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ADVANCED METERS ARE COMING. OPT OUT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

IF YOU WANT TO OPT OUT of Advanced Metering (smart meters), NOW IS THE TIME! Installation begins in our neighborhoods WITHIN THE MONTH! 

 3 Steps to take:

 1. Go to http://seattle.gov/light/ami/docs/Seattle-City-Light-AMI-Opt-out-Application.pdf to download an opt out application. 

 2. In order to retain your present analog meter, based on the experience of others taking these actions, people will ALSO need to do the following: When filling out the opt-out application, strike-through this sentence: “By signing this form, I acknowledge that a non communicating digital meter will be installed at the premise listed on this form in lieu of an Advanced Meter;” they initial this change. In the ‘REASON FOR OPT OUT,’ people have written: “I wish to retain my present analog meter and I am willing to receive a refurbished analog meter if necessary.” 

 3. People should also email Kelly Enright and state that they are opting out AND wish to retain their analog meter and be placed on her list. Get written acknowledgement. Persistence is required. You can also copy this to Seattle City Light Opt-Out. Some have certified mailed the application with return receipt requested.  

Contact information is:

 Attn: Kelly Enright

(Customer Care Director/Seattle City Light)

700 5th AVE, Suite 3200, Seattle, WA 98104-5031

e: Kelly.enright@seattle.gov

ph: (206)684-3111

 Seattle City Light Attn: Advanced Metering 

Opt-Out / Customer Care Division

P.O. Box 34023, Seattle, WA 98124-4023                                                      

e:  SCL_Advanced_Metering@seattle.gov

ph: (206) 727-8777     fx: (206) 684-3428

 For more information, people can visit www.safemeters.org (local advocacy) to learn more about this complex issue and why it is important to opt out.

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Demand Analog Meter Letter Template

Instructions:

If you have Seattle City Light (SCL) as your electricity provider, please write, call, and/or fax the Seattle City Council (SCC) and especially your own councilmember and cc: SCL Interim General Manager James Baggs. If not in Seattle, then cc: your own city council along with the SCC. Those on the committee that oversees SCL are denoted by an * after their name.  Tell them you want an analog meter option (suggested letter template below). Please consider both emails and phone calls if you have time.

Fax: 206-684-8587, ATTN: Seattle City Council Members

Teresa Mosqueda*(Chair): 206-684-8806, Teresa.Mosqueda@seattle.gov

Debora Juarez *(Vice-chair): 206-684-8807, Debora.Juarez@seattle.gov

Sally Bagshaw*: 206-684-8801, sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov

Lisa Herbold *(alternate): 206-684-8803, Lisa.Herbold@seattle.gov

Kshama Sawant: 206-684-8016 kshama.sawant@seattle.gov

Bruce Harrell: 206-684-8804, bruce.harrell@seattle.gov

Mike O’Brien: 206-684-8800, mike.obrien@seattle.gov

Rob Johnson: 206-684-8808, Rob.Johnson@seattle.gov

Seattle City Light Interim CEO: 206-684-3260, James.Baggs@seattle.gov

More contacts and suggestions:

Those who have had success also included Maura Brueger, Peter Holmes, and the SCC aide Alex Clardy:

1.Maura Brueger (Council Liaison for City Light), 206-684-3015,  Maura.Brueger@seattle.gov
2. Peter Holmes (the Seattle city attorney), peter.holmes@seattle.gov
3. Alex Clardy (Herbold’s aide), alex.clardy@seattle.gov

For people who are NOT able to opt out we strongly suggest to begin keeping a diary or dated notes regarding any unusual electrical activity (this could include surges that damage appliances) in your house or anything else that may be related to the install of the new meter, as well as communications with SCL or City Council regarding meters.

Note health changes, bill changes (be sure to compare apples to apples), environmental (trees, shrubbery wilting, birds abandoning nests, bee hive collapse), pet issues (behavior, health)

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10 Questions for Your Utility

10 Questions for Your Utility

Utility companies around the world have been caught lying to their customers about their smart meter programs. The following will allow you to cut to the truth with your local utility and smart meter company.

1) Am I legally required to accept a smart meter?

2) Can I expect my energy bills to go up with a smart meter?

3) In the United States, my 4th Amendment rights prevent unlawful search and seizure in my own home. Do smart meters violate these rights?

4) Is it true that my energy use information will be sold to third-party vendors in order to market products or track my activities in some way?

5) Will the smart meter program help the environment by reducing energy use?

6) Have there been fires where smart meters have been installed?

7) Are there any known health effects related to smart meters?

8) How many pulses of radiation does my smart meter emit per day?

9) Have smart meters been proven to be safe?

10) Are utilities getting financial kickbacks for forcing smart meters on everyone?

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