A few hours after a group of volunteers filed a petition asking for a referendum on the Smart Grid project, the issue was the subject of a lively debate at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
The $22 million Smart Grid project would see the installation of about 57,000 Smart Meters at residences and businesses around the city. Proponents say the program would modernize Naperville’s electrical system, increase reliability, reduce operating costs and improve efficiency. The project is funded partly by a matching federal grant.
Opponents, however, have said they have health concerns about the meters, think the project is too expensive and are also worried about the ability of people to hack into the system and glean information about residents.
The anti-Smart Grid group made its presence felt at the Council meeting, with the tone between them and Council members quickly turning acrimonious.
“Where are your numbers that there are very few people concerned,” Tom Glass asked pointedly.
Glass went on to criticize the City Council for limiting comments on the issue to 90 seconds.
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