Hope this finds you well! As a Consumers Energy costumer and a life long resident of Grand Rapids, I have a few questions I would like answered regarding your efforts to put “smart” meters in our town.
1.) Why is it that 480 towns and 58 counties in California have passed ordinances banning the installation of smart meters?
2.) What are the health risks posed by the constant emission of EMF radiation from smart meters?
3.) To whom does Consumers Energy plan on selling the information gathered from these meters?
I have many more questions, but we can start here! I’m sure whoever is reading this has the best of intentions, but the fact remains, all of our families will be effected by these dangerous devices! If you have doubts, you can start here:
I look forward to hearing back from you soon. Have a great day!
Thanks very much for contacting Consumers Energy. We appreciate the opportunity you’ve given us to address your concerns. While we cannot speak to the actions of communities and utilities in California, we certainly can address the balance of your questions about smart meters.
Smart meters are safe. Scientific and medical evidence to date suggests that exposure to radio frequency (RF) fields does not cause adverse health effects provided that exposure is within safety guidelines. The United States government and the international health community — including the World Health Organization and numerous independent studies — have deemed low-level radio frequency to be entirely safe. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) limits for radio transmitters of all types — including smart meters — that include safety margins. Even so, smart meters operate at far less than the MPE limit.
Consumers Energy will not sell the information gathered from smart meters to any third party. In the future, customers who choose to do so may opt to access their own energy use information via a secure website. Consumers Energy complies with all federal laws regarding the privacy, protection and disclosure of personal information. The meters and associated communications system are encrypted and equipped with security features to prevent unauthorized access.
Consumers Energy wants to continue to be an information resource for you as you and others in West Michigan learn about the value of smart meters. We invite you to visit Consumers Energy’s smart grid website (www.consumersenergy.com/smartgrid) to learn more about our plans and receive additional information. If you have additional questions, please send an e-mail to email@example.com, or call (800) 477-5050. We also encourage you to visit the smart grid websites of the Michigan Public Service Commission (http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,4639,7-159-56137—,00.html) and the U.S. Department of Energy (www.smartgrid.gov) for more information. Thanks again.
Smart Grid Communications Analyst, Consumers Energy