Smart Meters Installed Throughout 2012

As we begin the new year, the city still has a federal lawsuit pending against them for the installation of more than 57,000 wireless smart meters.

Last January, crews began removing the existing analog electric meters off homes and commercial buildings, replacing them with digital ones that are easier to read and allow the city to better track energy usage.

But a number of residents who call themselves Naperville Smart Meter Awareness have spoken out against the initiative at nearly every council meeting, voicing their concerns over health, privacy, and security.

The group tried to put a referendum question on the ballot for the election in March that would ask voters if they’d like to see the installation of smart meters stopped.

With no success, they then brought the city to federal court, hoping for an injunction to stop the installation.

“When you look at all the issues, it’s a matter of keeping the city accountable. When people are e-mailing and calling, saying ‘Hey, I don’t want these smart meters,’ then why are they even necessary?“ said Kim Bendis, President of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness.

City staff say the lawsuit has not thwarted the installation process, which is about 99% finished and should wrap up within a month. Meanwhile City Manager Doug Krieger continues to be excited about the potential of the new smart grid system.

“It will really take us to the next level in allowing us to run our electric utility as efficiently as possible and as a municipal utility, we just turn those savings back over to the customer through low rates,” said Krieger.

The next court date for the smart meter lawsuit is January 15th.

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