Australia-THOUSANDS of Victorians who have refused electricity smart meters could escape penalties this year.

Smart meter rebels enjoy a reprieve from fines – Herald Sun

THOUSANDS of Victorians who have refused electricity smart meters could escape penalties this year.

One company has given rebels a reprieve, and others are considering their position.

About 25,000 customers statewide have defied warnings of possible disconnection and higher charges to resist the installation of digital smart meters, instead keeping older meters that are read manually rather than remotely.


Power giant AusNet Services has opted not to charge its 8326 “refusers” fees to manually read meters this year.

Other distributors are undecided whether to charge — despite gaining approval to slug residents an additional $11 to $31 per quarter from April.

Such fees would be on top of charges all households and small businesses pay for the government-mandated smart meter rollout.

The Herald Sun understands there are concerns the cost of setting up separate billing systems for refusers and chasing payments from them could outweigh what is spent on manual meter reads.

Stop Smart Meters Australia president Marc Florio said thousands of smart meter opponents had been “bullied” into accepting them, despite their concerns over health, privacy and other matters.

“Many people were threatened that they would have the power cut off, or pay substantially more for electricity. A lot caved in the end, especially older people,” he said. “The whole thing has been a con.”

The Australian Energy Regulator recently approved applications from Jemena, United Energy, CitiPower and Powercor for fees to manually read meters this year.

But United Energy’s Samantha Porter said: “Although we applied … for the fee, we have not yet determined if we will be charging it.”

Jemena, CitiPower and Powercor are also yet to decide whether they will charge the manual reading fees.

The Napthine government gave companies the right to apply to impose the “refuser” fees from this year.

Karen Collier, Herald Sun


Smart Power Grid, Smart Meter and Smart Appliances decoded

Smart Power Grid, Smart Meter and Smart Appliances decoded

HomeSmart Power Grid, Smart Meter and Smart Appliances decoded
There is allot of information around on the Smart Grid, Smart Appliances and Smart Meters.  As with any subject, there can be information that is misleading or confusing.  Please refer to our page on biased science awareness for more information.  With the questions that have been asked of us the last while and the hype about Smart Meters, we chose to offer clarity.

The Smart Grid is being advertised as an upgrade to the existing electrical grid to reduce costs for the electrical utilities by offering an intelligence to how power is delivered.  There are a number of implementations but the most common is a wireless link between everything that uses power transmitting to a wireless Smart Meter on the dwelling that then transmits wirelessly to ultimately connect via nearby powerful wireless transmitters/receivers eventually within wireless mesh networks to the power utility.  The savings are advertised to come from no human needed to read the meter and for consumers of power to schedule when power can be used by being aware of peak and non-peak power times and other factors.

Wireless Smart Meter connection in Smart Power Grid to power utility company
Wireless Home Area Network in Smart Power Grid

Anything with the “Smart” label is usually a technology that is designed to work with this smart grid.  The core technology used is a wireless transmitter in the microwave frequency or bandwidth and is classified as Radio Frequency Radiation.  This is added to any wireless technology that already exists in the dwelling such as Wi-Fi and cordless phones.  The Smart Technology is also designed to transmit what power is being consumed at any given time per day to the hydro Smart Meter for the power utility to then store for data mining.  Ultimately, the power utility will know exactly when you use each of your Smart Appliances, for how long and how much power was consumed.  Within the Smart Appliance, the technology has the ability to turn off the appliance until it is ready for use on the Smart Grid.

Your Smart Meter on your house or business dwelling is transmitting not only what your meter reading is at the one time per month this is needed for billing but is also transmitting all the detail usage information of every Smart Appliance in your home as well as the general use of your electricity for anything that is not Smart for every moment of every day.  If someone else’s Smart Meter is not able to transmit directly to the power utility, then this will transmit to your smart meter and then you are not only transmitting all of your information but also any neighbours.

The Smart Meter and Smart Appliances are all what are called computer network devices.  This means that they are always transmitting information to broadcast their unique network ID and to be registered on the network.  This is why security experts warn us that the Smart Grid network can be hacked and has opened up a risk that was not there before.  As an example when you connect your laptop or tablet to a wireless network, you can do this at any time since the router is constantly transmitting.  Once there is a connection and when information is being transmitted, then the radiation exposure goes up exponentially.

Not only is the Smart Meter transmitting Radio Frequency Radiation constantly but all the Smart Appliances as well.  Then you add in all your neighbours within 100 meters to a block radius just for the appliances (Smart Meters transmit up to 2 KM), you are getting allot of radiation exposure.  Another factor is the wave intersection from each of the transmitters.  There are studies that show that if your cellular body is where there is a wave intersection, this packs more of a punch than if you just got hit with one transmission radiation wave.  Imagine all these waves from all these devices hitting you at one time?  You can refer to our cellular body page for more information on the effect on the cells of your body.

Radiation Frequency initial waves and intersection waves

Other information we have been hearing lately is if the wireless transmitter is turned off, the technology is safe.  This technology also generates Dirty Electricity and a strong Electromagnetic Field.  Dirty Electricity is a disharmonic frequency in the electrical cage of your dwelling that also vibrates your cellular body making it uncomfortable and prone to sickness.

Electromagnetism mostly affects the brain where there is a large accumulation and concentration of magnetic minerals and substances but this also affects the whole body.  There is allot of information about magnetic therapy if you would like to know more about the magnetic properties of the human cellular body.

In summary, the wireless Smart Grid is very dangerous to the well-being of the cellular body.  There is a triumbrance of Radio Frequency Radiation, Dirty Electricity and Electromagnetic Fields which amplifies the effects that each would have by themselves.  The results of our own scientific experiments rate this technology as Severe Concern using the Building Biology Evaluation Guidelines SBM-2008.  There is still no protection from Health Canada or the FDA for these devices so we have to rely on international standards and education. The WHO has declared this technology a possible POSSIBLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS and this organization is a front runner in the safety standards update.  The devices being deployed in British Columbia, Canada also do not have a certification seal with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and therefore raises many safety concerns in Canada.

Click here for our more information pages for Radio Frequency Radiation, Electromagnetic and Dirty Electricity for more in depth information.

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Why Trust a Monopoly who does not invest in the safey of the Public with Smart Grid adding more pollution to the grid!

Stray voltage: Hidden danger that can strike from everyday objects

Nov. 13, 2014 at 7:39 AM ET

On May 5, 2006, 14-year-old Deanna Green was about to go to bat in a church softball game in a Baltimore park when she touched a metal safety fence. She was killed by 280 volts of electricity leaking into the fence from a damaged underground cable.

Last year, the city of Baltimore finally reached a $200,000 settlement with Deanna’s parents, former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman Anthony “Bubba” Green and his wife, Nancy. That followed an undisclosed 2010 settlement with the private contractor responsible for power lines in the park. “Unless you’ve seen your child electrocuted right before your eyes, you can never know how I feel,” the Greens wrote in the Huffington Post.

On Thanksgiving Day 2010, Lisa McKibbin was walking her 68-pound German shorthaired pointer Sam through a Seattle neighborhood when the dog stepped on a metal plate by a lamppost and was electrocuted. “I had no idea what was happening,” McKibbin said. “All I could think of [was] he was having a heart attack, he was seizuring. I opened up his mouth, stuck my hand in his mouth and I received a jolt … I received a jolt of electricity in my hand.

“He passed within a couple of minutes,” McKibbin added. “Sam meant the world to me. He was my soul mate dog.”

In both cases the culprit was stray voltage, which can make everyday objects — even ones that aren’t metal — come alive with electricity. It happens because many cities and towns use old wires to conduct electricity. With the insulation eroding away, voltage from inside can leak out everywhere.

“Sidewalks, manhole covers, roadways, fences — anything that’s in our landscape that has wires buried underground: When they fail, they leak to the surface,” explained Dave Kalokitis, chief engineer for Power Survey Company, a Kearny, New Jersey-based company that power companies hire to help detect what are known as contact voltage hazards.

Stray voltage can be an invisible killer. “When a water system breaks down, you see a puddle,” Kalokitis said. “When a gas system breaks down, you can smell the gas leaking. Electricity, there’s no telltale.”

To demonstrate the problem, Kalokitis and engineers from Power Survey took the Rossen Reports team along as they scanned for stray voltage at night in Washington, D.C. (Power Survey was not under contract to the District of Columbia or any of its power companies as it conducted the demonstration). Right away, sensors in Power Survey’s specialized truck detected a hidden hot spot in a streetlight.

Kalokiitis touched a lightbulb to the streetlight. “When I take this household lightbulb and make contact to it, the lightbulb lights. The same voltage you would find in a light socket is on the outside of this streetlight,” he said.

Employing a screwdriver, Kalokitis added: “Just to show you how much power is here, I’ve grounded the screwdriver and when I touch it to this pole, you can see the sparks that fly from this.” Power Survey immediately blocked off the area and called the city to report the danger.

Minutes later, the team found more problems in an area where streetlight after streetlight sparked up. Even the sidewalk was electrified with over 90 volts.

“If this is so common, why aren’t people dying from this every single day?” Rossen asked.

“Well, a couple of things have to happen to get a shock,” Kalokitis replied. “You have to touch it. And if your feet are wet, it’s particularly dangerous.”

“Why do we see pets getting hurt?” Rossen asked.

“Pets don’t have the protection of shoes, so their bare paws are touching the ground and the electricity could pass right through their body,” Kalokitis said.

At a bus stop, even a regular schedule sign was sparking up. “There are wires buried underground, and this pole is driven into those wires,” Kalokitis explained.

In one night the team found more than 40 locations with stray voltage in Washington, D.C., alone. Power Survey engineers say power companies aren’t doing enough to keep the public safe.

“It’s a very reactive situation,” Kalokitis said. “So usually after a death or an injury, there’s testing, but prior to that, nothing happens.”

Power Survey says less than 2 percent of cities across the country are testing for stray voltage. Rossen Reports reached out to trade groups representing the power industry for comment and they declined, although the Electric Power Research Institute, a research organization that does not represent the industry, issued a statement (see below).

The best way to protect yourself is to avoid touching structures like lampposts and hydrants and walking on manholes. And if you receive a shock, call and report it immediately.

Statement from the Electric Power Research Institute in response to this report:

“The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts research on the utility industry for the public benefit. EPRI’s effort in stray/contact voltage is focused on the safety by developing assessment methodologies for a variety of stray/contact voltage conditions and to provide the industry effective prevention tools, both to mitigate current risks and to prevent future occurrences.

EPRI collaborates with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Working Group, a center for industry coordination on stray/contact voltage. Our ongoing research (20 years) helps to apply new knowledge and technology to prevent, detect and solve stray voltage occurrences. EPRI maintains an informational website at

Utilities have worked with EPRI to develop information forums, research programs, test protocols and stray/contact voltage detection equipment. Utilities and EPRI support the annual conference on the issue — the Jodie Lane National Conference for Stray Voltage Detection Prevention and Mitigation.

The detection of stray voltages can be effective even for small levels if the object or area that is energized is sufficiently large. These incidents are more common at splice points in older underground wire installations.

EPRI is a scientific and technical research organization. It does not provide opinion or conjecture on any individual electric utility regarding test practices or procedures. Questions concerning individual electric utilities should be directed to those companies or to their regulatory organizations (Public Service Commissions), which keep data on stray/contact voltage occurrences.”

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