Sample REFUSAL Letter

The following is posted with sincere thanks to Smart/Meter/Matrix ( )

This letter template was created from a variety of sources in the US, and was provided by them for use by utility customers in Florida. There are other refusal letter templates on the Internet, or you can write your own letter to inform the utility that you “do not consent to the installation of any wireless or digital meter or device.”

We here at smart meter matrix cannot recommend any specific course of action or methodology.

Fill in the [blanks] with the name and corporate address of your utility company, the date, and your names and addresses, etc. Multiple customers can sign one letter.

If you copy and paste the text into MS Word using Ariel Narrow 11pt. font, with maximally expanded margins (0.65-0.6), it should fit on two pages.

Sign the letter, and print your name and address below your signature. 

Sent via Certified U.S. Postal Mail and Hand Delivery [Date]

FROM: [Utility/ies] Customers, [House #s – Addresses] [City, State Zip]

TO: [Utility/ies], its/their agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,

[Street address(es)]


Dear [Utility/ies] and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:

If you intend to install a wireless meter or “Smart Meter” or any activity-monitoring device or “Smart Grid” operation at the above addresses, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for said installation, and use of all such devices and installation and use of any activity-monitoring device and Smart Grid operation on or at the above properties is hereby refused and prohibited.

Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes.

Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above properties and all their respective occupants. Smart Meters and Smart Grids violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:

1. They individually identify devices inside the home and record when they are operated, causing 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 behavior and occupancy, and they can 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. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.

6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.

7. Smart Meters and Smart Grids are, by definition, respectively surveillance devices and operations that 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.

8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “smart meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.

9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the Smart Meter and Smart Grids, their frequencies or other electromagnetic parameters, nor the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, nor the purposes to which said data will and will not be put.

10. US DoD and DoE openly admit that Smart Meters and Smart Grids are susceptible to “cyber-insecurity”.

11. Former CIA Director James Woolsey stated the Smart Grid is “vulnerable”, “stupid” and suffers from security

12. Smart Meters and Smart Grids expose occupants and all living organisms on their household property to constant, “weapons-grade, pulse-modulated microwave radiation”, as tacitly admitted by DoD and DoE officials at the FL Energy Summit on 10/28/2011. Such radiation is a “Hazard” per the ANSI/IEEE Committee that in 1991 set FCC guidelines against such exposure. Thousands of studies conclude adverse bioeffects from such radiation at even lower exposure levels and shorter durations than Smart Meters and Smart Grids deploy. Radiofrequency radiation generally was determined a Class B1 “probable carcinogen” by EPA in 1990; and its subset of wavelengths in body-part size, called microwave radiation, are more hazardous by way of their exponentially increased absorption in human body parts, particularly the brain. The Sage 2011 review Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Emissions from Smart Meters found potential FCC exposure guidelines violations based on both time-averaged and peak power limits. Such radiation interferes with electrophysiologic processes in all living organisms.

According to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, “Smart Meter” deployments are not mandatory, but “each utility may offer” such a meter to each of its customer classes”; and, the Public Service Commission (PSC) “shall conduct an investigation and issue a decision whether or not it is appropriate for electrical utilities to provide and install time based meters and communications devices for each of their customers…” Any claim by [Utility] of a “federal mandate”, which does not exist, constitutes constructive fraud.

Moreover, smart meters require costly installation and, as documented throughout the US in previous deployments, almost always result in higher utility rates, often disproportionately targeting the less fortunate, e.g., the unemployed, disabled and elderly who spend more time at home.

No problem has ever been reported regarding the meters that have been operating under the below signatories’ respective contracts with [Utility/ies], therefore there exists no need for any change to said contracts and no need for any change to the method of our bill calculation. We the undersigned thus decline, forbid, refuse and deny the proposed contract modification and any and all additional capital outlay costs that would be imposed upon us through the federal energy bill, were we to have consented to Smart Meters.

Finally, we the undersigned forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices and operations on our properties, our places of residence and our places of occupancy. That applies to and includes Smart Meters and Smart Grids and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device or initiate such operations directed at us, other inhabitants, guests, our properties or residences will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording our activities, which we the undersigned have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by “law” or not.

After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of Smart Meters and Smart Grids due to the criminal violations they represent. Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved. Respond within 10 days to each signatory to provide us evidence of your authority, if any, as well as your intent, if any, to install any Smart Meter(s) and/or to operate any Smart Grid on or at our residences.


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[Electric/Water/Gas] users and/or customers