“Smart” meters are being installed in Sarasota County: What to do if you wish to REFUSE?

Coalition for Health, Against Smart Meters (CHASM) suggests that you do ALL THREE of the following things…

Please note: this is NOT legal advice.

The reason we suggest that you do ALL three things is that, purposely or not, FPL and its representatives/installers appear to be frequently disregarding the wishes of some of its customers who take one or more of the following actions, so doing ALL THREE may increase your chance of success at maintaining your analog meter.

[1] CALL!

Call Heidi Ellenberger, FPL’s “Regulatory Customer Relations Manager” at (305) 552-2950 and tell her that you REFUSE to have a “smart” meter. FPL is saying publicly that they are honoring these customer requests by placing you on what they are calling a “delay” list.

NOTE: A smooth-talking FPL employee will subsequently call you back and try to “talk you out” of refusing, but stand your ground!

It is none of FPL’s business “why” you are refusing the smart meter!

(We’ll discuss the legality/validity of the “delay” list at a later date…)

Heidi Ellenberger
Regulatory Customer Relations Manager
c/o Florida Power & Light
9250 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174
(305) 552-2950
E-mail: Heidi.Ellenberger@fpl.com

2] WRITE!

Send FPL a “NOTICE OF NO CONSENT,” or “REFUSAL” letter, such as the SAMPLE letter here (http://microwavechasm.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/CHASMIndividualRefusalLetter2012923.doc)

We suggest that you copy your signed letter, and send it certified mail. You may even wish to have your letter notarized prior to sending.

Eric E. Silagy, President AND Deborah H. Caplan,
Vice President &
Chief Operating Officer, ET AL
FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY
700 Universe Blvd
Juno Beach Fl 33408 US

YOU MAY ALSO WISH TO ADD THE FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION AS RECIPIENTS, AND SEND THE LETTER CERTIFIED TO THEM ALSO:

Florida Public Service Commission, Its agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties

Ronald A. Brisé, Chairman
Mark Futrell, Director Industry Development & Market Analysis
Florida Public Service Commission
2540 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399

[3] POST A SIGN ON OR NEAR YOUR EXISTING METER!
We have heard from multiple people who say they have notified FPL either by phone or by mail that they REFUSE a “smart” meter, only to return home one day and find that one has been installed anyway. For this reason, you may want to put a sticker, a SIGN, or a cover over your analog meter stating that you do not authorize its removal for a Smart Meter.

[4] PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS! 
If you see an agent or representative of FPL on your property attempting to install a “smart” meter, stand your ground, and do not let them scare you or talk you into surrendering your rights.

Realize that you hold the moral and legal high ground in this matter, as this entire “smart” meter/grid rollout is criminal, morally and ethically indefensible, and is only happening because industry has captured government and is acting under the (bogus) “color of law.”

[5] THEN, TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS!
You can use this tactic for houses that are vacant, or where people work during the day. If there is someone who tends to stay home during the day, they can keep watch on the neighbors’ homes. Residents give permission for neighbors to represent them. So, if someone has these forms, they are authorized to tell the installer to get off the property.
This destroys the “Is your name on the bill?” challenge by installers.

Suggested wording for absent homeowner form:

I am the ratepayer responsible for utility services at _________. I herewith authorize the undersigned to act on my behalf, representing my interests in declining installation of any “Smart Meter” or similar surveillance and activity monitoring device, or devices, at the above address.

//signature//
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(Add neighbors names and addresses below)

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