Worcester, MA EVENT: Towers, Antennas, Smart Meters, Wi-Fi, Cellphones; What is Science Telling Us?

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Towers, Antennas, Smart Meters, Wi-Fi, Cellphones; What is Science Telling Us?

Saturday, January 24, 1:00-5:00 pm

At the IBEW Union Hall  242 Mill Street, Worcester, MA

Free and Open to the Public, Donations Welcomed

Join Us for Either Event, or Both

1:00 – 2:30 pm Ray Pealer: Wireless Technologies and Health

2:30 – 4:00 pm European Documentary Film “Microwaves, Science, and Lies”

4:00 – 5:00 pm Q and A and discussion of current legislative actions, including the MA Smart Meter Mandate and the Worcester National Grid Smart Meter Pilot Program
Ray Pealer will be available to conduct comprehensive EMF inspections for individuals in the Central MA and Metrowest areas during his MA visit. For more information and booking, please visit www.emrsafety.net or(802)497-6264

Sponsored by Stop Smart Meters Massachusetts, HaltMAsmartmeters.org, and Worcester Opts Out.

Eternal vigilance is the price of human decency – Aldous Huxley

Forbes Magazine Caves to Industry Pressure

Forbes Magazine Caves to Industry Pressure

From Joel M. Moskowitz

Joel’s comment: An annotated version of the original Forbes article (Jan 12, 2015), “Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought,” is available on the The “Take Back Your Power” web site if you wish to compare the original version of this article with the revised version that now appears on the Forbes web site (updated on Jan 14, 2015).

Also see http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2015/01/14/forbes-study-suggests-wi-fi-exposure-dangerous-kids-previously-thought/

Forbes Magazine Caves to Industry Pressure

Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, Jan 13, 2015

An example of how industry influences news. Two days ago I sent out the original version of an article by Forbes saying that a study showed that wifi could be more dangerous to children than previously thought. Here is the original version of some parts along with the “updates” and a new ending version that is now on the web:

“More generally, the studies cited in the paper found RF/EMF exposure is linked to cancers of the brain and salivary glands, ADHD, low sperm count, and, among girls who keep cell phones in their bra, breast cancer….

CHANGED TO:

“More generally, the studies cited in the paper seek to link RF/EMF exposure to different types of cancer, low sperm count, and other disorders.”

NEW ADDITION:

“However, it is important to note that studies such as these need to be taken in their proper context. This particular study is one group’s perspective. It was published in a relatively new and minor journal with limited data sets. They also note that the average time between exposure to a carcinogen and a resultant tumor is three or more decades, thus making it difficult to arrive at definitive conclusions.”

This is not a call to throw out all electronic devices. However, at the very least, it should open up the discussion about different safety levels for adults versus children.

Here is the link to the industry changes in the article. www.forbes.com/sites/robertszczerba/2015/01/13/study-suggests-wi-fi-exposure-more-dangerous-to-kids-than-previously-thought/

Time to start writing a few more letters and one of them to FORBES magazine!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.779671278778506.1073741862.104594719619502&type=1

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

Website: http://www.saferemr.com
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http://www.emfacts.com/2015/01/forbes-magazine-caves-to-industry-pressure/

National Grid launches time-of-use pricing for 15,000 in Worcester, MA

National Grid launches time-of-use pricing for 15,000 in Worcester

TIME TO GET SMART

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The digital picture frame that smart grid initiative participants use to monitor energy use is seen at National Grid’s sustainability hub. (T&G Staff/CHRISTINE HOCHKEPPEL)

By Lisa Eckelbecker TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
lisa.eckelbecker@telegram.com

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Clark University MBA student Wabun Nembang, a National Grid intern, gives a tour of the Sustainability Hub to employees on Wednesday. (T&G Staff/CHRISTINE HOCHKEPPEL) Enlarge photo
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A connected grid router communicates meter usage data. (T&G Staff/CHRISTINE HOCHKEPPEL) Enlarge photo
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WORCESTER — Electric utility National Grid launches a “smart grid” program Thursday aimed at promoting energy conservation by charging customers more when electrical power use spikes and less when demand for power dips.

The London-based company is spending about $44 million on the two-year initiative in Worcester, which will examine whether computerized thermostats, streams of data about kilowatt use and promises of lower electricity rates will prompt a wide array of customers to change their behavior.

“We’re giving them the ability to save on how much energy they use and how much it ultimately costs them,” said Edward White Jr., National Grid vice president of customer and business strategy.

The launch of the pilot program has been in the works for about two years, since National Grid won approval of its proposal from the state Department of Public Utilities. Under a 2008 state law, companies that distribute electricity in Massachusetts were required to come up with plans for smart grid service.

Smart grid refers to technology that permits two-way communication between a utility and its customers over electrical lines.

National Grid chose Worcester for its program and spent recent months enrolling about 15,000 households and businesses across the city in the effort, or about 20 percent of the 77,000 local National Grid customers.

Mr. White said not all customers approached for the program signed on, but those who did received meters capable of sending information about power use to National Grid.

Some customers set up online accounts and downloaded smartphone apps to track their power use. Others received small computer screens in decorative frames to display the data. Some customers also agreed to use “smart plug” wall outlet devices that National Grid can power down during busy periods, effectively shutting off everything plugged into that outlet.

Nicolas D. Guerra, an aide to U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, said he and a roommate agreed to use a smart meter and other devices in the apartment they share in a three-decker building. The recent college graduates monitor their power use from a screen in their kitchen.

Watching their power use has prompted the men to do laundry only after 8 p.m., Mr. Guerra said. If they leave home only to recall that a video game machine in their living room was left on, they use a smartphone app to power down a smart plug. The bigger change in their behavior involves heating.

“We keep the house at 65 (degrees) when we’re there and during the day when we’re gone at like, 57,” said Mr. Guerra. “Just being able to see (usage) when the furnace kicks on, it’s astronomical.”

In return for taking part in the program, households and businesses get a chance to lower their electrical bills.

National Grid said that for 335 days a year, those in the program will pay daytime rates that are lower than the basic service rate. Their rates will drop even more for power used between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

During the 30 days a year when energy use soars, mostly because of heat and humidity, National Grid will encourage customers in the program to reduce their use of electricity.

The utility estimates customers in the program could slash their bills an average of $16 a month.

Still, about 6 percent to 7 percent of customers approached by National Grid declined to participate in the program. Smart grid technology also has been criticized by some consumers concerned about privacy issues and electromagnetic waves.

Whether smart grid innovations can change consumers’ behavior remains unclear, according to Neil Strother, a principal research analyst at Navigant Research, a firm focused on the global clean technology industry.

Some projects have indicated that consumers altered their actions and saved money, although the amounts were sometimes small, he said. Convenience is important for consumers, too, he said. “I don’t think they want to do a lot of heavy lifting,” Mr. Strother said. “Most people are not engineers or that geeky about this stuff.”

For National Grid, smart grid technology has also given the utility tools to monitor its system. The company installed about 180 antennas on utility poles around Worcester to communicate with devices and control centers.

“Today if a tree branch falls, 1,000 customers could go out,” Mr. White said. “With these devices and the intelligence, the smart piece of it, it actually sectionalizes it and shrinks down, so maybe only 100 customers are out.”

Contact Lisa Eckelbecker at lisa.eckelbecker@telegram.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaEckelbecker

http://www.telegram.com/article/20150114/NEWS/301149475/1116

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