In the News
Palm Beach (FL) Post - May 13, 2013
FPL Celebrates Installation Of Over 4.5 Million Smart Meters.
Energy.gov - May 2, 2013
Coming Full Circle in Florida: Improving Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency
Sun-Sentinel - April 24, 2013
FPL completes $800 million smart-grid project
Electric Light & Power - April 24, 2013
FPL completes 4.5 million smart meter rollout
Vermont Smart Meter RF Study
2013 study assessed compliance of smart meter RF emissions with FCC prescribed limits for safe exposure of humans.
Bradenton Herald, “FPL smart meters mark society's digital shift,” December 2, 2012
Opinion piece views smart meters as a sign of a brave new digital world.
Answering public's concerns about 'smart meters'
The chief sponsor of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 discusses the importance of grid modernization and addresses some commonly asked questions.
Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
A nonprofit organization representing consumers, advocates, utilities, and technology providers in order to advance the adoption of a reliable, efficient, and secure smart grid.
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE's SmartGrid.gov is the gateway to information on federal initiatives that support the development of the technologies, policies and projects transforming the electric power industry.
The Public Utilities Commission of Texas finds no definite or proven biological effects from exposure to low-level RF and no credible evidence that advanced meters emissions are harmful.
Daytona Beach News-Journal, "Smart Meters Not a Threat," May 19, 2012
The Daytona Beach News-Journal sees smart meters as a step in the right direction in its opinion page.
Smart Grid: A Beginner's Guide
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Edison Electric Institute
A smart grid; a powerful future. Resources for understanding the modern grid.
The Florida Department of Health explains how the FCC establishes limits on RF exposure and asserts that the FCC’s standards are adequate.
Edison Electric Institute, "A Discussion of Smart Meters and RF Exposures," March 2011
EEI explains that the RF exposure effects of smart meters are very small compared to exposure from other sources in the home.
Testimony of Dr. Peter A. Valberg before the Public Service Commission of Maryland, April 2012
An environmental health expert explains that smart meters do not present a hazard to health.
Silver Spring Networks, "Radio Frequency Emissions," November 2011
Silver Spring Networks addresses RF emissions from its advanced metering devices for smart meter communications.
The Economist, "Worrying about Wireless," Sept. 3, 2011
The Economist concludes, "Concerns about the danger posed to human health by radio waves are misplaced – and increasingly irrelevant."
The chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology addresses misinformation regarding the health effects of smart meters.
SiteSafe, "FPL Power Density Report (Executive Summary)," June 2011
This independent study shows that FPL's smart meters and associated equipment tested well below regulatory limits and below that of many other household items.
SmartGrid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC)
Electric Power Research Institute, "Radio Frequency Exposure Levels from Smart Meters," November 2010
EPRI's report on smart meter RF measurements found that the exposure level a was a small fraction of the FCC exposure limit for the general public and diminished with increasing distance.
Electric Power Research Institute, "EPRI Comments: A Perspective on Two Smart Meter Memoranda," March 2011
EPRI provided commentary on two reports addressing potential radio frequency exposures from smart meters.
Maine CDC's review did not indicate any consistent or convincing evidence to support a concern for health effects related to the use of radiofrequency in the range of frequencies and power used by smart meters.
Privacy and Security
National Institute of Standards and Technology, "Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security: Vol. 2, Privacy and the Smart Grid," August 2010
In addition to a discussion of cyber security, this report explores the issues surrounding privacy and the smart grid. It includes a privacy impact assessment for the smart grid with a discussion of mitigating factors.
Future of Privacy Forum
A Washington, D.C.-based think tank committed to supporting a flexible framework that ensures consumer privacy protections while still supporting the development and growth of new products and services.
Testimony of Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum, before the Public Service Commission of Maryland, April 2012
A privacy expert addresses concerns about smart meters and customer data.
Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, "Data Privacy and Smart Meters," 2012
The SGCC explains how utilities keep customer data safe.