Take Back Your Power

Residents recently rallied to ‘Take Back Their Power.’ Naperville joined cities in 16 other states, and British Columbia, for a rally protesting smart meters.

The City of Naperville is in the process of installing the meters, which track energy use more accurately, reducing costs for the city while increasing energy efficiency and reducing costs for residents.

But members of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NSMA) disagree saying they have a number of issues with them, such as radiation emission, being used as surveillance devices, causing fires and being a violation to their rights.

“It’s about coming together and saying ‘we care about our community enough and our neighbors and our families to say you guys need to have an informed choice,’” said Kim Bendis, President of NSMA. “If you want a smart meter on your home, absolutely, have one. But if you don’t, you should have the freedom to say I don’t want one.”

Naperville Smart Meter Awareness has had a lawsuit against the city since early 2012. It is now at the federal level where Judge John Z Lee wants more evidence that their constitutional rights were violated.

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