Vocal group opposes 'smart meters' for electricity in Volusia
The Daytona Beach News-Journal - almost 5 years
For power companies in Florida and across the country, millions of new "smart meters" that transmit electricity usage data over the airwaves are supposed to conserve energy and help build a better power grid.
For a small but vocal group of people like Tom Gion of Ormond Beach, these meters -- about 200,000 of which are coming to Volusia County homes this summer -- are threatening the privacy, security and health of customers who were doing just fine with the old kind.
The result: Volusia is joining several other counties asking regulators to make the devices optional, and Florida Power & Light is listening.
"We're not saying we know all the answers, but boy, there's so many questions that need answering," said Gion, a member of the Volusia 9.12 Project, one of the many limited-government activist groups that have taken up the issue. "We don't trust the government, because they don't tell us the truth, and we don't trust the utilities because they're sort of an
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