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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 18, 2018

Utility rate, smart meter meeting tonight

By Susan Watterson | Jun 21, 2018

To the editor:

At 5:30 p.m. tonight, the Iowa Utilities Board and Office of Consumer Advocacy will be at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Sondheim theater to hear our concerns.

Our statements at this meeting will be used as testimony for the upcoming IUB court hearing Oct. 18, 2018. That hearing will not be open to the public, so this will be the only opportunity for our comments to influence their final decision and therefore make the freedom to choose analog meters a requirement by IUB regulations.

The dangers of smart meters and digital Meters and the importance of choosing (non-radiating) analog meters has been recognized in over nine states, and in over 50 cities in California and worldwide. But in Iowa, Alliant blocks our freedom of choice by denying analogs as an opt-out option, also allowing only smart meters for solar customers.

Our current meters will soon be replaced and we will have no reliable legal document from Alliant informing us of the nature and safety of any future digitals they will install, or when “opt out” meters will be replaced. Meters will be replaced approximately every five years at the consumer’s expense.

Analog meters need replacing only every 30 to 50 years and emit zero radiation. Smart meters and digitals increase utility bills by up to 50 percent, are Class 2 B Carcinogens according to the World Health Organization. They emit dangerous levels of pulsed radiation every several seconds around the clock. They are easily hacked and are on record as being used to invade privacy.

Many fire incidents are associated with them. Commonly experienced health problems from smart/digital meters include heart palpitations, headaches, insomnia, digestion problems, and mental fog. They provide no consumer advantage.

Opt-out fees (tariffs) are punitive and currently an unreasonable $15 per meter; $30 per month for gas/electric.


– Susan Watterson, Fairfield


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