Energy Standards Hearing

The City of Naperville recently resumed their energy standards hearing.

The proceeding is required under the Public Utility Regulatory Act or PURPA, a federal law passed in 1978 that promotes energy conservation.

At issue are 9 standards including net metering, smart metering with time based schedules, and smart grid information.

The second of two public hearings was to allow citizens to speak. Everyone who commented spoke against smart meters, which the city decided to start installing on homes three years ago.

The testimony at times became emotional.

“The last thing I need on my house, my sanctuary, is something that makes radio waves and microwaves. Smart meters are a health hazard and I’m especially worried about some of the health implications for children,” said Naperville resident Robert Stephens.

All of the records from the hearing will be made into a report for City Council that they will review before voting on the various energy standards.

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