The following letter was recently sent by Chris Turner, a D.C. attorney, to D.C.'s Public Service Commission.
"I am writing on behalf of DC Smart Meter Choice (dcsmartmeterchoice.com) and Citizens for Health (Citizens.org). Recently it came to the attention of several members of DC Smart Meter Choice and Citizens for Health that the Public Service Commission in response to the August 10, 2012 request of the City Council for the PSC to investigate PEPCO's, rf radiation emitting, wirelsss "smart" meters (attached) has awarded a contract to West Monroe Partners in the amount of $108,000. http://www.dcpsc.org/pdf_files/requests/proposals/ContractAward_PSC-13-0....
West Monroe Partners is, apparently, already a consultant to the City of Naperville, Illinois and has, apparently, already created some controversy there:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120127005467/en/Naperville-Smart... - "Documents released to a Naperville Smart Meter Awareness member in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act disclosed a coordinated effort between city officials and a government contractor to stifle the voice of Naperville residents. A portion of an email exchange between City of Naperville officials and employees of government contractor West Monroe Partners LLC discloses a scheme to recruit smart grid “ambassadors” to work against the citizen effort to put a public question before the voters of the city."
Two weeks ago the City of Naperville, Illinois had two mothers arrested who did not want a "smart" meter. Those mothers are part of on-going Federal litigation against the City of Naperville and its Electric Company/Cooperative. See: http://www.napervillesmartmeterawareness.org/. A reasonable question is did the City target these two stay at home moms because of their involvement with the litigation.
As you may be aware there are over 170 residents, some of whom have medical implants and/or use medical devices, who have signed the following petition requesting an immediate right to opt-out of having a wireless "smart" meter: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/allow-washington-dc-pepco-customers-.... [Note: The DC City Council law authorizing AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) mentions two way communicating devices. "Smart" meters could certainly be wired (fiber-optic, ethernet, cable, telephone) and are in some jurisdictions and Countries.]
Channel 9 ran a news story earlier in the week about PEPCO Customers experience, irregular heartbeats, headaches and dizziness from the meters: http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2158069952001."
You do not have to be a D.C. resident to express your disappointment. with the way things are being handled.