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Seventy Pepco Customers Say No to Smart Meters

Pepco said customers opting out won't get a smart meter installed, and those who already have one installed, can get their old meter back.

As of Monday morning, 70 Pepco customers have submitted written requests to opt out of their smart meters, according to Myra Oppel, Pepco spokesperson.

"If they already had their meters installed, we will go and switch out that meter," Oppel said, explaining that Pepco will put back in a traditional manual-read meter.

Pepco will defer the installation of a smart meter once a written request is made to the company to keep the existing meter, according to Oppel.

In addition to the 70 requests, Pepco has received phone calls about the smart meters, according to Oppel, who did not have the number of calls at press time.

Pepco's actions are temporary, pending a final decision on opt-outs by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC).

On May 24, the Maryland PSC issued an order telling Pepco, Baltimore Gas & Electric, and Delmarva Power, “the utilities shall refrain from installing a smart meter in the home or business of any customer who notifies the utility in writing that they do not wish to have a smart meter installed.”

The order also prohibited the utility companies from activating smart meters already installed, should they receive a written request from a customer.

Smart meters are devices that send information about household energy use to a power company via electromagnetic radiation. A smart meter replaces a traditional electricity meter, which a power company representative must visit every month to get a electricity usage reading.

Smart meters can make it easier for power companies to know about power outages, and they can help customers track their energy use at different times of the day. But, some object to the electromagnetic radiation they emit, and would prefer that such devices stay away from their homes and families, .

But Pepco says the meters do not pose a health risk. Pepco and Delmarva Power support the position that radio frequency exposure from smart meters is far below and less frequent than other common electric devices, such as cell phones and baby monitors.

Customers still wishing to opt out, can send in a written request or fill out an online form.

How to Opt Out

Customers wishing to opt out, can do so by submitting an online form.

Or, they may send a written request to:

Pepco
MD Opt-out
701 9th St. NW
Mail Stop EP7642
Washington, DC 20068

George Karadimas June 30, 2012 at 03:24 PM
EHS Fight Back (Electro Hyper Sensitivity) http://ehsfighback.blogspot.de/2012/06/breakthrough-for-ehs-in-israel.html These (according so some Loons and EHS Kooks) Electro Hypersensitive Folks are Globally affected.
Susan Brinchman June 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
For another example of how people are paid to go on discussion boards about smart meters to disrupt the conversation, read this (CPUC Proceeding): PG&E Wants to Limit Info re: “Alleged Spying on Anti-Smart Meter Activists” Case http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/stop-ca-smart-meter-news/pge-wants-to-limit-info-re-alleged-spying-on-anti-smart-meter-activists-case/. "On May 21, 2012, Pacific Gas and Electric, a large CA utility, filed the above motion with the CPUC to limit the personal information regarding its employees (former and current) to be made available to the public in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) investigation of alleged spying on several leading anti-smart meter activist groups in California. This motion reveals discovery information related to the proceeding, allegedly showing how one of their executives infiltrated and participated in anti-smart meter discussion groups under an assumed name." We see this happening on this discussion as well, it mirrors that one.
Malaprop June 30, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Susan could contribute positively to this discussion by providing authoritative links to the Austrian Medical Association (national) to buttress her claim that highly respected medical organizations claim harmful effects from smart meters. Yet she refuses. Instead, she prefers to hurl unsubstantiated accusations of secret payments about those who oppose her. And she does this in spite of her association with an anti-wireless website that promotes EMF protection gear and solicits donations. Now who really stands to gain financially from their activity on this discussion? We get no answers from Susan, only unfounded accusations and advertisement for a website which capitalizes on the fear she generates.
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 12:25 PM
@Frank Story at-a-glance "If you’re pregnant, there is compelling evidence that you may want to use extreme caution when using a cell phone An animal study by Yale researchers suggests that the increasingly prevalent neurobehavioral disorders in children -- conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- may be related to exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cell phones while in the womb Past studies have also linked pregnant women’s use of cell phones to their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age As long as your cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even when you are not actually making a call. If you're pregnant, keeping your cell phone turned off, and avoiding or reducing your cell phone use may be especially important to the health of your offspring Radiation from wireless devices is biologically active in a myriad of ways, including damaging DNA. There is no good reason to take the many risks of exposing unborn fetuses, or infants and children of any age, to this radiation" http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/04/cellphone-radiation-may-cause-adhd.aspx?e_cid=20120704_DNL_artNew_1
Malaprop July 04, 2012 at 05:27 PM
The Yale article was the subject of much ridicule in the scientific community. If you read the comments of the Yale article, you will find it debunked by two scientists -- here is an excerpt: "Finally, it should be realised that in ?receive? mode the battery provides current to the circuitry, which in turn creates an extremely low-frequency (ELF) magnetic field: the handsets also are warmer to the touch than a ?deactivated? phone (presumably one turned off). These are just two of many possible confounding exposures. However, whatever led to neurobehavioral disorders in this study was unlikely to be RF and the thus the main conclusion is likely to be in error."
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 05:46 PM
@Malaprop Regarding your statement "The Yale article was the subject of much ridicule in the scientific community....." Now Yale is no Good for you. & you forgot to sling mud at Dr. Mercola. You should post the links you reference for review! We all know about "excerpts" and how can be massaged and taken out of context! In any event! This writer says, "Say NO to smart meters!"
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 08:00 PM
@FRANK or is it Malaprop? That is absolutely correct FRANK, and you have demonstrated the unique ability to persist on being incapable to provide either! BTW, Since you are so smart why not take the opportunity to educate the reader, about the properties and Dangers of EACH! "Quantity of evidence does not equal quality of evidence, George. But if you knew anything about how science actually works, you'd know this already. And did you ever figure out the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation?"
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 08:26 PM
@Frank! There you go FRANK , you never miss an opportunity to say Nothing! NON-THERMAL EFFECTS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS. NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD.. http://www.magdahavas.com/icems-non-thermal-effects-of-electromagnetic-fields-now-available-for-free-download/
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Cellphone Survivors & Non-Survivors: watch their stories, hear their voices. "Public health statistics have been called human beings with the tears removed. Hear the sagas of cellphone survivors and nonsurvivors and their families who are convinced that heavy cellphone use caused disabling brain tumors." http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6025/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1210160 http://prd34.blogspot.com/2012/07/cellphone-survivors-non-survivors-watch.html
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 09:49 PM
@FRANK You said....... "George, frantically Googling for yet another quack is not demonstrating that you actually know anything about science." "George spammed: "Hear the sagas of cellphone survivors and nonsurvivors and their families who are convinced that heavy cellphone use caused disabling brain tumors." Yep, that's real scientific research there, George." FRANK wake up and get updated with today's technologies, they are called "NEWS FEEDS" , they were made for those with limited perception of the world they live in, so they can expand their horizons. AND I am merely taking the opportunity to bring you up to speed. Glad to see that you are still reading. Education and your moment of awakening is bound to follow! it is a matter of time! Pulsed Microwave radiation, makes no difference where it is emanating from, cellphone or smart meter it is a killer just the same. SAY NO! to SMART METERS (I keep seeing it on Bumper stickers.)
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 10:02 PM
NON-THERMAL EFFECTS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS. NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD.. "July 4, 2012. Are there non-thermal effects of electromagnetic fields? Health Canada says, “NO“. They state on page 9 of Safety Code 6, For frequencies from 100 kHz to 300 GHz, tissue heating is the predominant health effect to be avoided. Other proposed non-thermal effects have not been conclusively documented to occur at levels below the threshold where thermal effects arise. Really! Perhaps Health Canada scientists should read this two part document prepared by the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS). Although this document was published in 2010, one year after the most recent Health Canada Safety Code 6 was updated (2009), much of the information it was based on was readily available to the review committee of Health Canada when they released their 2009 guideline." http://www.magdahavas.com/icems-non-thermal-effects-of-electromagnetic-fields-now-available-for-free-download/
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 10:24 PM
DISCONNECT! http://vimeo.com/41844826
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 10:42 PM
"A presentation by Prof. Massa showed ample articles from the renowned Lancet asserting the incidence of leukaemia in children associated with electromagnetic fields generated by mobile phones, and especially mobile masts, with the latter having a higher concentration of energy. One gentleman raised his concern over a group of children suffering from leukaemia in Marsascala, his child having had the disease having to take a lot of time off school. One of the other children died. Is there any evidence? Only observational. But it is definitely time to map out the distribution of mobile masts superimposed on a map of the residence of children with leukaemia – especially clusters. If there is a correlation, no amount of ‘lack of evidence’ can rule out the association." http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=145141 QUESTION? Do Smart Meters operate just like a mobile masts? (Cell Phone Towers, attached to your house?) Is the concept of automated meter reading worth taking the risk?
George Karadimas July 04, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Doubts cast over consumer benefits of smart meters "SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission has asked member states to present before September their cost-benefit analyses on the deployment of smart meters that could lead to 80% of consumers being equipped with intelligent metering systems by 2020. But a recent study casts doubts over their cost-effectiveness and the benefits they bring to consumers. Smart meters record energy or water consumption, sending the readings back to the power or water suppliers for monitoring and billing. A cost-benefit analysis currently deployed in member states will be finalised by 3 September 2012. In a recommendation paper, the European Commission says it is yet to be convinced that smarts meters are “economically justified”. The EU executive's doubts are being raised despite an increased acceptance of smart meters across European countries. In Italy and Sweden, smart meters cover almost 100% of households. However, a recently published study of the Free University in Brussels (ULB) commissed by the European Consumers Organisation BEUC, found that consumers are not the main beneficiaries of this technology, calling current efforts “a missed opportunity” for end-users. “Smart meters might be beneficial to some consumers, but we certainly have doubts about whether they will be beneficial to all consumers,” Johannes Kleis of BEUC told EurActiv." http://prd34.blogspot.com/2012/07/doubts-cast-over-consumer-benefits-of.html
Malaprop July 05, 2012 at 04:27 AM
The film on Vimeo was an absolute riot. I laughed all the way through it (though I feel for the people who suffered from cancer) , anecdotes, politicians, celebrities and charlatans. Amazing that people cannot recognize the tools of propaganda and false science. I'm familiar with several of the pundits and false prophets in that video. Kucinich will latch on to anything where he can blast industry. While I'm disappointed with Wozniak he made no claims of understanding the science.
George Karadimas July 05, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Frank, When these devices "Phonograph", "Gramophone", "Graphophone" "Zonophone", developed a bad track, would invariably get stuck repeating the same passage. Surely the readers of this blog have had enough of your repetitive fault. Either get unstuck and contribute input of substance or turn the faulty device off!
George Karadimas July 05, 2012 at 11:17 AM
New paper reviewing the Russian RF standards fails to declare conflict of interest of lead author. http://www.emfacts.com/2012/07/new-paper-reviewing-the-russian-rf-standards-fails-to-declare-conflict-of-interest-of-lead-author/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-paper-reviewing-the-russian-rf-standards-fails-to-declare-conflict-of-interest-of-lead-author Comment: Snakes of Vested Interest are plentiful and this reader's comment is Notable. "The Russian philosophy: To protect human biology from pathological effects of exposure. The IEEE, ICNIRP and Repacholi’s philosophy: To protect industry from exposure of pathological effects on human biology."
George Karadimas July 06, 2012 at 04:44 PM
SMART METERS --WHY THE CONCERN? "Health, environmental, privacy, and billing concerns have all been voiced over the installation of these meters. Citizen action groups and websites have been formed. Numerous city councils have put a moratorium on the installation of meters until more information is available. This document will summarize these concerns and is focused on the emission from meters and exposure prevention." http://electricsense.com/wp-content/uploads/private/Smart-Meter-What-We-Know-2-6-12.pdf Adverse Smart Meter information, started with a trickle and has turned into an AVALANCHE.
George Karadimas July 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM
GOVERNMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT BAN OR WARN AGAINST WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/?page_id=128
George Karadimas July 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Smart Meter Dangers: The Health Hazards of Wireless Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure The Latest from Dr. David O. Carpenter by Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri "With broken and unethical global social mores, this is considered standard business practice: to deceive customers, while gaining enormous profits. As long as a “revolving-door” policy remains between corporations and [no longer] public agencies, citizens will not have their medically validated concerns ever addressed. The corporate bottom line, profit, is what counts –not our well-being and safety. Further, the synergistic effects of various wireless technologies combined with other environmental toxins to which we all are exposed daily have not been tested." More .....follow the link Below! http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31891
Rise and Shine July 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I had no idea that it was radioactive meters. How can I tell if I have one or not? I just moved here and they never said anything about it.
George Karadimas July 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Look at the top of the Meter above the digital display. If there is a marking "Silver Spring Networks" Followed by an "FCC ID:" It is a smart meter transmitting RF Sped Spectrum radiation in the 900-928MHZ Reda the article below. Smart Meter Dangers: The Health Hazards of Wireless Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure The Latest from Dr. David O. Carpenter by Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31891
Rise and Shine July 14, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Thank you George Karadimas!!!
George Karadimas July 23, 2012 at 08:33 PM
State study links cellphone use to cancer http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/071412emf-ac Smart Meters are Next?
George Karadimas August 21, 2012 at 03:36 PM
The way to set your home on fire is best accomplished by having a smart meter installed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah3nNo89-NU&feature=youtu.be&a Of course two smart meters are better than one!
Traci M. Radice August 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Public Service Commission called an emergency hearing on Tues., Aug. 28th at 2pm to hear from the utilities as to their smart meter devices and their malfunctions, power surges, and fires. Any concerned citizen should plan to attend: William Donald Schaefer Tower 6 St. Paul St., 16th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 File a dispute (410) 767-8000 MD Toll Free: 1-800-492-0474 TTY Users call via Maryland Relay 1-800-201-7165 Directions to the Commission http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/intranet/AboutUs/directions_new.cfm
George Karadimas February 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM
VOX POPULI..Let them hear Us Loud and Clear! "Dear MSMA Member, Because we realize some of you do not have enough time to go on line and download a letter to your delegates, we are making it very easy for you to get involved. While letters and face-to-face meetings are much more effective, signing the petition below is much simpler and will have some impact. The petition urges your Maryland Delegates to support the NO FEE OPT OUT House Bill 1038 introduced by Delegate Glenn Glass. Please by all means feel free to forward this message to any non MSMA member who might respond favorably. Click on the link below to add your name. http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862 Jonathan Libber, President Maryland Smart Meter Awareness" http://tinyurl.com/HB1038
KMcGee February 27, 2013 at 01:38 AM
@Tom Termini Wrong, you should probably stop misinforming people and take a chemistry class. Molecular vibrations typically occur in the infrared. Molecular rotations will typically occur in the microwave region (dipole only molecules such as water). While the vast majority of these interactions will result in very small effects, non ionizing radiation does effect molecules. @Things This has to do with that flouride statement. Regardless whether Flouride has benefit or not, it is not ethical to treat patients who may not want it. There is no way to track dose. Some people drink more water than others. It was a noble idea, but it really wasn't implemented the way it should have been. If they want to do it, force it on the kids in the schools in specific doses and allow patients to opt out. I will also say that I'm not so sure that the effects of these are doing everything people are claiming. But ill be damned if I'm going to be the one claiming money 10 years down the road because of some cancer that this shit has caused. If it was banned in other countries I'd like to see the studies PEPCO has conducted showing that those countries were wrong in banning it. http://stopsmartmeters.org/2013/02/21/pepco-caught-in-lie-about-smart-meter-rf-frequency/ And stop lying about it. http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/244277/187/Smart-Meters-May-Emit-Radiation-More-Frequently-than-Pepco-Admits
joe marsh March 01, 2013 at 06:21 PM
These meters should be outlawed. This video really sums it up> http://youtu.be/eCO4R7wVPHc
George Karadimas March 01, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Opt Out Deferral in Maryland is Good til July 1, 2013 Details here http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/opt-out-news/option-to-defer-smart-meters/ Support NO FEE Smart Meter OPT OUT Legislation in Maryland Details Here http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/smart-meter-news/guide-for-legislative-campaign-for-january-2013-session-seeking-free-opt-out/ Smart Meter Opt OUT Petition Here http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862 Easy link to remember and tell your friends Here tinyurl.com/HB1038 Do your part, Tell two Friends, Get involved.

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