We need all to come and vote yes on the addition to the Sheffield By-Law that allows for a moratorium on the smart meter installation until March of 2016. This gives us time to review all the pro’s and con’s so we can make an educated decision about this controversial technology. Please come to the special town meeting on March 2nd and vote.

Here is the By-law to be voted on:

Warrant Article: To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town’s Zoning Bylaw by adding a new

Section 7.4 – TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON SMART GRID/SMART METER INSTALLATIONS, that would provide as follows, and further to amend the Table of Contents to add Section 7.4 “Temporary Moratorium on Smart Grid/Smart Meter Installations:” Or take any action relative thereto.

Text of the Zoning Bylaw ¯¯¯¯¯

Section 7.4 – Temporary Moratorium on Smart Grid/Smart Meter Installations

7.4.1 – Purpose. To allow the Town time to review the technology, infrastructure, costs and opt out fees planned for a smart grid program by the “Utility” in Sheffield, in order to protect the Town and its residents from potential undue adverse impacts on human health, historic resources, scenic views, residential property values and natural or man-made resources.

7.4.2 – Definitions

“Home Area Network or (“HAN”)”–   AMI meters wirelessly send data from home devices to, and implement instructions from the utility and possibly 3rd parties via the HAN gateway which is located at an end-user’s residence or business, and which serves as a communications portal to electrical appliances, electrical equipment, or electrical devices within the end-user’s residence or business, or which otherwise communicates with, monitors, or controls such electrical appliances, electrical equipment, or electrical devices.

“Local Area Network or (“Mesh” or “LAN”)” –    A two-way microwave wireless network whereby AMI meters send data via hopping meter to meter to meter to meter to repeater/relay to the WAN to the utility and possibly third parties.  

“Smart Grid/Smart Meter Installations” (aka “Advanced Metering Infrastructure”): Consist of electricity meters, two-way communication technologies, meter data management systems and customer devices used to measure, record, analyze and share energy use data through the use of Home Area Networks, Local Area Networks and/or Wide Area Networks.

“Wide Area Network or (“WAN”)”–   WiMAX, cellular technology and/or other microwave technology utilizing base stations (antennas, etc.) on existing or newly built poles, towers or structures which may or may not have other antennas affixed to them.  Usually requires ‘line of sight’ which requires defoliating or over the tree line.

7.4.3 – Temporary Moratorium. For the reasons set forth above and notwithstanding any other provision of the Zoning Bylaw to the contrary, the Town hereby adopts a temporary moratorium on the use of Smart Grid/Smart Meter Installations. The moratorium shall be in effect through March 31, 2016. During the moratorium period, the Town shall undertake a review of the potential impacts of Smart Grid/Smart Meter Installations, and shall consider adopting new Zoning Bylaws to address the impacts and operation of Smart Grid/Smart Meter Installations.

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