PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Investigators in Portage have ruled out a smart meter as the cause of a house fire last weekend.
The owner of the home on Bellaire Avenue that caught on fire Sunday, told Newschannel 3 that his new smart meter from Consumers Energy was installed just a few days earlier. That’s why fire investigators wanted to take a look at the possibility the meter or the electrical hookup to it was involved.
On Thursday, investigators were able to determine that smart meter was not involved.
The Portage Fire Marshall, Derek Henson, tells Newschannel 3 that they spent about six hours looking at the area where the fire started. As for what the cause actually was, the investigation into that is continuing.
“We did look at the meter,” said Henson, “we looked at it as a potential cause of the fire as we do anytime there’s a fire that involves the electrical service in the house. We were able to exclude that simply because it was not in the area of origin when we were able to narrow down a point of origin.”
The Portage Fire Department did receive multiple calls from people who were worried about whether the cause of the fire was the meter, so they wanted work quickly and investigate and were able to rule it out.
That fire is estimated to have cause $150,000 in damage.
I’m pleased to provide you with a free copy of the September issue of EMR and Health, our online quarterly report.
This issue, has a great deal of valuable information that we hope you’ll enjoy reading, including:
how mobile phone could cause disease and tumours;
Canada’s advice for protecting people from EMR;
electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) – the experts are saying it’s real;
how EMR can contribute to chronic disease;
an interview with Elizabeth Kelly from EMF-scientist.org;
the Brussels declaration about EMR by international scientists;
what’s wrong with many mobile phone studies;
EHS legal case in the US;
a new Australian study on EHS;
the impacts of mobile phones on our environment;
EHS recognised by a French court; ;
the latest news and research and items of interest from around the world and more.
We’d like to draw your attention to a landmark Australian legal seminar being conducted by the Faculty of Law at the University of NSW in October. Entitled ‘Wireless Devices: Risk, Regulation, Compliance and Liability’, the seminar will address legal issues of wireless devices that are of relevance for all schools, childcare centres, architects, OH&S staff and employers (see page 1 for links).
Excerpt: “Most were OK after we explained the value of the smart grid and reassured them that we adhered to privacy legislation and the RF value of the smart grid and reassured them that we adhered to privacy legislation and the RF levels were well below FCC requirements. Nowadays we rarely get any requests”. (There is so much wrong with this information stated in the article and the statement above is one. First of all, the public is being lied to by omission of the truth regarding the harm smart metering is exposing the public to. Reassuring the public of their privacy and not addressing the dangers of the exposure to constantly pulsed microwave radio frequencies is criminal. Most of the public does not have all the proper information to make an educated decision to accept this death trap on their home. It is inaccurate to portray that the public is only a very small number that is opting out. How can one opt out of something they are not aware is doing is harmful!??? The utilities will never tell you the truth and they basically have a license to do whatever they want. I consider this politically one of the biggest organized crime rings in the world. It must be stopped. The only way is for the public to become informed……Sandaura)
Oklahoma Corporation Commission reviews other states’ opt-outs for smart meters in Public Service Co. of Oklahoma case
Public Service Co. of Oklahoma is seeking approval to charge customers a one-time fee of $183 and $28 per month to opt-out of using its smart meters. After that, the utility’s one-time fee for opting out would rise to $261.
With the help of federal stimulus funds and customer charges, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. installed more than 818,000 smart meters in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
“We had fewer than 100 customers ask about an opt-out during the three years we were installing smart meters,” spokeswoman Kathleen O’Shea said in an email Friday. “Most were OK after we explained the value of the smart grid and reassured them that we adhered to privacy legislation and the RF value of the smart grid and reassured them that we adhered to privacy legislation and the RF levels were well below FCC requirements. Nowadays we rarely get any requests.”
OG&E doesn’t currently allow customers to opt out of smart meters. But O’Shea said it plans to offer that option in its next rate case, which is expected to be filed by November.
A “Little” more sleaze at the Arizona Corporation Commission Information and Perspective by Warren Woodward Sedona, Arizona ~ August 28, 2015
I went the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) website today to listen to the audio archive of their Staff Meeting which occurred yesterday.
On the agenda was what to do about “dark money” campaign contributions to ACC candidates. That item was placed on the agenda by commissioners Susan Smith and Bob Burns. Both are up for election next time and I guess they finally realized (or some other Republicans clued them in) that APS’s dark money contributions are more of a liability than a help at this point. In short, the issue has become something of a PR nightmare.
But no such dark money discussion took place.
It turns out commissioner Doug Little exercised his right to pull an agenda item. Why would he do that? Perhaps it’s because he and ACC commissioner Tom Forese benefited from some $3.2 million in dark money in the last election.
Finally, today was the day that it appeared the Arizona Corporation Commission was at long last to consider confronting dark money campaigns that are allowing Arizona Public Service and/or other utilities to essentially select who will regulate them.
But this morning, one of commission’s wholly-owned APS regulators nixed that discussion.
Shocking, I know.
Earlier this week, an item popped up on the agenda for today’s commission meeting, to discuss and possibly vote on whether regulated utilities ought to have to publicly disclose their dark-money maneuvering.
It was placed on the agenda by Commission Chairwoman Susan Bitter Smith and Commissioner Bob Burns. Both are up for re-election next year. Both have asked APS to stay out of next year’s elections.
Both have voted against APS in the solar wars.
Neither, however, has been willing to order APS to open its books so we can see whether the utility was behind last year’s multi-million dark-money campaigns that landed APS-friendly Tom Forese and Doug Little on the commission.
Still, it appears that neither Bitter Smith nor Burns is interested either in being targeted by an APS dark-money campaign next year.
Thus came today’s agenda item: “Commission discussion, consideration, and possible vote regarding developing correspondence and/or other communications relating to the campaign contribution practices of public service corporations and other entities that appear before the Commission and opening a docket therefor – Commissioner Burns and Chairman Bitter Smith.”
In English, that means they are interested in forcing any regulated utility to publicly disclose whether they are engaged in dark-money campaigns to get their favored candidates onto the commission that regulates them.
This morning, Little pulled the item removed from today’s agenda – something a commissioner can do once on any item, in order to delay consideration of an issue.
Jodi Jerich, the commission’s executive director, said the item was a last-minute addition to today’s commission staff meeting agenda.
“Some commissioner wanted more time to develop their thoughts,” she told me.
Or possibly, time for APS to send over marching orders.
The big question, earlier today, was which of APS’ favored regulators nixed today’s discussion.
Little and Forese each enjoyed multi-million-dollar support from dark-money campaigns that are widely believed to have been funded by APS last year.. Meanwhile, Commissioner Bob Stump spent a fair amount of last year’s campaign season busily texting an APS executive, a dark money group that supported Forese and Little during the campaign and Forese, Little and their campaign chairman.
Instead, that request – to boost fees to an average of $21 a month, more than four times the $5 it now is allowed to charge solar customers to maintain the grid.– will be considered.
Never mind that Administrative Law Judge Teena Jibilian said that any such request should “more reasonably and appropriately dealt with in the context of a full rate case proceeding.”
“It is not in the public interest to make a determination on the reset application outside a full rate case proceeding,” she wrote.
It is, however, in the interest of APS, which has been pushing to boost its fees for solar customers for several years now – perhaps hoping to run rooftop solar competition out of town, as Salt River Project has essentially done by raising its fee to $50 a month. (SRP is regulated by its own board rather than the Corporation Commission.)
The vote to ignore the judge’s ruling and do as APS has asked was 3-2..
“Delaying the conversation another year basically is a disservice and not in the public interest,” Little said, during last week’s vote.