Edmond Residents Rise Up Against Smart Meters

Kaye Beach

September 21, 2011

Smart Meter installment began with little warning in some areas of Oklahoma. Since February of 2010 OG&E has already installed 350,000 smart meters. They plan on installing smart meters for nearly 800,000 customers by the end of 2012.

Edmond residents are getting the jump on them and have started a petition drive to allow customers to have a choice in the matter.

From News 9 published Sept 19, 2011

EDMOND, Oklahoma — A group of concerned citizens from Edmond are asking Edmond Electric to avoid a Smart Meter System.

The Smart Meter System is the newest technology available for electric companies. The system is designed to track a customer’s use of electricity without sending a utility worker to review each meter.

Edmond Electric believes the system could help with overall cost and energy efficiency. Not everyone supports the move.

Don Powers is an attorney in Edmond who believes the Smart Meter System is not a smart idea.

Read more 

If you are an Edmond Electric customer and would like to have a say in the matter you can read and sign the petition online here

Privacy is one of the concerns cited by Edmond residents and I will tell you that this concern is a very valid one.  I did some research into the matter of privacy and smart meters a few months ago and was astounded by the implications on our personal privacy in our own homes.   The capabilities of Smart Meters/ Smart Grid, at the moment,  is not being fully utilized but as the systems mature their invasive nature will be revealed.  Better study up now before they go on your home.

According to Cheryl Dancey Balough, Balough Law Offices, Chicago;

Three factors fuel the concern of those advocating for additional, specific measures that will protect privacy compromised by the installation of smart meters.

  • First, the wealth of information that smart meters and affiliated appliances and devices make available can threaten both consumers’ privacy within their homes and their ability to control the distribution of their personal information outside the home.
  • Second, as necessary consumers of electricity, people do not have other options.
  • Third, despite the multiple information privacy laws passed in the past few decades, none of them adequately address the new challenges to privacy posed by smart meters

Legal scholars have proposed various concepts of privacy over the past 120 years or so, and the country’s founding fathers certainly contemplated privacy rights when drafting the Bill of Rights. A discussion of those concepts and their origins is beyond the scope of this article. It is important to note, however, that the threats to privacy connected to smart meters lie primarily within the concepts of a right to be left alone within one’s home and the right to control personal information. The first right is embedded in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their person, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The second right—to exercise control over the disclosure of personal information— has been discussed by a number of legal scholars.22 The U.S. Supreme Court also recognized this right in 1977 in Whalen v. Roe.

Source: Privacy Implications of Smart Meters By Cheryl Dancey Balough, Balough Law Offices, Chicago, Illinois, 2011 http://www.balough.com/uploadedFiles/Privacy%20Implications%20of%20Smart%20Meters%20-%20Cheryl%20Dancey%20Balough.pdf

 

There is a new Facebook group for Oklahoman residents who want to share information about the Smart Grid or the new Smart Meters being installed in this state.

Oklahoma Smart Meter Info Swap on Facebook

About these ads

2 responses to “Edmond Residents Rise Up Against Smart Meters

  1. We had the smart meter installed a couple of months ago and since that time I have had to replace both the power supply and the motherboard on my computer. Now my husband’s laptop is acting up. I have awakened a few times to the stove showing a power outtage and had to reset the clock. There were no other outtages in the house or the neighborhood. I am extremely concerned because both of us have been ill continually since this started and the meter is attached to the house directly behind the head of our bed. We complained and asked them to move it, but they said “No. You will have to get an electrician to do it.” As yet, we have been unable to find an electrician who will touch it.

  2. Pingback: Directory | stopsmartmetersbc

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s