Fighting Back

A group of citizens, known as the “Smart Meter Awareness Group,” presented councilmen with a petition with more than 4,2000 signatures. Residents are asking for a referendum to be placed on the March 2012 ballot stopping the installation of the city’s $22 million smart grid.

Many residents fear that the meters’ radio frequency isn’t safe and that tracking energy use in the home is a violation of constitutional rights.

But supporters say the digital meters will be easier to read a building’s electrical use, improve energy efficiency, and reduce operating costs.

City staff plans to deploy nearly 60,000 meters in homes and commercial buildings early next year.

Those wishing to keep a traditional, wired meter will have to pay a $68 fee upfront, plus an extra $25 a month.

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