Legal Liability for Electricity in the USA….Citizens need some representation, where are the lawyers?

Smart meters are causing power surges, fires and blowing up!!  That sounds like a product that is FAULTY!

Legal Liability for Electricity in the USA
Product Liability
May 24, 2012
By Ronald B. Standler

Massachusetts is confused….does not believe it is a product, but rather a service. If you product is causing safety and fire issue as well as deleterious harm to your customers then it is a Faulty product….criminally, insane psychopaths.

Global smart meter market worth US18.2bn by 2019, says report

This is what it is all about cha ching….The consumers bills are going up, not down.  We aren’t getting a piece of this pie….wake up America!

Global smart meter market worth US18.2bn by 2019, says report

Posted by: Amy Ryan

April 13, 2015

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The global smart meter market will grow at a CAGR of 10.2% over th next five years 2014-2019

The global smart meter market will be worth US$18.2 billion by 2019, encompassing smart electric, water and gas meters for industrial, commercial and residential applications, according to a new report by US market research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets.

The report, which analysed the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the rest of the world, states that the smart meter market will grow from an expected US$11.1 billion in 2014 to US$18.2 billion by 2019, at an CAGR of 10.2% in the five year period (2014-2019).

The deployment of smart meters will aid governments to reach energy efficiency targets and reduce carbon emissions and also enhance utility services to the end-user, it states.

European Union Member countries such as Italy, Sweden and France have committed to “rapid deployment” of smart meters, adhering to EU energy directives. The EU aims to replace at least 80% of electricity meters with smart meters by 2020.

Smart meter market by region, type and end-user market

The research firm’s report notes that the Americas region dominated the smart meter market in 2013, followed by Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the rest of the world.

Some of the largest utility groups in the US have committed to large-scale rollouts servicing their entire customer base.

Electric smart meters were found to be the largest smart meter deployment type, while the residential market surpassed industrial and commercial demand for smart meters.

Eastern Europe smart meter rollouts

Meanwhile, in a recent report by US smart infrastructure market intelligence firm, Northeast Group, Central and Eastern European countries are forging ahead with investment in smart grid infrastructure with a forecasted US$25.2 billion to be invested over the next ten years.

Northeast Group notes that EU-member countries such as Estonia, Poland, and Romania have pledged to meet EU smart metering targets, with Estonia already more than halfway through its meter rollout.

Slovenia is reported to be on par with EU smart metering targets. By 2025, eight of the 11 EU countries will have completed smart meter deployments.

Ben Gardener, president of Northeast Group, said: “European Union regulations are driving deployments in the CEE region, just as they are in Western Europe.

“Three CEE countries [Estonia, Poland, Romania] have already pledged to meet the EU target of 80% smart meters by 2020 and many of the others see smart grid as a key tool for meeting 20-20-20 climate and energy targets.

“These 20-20-20 targets seek to boost renewable power generation, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions.”

Singing the Body Electric, Part Three


Singing the Body Electric, Part Three

“And the same thing is going to happen with this…”

chronic disease smart meters lpea colorado

It is, no doubt, an easy thing to believe that the angry customers at the March 24 LPEA meeting were unnecessarily fearful of electromagnetic radiation, and were allowing their imaginations to get the best of them. After all, cell phones have been a universally pervasive presence for at least the past decade, and WIFI computer connections have been running in every office and school and home for nearly that long.

And although America has seen an unprecedented rise in chronic childhood and adult diseases and disorders during the same decade, no one has been able to conclusively connect electromagnetic radiation to any of those diseases, in the same way that cigarettes were finally correlated with lung cancer in the 1970s.

As a friend wrote to me the other day, “Texas has had 6 million Smart Meters installed for the past four years, and no one seems to be complaining.”

But poisoning from cigarettes doesn’t happen in four years. Poisoning from nuclear radiation can show up thirty years after the initial exposure. Black lung disease strikes miners after many decades spent in the coal mines. Chronic illness does not behave like the measles — popping up, quickly, a few short days after an innocent visit to Disneyland. Sometimes, a chronic illness takes a lifetime to develop, and the root causes are most often untraceable and unknowable.

So we go about our normal lives, working in coal mines, and uranium processing plants, taking our cigarette breaks, and hoping for a long, healthy life — only to be surprised by the latest scientific research suggesting that our life might be much shorter than expected, and its ending more painful than we’d planned.

Doctors Say Wireless Devices to Blame for Raft of Illnesses


Doctors Say Wireless Devices to Blame for Raft of Illnesses

13_14_Wireless_DevicesBy James Spounias —

Are you suffering from rapid aging syndrome (RAS)? Don’t count on the mainstream media to let you know it might be caused by electromagnetic pollution. RAS, a term coined by Magda Havas, Ph.D., addresses a host of maladies that may be the result of what is termed electromagnetic pollution, broadly describing radio frequencies and microwave radiation from wireless technology, low frequency electric and magnetic fields, dirty electricity and ground currents, i.e., modern living.

The old tale of the frog in the boiling pot best explains RAS. Just as a frog would not know to jump out of a pot of water that is slowly being heated to boiling point, powerful electromagnetic pollution can induce fatal heart attacks or strokes by slowly, silently poisoning us.

RAS refers to how electromagnetic pollution slowly ages our organs from the inside out. We may look our age, but our organs are often 10-30 years older. We present symptoms we assume are part of aging and accept them as normal, daily living but in reality we are suffering from this invisible pollution.

Fifteen years ago, more than 1,000 doctors and physicists published a plea in Germany dubbed the “Freiburger Appeal.” They made the connection between electromagnetic pollution and disease.

Devastating and deadly serious, a portion of the appeal reads:

Out of great concern for the health of our fellow human beings do we—as established physicians of all fields, especially that of environmental medicine—turn to the medical establishment and those in public health and political domains, as well as to the public.

We have observed in recent years a dramatic rise in severe and chronic diseases among our patients, especially.

Some of the health problems the Freiburger Appeal associated with exposure to radio frequencies and microwave radiation from wireless technology include: Learning, concentration and behavioral disorders (e.g. attention deficit disorder); extreme fluctuations in blood pressure, ever harder to influence with medications; heart rhythm disorders; heart attacks and strokes among an increasingly younger population; brain-degenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s) and epilepsy; and cancerous afflictions, such as leukemia and brain tumors.

The Freiburger Appeal also warned about these maladies, which mainstream doctors have all too often classified as “psychosomatic.” The opening reads: “Moreover, we have observed an ever-increasing occurrence of various disorders, often misdiagnosed in patients as psychosomatic: headaches, migraines, chronic exhaustion, inner agitation, sleeplessness, daytime sleepiness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), susceptibility to infection, nervous and connective tissue pains, for which the usual causes do not explain even the most conspicuous symptoms.”

Do you live or work near power lines, cellular telephone or wireless towers or wireless hotspots?

Illa Garcia, a resident of Likely Mountain, California, told The Idaho Observer that her jewelry literally burned her due to the intense radiation from RF and microwave antennas. “I never wore jewelry to work after that,” said Ms. Garcia.

Mary Jasso, Ms. Garcia’s coworker, explained: “Illa and I began to suffer from low-grade fever, nausea, eye pain, bone pain and muscle weakness.”

Ms. Garcia and Ms. Jasso developed serious, life-altering diseases, and many people in their families, exposed to radiation at Likely Mountain, were also affected. Ms. Jasso has created a website detailing her physical and legal struggles.

More Evidence

A diabetic patient reported she was able to control her diabetes with 45-minute outdoor walks. She was surprised, however, that when she did her exercise on an electrically powered treadmill her glucose levels were higher than ever. The culprit was “dirty electricity,” which is when an electrical device generates excess radio frequency, resulting in electrical pollution, according to Havas.

Once the dirty electricity was eliminated, the patient could resume walking on her treadmill and her glucose levels matched her outdoor walk regimen. Havas notes that computers, plasma televisions, newly-mandated fluorescent light bulbs and smart meters are common causes of dirty electricity.

Studies confirm these anecdotal reports.

Spanish researchers noted the closer a person is to a cellular tower, the more symptoms he has. Swedish researchers made plain the relationship between cellular telephones and brain tumors. The science is in, so to speak.

Former Governor Jesse Ventura’s cable television show Conspiracy Theory had an episode titled “Death Ray,” which explained how Nikola Tesla’s technology can vaporize people or even cities. A guest who demonstrated Tesla’s rays mused how heart attacks and strokes can be induced with handheld Tesla technology. Ironically, Dr. Fred Bell, interviewed on the segment as Ventura’s inspiration for the segment, claimed to work on death rays for the government. He was found dead in his hotel room 48 hours after first speaking to Ventura and 24 hours after being filmed for the death ray segment. Ventura stated the coroner for Bell said he died of “natural causes.”

All Is Not Lost

While electromagnetic pollution and weaponry is daunting, all is not lost. Technology exists to minimize the damage of electromagnetic pollution and people are taking steps to reduce exposure including limiting wireless technology and using shielding technology and neutralizing devices.

Why some people are more affected than others by electromagnetic pollution is a fascinating question not easily answered because many diseases mirror symptoms of electro-sensitivity. Plus, many other variables, such as pesticides, mercury, fluoride and other health and environmental contaminants, may play a role in triggering diseases. Taking a comprehensive and reasonable approach to empowering oneself is all we can do. Counting on corporations to correct their wrongs is folly and government is unfortunately too compromised by corporate interests to mandate safer devices and technology.

In addition to keeping your environment as free of electrical pollution as possible, supplementing with key substances is worthy of consideration. Coenzyme Q10, a mitochondrial energy booster, and alpha lipoic, a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier used by Chernobyl victims, are well-known among health seekers for cellular energy support and protection. Vitamins C and B12 are known to help immunity and cellular health. Pancreatic enzymes such as trypsin and chymotrypsin, utilized by the great Dr. John Beard, have also pronounced cellular repair and detoxification properties.

UK people happy to cut energy use, but wary of smart meters

UK people happy to cut energy use, but wary of smart meters

It’s understandable that some people don’t want the world to know what they do online. But could the same apply to data about when they turn on their washing machines or the way they use their freezers? It seems so.

A study has found that many people in the UK are worried about having smart meters in their homes because they fear that data about their personal energy use will be shared.

The UK government says it wants all homes to have smart meters within five years. These will allow users to set equipment that only needs energy intermittently – such as washing machines and freezers – to switch on at times when the grid has spare capacity and power is cheap.

The meters will save people money, as well as making it easier for the grid to incorporate fluctuating sources of renewable energy such as wind and solar power – thus helping to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.


But in an online survey of more than 2400 people in the UK, Alexa Spence of Nottingham University found that a fifth would be “uncomfortable” with the data sharing needed to do that.

Strangely, she says, people who were worried about their energy bills were the most fearful, whereas those who were more concerned about climate change tended to be more amenable to data sharing.

“That did surprise me,” Spence says. “I really did expect to see people [who were] concerned about costs being more accepting of smart technologies.”

People are becoming increasingly aware of the value of their personal data and privacy, and they often err on the side of caution, Spence says.

She adds that it is great news that people care enough about climate change to want smart meters – but a shame that those who worry about their bills may be reluctant to use these devices, which could save them money. The government, she concludes, has some persuading to do.

Journal reference: Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2610

WOODSTOCK, NY-Smart meter foes want more action from town board

Smart meter foes want more action from town board

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meter SQFoes of so-called smart meters urged the Town Board to take a stand against Central Hudson to prevent their installation and argued the alternative offered by the utility isn’t any safer.

“All these wireless devices aren’t safe,” resident Steve Romine, a frequent letter writer to this paper, said. “Especially smart meters.” Romine wants the issue on the agenda next month so he can make a presentation about the health and safety risks.

Romine, active with the group Stop Smart Meters, said a child absorbs twice the radiation of an adult and 10 times the radiation in their bones as an adult, yet when devices emitting radio waves are tested with a 200-pound man with an 11-pound head in mind.

“We’re all being overexposed. Now they want to put ERT meters on people’s houses?” he said. “Even if you don’t have it on your house, you still have all your neighbors with it.”

Smart meters can transmit usage data through the power lines to the utility. They can also communicate with some newer appliances, gathering specific consumption data and in some cases, even command appliances to turn off if a brownout or blackout is imminent.

Opponents cry foul, saying the electromagnetic and wireless radiation affects some people’s health.

Central Hudson allows ratepayers to opt out of the smart meters, but the only alternative is installation of an ERT, or Encoder Receiver Transmitter meter. These meters do not transmit usage data through the grid, but they do emit radio frequencies allowing utility personnel to take readings from their vehicles or with a handheld reader. Foes say the electromagnetic and radio frequencies emitted by ERT meters make them just as unhealthy as smart meters.

Many want the ability to keep their old analog meters, but Central Hudson claims the old meters aren’t being made anymore and aren’t supported. But Romine said that isn’t true. In fact he recently purchased a new analog meter.

Councilwoman Cathy Magarelli wants the board to pass a resolution that gives Woodstock residents the ability to purchase an analog meter. Supervisor Jeremy Wilber said at the very least, residents should be able to keep their existing analog meter.

Randi Steele said the threat of canceling service seems to work, but that requires an alternative source of power. “I still have an original analog meter and the reason why I do is because when Central Hudson tried to switch out ours, I showed them our generator,” Steele said. “I said if you take the analog meter, you say you’re going to measure me through digital meter and I cancel my account. They have left me alone since.”

Resident Chris Finley said he had to call an ambulance to his ERT meter-equipped apartment last week because his wife had collapsed on the floor. “My wife is a 44-year-old mother of three children. Very healthy. Strong as an ox,” Finley said. “She was in terrible pain. She was in a heap on the floor.”

He has had his share of symptoms, too. “I get these terrible pains in my neck. These terrible Charley horses and I’m a rugby player. I played for years. I’m very physically fit,” Finley said.

He asked for a ban of the meters, which was already done two years ago through a resolution that was more symbolic than anything.

“We won’t be able to help you there. They’re regulated by the State of New York. They’re not regulated by us,” Wilber said. “For instance…We know that cigarettes kill people. But we cannot ban the sale of cigarettes within the town of Woodstock.” Wilber suggested complaints are better directed to the Public Service Commission, but Finley said that’s been tried with no result.

“They won’t do anything. They are basically bought and sold by the utility companies and they won’t do anything,” Finley said.

Wilber said the town could pass another resolution or even a law, but he doesn’t see the point.

“You’re adopting a law that’s saying if you don’t follow this law you are going to be punished, either by fine or by jail,” he said. “And then we’re going to adopt this knowing that it wouldn’t stand the first test in court. It’s too cynical.”

Councilman Ken Panza said the town has a “pretty good track record” of getting information out about the meters through resolutions and community forums. While he understands people may suffer from effects of energy emitted by the meters, Panza said he’d like to see data about whether the old analog meters are any more effective in keeping electromagnetic energy to a minimum.

Steele thinks the push for smart meters is more sinister and energy efficiency is not the top goal.

“The reason why the Public Utilities Commission and all the other commissions up to the FCC are actually pushing this is because this is all a part of the surveillance state,” she said. “Every new appliance that’s sold now has to have a WiFi chip in it with the specific purpose of communicating with these infernal fourth-amendment-violating meters,” giving the electric company the ability to turn off appliances because of an alleged power or grid issue, Steele added.

Wilber said the board can place the matter on the agenda if Romine or anyone else specifies what action they want the board to take.

Protecting the aquifer

The Town Board agreed to take advantage of the New York Water Association’s assistance as it considers drafting an Aquifer Protection Overlay District. Through its Source Water program, the association provides help at no charge to communities attempting to protect its water sources through zoning and other local legislation.

As chair of the Aquifer Overlay subcommittee, Councilman Jay Wenk has worked with Steve Winkley, who is NYRWA’s source water protection specialist on a plan for finalizing the text of the protection language and a map of the proposed district.

Winkley will help the town plan for the future and identify threats to drinking water.

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