Report to Michigan Oversight Committee of Michigan Legislature on Smart Meters

Report to Michigan Oversight Committee of Michigan Legislature

December 2, 2014

I, Donald Hillman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Animal Science, Michigan State University, have helped over 100 farmers with problems from stray voltage and together with co-authers have proven (peer reviewed, See Exhibit 1) that the Michigan Public Service Commission and the power companies measure only Vp (Voltage peak) current, not Vp-p (Voltage peak-peak). Therefore they miss half or more of the radiation (See Exhibit 2).

My first experience with Smart Meters was in April of 2012 when a farmer who had been involved in 2 Stray Voltage Court Cases, winning both, and who suffers from Thyroid Cancer came to my home and told me of his soon-to-be granddaughter who would be fine at her grandmother’s home in Haslett, MI, but became erratic when in her own playroom & bedroom in Ferndale, MI. He asked me if I thought it might be “Stray Voltage.” I was ill at the time, so I told him to take my measuring instruments and filters and find out! The little girl’s thyroid according to Beaumont Hospital had become inactive! This case was reported in my article, Effects of Extraneous Electricity on Dairy Cattle, Other Animals, and Humans – A Guide for Dairymen, Veterinarians, and Investigators of Stray Voltage (See Exhibit 3). It has been peer reviewed, and is In Print by SciTechnol in their Journal of Veterinary Science & Medical Diagnosis. Recently during an educational meeting on Smart Meters at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, Michigan, I measured 1208 G-S frequencies and demonstrated filtering with a G-S Filter as used in Exhibit 3.  (Link to the evidence is at:

Since my retirement from Michigan State University in 1982, I have been continually called to measure dirty electricity. It has been hard on my health, I have had 2 quad-ruple by-pass surgeries, diabetes, surgery on both eyes for pressure build-up, prostate cancer, a stroke, and cancer on the lower eyelids of both eyes. My stroke occurred while measuring radiation, October 23, 2012, from Smart Meters at 4 homes in Ann Arbor, MI.

I worked with Attorney General Michael Moody in MPSC Case # 11684 and his briefs and exceptions to Judge Nickerson were excellent. He reported the problem accurately, but the MPSC voted him down. Attorney General Bill Schuette has “argued that residential customers should be given a meaningful and fair opportunity to opt out of having a smart meter installed without being penalized by unwarranted and excessive charges.” (See Exhibit 4)

Finally, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has been studying and treating the effects of the environment on health for over 50 years and have prepared a Human Health Position Paper Summary (See Exhibit 5). Please read it and take the required action to make our State more healthy by your prompt action!

Respectfully submitted,

Donald Hillman, Ph.D.

A link to all of Dr. Hillman’s exhibits at:

◾City begins upgrade with hybrid system for smart meters in Coldwater, Michigan

  • City begins upgrade with hybrid system for smart meters
    Coldwater, Mich.

  • Charlie Bauschard


    Charlie Bauschard

    By Don Reid
    Posted Jan. 6, 2015 @ 9:35 am
    Updated Jan 6, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Coldwater, Mich.

    COLDWATER — The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities will roll out a new water and electrical meter reading system this month that will allow it to upgrade to continuous read without replacing its current meters.

    Charles Bauschard, engineering manager for CBPU explained that for the last 10 years the city-owned utility has used Automatic Meter Reading (AMR). A meter reader would drive by the locations once a month and the meter would send a one-way communication signal with the billing information.

    Now CBPU has installed 50 water and 300 electric Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) meters, also known as smart meters. These new meters not only measure how much electricity is used, but also at what times during the day on a continuous basis. These meters use a private, closed, 800 megahertz radio system to report to collector nodes, which transmit the data by CBPU fiber of telcom systems to the central computer.

    This will allow the city to assign meter readers to other jobs and better allocate resources, Bauschard explained. Since the city utility did not want the cost of replacing good AMR meters, it joined forces with Tantalus Utility Network in a system they developed that allows AMI meters nearby to read AMR meters continuously, and send the information back to the central computer.

    Each AMR meter has an Encoder Receiver Transmitter, or ERT, that sends out the information to a reader. With the Tantalus system, AMI meters will receive this data and pass it on.

    “In the field, the range of the system is greater than expected and the reliability of reads, especially on hard-to-read water ERTs, is better than expected,” Bauschard said. “With ERTs installed on 100 percent of our system, having a viable option to continue to use these AMR assets without delaying or sacrificing our ability to implement advanced applications like load control is invaluable.

    “We would replace ARM meters only when they failed,” the engineer explained.

    The Tantalus system there will also give more information for better design distribution and for making better, more efficient decisions on buying power supply — which will save money for the system and customer.

    As the system converts to AMI meters there will be a benefit to the customers. Smart meters are designed to transmit pricing and energy information from the utility company to the consumer in a two-way communication — which could alert customers to decide when they are nearing the monthly amount they want to spend on utilities so they could cut back.

    Utility companies that provide their customers with smart meters are able to implement a variety of load reduction and energy saving programs, such as giving them the optimal time to wash and dry clothes at the lowest power cost.

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Smart meters China: Beijing to hit 100% residential coverage by year end

Smart meters China: Beijing to hit 100% residential coverage by year end

Posted by: Metering International

January 6, 2015

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Beijing smart meter deployment and distribution networkThe Chinese capital Beijing expects to have 100% smart meter coverage of residential customers by the end of 2015, says national utility State Grid Corporation of China.

In 2014, the city deployed 2.3 million smart meters across 16 counties bringing the total to 5.7 million connected homes, or 78% of residential customers, reports trade media Capital Construction News.

Load management

The report said that last year Beijing introduced new services for smart meter users including electricity recharge cards, free SMS alert service and demand management designed to protect the city from load loss during the peak demand period of Chinese New Year.

In other preparations for the festival period coming up in late February, the city has installed remote monitoring technology over 75% of its distribution network allowing the utility to analyze the load curve and detect any overloading problems at substation level cutting the risk of equipment failure.

To protect large commercial buildings, tourist attractions, transportation hubs, major sports venues, the city has said it has an emergency power plan with 252 emergency repair teams in place, nearly 3,500 emergency repair personnel and 465 repair vehicles on standby to ensure.

The seven-day national holiday surrounding Chinese New Year, known as Spring Festival, puts increased pressure on China’s infrastructure as millions cross the country to attend family celebrations.

Smart meter investment

China plans to install a total of more than 60 million smart meters.

Smart meters make up the bulk of spending on smart grid technology, which last year outstripped US investment for the first time, according to figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Residents have complained wireless signal from smart meters has negative side effects including headaches

Hydro-Québec smart meter opt-out deadline arrives

Residents have complained wireless signal from smart meters has negative side effects including headaches

CBC News Posted: Jan 05, 2015 3:42 PM ETLast Updated: Jan 05, 2015 3:42 PM ET

Hydro-Québec's new smart meters allow the public utility to measure electricity rates remotely.

Hydro-Québec’s new smart meters allow the public utility to measure electricity rates remotely. (CBC)


Magog takes a stand

The Town of Magog in the Eastern Townships is advising residents to refuse the new technology and wants to ban smart meters across its territory.

Magog Mayor Vicki May Hamm said the town has sought out legal advice in hopes of passing a by-law banning the technology on its territory.

Hamm said she’s still waiting to find out if any such by-law would have weight against the utility.

A large part of the municipality gets its electricity from Hydro Magog, which refused to adopt the technology two years ago.

The town is recommending that people in rural parts of the town, who get service from Hydro-Québec, also opt out of the new installations.

The mayor said another technology, such as fibre optics, could be a better fit and is hoping to launch a pilot project in the municipality to test that theory in the coming year.

For some, smart meter is unwelcome intrusion

For some, smart meter is unwelcome intrusion

Jason Wheeler, WFAA 7:38 p.m. CST January 5, 2015

The US Department of Energy is close to releasing voluntary guidelines on the collection of data by “smart” electricity meters, installed at 3.2 million addresses in the Oncor electric service area


Beth Biesel had some unwelcome visitors.

“They used a ladder to jump over that fence right there,” she said.

Utility workers entered her backyard to change out her analog electricity meter. She said she had repeatedly told them not to, and even covered her analog unit with wire mesh and this unambiguous sign:


They did anyway, as they have at more than three million North Texas addresses.

In addition to tracking the amount of electricity you use, the new brainy boxes can keep tabs on how and when you use that power. That worries privacy advocates like Biesel.

“That is worth billions of dollars to marketing companies,” she said.

Realizing that, this month the U.S. Department of Energy will finalize guidelines concerning data obtained by smart meters. Those rules, though, will be voluntary.

One of the largest electric providers in Texas, TXU Energy, points out that state regulations already very clearly say that utilities can’t “sell, make available for sale, or authorize the sale of any customer-specific information or data obtained. We are very careful to adhere to those rules.” TXU adds: “The information provided by smart meters is really helpful for consumers. It allows them to understand how and when they are using electricity so they can take actions that can help them save money.”

But Beth Biesel isn’t satisfied.

“I think we need more,” she said.

After several bills failed to advance in the state legislature in 2013, she plans to meet with some lawmakers on Tuesday to push for new proposals in the upcoming session to more explicitly protect the privacy of electricity consumers, and to let them opt out of smart electric meters without paying a fee.

Biesel paid almost $200 to have her smart meter removed. “And now I have to pay just over $26 a month to keep it off,” she said.

While getting her old analog meter back has been costly, she said it has been worth it to get rid of an unwelcome visitor.

“Big brother in my house? I already have a big brother. I don’t need another one,” she said.

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