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October 11, 2013

Citizens raise questions about smart meters

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Lepak said an example is small cell technology and low powered antennas to provide better cellular service and meet customer’s expectations in the market place.
This is a very common type of technology, Lepak said.
“The city is aware of various studies which raise different degrees of health issues. It is our purpose to serve the citizens of Claremore. We would not willingly or knowingly install devices that would create health concerns,” City Manager Jim Thomas said. “We love our citizens.” 
The council voted to solicit a Request For Proposals on smart grid service for a term of 10 years and once the bids are received the documents will be reviewed for any potential problems with the system.
“I think this is worth exploring. I am not discounting anyone’s comments,” Thomas said. “Right now we have a very expensive electrical system that is serving a big population and when there is a problem this tool is one of many tools that will help us isolate the problem.”
City officials said the smart meters present benefits to consumers as well as the city.
Each user would have access to detailed information about their billing and tools to improve energy efficiency.

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