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Smart Grid Funding Misspent on Obsolete Technologies, Says New Report

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  • A recent report highlights widespread misunderstandings about the alleged benefits of the new ‘smart’ utility meters among state and local government officials, energy policy experts, advocates for renewable energies, environmental nonprofits, and experts at the highest federal levels.
  • About four billion dollars, yes that is billion with a “B”, in federal subsidies for “smart” utility meters have been misspent with our tax dollars on meter technology that will not lead to energy sustainability, or contribute to the possibility of a more efficient and responsive electricity grid.
  • Other nations, such as The Netherlands, Germany and Japan are properly investing in incentives to rapidly build a sustainable energy economy, while the United States continues to financially prop up coal-based utilities that have no financial incentive to promote energy conservation or movement toward non-polluting, less expensive sustainable energy.
  • The roll-out of wireless “smart” utility meters pose privacy, security, safety, health, financial, homeland security and other risks, in addition to national economic risks by not investing in the right technologies.
  • The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has released a position paper on EMF and radiofrequency health effects, calling for “immediate caution regarding smart meter installation,” citing several studies showing causality that led to its conclusion that “significant harmful biological effects occur from non‐thermal RF exposure,” such as that emitted from wireless smart meters.
  • Communities have been misled about the need for the new meters, in an effort that only serves the short-term bottom line interests of utility and meter companies while burdening ratepayers with an extraordinary range of risks and new costs.

By Dr. Mercola

On November 26, the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP) published a new report entitled "Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid," authored by Dr. Timothy Schoechle, an engineering and policy consultant with expertise in smart grid technologies.

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