Letters to the Editor

Smart meters show no consumer cost benefit

Iowa Consumer Advocate Mark Schuling is opposing Alliant Energy’s smart meter rollout at an Iowa Utility Board hearing Wednesday in Des Moines.

Attorneys general and state utility boards around the country have opposed smart meters because studies show no cost benefit. Smart meters average millions of dollars more every year that would come from customer rate hikes.

Smart meters cost about six times more than current analog meters, with one-third the lifetime, plus the multimillion-dollar initial expense to replace 481,000 working analog meters.

Studies show the faster outage reporting that Alliant claims doesn’t result in faster service restoration.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has warned about serious dangers to U.S. security from the smart grid and smart meters. So has former CIA Director James Woolsey, calling the smart grids “stupid” on national TV.

The ACLU and many others oppose smart meters for privacy violation. A $2.2 trillion per year data market is expected, with utility companies making even more profits from selling detailed customer personal lifestyle data.

Alliant materials state it will not sell data, but Alliant recently admitted it shares data with Google.

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Although Alliant’s planned opt-out meter has been proved acceptable for health, Alliant’s proposed opt-out proposal has multiple severe requirements.

Oppose Alliant’s smart meters by emailing customer@iub.iowa.gov or use IUB’s form.

Einar Olsen

Fairfield

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