Opt-out Available for PSO’s Smart Meters – at a cost‏

[Received via Email from Gary Kilpatrick with permission to share at the end. Thanks Gary for excellent info and important follow-up to my previous post/sc]

smart-meterPSO is now removing our reliable analog electric meters and replacing them with digital “smart” meters that include a wireless transmitter/receiver. But PSO has not told customers that an unofficial opt-out list exists. I say unofficial because the opt-out program is not legal until the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) gives its approval, which they could do any day.

Lack of space forbids a full discussion of why a smart meter might not be such a good idea, but in summary smart meters are undesirable because they are a health hazard due to increased radiation exposure; they significantly increase the risk of cyber-security breaches of the electric grid; they provide further tools for an invasive government to perform warrantless monitoring of your home; they provide valuable data about your personal habits which power companies desire to be able to market; and due to their fragile, high-tech construction smart meters are prone to failure, often resulting in fires in consumer’s homes.

Although I am pleased that PSO is offering an opt-out, PSO has asked for exorbitant opt-out fees: a one-time fee of $183 if you opt-out before 12/31/2016 and $261 after 12/31/2016; and a monthly charge of $28.

In a hearing at the OCC Wednesday of this week the Oklahoma Attorney General, representing PSO’s customers, stated that the fees proposed by PSO were not fair, just and reasonable. The Attorney General provided several means by which the estimated costs of the opt-out program could be reduced; offered evidence of opt-out fees from a number of states, all of which were significantly lower than those proposed by PSO (the average monthly fee in the other states was $11); and argued that it was inappropriate for PSO to charge monthly opt-out fees at this time because the cost of reading existing meters is already imbedded in the electric rates customers are currently paying. In addition the Attorney General noted that in a recent filing OG&E has requested approval of an opt-out program and their one-time fee is 38% lower than PSO’s and OG&E’s monthly fee is 50% lower than PSO’s.

An additional problem with PSO’s opt-out program is that it does not include any consideration for those people who are extremely sensitive to micorwave radiation nor for low income households. Both the medically sensitive and low income households will suffer the most when a smart meter is installed on their homes, and it is unconscionable that the opt-out fees have been set so high.

If you, like me, do not desire to have a smart meter, then I suggest the following:

1) Call PSO customer service at 1-888-216-3523 and ask to be put on the opt-out list for smart meters. You will receive a call from the Bartlesville customer service representative. She will tell you that no official list exists yet, and will try to convince you to change your mind. Be polite – she is just doing her job. The decision to charge unreasonable opt-out fees – to even install smart meters in the first place – was made way up the PSO food chain. After making this call tape a note to your existing analog meter stating that you do not want a smart meter and that you have asked to be put on the opt-out list. Although PSO initially agreed to honor this unofficial opt-out list, they have not been uniform in their response when they (actually their contractors) come to your house to slap the new meter on (that is literally how it happens);

2) Call the three OCC Commissioners (Dana Murphy @405-521-2267; Todd Hiett @ 405-521-2264; and Bob Anthony @ 405-521-2261) and tell them you support, in fact demand, an opt-out program, but the fees proposed by PSO are not fair, just and reasonable. In addition tell them you want to keep your analog meter, not some partially disabled smart meter. Under the opt-out program PSO plans on giving you a digital meter with the communication chip disabled. There are very good safety reasons why you should want to keep your analog meter. Call soon, they could vote any day;

3) Call the Attorney General’s office and thank him for representing “we the people” in the PSO opt-out case and encourage him to continue to aggressively represent the people of Oklahoma against big business and big government; and finally

4) Attend an information meeting about the hazards of microwave radiation exposure (cell phones, smart meters, portable phones, baby monitors, etc.) to be held on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 P.M. at the Bartlesville Public Library.

Gary Kilpatrick
Bartlesville, OK

P.S. Feel free to forward this email liberally. The thing PSO fears most is a tremendous outcry against their outrageously high fees for customers simply wanting to keep their old analog meters rather than exposing their family’s to unnecessary radiation.

Dear PSO Customer – new digital meter coming soon letter

AEP-PSO New Digital Meter Installation Letter dated Jan 05 2016AEP-PSO Oklahoma – New Digital Meter Installation Letter dated Jan 05 2016.  It is all about new digital meter installations coming soon.  I got a phone call today about it also.

Here is a pdf version of the letter above.

AEP-PSO New Digital Meter Installation Letter dated Jan 05 2016

smart-meterAnd yes, I will be making a call!  If you do too, please comment below.  I’d love to compare notes.

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PSO’s Customer Solutions Center

1-888-216-3623

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Here are a few questions I have:

  • Can you guarantee me no health risks?
  • Will you cover the costs of any health issues that arise?
  • Can you assure my privacy regarding personal data and energy usage?
  • Can you assure me that I will not be charged in the future for the cost of this installation?
  • How do I opt out and keep what is already installed instead?
  • What do I need to do to protect my sensitive equipment during your installation?

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Take my DNA – I have not committed any crimes by Doug Newman

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“Take my DNA – I have not committed any crimes” – by Doug Newman

[Editor’s note: Shared with the author’s permission and taglines included with links gladly -thanks for a terrific post.
Some of the formatting is mine for this venue, hope you like!/sc]  originally posted on Facebook  June 6, 2009 at 1:42pm

I was going back and forth on a discussion thread the other evening and someone made the above remark.

My first thought was to quote my favorite motivational speaker, Matt Foley: “Well la-de-frigging-daaaaaaa.” Such is the nonchalance with which so many Americans are relinquishing what is left of their liberty.

If this woman who posted this remark is so willing to ignore her Fourth Amendment rights and to have her body violated, would she also submit to, say, a strip search in front of God and everyone at the local shopping mall? How about a cavity search right in the middle of the main intersection of her town?

Time and again, in the Patriot Act world, people tell me “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”

I have plenty to hide: my life, my privacy, my dignity, my self-respect. If you have probable cause that I have done something wrong, get a judge’s warrant and then we will have something to talk about. Otherwise, leave me alone.

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The makers of the Constitution conferred, as against the government, the Right to be left alone; the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men. – United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Olmstead v. United States (1928)

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There is one other and far more important issue here: the presumption of innocence. Are you going to make a criminal out of me if I refuse to submit to a warrantless search? After all, my refusal to submit MUST mean I am hiding something.

A minute ago, I was just walking along minding my own business. Now, you are going to totally interrupt my life and make a criminal out of me because I just want to be left alone?

And if you are so nonchalant about your 4th Amendment rights how about your other Bill of Rights guarantees? How about other things such as Habeas Corpus, Bills of Attainder and Ex Post Facto laws?

When we disregard the presumption of innocence, we lose America.

I see way too many parallels between America in 2009 and Germany in 1933. Hitler did not get elected on a Monday and start loading the Jews onto box cars on Tuesday. Bit by bit by bit he persuaded the German people to give up their liberty, and bit by bit by bit they went along.

Oh sure, they got it back in 1945.

For decades in America, the powers that be have been telling the us that we need to give up our liberty and the American people by and large have complied. This creeping tyranny is always implemented for some noble-sounding reason. The left always tells us it is “for the children” or to fight global warming. The right always tells us it is to fight drugs and terrorism.

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The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants. — Albert Camus

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America, “the land of the free”, now has the world’s highest incarceration rate. All 10 policy planks of the Communist Manifesto have been part of the law of the land for years.

I write this on D-Day, June 6. The more I live and learn, the more I believe most of America’s wars have been staged contrived events. Be that as it may, the average soldier, sailor, airman and marine believes he is leaving home and hearth for your and my freedom. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps over a million, Americans have given their lives over the last 234 years so that you and I can live and breathe in freedom, relative freedom thought it may be.

And how do people like this woman who said “Take my DNA – I have not committed any crimes” thank them? How do they “support” them?

“Oh, I’ll give up my freedom.”

Don’t tell me about Jane Fonda at the Hanoi Hilton and don’t tell me about the dozen or so people every year who desecrate the American flag. Have a good long look in the mirror!

It is bad enough that our troops have been lied to in the way they have. It is even worse when so many people take their liberty so lightly.

If America ever comes under totalitarianism – and it is on a bobsled ride in that direction as we speak – it won’t be because of some dorko in a cave in Afghanistan with a diaper on his head. And it won’t be because of Big Crock Obama. It was because of people on your street, people next to you in the checkout line, people next to you in church and people with whom your kids play little league. The American people in 2009 – left-wing Obama groupies and right-wing Bush groupies alike – are just like the German people of 1933. They will give away their freedom.

I used to say this to left-wingers who wanted the government to solve all their problems and provide cradle-to-grave economic security. Now I say it to right-wingers who are willing to give up their civil liberties in the name of freedom and security. MOVE TO CUBA! That is where they do things YOUR WAY!

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“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9

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The times, technology, terminology and actors on the stage may change, but human stupidity doesn’t. Don’t let history repeat itself.

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Should you post, copy or share this in any way – who knows why you would?–please acknowledge me, Doug Newman, as the author.  And if you post it off of Facebook, please include this URL: http://www.geocities.com/fountoftruth/mydna.html.

Thanks!

Editor’s note:  It is just as dangerous to share your biometric image as your DNA – the central databases are not secure and it is simply not right to collect and use this data to monitor a free people.  Wake up America!/sc

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