For immediate release
Jan. 25, 2012
Rutland, VT – The Wake Up Opt Out Campaign launched new radio and online ads today to help foster continued conversation about the potential dangers and liabilities of smart meter installation in Southern Vermont.
“We are hopeful the media will give Vermonters the full picture of smart meters before CVPS tries to install them at their homes. They need to know these meters impact our privacy, finances and health.” Said Martine McGrail, a campaign organizer and supporter.
“These meters are a violation of our privacy, our security, and our rights,” said Rick Dahm, a concerned Vermonter and campaign volunteer.
“Vermont citizens deserve to know about the liabilities of these new meters.”
This winter Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) plans to install smart meters in homes, businesses, and public buildings throughout all of Rutland and Bennington counties beginning in February. A smart meter is a new style of wireless electricity meter connected to a house or business.
These meters track usage at a far more granular level than previous generations of meters. The fact that data will be transferred to CVPS wirelessly creates a host of privacy and radiation-based health concerns.
“CVPS made very little information about the dangers and drawbacks of smart meters available to their customers.” Jesse Mayhew, the campaign’s manager said. “We believe it is our civic duty to get this information out so Vermonters can decide for themselves if they want to opt-out.”
Wake Up Opt Out radio and online ads describe the risks smart meters pose to Vermonter’s privacy, financial security, and health. The ads drive Vermonters online to download a fact sheet about the new meters. They also encourage Vermonters to immediately opt-out to ensure they avoid the impacts from the new meters.
Mayhew continued, “Our main objective is to get the word out that Vermonters have the ability to opt out of smart meter installation. People concerned about their privacy, rates, and health can immediately opt-out by calling CVPS at 800-649-2877.”