Letter To The Editor: Stop Berkeley Electric Cooperative From Implementing TWACS/PLC
Berkeley Electric Cooperative is planning on making a fundamental change to our electric system that will have serious implications for all of us. They are planning on making these changes this August and they do not intend for us as member owners of our own cooperative to have any say or choice in the matter. The changes will effect the Johns Island District which includes Kiawah, Seabrook, Wadmalaw and Johns Island.
Berkeley Electric is planning on converting our benign, mechanical-analog system into a digital “Smart Grid” system. Without our consent they are planning to remove or modify the analog meters on our homes (the round dials with little wheels or numbers that slowly move as power is used) and replace them with digital meters and/or digital implants. These digital meters will send out pulsed signals of our homes electrical data usage along the power lines and back to Berkeley Electric. This is known as Power Line Communication or PLC. Berkeley Electric is planning on installing a TWACS version of this system manufactured by a company called Aclara. TWACS stands for Two Way Automated Communication System. These meters are dangerous.
They threaten our property, our privacy, our security and our health.
The digital meters they are planning on installing are surveillance devices. The data Berkeley Electric will gather will show what kind of appliances you use, when you wake up in the morning, when you leave for work, when you get home, go to bed and much more. These devices are a complete abrogation of our 4th Amendment rights to privacy. Utility companies in other states have already been mining this usage data and selling it to data analysts and 3rd party marketers for a profit. Who is to say the highest bidder will not be organized crime. Your personal usage data can also be given to government agencies who request it. You may recall David Patraeus, former CIA Director saying “We’ll spy on you through your dishwasher”.
In the state of Georgia it is illegal for a utility company to put a surveillance device on your house without your consent and Georgians have been able to refuse installation of “smart” meters. Shouldn’t we South Carolinians have the same rights?
These devices are easily hackable and pose a major security risk. A University of South Carolina Professor in the College of Engineering and Computing conducted an experiment and with grad students and was easily able to hack into the usage data at a Columbia, SC apartment complex. They were able to tell which units were vacant and the precise activities within each household. Property owners on Kiawah and Seabrook as well as Wadmalaw and Johns Island will not be thrilled to know this.
These digital meters pose enormous safety risks. Hundreds of homes in the United States and Canada have caught on fire when new digital meters were installed.
And lastly, these devices pose extreme threats to human health. Although the TWACS system is not an “RF” or Radio Frequency system and does not intentionally use radio frequencies to send the data, the system generates radio frequency radiation that will radiate out from all the power lines and the internal wiring of our homes, flooding our entire environment with radiation. The system turns electrical wires into antennas which emit microwave radio frequency radiation.
The World Health Organization in 2011 classified Radio Frequency emissions as a Class 2B carcinogen, that is the same category as asbestos and lead. These devices have never been tested for human safety. There are over 2000 published peer reviewed studies that show evidence of harm to humans and animals from Electromagnetic Fields, both ELF and RF.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s 2012 position paper on Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Fields Effect on Human Health states, “The fact that RF exposure causes neurological damage has been documented repeatedly. Increased blood-brain barrier permeability and oxidative damage, which are associated with brain cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, have been found. Changes associated with degenerative neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) have been reported. Other neurological and cognitive disorders such as headaches, dizziness, tremors, decreased memory and attention, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, decreased reaction times, sleep disturbances and visual disruption have been reported to be statistically significant in multiple epidemiological studies.”
Immune dysfunction, kidney damage and electromagnetic sensitivity have also been found.
Who is most vulnerable to the damaging effects of RF exposure? The elderly, people with immune system disorders, including MS and Lupus, people with pacemakers and certain genetic disorders. Pregnant women, babies in utero, infants and young children are extremely vulnerable. Thousands of people in the United States have become functionally impaired by Smart Meter/Smart Grid Technology like TWACS already. Aclara TWACS systems were installed 2 years ago in Idaho. Residents there became ill after the system was installed. Read their testimonies about how they, along with their pets, became functionally impaired after the TWACS installation at the EI Wellspring.org website.
Berkeley Electric maintains that the TWACS system is safe. Berkeley Electric was asked to provide copies of all scientific studies that they are using to support their claim of safety in June of 2013. To date they have not provided any evidence of safety.
Our electrical power distribution system was not designed to carry communication data. One of the largest utilities in New England, Northeast Utilities stated in January 2014 that there is no rational basis for mandating installation of smart meters and smart grid technology. They noted the systems are extremely expensive and offer no benefit to the customer and significantly increase cyber-security risk and may well become obsolete in a matter of years. In addition many customers are concerned about the safety and security of the systems.
There is one thing in all of this to understand: mechanical analog meters are safe and digital meters are not.
Watch the documentary film Take Back Your Power at www.TakeBackYourPower.net. Berkeley Electric must be stopped from implementing this dangerous system. Our privacy, safety, security and health are at risk. We must act now!
Carly Moore -South Carolina Alliance to Stop Smart Meters and Power Line Communication
Letter To The Editor: Stop Berkeley Electric Cooperative From Implementing TWACS/PLC
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I am concerned about the smart meter in my home. I am recovering from breast cancer and not happy with the fact that there is a law is about to be passed to make a smart meter mandatory in my home. The law I am referring to is HR 2685. I should have the right to control my health in my own home without radiation. I am looking into having the smart meter removed from my home now. Besides breast cancer since I have been living in a smart meter run home I have involuntary muscle contractions and headaches.
I also do not like any government agency or corporations spying in my home to collect data. I also do not like my tax dollars used to spy and or collect data on me. It is against my constitutional rights. I would like to know where you stand on these issues. I intend to vote for any candidate who can restore our constitutional rights. I pray that you will make the right decisions for New York and our country.
Is your home’s energy meter spying on you?
Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.
The smart energy meters read electric or gas usage, and enable a power company to collect detailed usage data on a particular home or building. But the readings also gather personal information that some critics argue is too intrusive.
The information gathered from smart meters includes unencrypted data that can, among other details, reveal when a homeowner is away from their residence for long periods of time. The electric wattage readings can even decipher what type of activities a customer is engaged in, such as watching TV, using a computer or even how long someone spends cooking.
“It’s in the nature of technology to be neutral in the benefits and the risks; it’s how the info is used,” Allen Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, tells FoxNews.com. “Look at smartphones. No one can argue the benefits of having one. But on the other hand, it’s the best tracking device.”
The Vermont ACLU has, in the past few years, participated in the privacy debate over smart energy meters. The group says that one major issue with data collected from the meters is the same with cellphone data. The agency has filed lawsuits against law enforcement agencies in the state over cellphone data being harvested through secret inquests and used to track an individual’s whereabouts.
The group has suggested a proposal to the state government so the same won’t happen with smart-meter data.
“We have put up quite a strong argument for user utility data,” Gilbert said. “This is why we presented a proposition in which we said that police departments should not get customer information from a utility.
“Instead, any subpoena should be issued directly to the customer.”
The U.S. Department of Energy has even admitted that privacy and data access is a concern as far back as 2010 in a report on the smart meter technology.
“Advances in Smart Grid technology could significantly increase the amount of potentially available information about personal energy consumption,” reads a statement from the report, titled “Data Access and Privacy Issues Related to Smart Grid Technologies.”
The report states, “Such information could reveal personal details about the lives of consumers, such as their daily schedules (including times when they are at or away from home or asleep), whether their homes are equipped with alarm systems, whether they own expensive electronic equipment such as plasma TVs, and whether they use certain types of medical equipment.”
The report recommended that states should consider a condition in which customers can authorize third parties access and that there should be a prohibition on disclosure of customer data to said third parties.
Ohio residents are dealing with the third-party collection issue, as police agencies work to obtain utility data to determine if suspects have been growing marijuana in their homes.
In 2011, the Columbus Dispatch reported that at an average of 60 subpoenas are filed each month statewide by law-enforcement agencies seeking energy-use records from various utility companies.
“We’re obligated when we get these requests,” a spokesperson for American Electric Power said to the newspaper at the time. “There’s not an option to say no.”
The subpoenas allow investigators access to utility records for a particular house they are investigating, as well as for a few other homes on the block in an attempt to determine if there is a “grow house,” which is likely to use three to five times more power than anyone else when harvesting marijuana.
In Philadelphia, customers of PECO have complained and opted out of having the smart meters installed because of its two-way communication capabilities.
Last year, California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) was required after an investigation to pay $390,000 to the state’s General Fund after it was discovered that they were spying on anti-smart meter activist groups.
“Imagine if AT&T set out to install FCC-regulated cell network repeaters on everyone’s rooftops — all homes in the US — without permission or compensation. That they just went out and did it, in the interest of improving their network coverage, and improving their for-profit bottom line,” Josh del Sol, a researcher and director of a documentary titled “Take Back Your Power,” said to FoxNews.com. “Pretty ridiculous, right? This is theft, and if they were a government agency it would be an obvious violation of the latter part of the Fifth Amendment in addition to the Fourth.”
“How, pray tell, are utilities able to get away with what amounts to the exact same thing,” he added. “They [power utilities] would say that ‘they have easement,’ but does this easement include the right to broadcast an FCC-regulated microwave transmitter on your home, taking your private property to do so, for their benefit, and without your consent?”
Despite the ongoing chorus against smart meters and the possibility for intrusion, some experts say that it is nothing but mass hysteria.
“Privacy zealots obsess over something that wouldn’t concern a rational person,” Roger Pilon, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies, said to FoxNews.com. “It’s the kind of mass hysteria we’ve seen in other eras for other issues.”
“The NSA has better things to do than monitor our A/C use.”
Smart Meters – Commons Select Committee Meeting (Clip 1 of 6)
Published on May 3, 2013
This video series shows the Commons Select Committee enquiry into the UK Smart Meter roll-out held on Tuesday 23rd April 2013. Witnesses appearing to give evidence to the Committee in the first session include Dr Elizabeth Evans and Mike Mitcham from Stop Smart Meters! (UK), alongside Dr Jill Meara, representing Public Health England, and Dr John Swanson, from the Biological Effects Policy Advisory Group for the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
The representatives from Stop Smart Meters! (UK) share their concerns about adverse health effects from wireless smart meters due to the pulsed microwave radiation that is emitted 24/7 by these meters, up to 190,000 pulses a day – acute effects (insomnia, headaches, nausea, anxiety and depression, fatigue and memory/concentration problems) and chronic effects (including increased risk of cancer, infertility, dementia, immune system dysfunction, damage to fetuses); environmental damage from wireless smart meters – RF radiation affecting bees, plants, trees, birds etc and the inherent energy-inefficiency of wireless technology: cybersecurity problems – leaving homes and communities vulnerable to hacking of their smart meters; privacy issues – concerning the masses of real-time data on energy usage collected by the utility company which gives a detailed picture of family life inside a home with a smart meter, who will have access to that data, and how that data will be used; and the specter of higher bills resulting from smart meters – as has been the experience in Canada where 80% of Smart Meter users complain of higher bills within a year of installation, often more that 50% higher.
Stop Smart Meters! (UK)
Survey: Americans strained by housing costs
Lisa Prevost – June 9, 2014
So finds an eye-opening new survey conducted for the MacArthur Foundation. The survey of 1,355 adults reveals considerable stress throughout the country over the cost of housing, even though the housing crisis brought on by the market collapse is supposed to be “over.”
More than half of the respondents said they’d picked up a second job, put off saving or made some other sacrifice in the past three years in order to cover their rent or mortgage. And many see a broader problem with housing affordability in their own communities. Nearly 60 percent of respondents said it is either very or somewhat challenging for families with average incomes to find decent affordable housing in their community. Seventy-five percent said it is equally tough for young people just getting started.
These rather gloomy findings match the mood of Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey for May. In this monthly survey of 1000 Americans, 57 percent of respondents said they think the economy is still headed in the wrong direction. And those who said their household finance situation is better than a year ago dropped off to 21 percent.
The MacArthur survey’s findings are also broken out geographically. Housing strain is felt most acutely in the high-priced Northeast and West Coast, which isn’t surprising. But not far behind those locales are people who live in small and/or rural communities. Nearly 60 percent of folks living in small-town America said it is either very or somewhat challenging to find affordable housing there.
Solid majorities think the government ought to be investing in programs supporting homeownership or new rental housing. (I can’t help but notice that the survey team did not use the term “affordable housing” in asking about government policy.) Here, from the MacArthur report, is how people responded on that issue:
As citizens of British Columbia, Canada, we have created a British Columbia Resolution on the Proliferation of Electromagnetic Radiation and we are requesting your support. The resolution is at the address below.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
THE LILLY WAVE
Electrical Stimulation of the BraIn
The goal was to find an electric current waveform with which animals could be stimulated through implanted electrodes for several hours per day for several months without causing irreversible changes in threshold by the passage of current through the tissue.
Many waveforms, including 60-cps. sine-wave current could apparently be used safely for these limited schedules of stimulation. They could not be used for the intensive, long-term schedule of chronic stimulation. Electric current passed through the brain can cause at least two distinct types of injury: thermal and electrolytic.
The technical problem in chronic brain stimulation is to stay above the excitatory threshold and below the injury threshold in the neuronal system under consideration. This result can be achieved most easily by the proper choice of waveforms and their time courses; and less easily by the choice of the range of repetition frequencies and train durations.
The previous wave forms used in neurophysiology and in neurosurgery injured the neurons when unidirectional current passed through the brain. Dr. Lilly developed a new electrical wave form to balance the current, first in one direction and then, after a brief interval, in the other. Thus ions moving in the neurons would first be pushed one way and then quickly the other way, stimulating the neurons and leaving the ions in their former positions within the neurons. This new wave form was called a balanced bidirectional pulse pair, or the Lilly Wave. Microscopic studies of brains stimulated with this balanced pulse pair showed that there was no injury of the neuronai networks from this kind of stimulation.
Waveform of stimulating current: pulse pairs of current resulting from quasi-differentiation, with passive electrical elements, of a rectangular pulse. Measured at 2 percent of the peak, the duration of the positive pulse (upward) is 34 µsec, and the duration of the negative pulse (downward) is 28 µsec.
Smart Meters: Are They Spying On You?
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Smart meters could potentially be used as spying or “monitoring” devices, according to a new report by a technology publication. Smart Grid News, a “mouthpiece” for the high-tech meter industry, stated that off-label uses of smart meters abound in the near future. The devices utilize wireless radios to communicate data about electrical usage, which makes them easy targets for cyber hackers, according to many technology experts. As former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, a cyber attack on the power grid is a matter of when, not if. Some feel that a nationwide smart grid and smart meters increase the likelihood of such an attack occurring on a devastating scale.
Excerpt from smart meters report on Smart Grid News:
“Soon, the idea of using smart meters to simply tell us how much electricity is being used at any given time will seem similarly archaic. One of the next areas of value comes from taking smart meter data and ‘disaggregating’ it to tell us exactly how customers are using electricity. Do external devices already do this? Sure. Just as progress in the smart phone world reduced the need for external devices, cameras, alarm clocks, radios, pedometers, navigation systems, etc, the ability to get accurate, appliance level feedback, without the need to invest in external hardware, is the next step in the world of smart meters. Studies indicate that the more specific the information, the better the conservation impact. “
Although the conservation information presented to customers is billed at merely a guide to help residents use less energy, the reduction of energy might not remain voluntary forever. Thousands of utility workers could reportedly be laid-off because smart meters eliminate the bulk of the need for meter readers.
According to the Stop Smart Meters group, the smart grid devices do not always emit less RF (radio frequency) exposure than a cell phone — as some utility companies allegedly state. “People are becoming increasingly aware of the potential harm done by chronic exposure to RF radiation-emitting devices and are taking steps to change how they use them. Most people are not offered a wired smart meter and you can’t turn it off once it is installed,” the group contends.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus once stated that WiFi connected devices, such as appliances commonly found inside many homes, will “transform the art of spying.” Petraeus also said that spies will be capable of monitoring Americans without going inside the home or perhaps even acquiring a warrant. He went on to state that remote control radio frequency identification devices, “energy harvesters,” sensor networks, and small embedded severs all connected to an internet network will be all that is necessary for clandestine intelligence gathering.