Erik Bottema isn’t enthused about the city’s plans to install a high-tech “smart meter” at his north Glendale home.
Earlier this year, he ordered a contractor hired by Glendale Water & Power to install the new meters off of his property. He has since contemplated installing a cage around his meter to prevent its replacement.
Glendale and Burbank officials have lauded their respective multimillion-dollar smart-grid projects — which will allow two-way communication with the utility and let customers track real-time water and electricity consumption — as an exciting technological advancement.
But Bottema and a small group of Glendale and Burbank residents have resisted, saying they’re concerned about the health impacts of the radio waves that the wireless meters emit. They also say the utility’s ability to view electric and water usage as it occurs is intrusive and could change the rate structure.
“It’s a huge Big Brother issue,” Bottema said. “I work in law enforcement and I find it crazy. It makes me angry that they are going to do this.”