Now I know why the City of Renton is pushing installations of Smart Meters. The following is from Cantwell’s Press release for the Energy bill in 2008.
Cantwell authored the smart grid title of the 2007 Energy Bill which established a $100 million annual smart grid research and development and demonstration program and required federal officials to establish a smart grid interoperability framework to ensure all these new technologies work seamlessly together. These smart metering tax credits have long been a priority for Cantwell, who first introduced relevant legislation in 2001.
Senator Cantwell Secures New Tax Credits for Smart Grid Technologies
“……Specifically, the package provides utilities a tax incentive to put smart meters in Washington homes and businesses. For the first time smart meters and smart meter systems are allowed to use a 10 year accelerated depreciation schedule (down from 20 years), an incentive valued at $915 million dollars. Making the electricity grid more intelligent will provide double digit cost savings and help prevent power outages and power quality disturbances that cost the economy over $100 billion a year, as well as risking the health and safety of our citizens.
Washington state is home to Itron, one of the world’s largest smart meter manufacturers, as well as a number of leading edge smart grid companies and researchers. Itron employs more than 8,500 people globally and generated $1.5 billion in revenues for 2007…..”
If your Birds are gone you can call Senator Cantwell and tell her so.
I wanted to find out more about Maria Cantwell so I looked up the list of committees she has been a part of.
I decided to write her, to let her know that I did not want a smart meter. This was her (canned) response.
Response from the office of Maria Cantwell regarding the installation of smart meters.
|Dear Ms. Storwick,Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding potential health impacts of cellular towers. I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delayed response.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is required by law to evaluate on a continuous basis the effect of emissions from FCC-regulated transmitters on the quality of the human environment. In 1996, the FCC adopted guidelines for human exposure to radio frequency fields from fixed transmitting antenna such as those used for wireless communications. Subsequently, its Office of Engineering Technology has released Bulletins entitled “Questions and Answers About Biological Effects Potential Hazards of Radio frequency Electromagnetic Fields” and “Evaluating Compliance With FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radio frequency Electromagnetic Fields.” Additionally, the FCC developed a guide “A Local Government Official’s Guide to Transmitting Antenna RF Emission Safety: Rules, Procedures, and Practical Guidance” to assist local government officials and citizens in understanding safety issues related to radio frequency emissions from telecommunications towers.Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.Sincerely,Maria CantwellUnited States SenatorFor future correspondence with my office, please visit my website athttp://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/|