Case Number: 12-0298


113 results
  • June 25, 2015

    I agree with all of the informed individuals who are refusing the installation of a "smart meter" on their home. I am stating here, that I am refusing the installation of a "smart meter" on my home. I am opting out.
    Michael & Nancy Zimny
  • June 15, 2015

    We live in Mt Vernon IL 62864 and have opted-out of smart meters on our property. Our decision would be the same whether the penalty for refusing one were $20 or $20,000. All such penalties are unfair and should be revoked. Smart meters are very dangerous to health, privacy, and property. Hundreds have spontaneously exploded, causing fires and destructive power surges in California and Florida. Our utility rates will go way up, not down, because of these expensive new unproven devices. Please consult my webpage at for further information and references. - STOP smart meters from Ameren! - STOP smart meters from Ameren!
  • May 13, 2015

    I do NOT want a smart meter on my home. As a homeowner that pays for electrical service, I feel I should be given the option to decide whether or not I want it on my property...without penalty.
    Anne Lorang
  • April 24, 2015

    I'm sure this, like other comments to the ICC, is going to end up in the "bit bucket" and ignored. However, it would be a great thing to have the proof and confidence that the ICC IS NOT in the local utilities' hip pockets. To-date, I have seen nothing to support that it isn't. Smart meters have increased user bills significantly and left them without recourse. The utility companies staunchly stick to the redundancy that the meters are fine. ALL machinery can develop or have meters are not sacrosanct. More investigation needs to be done and consumer information availed rather than just SLAPPING these things on our homes and not giving us options. The fear is opting out will open us up to higher charges simply because we are not on the smart meter owner list. That is railroading! ICC, you need to get real and promote the concerns and interests of your state's citizens. MANY do not want these meters! Why force them or penalize them for that? Why isn't an option given? Why are you so silent on all this? What are YOU getting for that silence and inaction? Come clean...for once!!
    FedUp Ignored and Overcharged IL Utilities Customer
  • July 17, 2014

    I am demanding the ICC to follow California and Maine and other public utility commissions and provide an analog-type meter opt-out for all Illinois ratepayers from the AMI/”Smart” metering program.
    Megan Falconer
  • June 9, 2014

    I am requesting to opt out of the smart grid.
    William and Charlene Tomazin
  • November 30, 2012

    PLEASE stick to your original ruling and order ComEd to give consumers much needed rate relief! Don't back down...we're counting on you!
    Barbara Carlson
  • November 28, 2012

    Smart Meters are a HEALTH HAZARD.

    The smart meter on my water pipe has caused me to develop Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity to the radiation transmissions.

    My physical condition is only becoming worse.

    Ban Smart Meters, OR command Utilities to pay disability to those physically harmed.

    Lisa Horn
  • November 28, 2012

    You need to put and opt out feature for the Smart Meter wire tapping and surveillance device. I do not consent to the smart meter installation for health and privacy concerns. I will stay with the analog meter.
    David Retzlaff
  • November 21, 2012

    At best the available studies call into question the health implications of these so called smart meters. This is especially true if a meter is located 3 feet or closer to regular human presence. Most studies indicate these meters generate significantly more radiation than using a cell phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Further, there have been issues with security and privacy. Finally, post installation reviews conducted by other cities have shown no savings for these smart meters.

    Given the health risks, privacy concerns and lack of return smart meters are just the latest Solyndra.

    Gerard Geraci
  • November 21, 2012

    I am opposed to the smart grid system. I am opposed to smart meters. The radiation from them is a serious health hazard. Those who are hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields will become badly affected. Citizens should be allowed to opt out if this progresses. Please stop the smart meter initiative.
    Mary Gergits
  • November 21, 2012

    I am opposd to the installation of a smart meter on my house. I have concerns over safety and privacy. Naperville has not explained how these devices will save me money or proven that they don't cause heakth issues. Technology is moving faster than the laws needed to protect our privacy and until laws are in place safegaurding our informations I will remain oppsed to these meters. please support a no cost opt out option in illinois.
    Ken Pisano
  • November 9, 2012

    Our old system was working fine and we did not need this NEW system!! This system was designed to take government CONTROL. I'm all about protecting MY property and constitutional rights! Stop this program--it takes away our privacy and liberty....and our money because Naperville took out a bond issue to pay for something that was NOT necessary. I want an opt out ordinance for Naperville on this program.
    Pat Stover
  • October 16, 2012

    smart meters are a danger to citizens. They are a fire hazard, emissions they give out are a concern to the pediatric association, forcing the public to install them is a violation of a property owners rights, they are a invasion of privacy, those who opt out are being pressured to pay extra and pressured with possible comply or lose service, There are so many questions which being raised it seems your job is to protect the public . So many questions and safety issues that the smart meter is not safe or smart just an invasion of the individual rights. The information that is released the more the smart meter is revealed as being a danger to people . Stop and repeal the approval of this installation and remove all meters from homes everywhere.
    m kleyweg
  • October 12, 2012

    All too often our Government rushes to adopt a new technology simply because Federal money has been offered for compliance. In this case there are three very concerning issues with the smart meter: Invasive and intrusive use of this technology is patently unconstitutional. It allows somebody to in real time, know what's going on within our principle residence. Our founding fathers took great steps to ensure that the government could not violate our homes and private documents. This smart meter conscripts Com Ed to collect data the govt does not have any right to have.
    There have been no studies of the health affects of this wireless device specifically. This device will be bolted to the side of our home and through not just one remotely located antenna, but three antennas against our homes, most likely on an outside wall of a frequently occupied room. I strongly stand against having my home involuntarily bombarded with radio waves which can cause or accellerate cancer or other diseases. Years ago, pregnant women were caution from sitting next to a non-wireless computer box because of the negative health effects of EMF. Now suddenly its okay for ComEd to radiate us with wireless radiation? I don't think so.
    Lastly, the risk to the physical structure of our homes cannot be calculated. Some houses may be able to function perfectly well but others out the will not. The fires being reported due to the smart meter is inexcusable. Not ony are you putting the citizens at risk of death, but the severe disruption recovering from a home fire would impose on a family is sickening when the old meters workly safely and with very little maintenance. What happened to montra, if it saves just one child, its worth it. Well, now you are putting children at risk of death and disease. Please give the few of us who absolutely do not want a smart meter an opt-out option and this should come with no additional cost to us.
    Don't make the great village of Naperville a test site for a poorly excuted business/govt coop. We deserve the freedom from this kind of invasive technology.

    Matthew Mikhail
  • October 3, 2012

    As an organization that represents thousands of people in the Southland Region we stand by our earlier support of Com Ed having the approval to move forward with the Smart Grid Metering Deployment Plan. This is in the best interest of the thousands of users both businesses and individuals in the region to make their lives better.
    Thank you
    David Hinderliter
    president & CEO
    Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce

    David Hinderliter
  • October 3, 2012

    There are numerous health issues associated with Smart Meters. Commonwealth Edison has an obligation to inform the consumers of these health risks before they attempt to install these devices on people's homes. While the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 states that energy providers may offer such devices, there is no indication that local energy companies may force these devices on its customers, especially without informed consent.
    Deanna Spingola
  • October 2, 2012

    As Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce. I write in support of ComEd's Smart Grid Advance Metering Infrastructure Deployment Plan. I understand that the project will ultimately save customers more than it will cost them.
    Moreover, the potential for energy efficiency and enviromental benefits is simply too great to overlook. Research indicates that the sensor can analyze up too 1,500 pieces of information every second and alert managers when-or-even before a problem happens, now that progress that we can not afford to overlook.
    The microprocessors can almost instantly switch a troubled line to an alternate power source and minimize outages. The system has the capability of noting when a power line goes down, when you lose power at your house, or when a substation is overloaded or over heated. This will minimize the majority of the outages we've experienced and provide for better service through out the various service areas.
    Finally, this legislation will create thousands of jobs for Illinois and not to mention other indirect economic impact.
    Roscoe N. Greene

    Roscoe N. Greene
  • October 1, 2012

    The ICC needs to hold ComEd accountable to implement its plan to invest $2.6 billion to modernize the electric grid and install smart grid technology. The ICC should follow the intent and substance of the law and allow ComEd recover the actual costs of its investments as the law allows. This will allow northern Illinois to continue its ability to attract good industries and good paying jobs.
    Mayor Frederic C. Brereton
  • October 1, 2012

    As Mayor of Loves Park, I often hear from residents and businesses in our communities about the importance of reliable power. This year my town is the beneficiary of almost 60,000 feet of underground cable replacement. ComEd has been very responsive with the investments they are making and they are having a positive impact.

    Much of this work has been undertaken as a direct result of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), which was passed last fall by a bipartisan majority in the General Assembly. It allowed ComEd to undertake a $2.6 billion investment program to modernize the electric grid and install smart grid technology. ComEd is investing over $139 million in infrastructure improvements this year alone.

    Unfortunately, recent actions by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) have put further investment at risk. ComEd is unlikely to continue to invest in EIMA programs if the ICC prevents them from recovering the actual costs of their investments as the new law allows. That is bad news for municipalities across Illinois, who could see the promise of a modern, more reliable grid put on hold.

    Communities are only beginning to see the benefits of EIMA, and there is much more work to be done. I urge the ICC to reverse its decision and allow ComEd’s program to be deployed as planned, so this critical work is not further delayed. Strengthened reliability is important to the health, safety and welfare of a town like Loves Park. It is important to ensure that communities have a responsive, reliable electric grid that is capable of meeting today’s challenges.

    Mayor Darryl Lindberg, City of Loves Park

    Darryl Lindberg
  • October 1, 2012

    i have heard nothing but very bad reviews on these new meters, from fires, to making people ill. from many different sources, and websites. the person from amren trespassed here and installed a meter, didnt leave a note or anything saying they were here.
    you should have an opt out option for the people who do not wish to have spy machine interfering with their home life, with a no charge for reading the meter.

    jim bethel
  • October 1, 2012

    October 2, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Geary Smith
    Lisle, IL

    Geary Smith
  • September 26, 2012

    SMART METERS FORCED PLACEMENT IS A VIOLATION OF CITIZENS RIGHTS , Smart meters are bad for health, safety ( fires are caused by them ) , so many areas of safety, violate privacy of an indivcidual. provide no benefit for the consumer. We are the consumers and should not be forced to have a product by any government body. PLEASE do not allow these meters to be forced on any person living in this state. The smart meter allows the government to violate the individual privacy of citizens.
  • July 30, 2012

    I request no installation of smart metering at 5S 412 Vest Ave, Naperville, IL 60563.
    Darryl Lathrop
  • July 20, 2012

    Smart meter installations should be optional, so homeowners can keep their analog meters if they wish. There are unanswered questions regarding health concerns as well as privacy concerns with smart meters, and residents should have a choice as to whether to allow those meters to be installed in their homes. Since ComEd's equipment is being installed on privately owned property, the property owner should have a right to determine whether to accept a smart meter--just as they have a right to determine if they'll have any other electronic device installed in their home.
    Kris Filpovich
  • July 18, 2012

    After researching smart meters and finding reports of the consequential health affects of their operational usage, I am amazed at the fact that I find myself having to petition the existence of these meters and their unresearched and untested implementation on my family's health as well as my fellow Americans, not just in my community or state, but nationally. Upon finding this link with medical, EMF, and law professionals statements regarding the health effects of these meters and their unlawful infringing on my rights to privacy, how could anyone in their right mind disregard said warnings? In an age where health risks are labeled on tobacco products and fast food chains have to state on their coffe lids that their coffee is hot, this flies under the radar and is still forced on consumers despite these companies now knowing and having been informed of the dangers involved. California and Maine are currently fighting this with proposing opt out plans revert back to the analog models of the meters. It's nice to know that after almost a year of my child's life that only a wall has been separating him from these meters while he's slept at night with the exposure from these meters having shown to disrupt child development, and among other things:


    I will be spreading awareness to my community about this matter. And I sincerely hope that action is taken to stop the implementation and use of these "smart" meters and at the very least, an opt out program is created to avoid this harmful and OBVIOUSLY unnecessary practice of meter monitoring. In addition, there should be not opt out fees or monthly fees for refusing to participate with the poisoning of my family and the invasion of my privacy. What was wrong with the analog models?? They worked fine. They were not harmful. And most importantly, THEY WERE TESTED!

    Bryn Sage
  • June 27, 2012

    I am not at all interested in paying for a Smart Grid which I cannot benefit from for 10 years. Com Ed is the one utility which has not only disappointed many of us during storms, but charges over the top - and now they have devised a way to have us pay for something in the future???! This is absurd.
    Cherie Gaiser
  • June 27, 2012

    I don't see why we should bear the burden for com ed to upgrade to a smart grid system.
    They are a privately owned ,almost monopoly,that we have to subscribe to.They need to take their profits and reinvest them into their infrastructure like many utilities already do.
    I would be willing to pay higher rates if they invested in wind ,solar thermal energy instead of coal, and nuclear power.
    Russ Frillman

    russ frillman
  • June 27, 2012

    We teach our children that they have to "do" before they "get". They must show over the course of a week that they've done their chores if they wish to receive their allowances. In our jobs, we must also "do" before we "get". We must work our job if we wish to receive our pay. Why should ComEd not also be held to this standard? Why is it possible that ComEd will "get" before they "do"? They have already proven that they cannot deliver services in a reliable manner to all of their customers all the time (even though we have to continue to pay them) so why is it possible that we will be charged even more money for something we won't be receiving for years?
    Todd Kolber
  • June 27, 2012

    I oppose ComEd being able to raise their rates for the "SmartGrid". ComEd already charges high prices without being able to deliver well on their services. To allow them to charge even more money without delivering on improvements for the foreseeable future is not in the best interest of the consumer. Our family has switched to Integrys because we are so opposed to ComEd.
    Jennifer Kolber
  • June 27, 2012

    I live in Vernon Hills and oppose being charged for 10 years for a smart grid I can not access for 10 years.
    Marc Alexander
  • June 27, 2012

    Smart Grid comment: I'm not convinced that there's clear and compelling evidence in favor of this project. Not to mention the cost at a time when so many of us are struggling to make ends meet.
    JoAnn Revak
  • June 22, 2012


  • June 22, 2012

    Under the ComEd’s so-called “Smart Grid.”plan, north suburban residents will be paying for upgrades they won’t benefit from for 10 years. Smart Grid is supposed to help residents save money by saving energy, but in our communities, we will be paying more without these benefits.
    Lynne V. Hoyer
  • June 22, 2012

    My household does not approve of or want Smart Meter Technology as part of our energy source. Give us a choice. Do not allow Smart Meters in Vernon Hills. We should have the option to opt-out. These meters are an invasion of privacy and have a questionable ecological side effects. We are vehemently opposed to these.
    Susan Roberts
  • June 22, 2012

    I do not want to pay for a smart grid that will not save money for 10 years, if it all.
    Randey Grossman
  • June 22, 2012

    If we are paying for these smart grid services, we should be receiving them and not have to wait 10 years.
    Maria Roberts
  • June 22, 2012

    I believe that ComEd should pay for their own improvements out of their profits. I believe the public is not going to see any improvement for 10 years. This is not fair to the consumer. The adoption of this system is being forced on us without our approval.
    Henry Chiuppi
  • June 18, 2012

    The Smart Meters are an invasion of our privacy. As I understand it, the meters are NO LONGER made! The radiation they emit is in question. Our City Council in Naperville will not heed the request to stop installation of these meters until all questions are resolved. I am extremely unhappy that our council felt that once they started this program, they were just NOT going to stop! We have had people "in the know" state that there was nothing wrong with the system we had...that it was efficient. Just because Naperville received money from Washington that they will match for this project, is NO REASON to continue with it. Furthermore, the bond for Naperville will cost us all dearly for many years to come! Many Napervillians are angry about how this was all approved BEFORE we had knowledge of it.
    Pat Stover
  • June 18, 2012

    My household does not approve of or want Smart Meter Technology as part of our energy source. Give us a choice. Do not allow Smart Meters in Naperville, IL.
    Deborah Page Johnson
  • June 18, 2012

    Dear Sirs,

    There is a burgeoning bodY of literature showing that biological organisms are sensitive to non-ionizing radiation in the radio frequency range. Why would you add to the already omnipresent soup of electromagnetic noise buy sticking the equivalent of unshielded microwave ovens on the sides of everyone's home and business? Think about the financial losses when the time comes to remove all the Smart Meters?

    Richard Regan, M.D.
  • June 18, 2012

    We are vehemently against the so-called smart meter. The meter we've had for all these years has accurately and effectively reflected our energy use and we do not want or appreciate the invasion of privacy exhibited by the smart meter.

    We are officially requesting that we be given an OPT-OUT option and want to keep our analogue meter with NO punitive penalty. We also want to remain on the flat rate electric schedule versus TOU (time of use) rates.

    Please note your records accordingly.

    Thank you!

    Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Boncher


    Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Boncher
  • June 18, 2012

    I feel that the health hazards have been GREATLY OVERLOOKED as have the desires of the public! Smart Meters have not been used successfully anywhere in the world. They are a CASH COW for the manufacturer and a health risk for the consumer. It's a violation of our privacy and our Constitutional rights! I WILL NOT HAVE ONE ON MY HOUSE!
    Carol Phillips
  • June 18, 2012

    I want an opt-out option on my meter. This is a health risk and may be responsible for my rare condition.
    Lori Hilliard
  • June 11, 2012

    The ICC needs to follow California and Maine and other public utility commissions and provide an analog-type meter opt-out for all Illinois ratepayers. Please provide a fee-free analog opt-out from the AMI/”Smart” metering program.
    Caitlin Schoonmaker
  • June 11, 2012

    I would like a fee-free analog opt-out from the AMI/”Smart” metering program. The health and safety concerns about smart meters as mentioned by many people in many places is one of my biggest concerns...Also the fee associated with refusal is nothing short of extortion....
    albert lopez
  • June 4, 2012

    Please cancel the smart meter project, or at least offer an option to opt out of smart meters with no cost. It shouldn't cost more to keep our system the same. Research indicates that the citizens you serve risk a variety of health problems from the smart meters. If concern for our health isn't enough of a reason to stop the installations then fear of a law suit should be! I believe you should provide citizens a fair and balanced report of the risks and benefits of smart meters and then let each home decide for themselves whether or not to have a smart meter installed. Thank you.
    Robin Kot
  • June 4, 2012

    Please halt the dangerous smart grid system from proceeding.
    Many leading health expert have issued warnings about exposure to radio frequncy exposure from these wireless devices.
    Allow citizens that want to retain their analog meters the right to opt out of this harmful smart grid system
    Thank you
    John Siciliano

    John Siciliano
  • May 30, 2012

    I urge ComEd to pause and do further research before going forward with the Smart Meters. I am against it for the negative impact on human health. The EMF emitted from the Smart Meters is harmful especially to children and pregnant women. ComEd must provide an opt-out option that is reasonable and respectful of those who refuse the Smart Meter if it is implemented.
    Amy Rieselman
  • May 30, 2012

    I will, under no circumstance, allow a smart meter in my home due to the health risks involved.
    Please reconsider these installations.

    David Schuberth
  • May 30, 2012

    I am a resident of Naperville, IL and suffer from sensitivity to electro magnetic fields for several years now. I live in a condo. On May 23rd 23 smart meters were installed around my unit. The next morning when I woke up my body was twitching for about 20 minutes. I could barely get out of bed and when I did I could not stand up straight. My body was vibrating for hours. I ended up sitting on the ground for about 3 hours to ground my body to stopo reacting from the smart meters. I now have to move from my condo as my symptoms are greatly worsened by being in my home as a result of the smart meter installation. Please be aware that they do affect people's health negatively. I should not have to leave my home, but I do. These pose a great threat to the public health. I am against smart meters and they should not even be called "smart" meters.
    Mary Ann Gergits
  • May 30, 2012

    I object to this petition. The Smart Grid may sound like progress on its face, but it is not. The Smart Grid's effect on public health ranges anywhere from dubious to extremely detrimental. Citizens all over the country have made the research and observations regarding it's ill effects known in abundance... it only takes a little effort to find this information. I hope the ICC will put the people's health and freedom of choice above profits when rendering its decision.
    Sherrin Ingram
  • May 30, 2012

    I do not want a smart meter on my house nor do I want to pay an extra fee for not having a smart meter.

    In addition to the health and security concerns, there is simply no economic justification for the 'smart grid' concept. Its eventual purpose is to penalize consumers for using electricity when they need it the most -- during the day.

    Wayne Cummings
  • May 30, 2012

    The smart meters are a danger to the consumer and as such the individual should
    be informed of these dangers and given an opportunity to opt out of these being
    installed in their homes. This is a violation of the individual rights of citizen from being
    forced to use something that is unwanted and the individual is being forced to use.
    Please stop this from being installed in homes without consent and please review all
    the expert opinions of the dangers to the individual homeowners from the installation of these meters

    margaret klezens yeg
  • May 24, 2012

    Attention: ICC - It is my sincere wish that the state of Illinois follow California & Maine and other public utility commissions and provide an analog-type meter opt-out for all Illinois ratepayers. As a taxpayer and Illinois resident I am demanding a fee-free analog opt-out from the AMI/”Smart” metering program.
    Obie Varnado
  • May 22, 2012

    I do not want a Smart Grid Advanced Metering system installed on my home. I wish to opt out with no penalty, and wish to continue my current meter reading process with no penalty or fee to me. This is an invasion of privacy and has a poor track record for safety in states this has been implemented in already. If there is even a chance that my home could start fire due to this metering system, NO ONE will be installing one on my home.
    Kathleen Kauffman
  • May 22, 2012

    Every citizen should have the right to choose if and how much radio frequency they would like to have their precious family exposed to.
    r rehkemper
  • May 22, 2012

    Smart Meters even if well intentioned would (do) provide an easy way for violating our Fourth Amendment right, allowing people to invade our privacy. I do value all of my Bill of Rights, and have particular concern that these meters are a sure way for violations of 4th, 5th and 14th ammendments. The health issue is of secondary concern, but I still hate to think of a smart meter possible causing rashes and heart problems with friends who have pacemakers and/or delicate skin.

    I would like smart meters to be made unlawful for electric companies to install, but if that doesn't happen, I would like it made easy for all citizens to opt out of having them installed. We should be able to keep our analog meters!

    Ken Ward
  • May 22, 2012

    Please deny this petition! I live in Naperville and I've read about all of the harmful and adverse effects of the so-called "Smart Meters". They harm our health, they will lead to increased utility costs, they will allow government increasing control of our lives and will permit them to do warrant-less spying and searching of activities within our home. If you need concrete, substantial proof of the harmful affects of non-ionizing radiation then please read a letter from Dr. David Carpenter from the University of Albany to the City of Naperville. He is a Harvard trained medical doctor and an expert in the field. Here is a link to the letter:
    Thank you for your consideration and I hope that you do the right thing and deny this.

    Robert Hart
  • May 22, 2012

    The promoters and manufacturers of wireless devices have glossed over real scientific concern about the health and environmental effects of radiofrequency (RF) radiation and other electromagnetic fields.

    This is a longstanding problem--if you read N. Steneck's 1984 book, "The Microwave Debate," you will see this obfuscation of the research began many, many decades ago, back when diathermy (heat treatments), broadcast signals, and radar were the primary concerns. Technological developments suddenly made wireless take off and put RF emitting devices into homes and into the hands even of children, and the infrastructure has made electropollution ubiquitous in the environment, affecting all 24/7.

    Meanwhile, two out of three independently funded research studies continue to show biological effects from this radiation, and these number into the hundreds. Many of these effects are occurring at levels that are well within the FCC exposure limits, and all are lower than the traditional thermal levels upon which those standards are based. DNA damage, fertility problems, opening of the blood-brain barrier, etc.

    Smart meters and the smart grid plan completely ignore this research and related concerns. Not only is there a continual pulsed RF emission from the meter which pollutes the area for several feet around it, but part of the plan is for all home appliances and electronics to have radiating antennas implanted so they can communicate their use with the smart meters. Thus, people are subjected to radiation from several antennas in the home at once. Sound like a plan? Very short-sighted.

    There are many other reasons to scrap this smart meter approach. One, it is not necessary. Two, it is not secure. Three, it is invasive. Four, it has a history of errors that show up as large monthly bills. Five, it is part of this ridiculous notion that if you can do it wirelessly, you should. Why?

    Requiring the installation of smart meters in every home is akin to requiring that asbestos tiling and ceilings be installed in all homes, schools and buildings, at this point. Or requiring the presence of second-hand smoke in every inhabited space. Its radiation has been designated a possible carcinogen by the WHO, despite the incredible pressure economic interests have put on researchers, governments, and astute individuals who have been watching the science rather than relying on "the going truth" and spoken up about it.

    We've had our banks that were "too big to fail." We have this vast radiating infrastructure for cell phones and now WIFI in cities and towns. And now we want to put the power grid on wireless, while we barely look out of the corner of our eye at a growing body of evidence that its radiation is biologically active? What's smart about that?

    Margaret Glaser
  • May 22, 2012

    I believe there are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding both personal safety and the safety of property and appliances connected to the smart meter issue. I think it would be a mistake to allow the utility to force us to accept a smart meter or to give them the ability to penalize us if we refuse to accept one.
    Thank you,
    Carl Weckel

    carl weckel
  • May 22, 2012

    Commonwealth Edison should not be allowed to increase rates for smart grid upgrades until those upgrades are in process of installation. Commonwealth Edison is a private regulated utility and the stock holders of the company should not be given income years before capitol improvements are implemented.
    Stuart Schwalb
  • May 22, 2012

    To Whom It May Concern:
    I am very concerned about these new smart meters and the harm it will cause to not only me but my family as well. I do not want a smart meter installed on my home as it violates the Energy Act of 2005 not to mention many health institutions and doctors are against it as well. It is well-documented that smart meters increase the risk of cancer, increased damage to the nervous system, causes electro-sensitivity (which is very bad for heart patients), has adverse reproductive effects and a variety of other effects on different organ systems. There is no justification for the statement that smart meters have no adverse health effects. Unlike a cell phone, which an individual talks on for maybe an hour, the exposure to a smart meter is 24/7 and has a cumulative effect. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine on January 19, 2012, stated in a letter to the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California: "The Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine opposes the installation of wireless "smart meters" in homes and schools based on a scientific assessment of the current medical literature." We are being forced to be involuntary exposed to millions of billions of pulsed microwave radiation, which should not be allowed at all. Further, according to, smart meters cause home fires (which, by the way, has been documented several times in CA in the news and in papers). Also, PG&E in Glendale, CA has begun to remove smart meters due to health effects which include, headaches, nausea, tinnitus, and heart problems which are associated with powerful wireless transmissions. In California alone, 47 cities and counties have demanded a halt to installation, and a dozen local governments have passed laws prohibiting the controversial technology as you should too. Included in this is Nevada's PUC (Public Utilities Commission) calling for investigations into the health effects and other smart meter problems. I ask you to please check into this further and not create an even bigger problem in this country. Communities have the right to retain analog meters at no extra charge. So again, I am asking that this type of device not be placed on my home now or at anytime in the future. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
    Susan Galle

    Susan Galle
  • May 18, 2012

    We object to government control over our health, wealth and welfare, and value our 4th, 5th and 14th amendment rights, so we don’t want a Smart Meter, which is a total waste of money and whose only real purpose is to institute Time of Use electric rates to double your electric cost.
    Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Clark
  • May 18, 2012

    I do not want a smart meter installed on my house.
    I want to be able to op out without paying a fee, penalty or higher rate.

  • May 18, 2012

    ICC, ComEd must be kidding if I am going to pay for something that will not benefit my home for YEARS. Frankly, we lost power more than 8 times last year, and for SEVERAL days twice. And I truly doubt a smart grid is going to fix that issue. Our power lines are above ground, I guess if ComEd would actually inspect and maintain the lines, maybe we would only lose power, what maybe 5 times instead. We had a light rain a few weeks ago, and guess what, we lost power, granted it was only for a few minutes, but we LOST POWER. I will NOT support higher rates to pay for nothing in return.
    James Pawlak
  • May 17, 2012

    I am writing in opposition to any Smart Grid Advanced Metering Infrastructure Deployment Plan pursuant to Section 16-108.6 of the Public Utilities Act for the following reasons: 1) Smart meters individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated, thus creating an invasion of privacy. 2) They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security. 3) They transmit wireless signals, which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor activity, behavior and occupancy and may be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants. 4) Data about occupants' daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data. 5) Smart meters are, by definition, surveillance devices, which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databses of private activities without the consent of knowledge of those being monitored. 6) Private research can be seen at that documents the fact that electromagnetic and radio frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific agencies and programs. Smart Meters have created so many problems in the state of California that they are already being torn out and replaced by the previous analog style. Why go to all the expense to install meters with a track record like that!! This is just another racket concocted by a few who stand to make a big profit from the changeover. I respectfully ask you to GET THE FACTS, and NOT to approve the plan noted above.
    Vyonne Ward
  • May 17, 2012

    i strongly disagree with these smart meters and the fees that come with keeping your old meter. what ever happened to living free, supporting your family and haveing choices without getting pentailized for your deicisions. with these smart meters and keeping the old ones is just a money maker for all the corporations and government. with the corporations and government controlling what citizens do with their hard earned money and resources. it is just such a hard task anymore on paying your bills and taking care of your family without all of these mandates and hidden fees and hidden laws that come into affect every day.. please vote against this bill.
    mariann swisher
  • May 17, 2012

    I oppose this needless waste of money. These meters have proven to be an invasion of privacy, and a possible health hazard. They also pose a security risk that I will not tolerate. I will not allow the installation of this device and see no reason for them. Just as we were sold a bill of goods on windmills that are now proving to be an environmental mistake, these so called "smart meters" serve no one. By approving this invasion of privacy you will only serve to drive a wedge between law abiding citizens that pay their bills and the bureaucracy that wants to control every aspect of our lives. Please save me and my fellow citizens the legal fees and hassle the passage of this will create.
    Gary Mitidiero
  • May 16, 2012

    I am staunchly opposed to the installation of smart meters. I am also staunchly opposed to being CHARGED monthly by my provider to opt out, should the meters be installed in my town. It is my home, and I can choose my own utility providers - I don't need a nanny state where it is determined for me, and then I am penalized if I choose not to go along with it.

    Further, I have numerous other concerns with these devices which seem to be being pushed down the throats of residents. Privacy - no one needs to know when I choose to do laundry, cook, or dry my hair. Health - I have personally talked to people who have been made ill by these devices. Safety - I have done a lot of reading and watched instances where smart meters were scanned for radiation emitted (off the charts at times!) and at other times, caught fire!

    I will not willingly put such a device on my home, and I take issue with politicians who have received significant campaign contributions from the electric companies and vendors AFTER they had voted FOR such devices. I also take offense with the municipalities and municipal officials that deem residents opposed to their edicts (installation of smart meters) as rebel-rousers and trouble-makers. I have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and no municipality or utility should have the ability to nullify that right.

  • May 16, 2012

    The pursuit of smart meters concerns me as a computer security professional and I am curious what debate has occurred on the effects of smart meters and the security of the energy grid.

    Specifically, in my industry, computer software that gets developed by thousands of companies is consistantly breeched every year. Hackers (some are state sponsored) probe the depths of anything that has a network connection to determine how best to disable, disrupt, or control a connected device.

    If we have a 'smart grid' where energy meters for every home and business can be accessed via a 'network connection' (local area network or IP based) how do we plan to protect them from cyber threats? Where is that plan? Don't be mistaken, these systems will be attacked (even hobbyists will try and access them) and someone will compromise them, as no computer system ever developed has the ability to be 100% secure.

    In the investigations that I have done on this initiative, I have seen a concerning lack of evidence that suggests that a) these meters have been thoroughly tested in regards to cyber-attacks and b) there is any sort of plan in place to address when said attacks occur.

    I would ask that my representatives demand security for our energy grid and for our citizens and absolutely REQUIRE the device manufacturers to have several independent tests performed with the computer industries best security firms to perform what is called 'Penetration Testing' of the 'smart meters'. Penetration Testing is when a computer security professional intentionally tries to hack into and break the software that is on a device to attempt to demonstrate vulnerabilities in the software, for which the manufacturer can then address and provide fixes. This is an ongoing and iterative process and should be required by law to be performed on these devices at every new software version release, and annually thereafter.

    Ideally, we would have the device manufacturers provide FULL disclosure about the software used on these devices in the form of providing the source code for the devices to these security experts and to the general public. As we have seen (in my industry), code that is in the public view will draw many many eyes and provide rapid and thorough examination that will benefit all parties.

    I for one am not confident in this technology and will do whatever I can in my power to block this device from mine and my neighbors homes until we can ensure their cyber-safety and cyber attack remediation plans are in place.

    Taking this a step further, I ask you this. Do we really want to provide systems for our entire energy grid that could allow cyber criminals (potentially thousands of miles away) to disrupt or cease power services to homes of average US Citizens? This doesn't sound much like a 'smart grid' to me at all...

    I look forward to your response.

  • May 16, 2012

    From all that I read and hear, the Smart Meters are more harm than good. I and my family will do all we can to oppose them and those who would demand that these new meters be installed on our private property.
    We ask that you deny forward progress of the use of these devices.
    James Nelson

    James Nelson
  • May 16, 2012

    We do not want smart meters installed on our house. We have read much about this and there are too many safety and health issues involved with these meters. You are our representatives--we voted for you--now hear us, WE DON'T WANT THESE METERS!!

    And, by the way, how dare Comm Ed charge us for these meters on our electric bills without our consent as they have been doing for the past year if not more. Are they that confident you, our representatives, will vote on their behalf?

    Please, do the right thing and vote this bill down.

    Thank you

    Jacqueline and Raymond Sitkiewicz
  • May 16, 2012

    The Smart meters are a bad idea. There are proven health, security and privacy risks.
    We here in Naperville are being forced to accept these meters without an opt out option.
    If the whole program can't be scraped, citizens should have the right to opt out if we choose. Please allow this opt out option.
    Thank you
    John Siciliano

    John Siciliano
  • May 14, 2012

    I have become aware that there is a plan starting to form for the installation of a smart meter system. I am very concerned about this project. I am worried about the cost of the system to implement, I am very worried about the health risks this type of system bring to residents, I am very worried about the privacy issues associated with this increased knowledge being gained by the utility companies. I am very much against the implementation of this type of a system. Please do not allow this to happen. The public needs the right to decide if this system should be allowed on their homes or not.
    Stacey Martinez
  • May 14, 2012

    Smart Meters need to be banned for the safety of Illinois citizens and the security of the entire State! The United States Policy Act of 2005, section 1252 states Smart Meters ARE NOT mandated and installation is upon the request of owner. Therefore, Smart Meter Opt-Out should be offered at NO cost increase to Electric customer. Further, Health Risks are documented by The American Academy of Environmental Medicine and they have publicly opposed any installation of "Smart Meters" due to scientific assesment that "smart meters" are health risks to the community. According to Dr. Karl Maret, MD, BS Electrical Engineering, a MS Biomedical Engineering, with a 4 year post Doctoral Fellowship in Physiology, Dr. Bill Deagle, MD AAEM A4m an Environmental doctor, Dr. Olle Johansen, PhD Dept. of Neuroscience, Dr. Bill Wattenburg, Dr. Henry Lai, PhD Professor of Bioelectromagnetics Research Laboratory University of Washington, Dr. David Carpenter. A Harvard Medical School Trained Physician and headed up the New York State Dept of Public Health for 18 years; they agree "smart meters may cause Heating of organs, changes in physiological function, central nervous system effects, autonomic nervous system effects, peripheral nervous system effects, psychological disoders, and many many other disorders. Further, "smart meters place our State, counties, cities, and villages at risk from terrorism. If Commonwealth Edison can turn power off remotely via the internet, then terrorist from anywhere in the world can hack into a smart grid and smart meter and turn power off to whole counties. Smart grid and meters enable terrorism. In November, 2011 a water utility in Springfield, IL was hacked into via a utility SCADA network. The FBI states that their are utilities who estimate their losses due to fraud and hacking can reach $400,000 per year. Then there is the profiling that electric companies will do on individual's usage which infringes on their personal rights. Smart Grids and Smart Meters are a health and safety threat to America and its citizens!
    Michael Wade
  • May 14, 2012

    I have attended a number of meetings regarding the Smart Meter and this is what I have discovered:

    The meters will not do anything to improve or enhance the reliability of the grid.

    The meters may have serious adverse side effects for some customers who are exposed to the meters.

    The meters have a much shorter life expectancy than the old analog meter and thus a higher maintenance cost.

    Smart Meters allow the power company to shut off your power remotely without any positive corroboration of the situation.

    Installing the meters requires expense to the consumer with no clear benefit, only potential liabilities.

    In short, the only beneficiary is the power company and all of the potential liabilities fall to the consumer, some of which could be significant. There is absolutely no rationale for our government subjecting its citizens to the risks involved.

    Robert Bivin
  • May 10, 2012

    I believe the Smart Meters are an unconstitutional trespass on my right to privacy and the integrity of my home. These meters are far less reliable than the analogue meters presently in use. They are prone to fire outbreak.

    The Smart Meters are far more expensive. I realize that personnel costs are a large cost of doing business in many industries, but for American utility companies to mass install such unreliable equipment, believing that eliminating costs of bimonthly meter readers will justify that expense (ignoring the continuing maintenance nightmares and requests for dis-installation) strikes me as short sighted.

    I understand that some persons suffer headaches, dizziness and other complaints, and that the electro-magnetic radiation these give off is classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

    No one denies that our infrastructure must be upgraded. That must be done. But you have an excellent record of safety with analogue meters - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    Time of Day billing is the end goal, which will drastically raise electric costs.

    The WORST EFFECT is that such installations will represent entry points for sabotage of the electric grid by hackers. Give the Nobel Prize to the creator of the concept of Smart Meters, if it makes you feel better -- just don't install them, and don't fine me or charge me meter reading costs for retaining my analogue meter.

    Jane R. Carrell
  • May 10, 2012

    It is my right under the Constitution of the United States to be able to protect my health, privacy, security, and safety IN MY OWN HOME. It is further stipulated in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that customers are to be OFFERED a smart meter and REQUEST to OPT-IN. This is not a federally mandated program.

    Smart meters invade my privacy by monitoring my electric usage every 15 minutes, letting the utility and anyone else having access to that information (legally or illegally) know when I am home or not, awake or not. This is most definitely a form of surveillance, once again IN MY OWN HOME. It is a serious risk to my personal security (identity theft, burglars) due to the easily hackable nature of wireless smart meters. And, the time-of-use billing these meters enable will be highly discriminatory to those who must use power at home during peak daytime hours, generally the most vulnerable of our population....the elderly, retired, homebound disabled, families with young children, those using electrical medical equipment, etc.

    Further, the safety of these devices on human beings has never been tested, and many highly credible scientific organizations are currently sounding the alarm about the dangers of long-term exposure to radiofrequency radiation, the type that smart meters emit 24/7, 365 days per year. In California, PG&E was forced, under court order, to admit the meters emit RF anywhere from 10,000 to 190,000 per day, mostly just for purposes of maintaining communication with the mesh network. The point is, I have a RIGHT TO CHOOSE not to be exposed to an identified toxin IN MY OWN HOME. I should also not be subjected to the possibility of fire or appliance damage now associated with smart meters in hundreds of incidents.

    The ICC must protect the rights of citizens and the only fair way to accomplish this is by giving people the right to maintain their analog meter without penalty. A utility has no right to charge people for refusing to put a dangerous and discriminatory device on their home.

    Linda Bertram
  • May 9, 2012

    1. ComEd can not be allowed to force consumers to use technology that they do NOT want on their home.

    2. Why make folks pay for NOT wanting a "smart meter" (like in Naperville with the "opt-out fee", but no fee for the new installation - I was always taught that it was cheaper to keep what you already had).

    3. Smart Meters provide info to ComEd about specific time and type usage, which opens the door for 'time based pricing' - read "increased $$ on your electric bill".

    4. If this is such a great idea, then offer it as an option and see how many customers request it. This strategy sounds much more 'free market like'.

    5. ComEd MUST be required to provide multiple studies that prove increased saving for the consumer, and NO possibility for hacking (think - less security, less privacy, more crime, more tracking).

    Carolyn Ruutelmann
  • May 8, 2012

    Why can't the politicians look out for the people's best interest instead of big business's interests.
    Bob Molenhouse
  • May 8, 2012

    Smartmeters are being sold to the public as an improvement to the current metering system, and nothing could be further from the truth! Smartmeters are of no benefit to the consumer, benefitting only the utility, while trampling on the users 4th amendment rights. All ComEd wants to do is to charge us more, while providing less power. Their planned "time of use billing scheme" will discriminate against the retired, the homebound, young families and the poor. Only the top 1% will be able to cool or heat their homes during peak rates, typically 1:00 to 7:00 PM. This is the ultimate example of collusion by big business and politicians.
    John Glass
  • May 8, 2012

    I have no problem with Smart Grid but Smart Meter installed on a person's private property w/o the owners permission goes to far. Every citizen should be given the opportunity to opt out without cost. Currently installed meters in Naperville are free and uninstalled meters are charged. It makes no sense to charge someone for a service that required no effort. This is a civilized society?
    Edward Novak
  • May 8, 2012

    Found several videos such as
    that say that after the smart meter installation their electric bills have skyrocketed. How will ComEd ensure that the meters are accurate and not using a noticeable amount of power themselves. Wireless smart meters are basically a computer and transmitter. How much power do they use?

    janet Shaw
  • May 7, 2012

    The "smart meter" is an electronic monitoring device that will store and share homeowner minute to minute electricity use with third parties, as law allows. This is an assault on our 4th Amendment Right to be secure in our homes against unreasonable search. An expensive "opt out" or work around is nothing more than coercion to force citizens to comply with big crony business to data mine our private homes and activities. The Supreme Court has stated that government tracking stops at our front doors, keeping our homes safe from the prodding eyes of politicians, police and law enforcement without a warrant. This is an all out assault on the Constitution and Declaration of Indpendence. Furthermore, the Supreme Court has stated that coercion is wrong. A free opt out is the only real choice for the people of Illinois.
    Sandra Glass
  • May 7, 2012

    I strongly oppose having a smart meter installed in my home. Quite frankly, I don't care to have the government or any other company keeping tabs on my personal life (usage of electricity etc.). The present analog meter is more than sufficient for the purpose of tracking my energy usage for billing purposes.
    Joseph Boncher
  • May 7, 2012

    As a hard-working, 32 year old concerned citizen of Naperville, who is deeply troubled at the idea that ANY money would be spent on something as stupid as these smart meters, especially in times like this. I'm sure there has got to be more important things to be spending money on right now, such as much needed revitalization of the electric grid/infrastructure, or better, how about this notion: just save whatever money exists and put it away for a rainy day when we truly need it for repairs.

    I know the Gov and special interest groups LOVE spending money, but lets face it, these smart meters would never do any real good, nor save anyone money. If you put a smart meter on my house and gave me a report showing me that it would be more efficient to do my laundry and run the dishwasher at night, I, just like many normal folks would likely say "that's great but that doesn't fit work with my schedule so stay out of my business".

    Here's the bottom line: If these smart meters are such a great idea, why don't you guys try and pass it the ethical way, where every homeowner gets a notice and they get to vote on that form and mail it back in. Instead, this is trying to be forced upon us and we the people need to go out of our way to try and stop it. That's just not right, and at minimum, its un-American.

    I strongly urge the decision makers here to do the right thing and create a fair way for everyone to vote on this, and in the comfort of their own home (such as on the aforementioned form via USPS) and we'll get this idea put right where it belongs, in the garbage can.


    Joe Karns
  • May 7, 2012

    The health, data security, and privacy issues associated with the installation of 'smart meters' are well documented and serious. Unfortunately, none of our esteemed legislators in the Illinois General Assembly saw fit to ask sufficiently probing questions about the implications of these meters.

    That failure to probe more deeply might very well be explained due to the same manner that ComEd is currently marketing the rollout of the Smart Grid to various Illinois communities. In an informational item to the city of Cicero residents, their website states that “ComEd will be spending even more to digitize and upgrade the automated grid to digital standards to reduce outages for customers region wide by modernizing 10 existing sub-stations.” They don’t come right out and say it, but “upgrade the automated grid to digital standards” is their way of masking the installation of the smart meters. Because of the stir that has been created, they’d rather not publicize that until the actual installation.

    The infrastructural work that creates the smart grid is important – I don’t disagree with that. At the ComEd open house a few weeks ago in Wheaton, they explained some features that will minimize the effects or occurrences of power outages by installing ‘smart’ components in the distribution grid that will allow for re-routing due to outages. This does not, however, necessitate smart meters to make that happen. Smart meters give them the ability to charge by type and time of use. Every electrical appliance has a unique ‘fingerprint’ that can be identified when used in a house hold. They can tell not only what you’re using, but when. With the lack of proper security, this is information that many unscrupulous people, companies, and government bodies would love to tap.

    Who is looking out for the residents of the state? It certainly is not our elected officials. We need to make certain that installation of 'smart meters' is an opt-in process and that there is not penalty/fee for retaining the present analog meters.

    Rick Newton
  • May 7, 2012

    Smart meter infrastructures are a tremendous health liability and emf intrusion on the public and employees of any utility. Also vast litigation risk with ultimate high damages damages that would/will be paid out due to the documented harmful effects of frequencies emanated, durations/bursts broadcasted especially in relation to proximity to living spaces. Many are allready very ill from smartmeters/emf radiation please evaluate gravely.
    allen jensen
  • May 7, 2012

    The NSGI has created tremendous controversy in Naperville. The heavy handed approach that the utility is taking has angered residents. They are locking up their property, sending letters of no consent, filing legal actions, and even standing in front of their meters to refuse the installation of a smart meter. The national smart metering program was intended to be an opt in program according to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The ICC must uphold this program as it was intended and provide IL residents the ability to opt in to having a smart meter on their homes. If ComEd smart meters actually help consumers to save money, then people will opt in to their program. The same would hold true for Naperville if the utility was willing to work with its customers instead of create an adversarial relationship by forcing a piece of equipment on residents who are not convinced it will help them and feel like it may harm them. In no other industry is this tactic taken where consumers are forced to use a technology. There are opposition groups starting all over IL and consumers are gathering to oppose this technology. The ICC has an obligation to protect consumer wishes and should do so. It would be ashamed if ComEd follows the same direction that Naperville's Utility has. There will be public outcry, protests, and lawsuits. A completely avoidable situation when consumers have the ability to choose. Being a Naperville resident and experiencing the heavy handed bully tactics that Naperville's public utility has taken, I urge to ICC to provide an opt in option for residents - not an opt out provision.
    L Rooney
  • May 7, 2012

    "Smart Meters" are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and
    State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.

    Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.

    There are several other issues which I have against these devices.

    Raymond Sargent
  • May 7, 2012

    I need solid evidence from studies of Smart Meters already installed that these do not start fires or cause health problems, that they truly do save on electricity usage, and that they are secure from hackers.

    Lila Bishop

    Lila Bishop
  • May 7, 2012

    I do not want this new technology after reading about health issues occurring as a result of installation of the so called 'smart meter'. Furthermore, it can be determined when people are not at home, and make for easy prey to home burglary. An unwanted expense.

    P. Kenny

    Patricia Kenny
  • May 7, 2012

    Richard Jendrycki
  • May 7, 2012

    I DO NOT want a smart meter installed on my residence!!! This is clearly an invasion of my privacy. The utility should provide electrical service and I as a customer pay for what I consume. End of story. Stay out of my home!!!!!
    Jeffrey Rylander
  • May 7, 2012

    I DO NOT want a smart meeting installed on my residence!!! This is clearly an invasion of my privacy. The utility should provide electrical service and I as a customer pay for what I consume. End of story. Stay out of my home!!!!!
    Jeffrey Rylander
  • May 7, 2012

    I am opposed to the instillation of smart meters on our homes because, 1. The possible health risk have not been properly researched, as a mother of small children this concerns me greatly! 2. There is evidence that the monthly cost has increased when these meters are installed, and 3. Most importantly, it is an invasion of our privacy for a third party (even if it is just a computer data base) to be monitoring our electric use. 4. The system is not secured from anyone picking up the signal and using it to 'spy' on the owner to discover patterns such as when they might be away jeopardizing the home and peoples lives possibly.
    Please do not let this unwise petition receive approval!
    Thank you,
    Hannah Muzzy

    Hannah Muzzy
  • May 7, 2012

    I do not want a smart meter on my house. I have watched what is happening in California and there is no evidence that the smart meter saves money on the electric bill. I think that it is an evasion of my privacy for the electric company to collect information regarding my energy usage habits. I also know that the radiation from the meters are causing people to get sick. I see that in some cases they can catch fire. I have talked to several legislators and provided them with information about the downside of the smart meters. This information was not available to them prior to this issue coming up for a vote. Many of them received huge campaign contributions for voting 'yes' on this but now they are regretful because their constituents did not want the smart meter. The FULL information should have been made public. Once again, I do not want a smart meter installed on my home.
    Erin Raasch
  • May 7, 2012

    I am NOT in favor of this petition.
    Teresa Stremlau
  • May 7, 2012

    The forced installation of 'smart' meters on electric customers without a no-charge opt-out option would be irresponsible on the part of the ICC and ComEd. Other states across the country are discovering the the health, security, and privacy dangers of these devices and moving to either ban them or, at a minimum, allow for no-charge opt-out abilities for customers.

    The fact that the Illinois General Assembly was derelict in their duty to look out for the best interests of citizens instead of their campaign coffers, should be no excuse to further inflict these threats to our wellbeing. I respectfully request that we have the option to use, at no additional fee, analog meters for electricity service.

    Rick Newton
  • May 7, 2012

    No! No! No! I have absolutely no need of a smart meter. Do not need someone monitoring my usage patterns. In no way, shape, or form do I want to allow ComED to cut back my power for ANY period of time. I'm willing to pay whatever the ICC says the rate should be. Let ComEd deliver the electricity, I'll pay for it, and that's the end of any contact we need to have.
    Edward Sepke
  • May 7, 2012

    Say "NO" to the smart meters/smart grid system! Please start listening to the people that voted you into office.
    Bob Molenhouse
  • May 7, 2012

    The Illinois Commerce Commission needs to follow California and Maine and other public utility commissions and provide an analog-type meter opt-out for all Illinois ratepayers.
    This should be a fee-free analog opt-out from the AMI/”Smart” metering program.

    Jeffrey Winterburg
  • May 7, 2012

    I do not wish to surrender my right to control my own electricity usage to another party. I want the option to retain my present meter.
    Martin Robinson
  • May 7, 2012

    I'm all in favor of the smart grid meters. The opposition needs to "get a life" and enter the 21st century!!
    Rex Lawler
  • May 7, 2012

    This smart grid is ridiculous!!! We need to be able to opt out. This is not what the majority wants.
    Rozzie decker
  • April 26, 2012

    DO NOT allow the installation of Smart Meters without the informed consent of the building occupant. ComEd Should be required to produce (or show) a report from those areas that have already installed smart meters to show that Smart Meters are
    - safe (there is negative anecdotal data about health issues and fires)
    - effective (actually save electric usage)
    - secure (safe from hackers)

    Smart meter potential effect on national security:
    - remember in 2003 when the NE part of the US all was out of power? The Smart Grid that allows one section of the grid to switch to power from another section when the primary one goes down... could lead to a domino effect.
    - Smart meters along with energy smart appliances will allow people to turn on/off appliances remotely. What stops a hacker from doing the same? If a hacker turned everything on at once, could that cause a surge that could take the network down?

    Janet Shaw
  • April 26, 2012

    You must provide a fee-free, analog meter opt out for all ratepayers in IL!!!
    Dave Rogers
  • April 26, 2012

    Stop the nonsense. Smart Grid does not require Smart Meters. Smart meters are invasive, costly (which we pay for) and a health risk.
    Richard Francke
  • April 26, 2012

    Dear Sirs,
    Please let us opt out of having a smart meter installed replacing my perfectly good, accurate and cost effective analogue meter, with no punitive penalty, while remaining on fixed electric rates verses time of use (TOU) which will double my electric cost.

    My wife and I are retirees, on a fixed income, have respiratory problems and must run our HVAC often to purify the air and maintain constant humidity.

    Mr.and Mrs. Gerard H Schilling
    Naperville, IL

    Gerard H Schilling
  • April 26, 2012

    I do not want a smart meter. there is absolutely no advantage to it. what happens with time of use billing? The electric bill to the school goes up so, I pay more taxes!

    Keep the meters analog and if you make a dumb decision to allow smart grid require analog meters to be kept and read without a penalty!

    David Eagan
  • April 26, 2012

    You should provide an opt-out option, free of any fees, where customers can keep their analog meters.
    Jennifer Stahl
  • April 26, 2012

    My understnding is that the Illinois Smart Grid Advisory Board will be conducting a meeting regarding the installation of the smart meter. I URGE YOU TO CONSIDER A PROCEDURE WHEREBY THE ILLOINOIS CONSUMER MAY OPT OUT OF THE SMART METER INSTALLATION AT NO COST. This meter is a complete invasion of our privacy despite the "reassurances" dscribed in Section 16-108 of that bill. In addition to privacy issues, there are many other concerns such as realth risks, property damage risks , and financial consequences. Please consider an "opt out" provision. Thank you
    michelene rocco