Contact Rep. Scott Plakon, Chair of FL House ENERGY / UTILITY Subcommittee – phone / email details

Submitted by Smart Meter Matrix on Sun, 10/16/2011 - 02:59

Contact Rep. Scott Plakon as Chair of the Energy & Utilities Subcommittee, no matter which District you live in, to make sure he knows what you think about smart meters. It is possible that he, like many, had not even heard the words ‘smart meter’ before your letters and calls on the subject.

Florida House of Representatives
Energy & Utilities Subcommittee
(850) 487-1342

Recent Meeting: October 18, 2011, Tuesday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Webster Hall (212 Knott)

Meeting Overview/Summary:
Discussion relating to Electric Utility Regulation:

• Regulatory Compact with Investor-Owned Utilities
• Governance of Municipal Electric Utilities
• Governance of Rural Electric Cooperatives

Chair: Rep. Scott Plakon (R)
Vice Chair: Rep. Daniel Davis (R)
Democratic Ranking Member: Rep. Alan B. Williams (D)

Capitol Office
317 House Office Building
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

Energy & Utilities Subcommittee page has more:

Representative Scott Plakon
Chair, Energy & Utilities Subcommittee
(850) 488-2231 Capitol Office
(407) 262-7520 District 37 Office

Legislative Assistant: Luke Givens (850) 488-2231
District Secretary: Jennifer Marquez

District 37 Office
1855 West State Road 434, Suite 242
Longwood, FL 32750-5071
(407) 262-7520

District Secretary: Jennifer Marquez
(407) 262-7520 phone
(407) 262-7522 fax

Email Rep. Plakon at - or via his page:


Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 11:31 PM
To: Plakon, Scott
Subject: Wireless "Smart" Meters for Utilities

Dear Rep. Plakon:

Having just this minute learned of your meeting scheduled for October 18, I regret that I lacked time to write a better letter. Still, I wish to take this opportunity to voice my concerns about the so-called wireless "smart meters" being contemplated by TECO and other utilities. I'm concerned about these systems on several levels. I'm told that the ones being considered by TECO transmit data nearly constantly. I consider this sort of emission, for lack of a better term, to be a form of pollution. Because it has not been studied, it should not be considered safe.

I'm not against a utility implementing a system that allows for greater accuracy. Such a system could be better effected in a wired system, either through telephone lines, cable, or FIOS. Other utilities around the country and world are implementing wired systems. A wired system would be significantly safer from hackers (and, dare I say, terrorists), who could access wireless systems remotely and wreak havoc on our power systems. I am also against these systems to the extent my personal information and energy usage is collected and sold to the highest bidder.

The governor of Illinois just vetoed a "smart grid" bill because the utilities sought to recoup costs for the system from consumers. I can well imagine that's being contemplated here, too. The Illinois governor said he wasn't going to allow a bill that contained "sweetheart deals" for utilities to become law. I hope you, as a state representative, will follow the Illinois governor's lead and stop this madness against Florida's citizens. As a taxpayer citizen, I am increasingly frustrated at my needs not being considered by corporate reps and elected officials alike. I'm not selfish; I'm considering the health, safety, and welfare of many people as I write this. I hope you will, too.

Thank you for your consideration.


Good Afternoon ---

I hope that all is well.

Thank you for communicating your concerns regarding “smart meters” with our office. Representative Plakon always appreciates when citizens contact him about the issues that are important to them.

Please feel free to contact our legislative aide, Luke Givens, to further discuss this matter. He can be reached at (850) 488-2231.

Kind Regards,

Jennifer Marquez
District Secretary
Rep. Scott Plakon
District 37

1855 West State Road 434
Suite 242
Longwood, FL 32750
Phone: 407-262-7520
Fax: 407-262-7522


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