Group voices opposition to City Light 'smart meters'



Posted on June 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 6:56 PM

SEATTLE — Seattle City Light is developing a new way to read your electric meter. Say goodbye to the human meter reader and hello to the smart meter.

An award winning documentary by a Seattle filmmaker is being played out in Seattle as City Light unveils a plan to install smart meters. Filmmaker Josh Del Sol is joining a group of opponents who calls the smart meter technology a Trojan horse that will enter your home.

“This is demanding an immediate halt to this agenda,” said Del Sol.

The demand is aimed at City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco at a Seattle City Council meeting where the technology is debated.

There are mounting health concerns about the radioactive waves used in the smart meters. They’re more powerful than a microwave or a cell phone, with a strong continuous signal.

“It’s part of our house. We can’t escape it. We have no control over it.  With a cell phone you can turn it off at night,” said John Ruhland, naturopathic doctor.

City Light says the new meters will help consumers monitor their energy use and save money.
 Carrasco says they’re safe.

”I have no evidence at the moment to suggest that there are any documented, significant health issues,” said Carrasco.

But critics bring one voice to the debate: don’t install them or else.
“We will hold you financially responsible.”

Puget Sound Energy is already using smart meters for some customers. The Seattle City Council is requiring City Light to complete a study of the health effects before giving smart meters the green light.