Naperville residents want to take back their power. Naperville Smart Meter Awareness recently held a rally against the city’s new electric meters. The not-for-profit has been very vocal about opposing the meters, speaking at city council meetings and trying to add a referendum question to last month’s primary ballot.
More than 150 people attended the rally, concerned with cost, health risks, privacy, and security.
“We really want to have the right to say what goes on our homes, especially when this product is so controversial,” said Kim Bendis, President of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness.
The new meters are a part of the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative, an investment in the city’s electric system.
“We’re becoming more efficient,” said John Krummen, an Ambassador for the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative. “Just like the cost of gas goes up, we get more efficient cars, this is what this project represents.”
Smart meters have already been installed on about a third of the homes and businesses across the city. Despite that, opponents say they won’t give up their efforts to keep their current meters.
However a judge has denied their latest request to halt the installations.
In an effort to keep their analog meters, Naperville Smart Meter Awareness filed a federal lawsuit against the city.
The two sides recently appeared in front of Judge Edmond Chang, who said the anti-smart meter group waited too long to file the case. It was submitted a week before installations began.
Despite denying the request, each side can now file a written response. The judge will then consider whether or not to grant the city’s request to completely dismiss the case.
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