghpeytonfan:

I think I get your point – if technology makes it more easy for bureaucrats who work for us to monitor our activities, why not – it's not intrusive.

Registration of guns to make it easier for the government to know who is armed – no problem. Give the information to a local paper to publish – no problem. Put speed cameras all over the highways – o.k. Facial recognition software in airports – sounds good. Black boxes in all new cars to see where you are going, how fast, and what your mileage per gallon is – good stuff. GPS coordinates of your house for the Census plus intrusive questioning – all for it. All medical records to be digitized according to a government formula and turned over to the IRS under Obamacare – what could possibly go wrong?

My concerns are: (1) even if the current government does not want to use this information for bad purposes, the tools and information are in place for a subsequent government with bad intentions (why collect all the information if you aren't going to use it?); and (2) my grandchildren will never grow up to know what it is to be a free American citizen – thanks to us.

Regarding paranoia, ask people in North Korea, the Soviet Union, former East Germany, China, Iran, Cuba, and on and on whether a little suspicion and foresight (paranoia if you will) would have benefited them. Ask any survivors of pre-Nazi Germany and pre-Communist Russia and Georgia how gun registration worked out for them.

Remember, you are giving all of this additional power to the geniuses who exempt themselves from most of their rules but make everybody take off their shoes at airports, go through X-Ray machines or be molested, and randomly search grandmothers from Grand Haven instead of focusing on the people who we know have been responsible for acts of terrorism. Apparently, some information they have can't be used.

It's time for us to say N.O.Y.B.!

Ghpeytonfan

Ok end of argument. I see your point and you are right. These new smart meters clearly point that America will one day be under Facist or Socialist rule. You're not paranoid just thinking much further ahead than the rest of us government drones.

Vladtheimp

1. I didn't know we were having an argument; 2. I'm not thinking further ahead than anybody - just try to know history and try to learn from it; 3. I was a federal "drone" for over 30 years and I know their craving for power, control, and desire for more funds to feed the Leviathan.

WalmartWolverine

Back when the first cell phone tower was going up, communication satellites began spinning around the earth, and the power companies estimating power bills, I thought, “Why can’t this task be done by a gadget that would send power usage information from my meter through the air to the power company for billing purposes? I then realized my neighbor who reads these meters on the fly between estimates would be out of a job. I then thought, “Technology can wait.” After my neighbor told his boss where he could stick that job, yes he did, I renewed my previous thoughts. So, here we are folks, on the edge of a new and better technology but with a few added "unseen" amendments that from I read above are not that popular.

GH55

This is just like the dreaded "Wind Turbine Syndrome"! Most are afflicted with the disease before the casue is implemented.
I hope these same people are not doing all this commenting on their WIFI laptop or talking on their cell phones! OMG, come out of the 19th century!

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