BREAKING: SaskPower ordered to remove all 105,000 smart meters in the province

BREAKING: SaskPower ordered to remove all 105,000 smart meters in the province

by Shaun Knox, Global News | see original article
Fires prompt full recall & investigation of why testing never happened

The removal of the smart meters over the next six to nine months will cost around $15 million, according to SaskPower.

REGINA – SaskPower has announced that they are removing all the smart meters that were installed in the province.

The minister responsible for SaskPower Bill Boyd said the utility company will be taking out all 105,000 smart meters around Saskatchewan.

“I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that’s why we’ve directed SaskPower accordingly,” said Minister Boyd.

The removal of the smart meters over the next six to nine months will cost around $15 million, according to SaskPower.

“We view it as similar to a recall situation and the people of Saskatchewan shouldn’t be responsible for the costs of this and we’ll do everything we can to recover those costs,” said Boyd.

Boyd will also be reviewing why the new meters weren’t properly studied or tested before they were installed in homes.

I don’t know whether there was enough testing done. We’ll certainly be conducting, along with SaskPower, an internal review of the procurement procedures around this around the safety concerns people had,” added Boyd.

“We want to determine when these were originally ordered, if there were safety concerns known at that point in time, so we have a lot of questions we’re going to be discussing with SaskPower about how this came to be.”

Earlier this month SaskPower temporarily suspended its installation of smart meters around the province after half a dozen caught fire.

http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2014/07/30/breaking-saskpower-ordered-remove-smart-meters-province/

 

SMART METERS ARE CELL TOWERS ATTACHED TO YOUR HOME!

How to cut your exposure to cell-phone radiation

 

Published: July 12, 2014 06:00 AM

 
 

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Q. Is it true that cell phones emit dangerous levels of radiation?

 A. Possibly. Cell phones expose you to radio­frequency electromagnetic energy, a form of “non-ionizing” radiation (similar to what’s emitted from microwave ovens). Some studies have suggested that cell-phone use alters brain function and may increase the risk of some cancers, although the overall evidence hasn’t found a clear link. More study is needed to determine the health effects of cell-phone use, and what constitutes a safe level of use.

For now, you can reduce radiation exposure by:

  • Limiting talk time;
  • Using a speakerphone or headset;
  • Holding the phone away from your ear; and
  • Replacing some calls with text messaging or e-mail.
 

UK govt. and industry to mount massive spin campaign to promote smart grids

Lessons not learned: UK govt. and industry to mount massive spin campaign to promote smart grids

Contrary to the claim below that the British energy industry has “learned from mistakes in the USA and Australia” just the opposite is true. What about the many reports on health effects coming from Australia and the U.S.? Absolutely nothing is mentioned below. Its all about “lifestyle changes” with part of the spin using cartoon characters Gaz and Leccy spreading the supposed benefits of smart meters. Perhaps appropriately like to the cartoon character Joe Camel featured in those old cigarette commercials.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the money was instead spent on investigating those health effects? A bit like believing in the Easter Bunny…..

I recommend visiting the link mentioned at the end of the below article.

Don

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From Smart Grid Australia

UK Energy industry unveils £85m plan to tout smart meter benefits

Having learned from mistakes in the USA and Australia, the British energy industry has joined forces for a nationwide campaign that seeks to rally support for smart meters by touting the devices as a platform for future lifestyle changes in households. Cartoon versions of gas and electricity (Gaz and Leccy) will star in ads nationwide later this month.

Smart Energy GB, an organisation set up by the Government and funded by energy companies, has just launched the first phase of the £85 seven-year marketing plan. It was first revealed in March and the campaign will play a key role in the Government’s £11bn plan to install the devices in every home by 2020.

Smart Energy GB brand identity has been formed to embody the push, highlighting how the devices can transform the relationship between UK consumers and energy companies. Print and TV ads will speak to the concerns of many homeowners by showing how smart meters control boisterous, Tom and Jerry-esque cartoon versions of gas and electricity, dubbed Gaz and Leccy respectively. A coolly delivered voiceover urging people to ask their energy provider for more details will offset the chaos caused by the duo. See article.

Internet of Things (IoT) – smart home nexus

The internet-of-things (IoT) and smart home nexus are driving tech-titans such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple into the emerging home automation sector. These conglomerates bring a strong brand, a large customer base, and marketing muscle into a sector on the cusp of rapid adoption.

In this brief report, we analyse the convergence of the connected home, the smart grid, mobile energy management, and energy efficiency. Combined, these technologies form the IoT – Smart Home Nexus.

Key Findings

As of May 2014, U.S. households had 610 million internet connected devices. By the end of 2014 and 2015, this figure is projected to increase from 650 million to 748 million

As of May 2014, a total of 100 million U.S. adults use some type of personal cloud service. By the end of 2014 and 2015, this figure is projected to increase from 110 million to 138 million.

From 2014 to 2015, consumers are projected to spend $5.2 billion and $6.3 billion, respectively, on energy efficient products and services

From 2014 to 2015, consumers are projected to spend $4.7 billion and $6.0 billion, respectively, on smart home systems, devices, and software.

Free report here:

http://smartgridinsights.com/standard/internet-things-iot-smart-home-nexus/


http://www.emfacts.com/2014/07/lessons-not-learned-uk-govt-and-industry-to-mount-massive-spin-campaign-to-promote-smart-grids/

Germany – Important Court Victory for Electro Hyper Sensitivity Victim

Germany – Important Court Victory for Electro Hyper Sensitivity Victim

from Martin Weatherall:

EHS of a former German Army Radar-mechanic acknowledged as occupational disease by the court of appeal for administrative litigation in German state Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-Holsteinisches Oberverwaltungsgericht)

3 LB 21/11, September 13, 2012

The plaintiff worked for the German army (Bundeswehr) from 1970 to 1992 as a mechanic for Radar systems. While working he was exposed to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Since 1973 the plaintiff suffered from inflammation, infectious diseases and palpitations. From 1976 he also suffered from agitation, sleep disorders, fatigue, lack of concentration and extreme forgetfulness, extreme headaches, disorder of the immune system, food allergies and other allergic symptoms, non-functioning eyesight, sweats, exhaustion until mid 90ies.

The plaintiff was diagnosed with EHS and treated in two clinics in 1993. In 1994 the Federal Republic of Germany as his employer rejected to acknowledge his illness as an occupational disease claiming there is no proof that his symptoms are caused by the exposure. In 1994, the plaintiff was pensioned off.

The plaintiff filed a law-suit against the Federal Republic as his former employer to the court for administrative litigation in Schleswig to get this acknowledgement. He gave the court several reports of experts who examined his or other Radar-Mechanics conditions. As the court granted the plaintiff´s suit the defendant filed an appeal to the higher court, arguing that committees and experts- the WHO, the ICNIRP and the German committee for the protection of radiation (Strahlenschutzkommission – SSK) are of the opinion that EMF-exposure below standards does not cause any physical harm.

The plaintiff sent the court Prof. em. Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Karl Hecht´s study from 2001 on „Effects of EMF“ as well as a report by medicine physicist Dr. rer nat Lebrecht von Klitzing on the biological effects of pulsed high frequency waves below standards as well as a synopsis by Prof. Hecht from 2005 that explained that the majority of personnel exposed to radiation suffered from the symptoms of what is called the „microwave syndrom“. The court appointed another expert who reported in 2005 and 2006 that the plaintiff´s symptoms are not caused by ionizing or non-ionizing radiation or a combination of both. After hearing several other expert witnesses – among them Prof. em. Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl Hecht and Dr. rer. nat. Lebrecht von Klitzing – the court appointed another expert and – after another hearing – obliged the defendant to acknowledge the plaintiffs request in a verdict from August 20th, 2008.

On appeal, the highest federal court in administrative matters (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) declared that the decision violated federal law as the court had not taken enough efforts to research the facts. The court of appeal than appointed a third expert who stated that it was possible to proof the causation of the plaintiff´s exposure and his disease. The court ruled again in favor of the plaintiff and also ruled that another appeal is not permitted. The defendant´s complaint against this to the highest federal court was not successful. In consequence, the acknowledgement is now legally binding.

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Note that the Court rejected the Gov expert opinion including the reliance on ICNIRP & the WHO and their claim that… there is no proof of biological harms and instead accepted Prof. Hecht and Prof. Von-Klitzing testimony.

N.B. Just note the big legal difference between Germany (EHS = occupational disease) and Sweden (EHS = functional impairment [with it’s symptoms classified as an occupationally-related symptom-based diagnosis (code ICD-10) by the Nordic Council of Ministers since 2000.

Olle Johansson

The EHS debate has now evolved into a different league and EHS has been accepted as an ‘occupational disease’ at the highest court of appeal in Germany. Dr Von Klitzing’s protocol for diagnosing EHS is based on cardiac rhythm disturbance and micro circulation as being key indicators of EHS.

Sarah

Court Proceedings:: http://www.bverwg.de/entscheidungen/entscheidung.php?ent=100414B2B36.13.0

Germany – Important Court Victory for Electro Hyper Sensitivity Victim

 

Swedish Neuroscientist Olle Johannson Warns Arizona’s Health Authorities About Smart Meter “Poisonous Snake”

Swedish Neuroscientist Olle Johannson Warns Arizona’s Health Authorities About Smart Meter “Poisonous Snake”

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Swedish Neuroscientist and Associate Professor at the prestigious Karolinska institute in Stockholm Sweden, Olle Johannson, has written a letter to the Arizona Dept. of Health Services encouraging them to re-evaluate the risks of utility company smart grid policies.   Johannson urges them to share his skepticism of industry-funded research into the extremely controversial question of whether exposures from wireless devices- including “smart” meters-  are causing preventable damage to the public health.

He blasts those who dismiss scientific research showing harm from wireless technologies, saying essentially that it only takes one poisonous snake to bite you, and there are thousands of studies now showing changes in biology- many harmful- from microwave radiation exposures- even at a relatively small dose.  That makes the ubiquitous and high powered wireless pulses from smart meters particularly worrying.  Johannson says:

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Read Olle Johannson’s letter here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/235000307/5-30-14-Dr-Olle-Johannson-s-Letter-to-AZDHS

 

 

Smart Meter Companies Admit: We’re Spying On You

Smart Meter Companies Admit: We’re Spying On You

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Power companies admit: We're spying on you

Smart meters are spying devices. Not breaking news? Likely not for those of us who have researched the issue for quite a long while, but an admission by those who make the devices is rather shocking.

That is exactly what has happened, as SmartGridNews, a website supported by the high-tech meter industry, acknowledged that smart meters are gathering private information on homeowners.

Smart meters utilize wireless technology and instantly tell power companies how much electricity a home is using, and even can report on the power usage by individual appliances, as Smart Grid News said. Smart meters also can literally control newer household appliances that have the capability to communicate with the device.

“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,” reads a new story on the website. “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.”

The Stop Smart Meters website states that fire dangers are also a problem associated with smart meters. Fire calls after smart meter installations reportedly include the shorting-out of electronics of all varieties and the burning-out of appliances.

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Cyber hacking of smart meters to possibly overload and garner control of significant portions of the power grid is also an often-voiced worry about the smart power initiative. In Connecticut, 30 percent of customers in a pilot program had higher bills after smart meters were installed.

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.

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Smart grid opponents have long opposed the gathering of their personal usage information.

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.

The Smart Grid News report said customers surveyed in a recent report supported smart meters.

“Customers were delighted with the initiative as it showed how their new smart meters could work for them,” the website said. “Utility companies wanting to meet their specific conservation targets to drive customer engagement should ensure they are making the most of their smart meter investment. They can now use the power of smart meter data disaggregation to identify the customers who are most likely to help them reach their specific targets and turn them into willing partners in the drive for energy conservation.”

Data disaggregation basically means the automatic collection of personal energy habits of the homes attached to smart meters. The more customers know that is the case, the more they will oppose smart meters.

How do you feel about smart meters and the creation of a smart grid? Let us know in the comments section below.

http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/06/13/smart-meter-companies-admit-were-spying-on-you/

 

 

Smart Meters Pose New Risks for Energy Industry

Smart Meters Pose New Risks for Energy Industry

By Christoph Steitz and Harro Ten Wolde | July 18, 2014
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Last November, Felix Lindner came very close to shutting down the power supply of Ettlingen, a town of almost 40,000 people in the south of Germany.

“We could have switched off everything: power, water, gas,” Lindner, head of Berlin-based Recurity Labs, an IT security company, said.

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Fortunately for residents, Lindner’s cyber attack on its energy utility, Stadtwerke Ettlingen, was simulated.

But he revealed how easy it was to hack into the utility’s network through its IT grid,

which gave him access to its control room.

“The experiment has shown that sensitive, critical infrastructure is not sufficiently protected,” said Eberhard Oehler, managing director of the utility, Stadtwerke Ettlingen.

Cyber attacks on infrastructure have become a major worry for utilities following the 2010 Stuxnet computer virus, which experts believe was used by Israel and the United States

to make some of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges tear themselves apart.

The threat has been reinforced in recent months by the appearance of a computer virus known as the Havex Trojan, which hackers appear to have used to attack oil and gas firms.

Traditionally, energy utilities have kept infrastructure like power plants safe from cyber attack by keeping it separate from the open Internet.

But that is rapidly changing as a new generation of “smart” power meters hooks up customers to their utilities through the web, and new forms of

solar and wind microgeneration supplement traditional centralized power stations.

“The risk is being underestimated outside of the industry,” Oehler said.

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Smart meters give customers and utilities real-time data about when, where and how much energy households use, enabling energy providers to monitor and adjust energy flows.

Globally, the number of installed smart meters is expected nearly to quadruple by 2022 to 1.1 billion from 313 million in 2013, according to a report from Navigant Research.

Utilities say their customers should have little to fear, with electricity meters using the same sort of security measures that have made online banking widely accepted as safe.

“The transmission of client data to companies for billing purposes is subject to coding techniques and will at least reach the security level seen in online banking, if not surpass it,”

said RWE, one of Germany’s biggest utilities, which has completed a smart meter pilot project.

But hacking attacks are believed to have already occurred. According to a 2010 FBI bulletin cited by Brian Krebs, a Washington-based security expert,

a utility in Puerto Rico called in the feds, estimating it had lost $400 million in annual revenue after criminals hacked into smart meters to under-report electricity usage.

A U.S. Congressional Research Service report warned in 2012 that “smart meter data present privacy and security concerns that are likely to become more prevalent

as government-backed initiatives expand deployment of the meters to millions of homes across the country.”

The European Union wants more than two thirds of Europe’s electricity users to use smart meters by 2020, an initiative it hopes will reduce energy use by three percent.

In Italy, the dominant utility Enel supplied all of its 30 million customers with the technology a decade ago. Scandinavia has broadly introduced smart metering in the last 10 years.

Britain is spending 12 billion pounds ($20.4 billion) to install 53 million smart meters by 2020, while France is planning to install 35 million over the same period.

“The smart metering system has been developed to provide strong security controls that mitigate the risks of security compromise, via cyber-attack or otherwise,” said a spokesman

for the British Department of Energy and Climate Change.

“Smart metering system security uses international standards and common industry good practices, e.g. encryption of sensitive data, protection from viruses and malware, access control,

tamper alerts on meters, two-party authorisation of important messages to the meters and system monitoring,” he added.

But officials acknowledge that such connected systems will have new vulnerabilities.

“We can identify three risks: outright sabotage; external, illegal control; and criminals that want to earn money with it,” said Udo Helmbrecht,

executive director of the European UnionAgency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

The University of Cambridge said in a report that smart meters raised “several serious security issues” such as fraud through manipulated meter readings, misuse of private customer data

and a threat of power outages through a large cyber attack.

Data-hubs which collect information coming from smart meters and transmit it to the utilities, including via mobile connections, could be especially vulnerable.

One weak spot could be the encryption of data sent from meters to utilities, which could be cracked, said Eireann Leverett, of IT security firm IOActive:

“The smart meters are made to last 20 years but it is totally unclear whether cryptology will last that long.”

For the foreseeable future, utilities will be working to keep their systems safe, while hackers keep looking for holes.

“There will never be 100-percent protection,” said Werner Thalmeier, security expert at Radware.

($1 = 0.5877 British Pounds) (Editing by Henning Gloystein and Peter Graff)

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Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences

Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences

July 19, 2014 in -Mailing List, Cell phone news by EMFacts

From Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D.

L. Lloyd Morgan, Santosh Kesari, Devra Lee Davis. Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences. Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmau.2014.06.005. In press. Published online Jul 15, 2014.

Highlights

• Children absorb more microwave radiation (MWR) than adults.

• MWR is a Class 2B (possible) carcinogen.

• The fetus is in greater danger than children from exposure to MWR.

• The legal exposure limits have remained unchanged for decades.

• Cellphone manuals warnings and the 20 cm rule for tablets/laptops violate the “normal operating position” regulation.

Full article:
http://www.emfacts.com/2014/07/why-children-absorb-more-microwave-radiation-than-adults-the-consequences/

Reports of illness prompt audit of smart meter radiation

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Reports of illness prompt audit of smart meter radiation

Karen Collier consumer reporter
Herald Sun
July 15, 2014 8:25PM

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Some people believe smart meters are making them sick.

Some people believe smart meters are making them sick.

AN independent audit of electromagnetic radiation from smart meters will begin next month as critics claim
reports of illness from hundreds of Victorians represent an emerging health crisis.

More than 250 Victorians have contacted Stop Smart Meters Australia to report insomnia, headaches,
ringing in the ears,
tiredness and burning or tingling sensations.

“Adverse reactions to smart meter emissions have also resulted, for some, in loss of employment,
social dislocation, and unwanted family separations,” it says in a letter to the State Government.

Independent electromagnetic radiation tests at 55 properties are due to start late next month.

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Energy Minister Russell Northe said: “The Government expects that smart meters will be shown to operate
well within the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency standard.”

Electromagnetic emission rates from the smart meters will be compared with those from other devices such as mobile phones,
microwave ovens, televisions, wi-fi routers and computers.

A similar, smaller 2011 study found emissions were well within the accepted safety standard.

Some people listed on the Australian Electromagnetic Radiation Health Complaints Register —
which has received 22 reports relating to smart meters — will be invited to participate in the new audit.

But Stop Smart Meters Australia’s Janobai Smith said the study was of “limited value” because it wouldn’t interview people
about ill health, nor test for biological effects.

Steve Weller, a senior IT consultant who shifted from Victoria to Queensland to escape smart meters, believes two devices at a neighbour’s
property prompted his heart palpitations, head and intestinal pain, and insomnia.

But the director of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research, Professor Rodney Croft, said there had been no convincing
demonstrations of health effects from mobile phones, “which are 100 times more powerful than smart meters”.

karen.collier@news.com.au

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/reports-of-illness-prompt-audit-of-smart-meter-radiation/story-fni0fit3-1226990214029?nk=2999653d4340d30df85715035fb925e4