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Smart meter shenanigans

| Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

There are three bills in the state House Consumer Affairs Committee that would permit captive ratepayers to opt out of the various Smart Meter programs. But committee Chairman Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery County, refuses to release the bills for a vote, saying he sees no value in them.

According to votesmart.org , Godshall received $28,100 in campaign contributions from electric utilities so far this year. Could that be a reason he sees no value?

Or could it be that his son, Grey, has been promoted to manager of the smart meter program for PECO, the state's largest utility? Not too long ago, Grey was the manager of PECO's tree trimming.

There's at least an appearance of impropriety here. It seems that Rep. Godshall is putting the interests of PECO ahead of the citizens of Pennsylvania. And PECO stands to receive $200 million from the federal government if it installs 660,000 smart meters.

We need to bury our senators and representatives in an avalanche of letters, faxes, emails and phone calls to demand that our interests be put ahead of the people and businesses that are benefiting from foisting the smart meter disaster on all of us.

Get them to pay attention. Remember, it's an election year.

Tom McCarey

Berwyn, Chester County

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