1) A really excellent overview of the problems associated with $$meters, written by a person fighting the program in New York.
2) Schools in the USA are allowing cell towers to be put on school property because they need the money, and schools most likely to need the revenue are in the poorer neighbourhoods.
Poor Minority Schools Get More Cell Towers Than Rich White Schools
3) Hawaii is beginning a pilot program using time-of-use billing which will be charging significantly higher rates at night (contrary to most plans) because the energy is produced primarily from solar power. We have yet to hear anything from BC Hydro or FortisBC about the introduction of time-of-use billing – but it is just a matter of time. Time-of-use billing penalizes those who cannot “change behavior”, usually the young families, the elderly and the disabled.
“On Oahu, customers will be charged 14.82 cents per kilowatt hour in the midday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Rates will then more than double to 34.88 cents in the evening, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Then rate will fall to 21.28 cents overnight until 9 a.m.
Big Island customers will have a midday energy rate of 10.36 cents, an evening rate of 47 cents and an overnight rate of 32.10 cents.
“You want to create a rate structure, a pricing structure, to essentially force a change in behavior with respect to utility usage,” said Delmond Won, executive officer at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.”
4) In Maryland, as in Ontario and elsewhere, after the smeter program is in place the rates just keep increasing. Where do the promised savings go? The business cases always show how the rates will go down and energy will be saved. It has never happened yet. And it won’t with smeters being replaced every 5-7 years.
“Director of anti-smart meter advocacy group Maryland Smart Meter Awareness Kate Kheel is a BGE customer but has opted not to have a smart meter installed on her house.
“It is in my estimation that the industry benefited (from smart meters) and customers and the environment have not,” said Kheel, who plans on removing herself from the grid entirely by next year. “It’s not good for the environment to produce these extra smart meters for no reason.”
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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