Legal Archive

State Legislature Issues Report Card on MPUC

The State of Maine Legislature’s Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) has filed its report on the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). You will not be surprised to see that more than 25 percent of all the 10-person complaints filed to the MPUC in the past 5 years concerned “smart” meters (table 1,

URGENT: Submit Your Testimony to the MPUC by 4 p.m., 21 August

From Ed on 11 August 2013:  I’m out of the hospital and back to Kathleen’s for phase 2 of my recovery. I won’t be too involved for a while yet. A few days ago Maine PUC had a public hearing in our safety investigation (with one week’s notice). Turnout was awful, with about 30 people

URGENT: Testify Wednesday in Augusta

URGENT: Testify on 7 August 2013 in Augusta Your CMP “Smart” Meter May Be Harming You! • Adverse Health Impacts • Privacy Issues • Fire and Safety Risks • Inaccurate Billing • CMP replaced safe analog meters with digital wireless “smart” meters without full disclosure or acceptable opt-out choice to customers. Many CMP customers are experiencing problems

LD 1456 would provide safe, secure energy to Mainers

Below is the text of Ed Friedman’s bill, to be heard before the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee of the Maine State Legislature on Monday, 6 May, at 1:00 p.m. The bill addresses “smart” meters by making electromechanical meters the only ones to be allowed. It addresseswhat may be the most common cause of dirty

Intervenor-Filed Submissions by Category & Number

Below are Index and Category Lists of evidence filed by the Interveners in MPUC case 2011-00262 (our grassroots effort to stop the exploitative deployment of not-so-smart meters in the State of Maine). In most category PDFs, there are some items shaded in yellow with the notation “Copy Filed in Docket.” These are documents filed in

Legislative Action Alert for Mainers Regarding Opt-Out Fees

By Ed Friedman A very important smart-meter bill will have its public hearing before the Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee next week on Tuesday, 26 March, in Augusta. Your input in person and/or by email or phone call to Committee legislators and your local legislators is essential! The bill would eliminate opt-out fees for retaining

Maine Smart Meter Opponents Turn Up the Heat with Filing of Expert Testimony

In Maine’s ongoing PUC investigation into the safety of smart meters, opponents turned up the heat this week on Central Maine Power (CMP). Complainants in the case filed their comprehensive expert and lay witness testimony with the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The submissions detail biological and health effects from radiofrequency or microwave radiation (RF)

Maine Supreme Court Proceedings Now Online

While audio from the Maine smart meter oral arguments in Maine Supreme Court was posted on the web long ago. We have just put up the video from the courtroom proceedings. Feel free to forward, post and use in your cases.–Ed Title: Video: ME Smart Meter Case-Supreme Court Oral Arguments May 10, 2012 Time: 36