OHIO – Time Expires for Toleo’s Smart Meters

7-YEAR EXPERIMENT

Time expires for Toledo’s Smart Meters

Devices didn’t handle winter; new ones deemed too costly

BY DAVID PATCH
BLADE STAFF WRITER

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So long, Smart Meters. Toledo’s seven-year experiment with you is over.

Conventional parking meters have returned to Constitution Avenue, which runs between several of Toledo’s courthouses at the north end of the Civic Center Mall.

Some of the parking meters in the Central Business District accept credit cards, but these don’t. So to park along Constitution, be sure you have quarters, unless you have a “smart key” or an account with Park Smart to pay by phone.

The reasons for replacing the pay-and-display kiosks with older technology are simple, said Dan Fortinberry, vice president of the Downtown Toledo Parking Authority: They didn’t hold up well during extreme Toledo winters, and many drivers didn’t like them.

Toledo’s four kiosks were “at the end of their life, there was no more service available for them, and there was going to be out-of-pocket cost to replace them,” Mr. Fortinberry said. “They were 10 years old, and they were not rated for our cold.”

Replacing the four kiosks would have cost the parking authority, which operates the Park Smart system, about $50,000, Mr. Fortinberry said, “while we had meter stock on hand” for the 32 parking spaces the kiosks covered.

And while nobody ever complained in writing, the parking manager said, there were plenty of verbal complaints that walking to a kiosk, then having to return to one’s vehicle to leave a receipt on the dashboard, was a nuisance.

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Smart Meter signs remain in place, but the four pay-and-display kiosks have been replaced. The kiosks were at the end of their life and no more service was available. Smart Meter signs remain in place, but the four pay-and-display kiosks have been replaced. The kiosks were at the end of their life and no more service was available.
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The retro replacements were installed, with little fanfare, in late May.

Rick Kerger, a Toledo lawyer, said he used the kiosks “once or twice” while going to the federal courthouse on Spielbusch Avenue and had a mixed opinion about their convenience.

“I find them pretty common in cities throughout Ohio and find them handier than trying to remember to bring a pocketful of change,” Mr. Kerger said. “It is a bit more of a hassle than just dropping four quarters in, but not having to remember to bring enough change is helpful with everything else I have to remember.”

He said he probably would have used those parking spots more often except that “most of my visits would have required reloading due to the length of my stay.”

These days, Mr. Fortinberry said, parking agencies are leaning toward use of individual meters that accept credit cards — as Toledo has done with some, but not all, of its metered parking.

A survey of several major cities’ parking websites shows that the latest generation of kiosk systems, such as those used in San Francisco, no longer requires display of receipts.

“People are getting away from pay-and-display,” Mr. Fortinberry said.

One of the system’s touted advantages when Toledo’s kiosks were installed in 2007 is that if you didn’t need all the time you paid for at one kiosk location, your receipt would remain valid if you parked near another during that allotted time.

But with no pay-and-display kiosks ever installed anywhere else in the city, that became a moot point.

Some modern meter systems use metal loops in the pavement to detect vehicles’ presence, which can be used both to enforce time limits against “meter feeding” and to support mobile-data applications that tell motorists which parking spots are open.

Parking authority officials have said, however, that with Toledo’s parking meters enforced only six hours per weekday — from 8 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. — the cost of installing and maintaining detector loops can’t be justified.

Staff writer Jennifer Feehan contributed to this report.

Contact David Patch at: dpatch@theblade.com or 419-724-6094.
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TENNESSEE – ‘Smart meter’ rollout sparks concern in Williamson

‘Smart meter’ rollout sparks concern in Williamson

 of new, higher-tech electricity meters in Williamson County is sparking concerns among some residents, who say the so-called “smart meters” are an invasion of privacy.The Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. started installing the devices throughout Williamson County last month as part of a systemwide switch that is expected to wrap up in the fall of next year.

The new meters more precisely track energy usage by automatically taking readings every 15 minutes and sending them back to the utility every four hours, rather than requiring a meter reader to visit a home.

Utility officials say the new meters give consumers a clearer picture of their energy usage, which, in turn, helps them figure out when they can cut back for a lower bill. For example, if your air conditioner kicks on in the middle of the day when you’re not home, you can adjust accordingly.

The new system also means that utility workers will be alerted to outages without residents having to call them in.

And MTEMC officials have emphasized that the new meters will cost ratepayers nothing — not for the meters themselves, nor for the systemwide rollout.

But Beth Lehman, a Williamson County home-school advocate and four-year resident of the county, said she isn’t convinced.

“My data is personal and it’s not for sale,” she said. “If I’m not giving it away, the only way to get it is to take it, and I have a huge problem with that.”

Lehman said she had read about a movement to block smart meters in other states, particularly in California, where ratepayers complained about unexplained bill spikes, the ability for burglars to watch for when people aren’t home and even heightened radiation.

“It was sensational headlines … I didn’t think anything about it because it was far away,” she said Thursday. “Then they showed up at my house and installed one.”

Lehman said she was able to have MTEMC reinstall her analog meter, but only after a battle.

She sent out an email warning her contacts about the meters along with a suggested sign to post informing workers that they would be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law for trespass, assault, wiretapping” and other crimes if they tried to install one of the new meters while residents weren’t home.

Lehman added that she was concerned about the heightened radiation, though utility officials have said the meters use wireless technology similar to cellphones.

Still, Lehman said that she took most issue with the idea that the data collection wasn’t optional.

Unlike with websites such as Amazon or Facebook, which provide services in exchange for access to personal data, her family isn’t getting anything in return, she said.

“Where else am I going to go?” she said. “Are they going to take me off the grid?”

She said she’s gotten responses from friends who say they’ve been “totally surprised.”

While the utility won’t force ratepayers to make the switch, he said they could be subject to fees for sticking with an outdated system.

“We have seen that some folks are adamant against it, and those are conversations we try to have with the member,” he said.

He said that while “smart meter” rollouts elsewhere have been bumpy, technology has improved over the past couple of years.

“That’s why we waited,” he said.

Clendenen said that the concerns about the meters, including that they emit dangerous radiation and that the company will have access to detailed personal data, are misguided. The smart meters, he said, are simply an infrastructure upgrade that will be necessary as old analog meters are phased out across the country.

MTEMC serves about 205,000 members, about 80,600 of which are in Williamson County. The utility serves roughly 59,000 members in Rutherford County, 55,900 in Wilson County and 6,700 members in Cannon County.

He said the utility started an advanced meter pilot program of about 500 two years ago. He said fewer than 20,000 “smart meters” have been installed.

Meanwhile the Nashville Electric Service, which also serves part of Williamson County, has been in the process of rolling out its own smart meter program, though spokeswoman Laurie Parker wrote in an email that the company has “had very few complaints or concerns from customers.”

The utility, which serves more than 370,000 customers in Middle Tennessee, has had Encoder Receiver Transmitter meters since the 1990s, Parker wrote. Those still require meter readers to be close by to get a radio reading.

NES started installing newer digital meters with “two-way communication with the electric grid” in 2012, she wrote.

Reach Jill Cowan at 615-664-2150 and on Twitter @jillcowan

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/franklin/2015/08/21/smart-meter-rollout-sparks-concern-williamson/32086217/

Time is running out for a Kelowna man who is in a standoff with FortisBC Over Smart Meter

Kelowna Tenant and Smart Meters

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By Kelly Hayes

August 25, 2015  6pm
Video Journalist  Global News

By Kelly Hayes

August 25, 2015  6pm
Video Journalist  Global News

Time is running out for a Kelowna man who is in a standoff with FortisBC. The man refuses to have a smart meter installed in his rental home. He says he wants to keep his old analog meter but FortisBC says that’s not an option. Kelly Hayes has the story.

“And then finally they sent me the disconnection notice.”
Jamie Dale Walraven is one of a few hundred Kelown residents
holding out from FortisBC from installing a smart meter.

“Health Concerns, Privacy Issues” Fortis and Walraven have been going back and forth with letter but Walraven has run out of time. Fortis says if he doesn’t get a smart meter, they’re going to turn off the power.

“They said the reason they are cutting off my power, is that the meter is obstructed.
Its not obstructed, I don’t have a fence, I don’t have a dog, theres no lock on the meter, all I have is this sign”
Complicating matter, Walraven doesn’t even own the home, he rents.
Walraven might be fighting a loosing battle, because he doesn’t own this place, the decision whether or not a smart meter goes into the home is really up to the landlord, and if Walraven doesn’t agree with that decision, he could end up being evicted.
Russ Godfrey of Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (Trac) say that the landlord has the lawful right to install a smart meter. The tenant has not got a lot of options if they don’t want it because the landlord can insist. Tenants can be evicted for getting in the way of the safety and rights of the landlord. Then the tenant would have to dispute that notice, and if they loose they are evicted.
“Disconnection is a last resort” says FortisBC.
Fortis says the renter could accept a smart meter – or pay Fortis an extra monthly fee for a new meter with no transmitter.
There is no option to keep the old e meter
“Might have to move. But where will I go? There are smart meters everywhere
Meanwhile the meter is running. If the meter doesn’t relent, his power could be cut off as soon as tomorrow.
Kelly Hayes Reporting, Global News, Kelowna

Watch :

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CBS BOSTON – School’s Wi-Fi Making Son Sick, Parents Say In Lawsuit

by CBS Boston | August 25, 2015


A boarding school in central Massachusetts is being sued by parents who claim the school’s Wi-Fi signal is making their son sick.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that the unidentified plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against the Fay School in Southboro. The parents say their 12-year-old son has “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome” and has suffered headaches, nosebleeds and nausea since the school activated a stronger wireless signal in 2013.

The family is seeking $250,000 in damages and wants the school to switch to Ethernet cable Internet or turn down the Wi-Fi signal, according to The Telegram.

The school said in a statement that a company analyzed the Wi-Fi and found the signal is well within federal safety limits.

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Watch: Dr. David O. Carpenter dispels the misinformation surrounding the effects of a world addicted to wifi. Studies do indicate risks associated with exposure to electromagnetic frequency including leukemia and brain tumors. The simple fact is, we are currently the long-term test subjects of this new technology.

READ MORE:  http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/08/25/wifi-southboro-fay-school-sick/

August, 2015 Newsletter from katie Singer – An Electronic Silent Spring

An Electronic Silent Spring 
August, 2015 Newsletter from Katie Singer
1. A Movement to Reduce
In the last several months, people have told me:
* real cultural change happens in groups of seven;
* key laws, studies and solutions re EMR exposure need brief presentations;
* we need a movement of self-educators who reduce their EMR exposure
   and energy use.
          These ideas have inspired me to prepare study guides, including:
          The Science and the Law on EMR Exposure
          Safer Tech Uses Less Energy
          Wi-Fi Problems & Solutions
          “Smart” Meter Problems & Solutions
          Electronic Interference & Medical Implants
          Fertility & Wireless Devices
          May these “guides” support discussions among neighbors, schools, work and church groups. May they help encourage a grassroots movement to reduce energy use and EMR exposure.
          Here’s the first guide, geared toward parents and schools.
2. Tips for preventing cell towers: Get a copy of the deed to the property where the proposed tower will be rented. If it prohibits anything commercial on the land (for one example), and the landowner will receive rent from the telecom corporation, which will receive rent from other telecoms that place antennae on the tower, then you’ve got a good case against the tower’s installation.
          If the area is key to migratory birds, then installing a tower there could violate the Dept. of the Interior’s US Fish & Wildlife’s Migratory Bird Treaty Act. www.electronicsilentspring.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Testimony-of-Albert-M.-Manville-for-Amazon-Creek.pdf
          If the proposed tower would be in a residential or business district–or an area with wildlife, then its collapsing or catching fire would be especially threatning to residents and/or sensitive habitats. Let local officials know about our growing list of towers that catch fire or collapse. http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/primers/cell-towers-cell-phones/cell-tower-fires-collapsing/
          Check out resources at www.emrpolicy.org.
          Read B. Blake Levitt’s classic, Electromagnetic Fields: A Consumer’s Guide to the Issues and How to Protect Ourselves, Harcourt Brace, 1996.
3. For Friends Who Aim To Conceive or Already Pregnant Please see What You Need to Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby from the Environmental Health Trust. It includes clear advice from Dr. Hugh Taylor, the head of Yale Med Schl’s Ob/Gyn Dept.  http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/friends-aim-conceive-pregnant/
4. Expecting Electronic Interference (between fetal monitors, heart monitors and new technologies operating at 600 MHz)  In early August, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a rule that will allow unlicensed devices (i.e. bluetooth technologies, mobile phones, garage door openers) to operate on the same frequency as heart and fetal monitors used by hospitals. The FCC stands to gain $500 billion from licensing these devices at 600 MHz. Once operating, these devices will likely cause electronic interference with hospitals’ heart and fetal monitors and prevent the monitors from functioning properly.
          The American Hospital Association has voiced opposition. In order to get clear on “technical” rules, three senators have asked for a three months’ stay before licensing new technologies on the 600 MHz band.
          To learn more about the FCC’s new ruling and medical monitoring equipment, please read on here: http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/fccs-newest-ruling/
          To learn more about electronic interference between common electronics and medical implants, please check out: http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/aiming-to-first-do-no-harm/
5. Comcast Xfinity WiFi   Please read Jereomy Johnson’s explanation of why Comcast Xfinity WiFi may be harming people–and what you can do to reduce the harm. http://www.emfanalysis.com/why-is-xfinity-wifi-harming-people/
6. Katie Singer’s Upcoming talks:
October 10, Saturday, 9am-1pm, I’ll speak at a conference about wireless technologies and public health, hosted by the Santa Clara (California) Medical Center, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. My talk is titled “Electronics in Our Ecosystem.” Other speakers include Cindy Russell, MD, Dr. Joel Moskowitz and Toril Jelter, MD. The event is $10.
October 15, Thursday, 1:30 pm, I’ll speak about electronic interference with medical implants at the Santa Fe Parkinson’s Group, Christus St. Vincent Wellness Center, 490 B West Zia. People and family members living with Parkinson’s, cardiac pacemakers, insulin pumps and other implants–as well as members of the medical community are encouraged to attend. This event is by donation. For more info, contact kastclair@gmail.com
Thanks to everyone who’s getting informed about the dangers of wireless technologies and reducing their electronics usage and EMR-emmissions.
          Check out previous newsletters in the archives: http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/newsletter-archive/
          To help keep this newsletter going, please donate! ! Find the donate button at the bottom of the homepage at electronicsilentspring.com.
          Katie Singer
PO Box 6574
Santa Fe NM 87502
USA

New England – Smart Meter Updates

The Bad: Worcester Smart Meter Pilot and DPU Smart Meter Mandate    Worcester is the site of the controversial National Grid smart meter pilot program, where citizen concerns over mounting evidence of harm due to radio frequency exposure have been ignored by the industry, city officials, partner universities, and regulatory agencies. The Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities continues to pursue its mandate for smart meters, financed by ratepayers for investor-owned utilities. The Attorney General and the legislature have not acted on a fraud complaint regarding false safety claims.

The Ugly: ADA School Wi-Fi Lawsuit   The judge has scheduled a hearing at the Federal Courthouse in Worcester on September 4th for the lawsuit has been filed by a family against the private Fay School in Southboro for failure to accommodate their child.  http://safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot.com/2015/08/parent-brings-federal-complaint-against.html
Worcester’s turtleboy blog posted a blog about the issue which is representative of ridicule of the EHS population:   Caution: contains offensive language http://turtleboysports.com/southboro-boarding-school-being-sued-by-mom-because-junior-has-imaginary-sickness-from-wifi/

The Exalted: 3 Inspired Ethical Steps You Can Take
1. Contact the Ri Governor’s Disabilities Commission and commend them for hosting the hearing for the EHS population, and ask that they prioritize an immediate investigation into the conflict between the telecom industry’s lack of premarket safety testing and monitoring since 1996, and the issue of EHS. GCD.Disabilities@gcd.ri.gov

2. Contact Worcester City officials and others within your sphere of influence to express your concern about the atmosphere in Worcester that has allowed this environment of intolerance to prevail. Lack of health and environmental protections for Worcester residents, lack of oversight of the pilot by the Commonwealth, and the attitudes of elected officials and community partners of the utility have played a part in this mounting human rights disaster. This is an opportunity for the City’s administration to restore integrity to representative government. All candidates can be asked to weigh in on the issues of Wi-Fi in schools, antennas in residential neighborhoods, and Worcester smart meter pilot human experimentation without knowledge and consent.  council@worcesterma.gov, CityManager@worcesterma.gov, mayor@worcesterma.gov

3. Contact the Governor’s Office and your legislators to express your humanitarian concerns.
Thank you

Inaccessibility and discrimination are prohibited by law. Thus, it is not alright to deliberately make EHS persons’ symptoms worse. – Olle Johannson

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