Two very good letters in today’s Commercial Appeal regarding the smart meter townhall meeting.
Joe Saino, a former chairman of the MLGW board, says “the union and the public delivered facts that are indisputable.” He says the lack of federal standards for smart meters, the easy way they can be hacked, the expense it would cost our broke city and the fact that we are handing over our local autonomy to the Energy Dept. and EPA in Washington sway him.
A Bartlett resident writes to contradict the CA’s version of a townhall filled with union representatives. As for the “hostile” crowd, she mentioned that most of them were elderly and even disabled. Not the kind of people able to incite violence. Like Saino, she has doubts about the vulnerability of the meters to hackers. MLGW failed to give a cogent answer to that or to the fire issue. “There appears to be a rush to install this technology; when people rush, there is usually money to be made.”
Interestingly, the current issue of Family Circle also has an article on smart meters. This magazine is one that fascinates me because the vapidity of it continually astounds me. This article fits right in.
“Fight the Power (Bill)” it’s called. The magazine calls it “straight talk about technology from a plugged in mom.” She mentions how much she likes the smart meters. Author Christina Tynan-Wood says they save her money, except she doesn’t give any details, like, er, figures. Part of her savings come from buying the Nest Learning Thermostat – for $249 – and a Ecobee Smart Si – from $209. That always means more than $209.
Did she really need these to learn to turn down the heater/air conditioner or use fewer appliances? Doesn’t sound like she came out on the right end of that deal.
And that hacking issue. These two tools tell me that it is very easy to break into your neighbor’s meter.
I’m not convinced.