Smart Meter Debate

The smart meter debate might reach the President.

Naperville’s Smart Meter Awareness group has started a petition on We The People, an online portal where citizens can start petitions.

The petition needs 130 signatures within 30 days in order to be searchable on the portal. If the petition gets 100,000 signatures within 30 days the White House will respond.

Supporters are petitioning the Obama Administration to prohibit a utility from installing a smart meter on a customer’s premises unless the customer has provided consent.

Supporters have mixed feelings about signing the petition.

“To get consideration as to what the rights of the citizens are. For those who want the smart meter I have no problem with it,” says Naperville resident William Hannum. “I just want an option without severe penalties.”

“White House petitions, I just don’t want to sign those,” says Palatine resident Nancy Jacques. “I don’t think petitions do any good.”

The opposition to the installation of smart meters has resulted in a lawsuit, arrests, and hours of public comment.

Now, Councilman Doug Krause hopes to make a compromise.

He has introduced a proposal to City Council.

The proposal would allow resident an option to replace their smart meter with a smart meter alternative recording device.

Residents would then report their usage via email, USPS, or by dropping it off at City Hall.

Council members weren’t convinced this proposal was a good compromise.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to go into this for it to gain support,” said Councilman Wehrli. “I found out about this off your website not by actually communicating with you, so I would just say if you want to get serious about this, let’s talk, otherwise for me it’s a non starter.”

Councilman Krause plans to bring up his proposal again at the next meeting.

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