Letters to the Editor

Let IUB know your thoughts on smart meters

People have been led to believe an electric smart meter will be beneficial without additional cost; evidence indicates otherwise.

Not only have smart meters been linked to potential negative health affects and house fires, they also might impact pocketbooks. Across the nation and throughout the world, disputes have dramatically increased as the rollout continues.

The Clinton Herald reported in August that Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe began an investigation after 554 Alliant customers from Clinton, Dubuque and Burlington filed forms with her office detailing doubling and tripling bills in one month’s time.

In Maryland, state legislators blocked the utility company’s immediate installation of smart meters. In California, a class-action suit was brought against a utility company over bill disputes. In Texas, similar complaints were filed and the utility company reported a 17 percent increase in complaints after smart meter installation.

If you are unfamiliar with disputes regarding smart meters, search the internet for and watch the documentary, “Take back your power 2017.”

Consumers can contact Alliant Energy to say they want to opt-out of smart meter installation, and choose to keep their analog meter.

Additionally, it is important to electronically file comments with the Iowa Utilities Board before its Dec. 5 public hearing, which will be broadcast on the board’s website.

Inara Powers

Cedar Rapids

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