Port Angeles, Washington ends Smart Meter Program-Congrats!!!!

PORT ANGELES — City staff will begin negotiations on ending the contract with the contractor on the delayed “smart” meter project after a City Council vote Tuesday night.

Council members voted 5-1, with Councilmen Lee Whetham opposed and Patrick Downie absent, to authorize a “standstill” agreement with Atlanta-based Mueller Systems that would halt all work on the beleaguered smart electric and water meter project and start a 60-day clock for negotiating a mutual termination of the city’s contract with Mueller.

Council members also approved by the same vote a contract amendment not to exceed $140,000 with West Monroe Partners, the city consultant that evaluated the smart meter project in October, for technical support during the city’s contract termination negotiations with Mueller.

“They know where Mueller might have failed and has failed, and [that] gives us a lot stronger negotiating position,” City Public Works and Utilities Director Craig Fulton told council members Tuesday night.

In casting the sole no vote against both the agreement and the contract amendment, Whetham said he supported going to court over the $4.9 million smart meter project, which has been delayed by roughly 2.5 years.

The city declared Mueller in breach of contract in January citing a bevy of software integration issues between the city’s billing software and that of Mueller.

“I can’t support this, I’d like to immediately proceed to court with this,” Whetham said at the meeting. “The $140,000 in my opinion is going to be a gamble by the citizens with taxpayer money.”

The meters are designed to transmit water and electricity usage data wirelessly from homes and business to City Hall and receive information from city utility staff.

City and county residents opposing the project have attended multiple council meetings since September to voice concerns over privacy and potential negative health impacts of the electromagnetic energy the smart meters would use to communicate with City Hall.

About 2,100 smart electricity meters and 1,200 smart water meters have been installed on residences and businesses across the city.

All are still being read manually.

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PORT ANGELES — City Council members may take acton tonight that could lead to the end of the beleaguered and controversial “smart” meter program in Port Angeles.

Council members will consider a “standstill” agreement with Atlanta-based Mueller Systems, the city’s smart electric and water meter installer, that would stop all work on the project and allow the city and Mueller 60 days to negotiate terminating the city’s contract with Mueller.

Tonight’s council meeting will start in council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St., at 6 p.m.

“The city and Mueller [are] looking to negotiate a potential termination of the contract,” said Craig Fulton, the city’s public works and utilities director.

When asked whether this could mean the city dumping the $4.9 million smart meter project altogether, Fulton said, “Yes, there is that possibility.”

City and county residents opposing the project have attended multiple council meetings since September to voice concerns over privacy and potential negative health impacts of the electromagnetic energy the smart meters would use to communicate with City Hall.

Fulton said the city considering terminating Mueller’s contract was not based on public comments on the project.

“This is purely [a] contractual performance issue,” he said.

The project has been delayed by software problems by at least two years, with the city declaring Mueller in breach of contract in January.

Mueller representatives responded in a Feb. 24 letter that they felt the delays were caused by city personnel changes since the project started in 2010, multiple updates to the city’s computer software and city staff inaction.

The meters are designed to transmit water and electricity usage data wirelessly from homes and business to City Hall and receive information from city utility staff.

If the standstill agreement is approved, Fulton said, the questions of whether smart meters already installed in the city will stay in place and how the city would recoup money spent on the project so far would be part of negotiations with Mueller.

“That’s all up for negotiations over that [time] period outlined in the standstill agreement,” Fulton said.

If any smart meters are removed, he said, there are no plans to replace them with analog meters.

The city likely would install non-transmitting digital meters, he added.

About 2,100 smart electricity meters and 1,200 smart water meters have been installed on residences and businesses across the city. All are still being read manually.

Fulton said Mueller has billed the city about $1.9 million for the project, of which the city has paid about $1.6 million.

Alongside the standstill agreement, council members also will consider a not-to-exceed-$140,000 contract amendment with West Monroe Partners, the city consultant that evaluated the smart meter project in October, for technical support during the city’s contract termination negotiations with Mueller.

“Once you get to discussions of how you terminate a very technical contract like this, we will need those experts,” Fulton said.

The city had inked an $86,500 contract with the Chicago-based consulting firm in October to scrutinize the delayed smart meter project through interviews with city and Mueller staff and by reviewing reams of documents associated with the project.

In February, the firm determined the smart meter project was in “imminent failure” without significant changes made by Mueller.

Fulton said discussions between the city and Mueller over how the company could fix the problems led to the thought of terminating the contract as a possibility, which led to the development of the proposed standstill agreement.

“The benefits of a negotiated termination include a shortened time to achieve a resolution of the contract disputes and a road to mutually agreed-upon conditions for terminating the existing contract,” city staff wrote in memo to council members.

“It would also allow the city to move forward with its assessment of other metering possibilities, as outlined by West Monroe Partners at the City Council’s February 4, 2014, meeting.”

These options included a different smart meter vendor or digital meters that would either transmit usage data one-way or be read manually by city meter readers.

Fulton said moving forward with new meters of some type in the future would require further council discussion and consideration.

“The future [of a] meter modernization program is going to be reviewed,” he said.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Use Of Cellphones Linked With Brain Cancer In Massive Study

Use Of Cellphones Linked With Brain Cancer In Massive Study

Posted: 11/12/2014 4:05 pm EST Updated: 11/12/2014 4:59 pm EST

CELL PHONE BRAIN CANCER

This is NOT good news about cellphone use and brain cancer | Ridofranz via Getty Images

 A new study out of Sweden indicates that talking on cellphones and even cordless phones can be related to a certain form of brain cancer.

The study, published in the journal Pathophysiology in October, analyzed the results of 1,498 cases of people with malignant brain tumours and 3,530 controls to determine whether phone use had any effect on their cancer.

In their findings, it appeared that the longer a person used a cell or cordless phone, the more likely they were to get become gliomas, a type of tumour found in the brain or spinal cord that is malignant in 80 per cent of cases, according to WebMD.

“The risk is three times higher after 25 years of use. We can see this clearly,” the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Lennart Hardell, told Reuters.

Those who had only been using a cell or cordless phone for less than a year were at the least amount of risk, while those who used their phone on the same side of the body (or “ipsilaterally”) for many years had the highest odds for brain cancer.

The cause for concern with cellphones comes from the radiofrequency energy, a type of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the phones, explains the National Cancer Institute. These waves can then be absorbed by the tissues of the brain, and it is not yet understood how this may or may not affect the development of cancer.

Dr. Gabriel Zada, a neurosurgeon in California, noted to Reuters that children could be particularly at risk due to having smaller heads, thinner skulls and higher brain conductivity.

Earlier this year, a study from France found similar results about cellphone use and glioma, though the results in that study showed tumours developing on the opposite side of the brain, reported The Atlantic’s The Wire.

As of October, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified cellphones as “possibly carcinogenic,” according to the World Health Organization, which is planning for a further study into health outcomes from phones by 2016.

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How To Reduce Exposure To Radiation

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Keep the phone away from your head
A Bluetooth headset is one of the best ways to reduce exposure, as it allows the user to keep the source of radiation at a distance. Although this advice is often heard, it is seldom followed. If you find it tedious to use a Bluetooth headset all the time, try at least to use it on longer calls as well as during dial-up and the first few seconds of a call, when the phone is emitting its highest level of radiation.
It is also a good idea to avoid keeping the mobile phone turned on all night and sitting on the nightstand next to your pillow.

 

Dr. N Khan, Electrical Engineer recent email to GRFRDT about Media Blackout and smart grid technologies

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From: Nasrullah Khan Kalair
Date: Nov 10, 2014 8:06:16 AM
Subject: RE: A specter of logical challenges haunts smart grid
To:globalrfrdefenseteam@verizon.net

To: nasrullahk@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:41 PM

Hello,
Thanks Sir/Madam,

I wrote an article “on Smart meter” in Urdu in local press dunya news a few months ago but the local agents of smart grid technologies approached editor to not publish my subsequent articles.

Smart is not the meter but the mindset behind the meter. It can count reactive power based on true power factor, which usually 0.5 when normal pf meter reads 0.9, and will increase consumer bills

Thanks one again for standing to smart meter skepticism

Dr N Khan

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On Thu, 11/6/14, Sandra globalrfrdefenseteam@verizon.net wrote:

Subject: RE: A specter of logical challenges haunts smart grid

I want to thank you for your paper. It is one of the few published papers  that properly and honestly explains the negatives of the so called smart grid from an electrical engineer’s perspective. I posted your link to the article at www.sandaura.wordpress.com
you briefly mentioned the noise issues associated with bi-directional communications on the power lines. This problem exists and is harming the public. The issues has not been addressed by the corporate/gov/utilities.

I was harmed by the smart meter on my home. I know first hand what this radiation does to an individual. I was exposed for 6 years before finally getting the meter replaced with a mechanical one that is once again manually read. The meter was removed in 2012 and my nose bleeds, migraines, heart palpitations, vertigo, nervous tension has not reappeared since.

My complaints of the noise and symptoms to the utilities and regulatory agencies preceded my knowledge of the meter being placed on my home, without consent or knowledge of this technology. We have data proving the power lines are the cause of this pollution. If you would like more data, we are currently working with an M.I.T. engineer who has measured the noise and has identified the power lines as the source.

Thank you for your honest  assessment. We need more engineers such as you and your associates have courageously demonstrated in this paper.

Sincerely,

Sandra Chianfoni

www.sandaura.wordpress.com

International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy A
specter of logical challenges haunts smart grid
N. Khan*, S. Rauf, N. Abas, A.
Kalaira Department of
Electrical Engineering, COMSATS Institute of Information
Technology, Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Abstract