Smart meters are here. The purpose of smart meters is not to save the cost employing of meter readers but to introduce multi-tier pricing. Multi-tier pricing is the result of the failure of PG&E to supply enough electricity. PG&E refuses to expand electrical capacity through the use of nuclear power plants because using them offends its green sensibilities.
While wind solar, and geothermal are clean renewable sources of energy, there is simply not enough energy created from these sources nor will there likely to be in the next 20 years. So it uses multi-tier energy pricing to level out the demand. This is OK for working families but discriminates against stay at home moms and the elderly.
Smart meters create rf radiation that can, if overexposed lead to health problems and they have not even been test by Underwriters Laboratories.
"Here are some of the “Smart” Meter problems already being reported where they have been installed: *Radiofrequency interference that causes malfunctioning of wireless equipment, such as Wi-Fi and Netflix (7) *Radiofrequency interference that causes malfunctioning of medical and critical-care equipment, such as pacemakers, wireless insulin pumps, pain pumps, ventilators, and baby monitors *Radiofrequency spikes causing appliances to break or malfunction, such as garage doors that won’t open or close properly *Cyber-security breaches [e.g., illegal access to 179,000 accounts at Hydro Toronto] *Excessive billing and inaccurate readings *Interception of personal identity information (electronic eavesdropping) *Safety risks: Electrical fires and explosions(8)."
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