Smart meter protest held in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – Protestors are looking to pull the plug on what they’re calling an unsafe requirement by a local utility company.

Pacific Power is continuing its plan to install new “smart meters” in most southern Oregon households.

But questions about cost and unproven health effects have some residents upset.

A small rally was held Wednesday morning at Jackson County offices to put pressure on the utility company to back off the new meters.

Talent resident Jim Thompson said, “My main concern is we think there’s an injustice in the methods they’re using to introduce the smart meters so we’re kicking back against that.”

Rally organizers also presented a letter to commissioners arguing against the proposed monthly fee for residents that don’t adopt the new meters.

Pacific Power will be hosting a pair of workshops on Saturdays in September in southern Oregon for anyone with questions.

One will be held at the Mace Center within the Jackson County Fairgrounds at 11:00 a.m. on September 8th. The other will be held in the Arts and Crafts building at the Josephine County Fairgrounds at 11:00 a.m. on September 22nd. They’re both free to attend.




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