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Two Naperville Women Arrested After Trying To Block ‘Smart Meters’

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NAPERVILLE (CBS) – Two Naperville mothers were arrested Wednesday, after they tried to block utility workers from installing new “smart meters.”

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports one of those women was released from custody late Wednesday afternoon, the other was still in custody, but should be released soon.

Their arrests were the culmination of a two-year battle against “smart meter” installation in Naperville.

 

Naperville resident Jenn Stahl is arrested after trying to block the installation of a new "smart meter" at her home. (Credit: CBS)

 

At Jenn Stahl’s home in Naperville, officers were forced to cut open a lock on her back gate to allow crews to get in to access her meter, when she refused to open the gate herself.

“It’s new technology. It’s city property. The city’s allowed to upgrade their technology, upgrade their equipment, and that’s what the city’s doing,” an officer explained to Stahl.

The officer said Stahl’s proper recourse was to take her case to the courts, or to file a complaint with the city. He said the utility workers were just following directions to replace old meters with new “smart meters.”

“But it’s more than what I consent to do. And I’m fully aware of what the new functions of the meter do, and I don’t consent to that,” Stahl said.

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  1. JustAl

    January 24th, 2013

    It’s quiet simple really. The same government types who think nobody (except other government types ) “needs” more than 7 rounds also want the power to adjust your thermostat. Because nobody “needs” to be warmer than 65 in the winter, except other government types, of course.

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  2. grayscape

    January 24th, 2013

    At least they were only arrested.

    2-3 more years from now and Herr DICKtaters Civilian National Security Force will simply shoot people who resist the state with one of the billions of hollow-points they’ve been purchasing.

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  3. Smart Meter?

    January 24th, 2013

    How about invasion of privacy meter. Bunch of commies.

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  4. JannyMae

    January 24th, 2013

    They could have opted out of the Smart meter, but it would’ve cost them a hefty fee, for having a meter that required to be read manually.

    There is a real grey area here, because, although they came onto her property, the meters are the property of the power company, of which she is a customer. Hopefully this publicity will help force the town to find a better souktion to this than arresting people.

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  5. Blink

    January 24th, 2013

    “It’s new technology. It’s city property.”

    Why would smart meters be city property? I would think meters would be the property of the electric power utility company.

    If the meters are city ( government) property then I suspect the real purpose of the meters is one more intrusion into our lives by government.

    I suppose it’s also illegal to have them disconnect the power cable and go green off grid. That would be a sweet irony. The leftist government blocking a citizen from going green.

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  6. The Mad German

    January 24th, 2013

    Next in line, mandates that a certain % of your electricity must be that “free green energy”, that cost 200% more then normal electricity.

    Legislation already mandates that a certain amount of electricity must be green electricity by 2015 by all utility providers, so who’s to say they don’t insert “and purchased or utilized” or say it literally means everyone not just providers?

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  7. Chieftain

    January 24th, 2013

    Let me be the politically incorrect asshole here, and inject a shot of reality.

    We went through the smart meter scare here a few years ago. Our local Public Utilities District, via our elected PUD Directors, went through an extensive process of explaining what the meters did and did not do. By installing these meters it would no longer be necessary for a meter reader to physically walk up to the meter; he can drive by on the street and get all of the meter readings remotely. That’s it. That is all our “smart meters” here do.

    None of that mattered for the low-information people here in town. To this day I still here people spreading wildly inaccurate tales about what they believe these meters do, and it is clear that they do not know what they are talking about, have no regard for the extensive process the PUD went through to try and educate them and they still want to believe some nefarious purpose behind a valuable device that actually does help keep their power bills down.

    I’m weary of things like this that pop up on the intarwebs, that people immediately jump on without the slightest thread of real information about what is really going on. The fact is that there are some people in this world who would complain if you hung them with a new rope, and they simply will not see reason no matter how far out of their way public employees go. They see all public employees as the enemy and it saddens me that so many people think that way.

    Not pointing fingers here, but if the Foo shits, wear it….

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  8. woody

    January 24th, 2013

    To Chieftain

    As a guy who spent time reading electric meters, we carried scopes and often did not or could not enter a property because of one reason or another, mostly agressive dogs. The scopes allowed distant readings from as far away as 600 yards. Also the scopes were solid built, before free trade and all, so they could double as a baton if we did encounter an obstructed meter with an agressive dog. One lesson learned is, do not turn away and attempt to run from agressive dogs. Face them down and they usually will not attack. Usually, trained attack dogs not withstanding.

    There are really some concerns with “smart” meters as the transmission lines can and do transmit data, with all of your newer appliance having microcontrollers, what is the data collections used for? Why does a toaster or a fridge need a microprocessor? Even a modern blender has integrated circuits with microprocs. Grandma and Grandpa’s appliances were ineffective? There is real information about the suspect capabilities of “smart” meters. Probably the least to worry about is simple data collection, which they are certainly capable of doing.

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  9. MaryfromMarin

    January 24th, 2013

    We opted out of our Smart Meter, which had already been installed. However, they came and took it away when we said we didn’t want it any more. It cost, but we paid it. (Local groups are fighting the charges–I know the folks leading the fight, and they might well win.)

    I’ve seen reports pro and con about SmartMeters, @Chieftain, but what I haven’t seen are any longitudinal studies of effects. Plus, as @woody said, there is the potential for data collection, etc.

    We didn’t like the concept of having a future electronic spy fastened to our house. So it’s gone.

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  10. The Mad German

    January 24th, 2013

    Heres my problem.

    My bill shows I get hit with a $25 monthly consumer charge. So in 20 years I’ve paid for $5600 for maintenance, and only had a transformer breaker trip.
    A $22 tracking charge, $2600 in 10 years for the tracking meter. Not sure how much they cost but I’m quite sure $2600 should’ve paid for it.
    Whats not figured in is the labor savings from not needing readers to spend hours reading them.

    After taxes and all the charges 1/3 of my bill goes to everything but my actual electrical usage.

    I understand it helps them for demand and rerouting of power based on supply and demand.
    But I say drop my bill by a third, put the old meter back on and I’ll make sure my dog is in doors when you come to read it.

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  11. bitterclinger

    January 24th, 2013

    I’ve read more than enough about them, and our local patriot group is fighting them in the VA General Assembly.

    “FCC” appears on these snappy new Smart Meters because they’re broadcast devices. They’re meant to track usage down to the individual appliance, time of day, number of people in the house, you name it. They’ll “talk” to the power company, which will eventually “talk” back and limit the amount of power going to your house.

    I don’t consider myself a wild-eyed conspiracy nut. Just informed.

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  12. grayscape

    January 24th, 2013

    I’ve discussed with my utility – and yes the smart meters allow the power company to remotely control and monitor energy usage.

    Currently they only use them as an improvement to meter-reading…..but expect to expand to all the other goodies soon.

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  13. not the droid you seek

    January 24th, 2013

    @woody, Gen. Petraeus said, as head of the CIA, that smart appliances hooked to the internet, could be used to spy. This was March of last year.

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  14. Dadof3

    January 24th, 2013

    They put one on my house. Apparantly different things either give feedback directly or the objects drawing power fit a usage profile. I suspect both since the breakdown was listing things I didn’t ever use.

    Should be a great police tool for checking out sudden spikes in electricity use for maybe, something like, oh, I don’t know – pot growing?

    I wonder if there is a filter I can put on the line so they only get total usage?

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  15. JimBob

    January 24th, 2013

    Stereo too loud, the police will cut power by having a smart meter remote.

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  16. Geoff C. The Saltine

    January 24th, 2013

    Here in Seattle they want to put smart meters on all the houses, if you want to opt out it will cost you a extra $30.00 not sure if it is a month or a year. I will not pay for it. What we all are forgetting is that we own the air waves ( all of them, internet,Tee Vee broadcast, radio and in some cities the electrical grid). This is just another way that the government wants to control the content of what we consume or watch. And yes they will shut off your power if they need more to keep
    the masses in line ( the inter cities). This is not a joke they will shut down the internet first and then how will we all talk.

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  17. Mr.Gates

    January 24th, 2013

    More commie BS. If I could afford to go solar I would. But that’s a pipe dream reserved only for the richest commie-libs. Anyone else would be financially stupid to do it, as it takes 40+ years to pay off. After you break even you have a roof full of worthless scrap metal.

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  18. Mr.Gates

    January 24th, 2013

    @Geoff C. The Saltine – I seriously doubt they can shut your power off via a meter by itself. I also know for a fact the utility company would not do that. The damage to your electrical equipment would get very expensive very fast. They are liable for damage caused by power quality issues.

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  19. Mr.Gates

    January 24th, 2013

    An expensive way to hide your usage patterns or control when you draw power is to install a battery bank and an inverter/charger. Set it up to power your house on batteries during the day, and charge during the night. They’ll think you’re a night owl who parties, cooks, air conditions, launders, and everything else every night. This would be a good first step toward eventually adding PV… if the cost ever comes down by 75% like computers did.

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  20. Geoff C. The Saltine

    January 24th, 2013

    Mr. Gates have you ever not paid your bill or been late? They will shut you off anytime they want. Line conditioners are your own responsibility for power surges.
    Have you every tried to get a rebate for cable down time?
    How many blogs have been shut down because of them not towing the liberal line. Gates of Vienna, Chicks on the Right, Bare Naked Islam and many more, and yes IOTW will be shut down if the people in charge want it to be.
    Liberals now control a lot more of our country than we know, with boo in power they will soon control more than we want them to, nothing good will come from them. They want us to shut up and never hear from us again.
    Smart meters are just what they say they are you can read them from a office and shut them down from the same office. There has never been a study that shows they are effective at controlling costs for the consumer. I wish I had the money to go off the grid. Like you I would.

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  21. Wraith

    January 24th, 2013

    He said the utility workers were just following directions to replace old meters with new “smart meters.”

    Hmmm. “I was just following orders.” That sounds vaguely familiar…where have I heard that before?

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  22. Frosteetoes

    January 24th, 2013

    The Amish had it right all along. Being self contained and self sufficient has served them well as the rest of the world changed. Ever check out Lehmans.com ? They have a lot of electrical appliances that can run off of gas or propane. Party like it’s 1899!

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  23. Carlos The Jackal

    January 25th, 2013

    OTOH, meter readers who lose their jobs are probably not too keen on smart meters either…

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