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Frank Storch: Maybe Smart Meters Aren’t So Smart?

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Wary Baltimore residents question safety of smart meters

Since spring 2012, when the Baltimore Gas and Electric company began installing new electric meters, some residents of the city began to question whether the meters were really a good alternative to the traditional method of deducing electric consumption- having a person come to the house to “read the meter.”

“While it is beneficial for BGE’s bottom line, it is not for us or our families,” said Pikesville-area resident Frank Storch. “We pay the price by exposing ourselves to a serious health risk and by compromising our safety and privacy.”

The new meters send information about electric use over a wireless network. The information is transmitted hourly, and no employee is needed to travel to the customer for a reading of the meter, saving money for BGE. It can also help consumers save on their electric bill, since each customer’s usage can be tracked on-line, allowing BGE to make recommendations on how to lower their electric bill. BGE says the technology is safe, but many customers are not so sure, including Frank Storch.

Those opposed to the installation of the smart meters say that they emit high doses of radiation, which could be dangerous. They are also worried that the grid the data travels along is vulnerable to hacking. In addition the meters sometimes get hot enough to catch on fire, while all the data that BGE will collect about appliance usage can alert the utility to private information such as how many people are at home in a house at a particular time. Opponents add that there are no studies of substance which prove the devices are safe.

“The biggest challenge we have is educating the public,” said Jonathan Libber, president of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness, a group working to educate the public about the dangers of smart meters. “The utilities are counting on the fact that most people have no idea this is coming. This is a game changer.”

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December 7th, 2013 at 7:35 am

Frank Storch: Be Smart About Smart Meters

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Analog vs Smart Meters, Frank Storch Says the Choice is Yours

The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company has begun to install what are known as “smart meters” into the homes of residents in Baltimore. According to a new brochure published by Frank Storch, residents should take the time to stop and think about smart meters before they have them installed. It is free to have the installation deferred, giving residents time to consider the issue and decide if they do or do not want the smart meter in their home.

Here is what one expert said about smart meters:

“The current medical literature raises credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers from RF or ELF levels similar to those emitted from ‘smart meters’. Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behavior.” —American Academy of Environmental Medicine

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September 8th, 2013 at 9:08 am

Frank Storch Brochure Discusses Smart Meters

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Smart Meters are Coming to Baltimore

Residents of Baltimore County, Maryland, are now confronted with a choice: should they or shouldn’t they have the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) install Smart Meters into their homes to replace their old analog electric meters?

Frank Storch would like people to consider carefully this decision, weighing all the evidence of benefits versus problems, and then make an informed decision. His newly released brochure, “Making Smart Decisions About Smart Meters,” briefly but precisely educates the public as to the benefits and dangers of smart meter use. Frank Storch explains that citizens can choose a temporary deferral of the installation of the meter until they come to a permanent decision of whether they want one or not. It does not cost extra to defer the installation and allows people to understand all the issues.

As Frank Storch says in his brochure:

Let us process all the research and assess the facts first, so we can make a “smart” decision. Thank you for your attention and strong support for an issue which is potentially pikuach nefesh. In the merit of doing everything we can do to preserve each life, may Hashem hear our tefilos and grant us a year of health and hatzlacha.

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September 1st, 2013 at 10:14 am