New Zealand-Group says smart meters can be refused

Group says smart meters can be refused

Two of the country’s largest electricity providers are installing smart meters in homes around the Waitaki district but an Oamaru group says people can opt out if they have concerns about the technology.Smart meters measure electricity at a more detailed level than older-style meters and enable two-way communication between the meter and the utility company.

They use the same radio-frequency communication as mobile phones.

In September, Meridian Energy started its installation programme in the district, where it has 8500 customers on the Network Waitaki network, while Contact Energy has also started installing meters.

In July, before installations started, an Oamaru couple questioned the potential health and environmental impacts of smart meters and held several public meetings, attended by about 60 people in total, to discuss the issue.

Oamaru man Rob Hutchins, who formed the New Zealand Electrosensitivity Trust, chaired two of the meetings.

However, electricity companies have rejected claims smart meters are unsafe and say there is no solid evidence to suggest otherwise.

A Meridian Energy spokesperson said a “good number” of customers had had smart meters installed, and other customers were “keen to explore alternatives available to them”.

Contact Energy said the company had installed about 100 smart meters in Waitaki.

Trustpower had no immediate plans to install them but would roll them out region by region in the “not too distant future”, community relations manager Graeme Purches said.

While installations were ongoing, Mr Hutchins said there were still many people in Oamaru who did not want them in their homes.

“The movement has taken off and a lot more people know about it.

“In some places, especially in the USA, it’s actually a criminal offence to install them in some counties and cities … such is the concern.”

He said people who did not want a smart meter installed could put it in writing to their electricity provider.

“Network Waitaki is going quite easy on that, while others are not,” Mr Hutchins said.

– Daniel Birchfield 

http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/370564/group-says-smart-meters-can-be-refused

Legal questions about smart meters remain unanswered

Legal questions about smart meters remain unanswered

Sterling Heights officials say they’re still waiting for a response regarding a request for a legal opinion relating to the authority of a Michigan home rule city to regulate Advanced Metering Infrastructure, also known as smart meters. (Sean Delaney – Advisor & Source)

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In March 2015, the Sterling Heights City Council adopted a resolution requesting assistance from State Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) in procuring a legal opinion from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on questions relating to the authority of a Michigan home rule city to regulate Advanced Metering Infrastructure, also known as smart meters.

Nearly a year later, they’re still waiting for a response.

“To date, the city has not been notified that the State Attorney General has rendered an opinion to Rep. Yanez,” City Attorney Jeff Bahorski wrote in an email on Jan. 6.

According to Bahorski, it’s unlikely that the city would be informed directly about the opinion, as “attorney general opinions are typically issued only in response to requests by members of the Michigan House or Senate.”

“Mr. Yanez submitted the request to the State Attorney General and will be the recipient of the opinion, not the city,” Bahorski said. “However, the city communicates regularly with Rep. Yanez on state issues impacting municipalities and is confident that he will provide notice when the Attorney General has issued an opinion in response to his request.”

Unlike traditional electric meters that merely record power use – and then must be read in person once a month by a meter reader – smart meters measure consumption in real time. By being networked to computers in electric utilities, the new meters can signal people or their appliances to take certain actions, such as reducing power usage when electricity prices spike.

But the interactivity that makes smart meters attractive also makes them vulnerable to hackers, because each meter essentially is a computer connected to a vast network that some argue will be used to monitor residents’ activities.

Some residents have also argued that the devices represent a health hazard, noting that other communities have reportedly banned the meters after residents who had the devices installed became ill.

Based on these concerns, the City Council voted in January 2012 to institute a moratorium “until such time that an option to refuse the installation of such meters is given to all residents with or without cause, for any reason whatsoever.”

“This moratorium, as well as others adopted in many other Michigan municipalities, prompted the Michigan Public Service Commission to issue an order directing the utilities to provide information regarding their plans for smart meter deployment, including whether an opt-out program would be offered,” City Manager Mark Vanderpool said after the moratorium was adopted. Continued… at:

TRUTH OR DARE…I dare Americans to wake up!

Please look at this contrast comparing propaganda to truth.  Who do you think has your better interest in mind?  The Governments only hook selling the public lies is using the psychology that it is faster, better, more efficient, will save you time and money!  When you see these words repeatedly and always arguing against the dangers then run like a deer, folks.

The wireless devices and microwave ovens share a common thread.  One the public is being lied to and the public, at least the majority, are living in a false reality……Sandaura

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Protecting and Promoting Your Health

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulated the manufacture of microwave ovens since 1971. On the basis of current knowledge about microwave radiation, the Agency believes that ovens that meet the FDA standard and are used according to the manufacturer’s instructions are safe for use.

Microwave cooking can be more energy efficient than conventional cooking because foods cook faster and the energy heats only the food, not the whole oven compartment. Microwave cooking does not reduce the nutritional value of foods any more than conventional cooking. In fact, foods cooked in a microwave oven may keep more of their vitamins and minerals, because microwave ovens can cook more quickly and without adding water.   http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/ResourcesforYouRadiationEmittingProducts/ucm252762.htm

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Why Did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?

May 18, 2010

Need to sterilize a dishcloth? Use your microwave. But zapping your casserole is a BAD idea if you are interested in preparing healthy food.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx

The Dangers of Microwaves and Their Effects on Our Food


And Their Effects on Our Food

America’s most convenient appliance – microwave ovens seem to be an absolute necessity in today’s fast-paced world. They are currently present in at least 90% of homes in America thanks to their ability to cook and reheat foods or beverages in a simple, rapid way. The majority of people use this kitchen appliance without question and often thing microwaves just a simple alternative to conventional ovens. This page is here to tell you to think twice before using your microwave, as it could be one of the worst things you do for your own food.    http://naturalsociety.com/microwaves/

 

Why You Should Never Microwave Your Food

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFMPublished on February 24, 2015, Last Updated on March 2, 2015
Microwaving is a simple, convenient cooking option for people on the go. The microwave oven has been a mainstay in the US for 30+ years, virtually transforming society and how we view food. But despite its wonders, the question that’s been avoided remains: are microwaves the healthiest cooking option? The answer is, of course, no, as there are much better options available that will ensure nutrients will remain in your food.
Microwave Ovens Destroy the Nutritional Value of Your Food

Why microwave users are so unhealthy

Consumers are dying today in part because they continue to eat dead foods that are killed in the microwave. They take a perfectly healthy piece of raw food, loaded with vitamins and natural medicines, then nuke it in the microwave and destroy most of its nutrition. Humans are the only animals on the planet who destroy the nutritional value of their food before eating it. All other animals consume food in its natural, unprocessed state, but humans actually go out of their way to render food nutritionally worthless before eating it. No wonder humans are the least healthy mammals on the planet.

 

 

The Federal and State Agencies have lost the trust of the American People

The Federal and State Agencies have lost the trust of the American People

This lack of trust is part and parcel of the corruption that has poisoned our Government.  Everything we are seeing happening today is a reflection of this corruption.  It is systemic throughout, influencing  all the issues that impacts us daily.

Smart Grid Technology is not safe.  It is making the public sick.  No one is immune to the constant exposure.  No one can shield or escape the lethal radiation.

As long as we allow ourselves to remain imprisoned by the shadow government elite; we will never see justice or a revitalization of our civil and human rights.

Flint, Michigan is another example exposed to the public revealing how we on our own.  These people are evil and only do what is asked of them by the elite, faceless, cowards in the shadows who have effectively dismantled and infiltrated our political system.

The only weapons we have in this silent war, is the Silent majority.  We cannot afford to be silent any longer…..Sandaura

 

Smart Meter Petition, Purple Posts, and Public Private Partnerships

, 13 January 2016

Smart Meter Petition, Purple Posts, and Public Private Partnerships

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When residents of Smithville, Texas, learned the city had contracted for major utility infrastructure changes, including an analog-to-smart meter conversion, no one was prepared for what happened next. At a citizen-led meeting on November 5, the city council endured what some believed was well-deserved backlash for not communicating the decision to the public. Also, many folks claimed concerns over bigger issues associated with Smart Meters, such as potential adverse health and fire hazards, privacy and cybersecurity concerns, and the probability that the city entered into a Public Private Partnership (P3) to fund the project. Weeks later a truce was reached when the council voted to provide an “opt-out” choice (at a cost) for utility customers wishing to retain their analog meters. Once in a while you can fight city hall. Sort of.

After learning that the city council wasn’t offering an opt-out (available in other Texas cities) with the conversion, a few opponents hosted the November meeting with startling results. By simple bulk-mail invitation, residents were encouraged to attend the meeting discussing potentialities of smart electric meters. An unprecedented number showed up to hear two representatives from Ameresco (the contract vendor) and two speakers (in opposition) from other Texas towns debate the apparatuses.  But many attendees didn’t wait for the presentations to begin before shouting questions to anyone listening — the highly charged assembly became an unintended forum for residents voicing their anger that such an important, and expensive, decision had been made without any resident input or proper vetting of problems inherent with the devices. The gathering degenerated to a showdown when one council member who was present heatedly defended the council’s decision, but too little, too late — folks were angry.

One resident described the meeting as “almost an insurrection,” after which a woman in the hall secured the moderator’s notes, turned a page over, and started an on-the-spot petition to urge the council’s reconsideration of the entire project. The city quickly responded by hosting three meetings to explain the project, and then to offer a proposal for allowing a customer “opt-out.” In spite of the council’s quick and thorough response, it wasn’t enough to assuage all concerns — many residents began their own research and found that Smart Meters might not be such a Smart Idea. In the meantime, some opponents urged the like-minded to pull out the paint — in Texas, believe it or not, a post or boundary marker painted purple is codified as a legitimate and binding “No Trespassing” warning — effectually putting meter installers on notice.

Yet lost in the shuffle was perhaps the most important discussion of all — in spite of council attempts to explain the project’s complicated funding, most folks still don’t understand it. Smithville, like many cities, moved away from traditional bid procedures when considering this new project.

Journalist Alex Newman has done comprehensive research when it comes to Smart Meters, including the funding mechanisms used for most U.S. projects.

Of course, the rollout of the smart meters in the United States, like countless other ongoing controversies, was funded in large part by billions of American taxpayers dollars through the 2009 “stimulus” scheme passed by Democrats in Congress and demanded by Obama. “It will make our grid more secure and more reliable,” Obama claimed at the time in announcing the stimulus-funded “Smart Grid” plot.

Smithville City Manager Robert Tamble recounted expressing incredulity when informed by vendor Ameresco Account Executive George Rash that the Smithville project could be implemented without cost to the city, a “revenue-neutral” project. Through a complex agreement using a Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) it is, at its source, funded by such stimulus monies as reported by Newman.

A QECB is defined as such: “In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress increased to $3.2 billion the total face amount (‘allocation’) of QECBs that states, territories, large local governments, and tribal governments could issue to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.”

Now you know what happened to the money you lost in 2008. But what does all that mean? P3s, not often identified as such in a contract, have this in common. Government (read taxpayer) funds are used to guarantee profits to a private investor contracted for a public project. Profits are generated at taxpayer expense, but due to the long-term nature of most P3s, it’s difficult to predict all possible contingencies. In the end, a P3 simply privatizes profits and makes the public pick up losses. Witness the granddaddy of all P3s (at the time) when the monstrously unpopular TransTexasCorridor (TTC) was exposed a decade ago. Funded by a P3 involving Cintra (Spain) and Texas Department of Transportation, the scheme put taxpayers on the hook for any toll-derived revenue that failed to materialize. A decade later, the only completed portion of the TTC faced exactly that. Due to a lack of toll road use, projected revenue wasn’t met, Cintra faced bankruptcy, and taxpayers were first up for the loss.

No wonder people struggle with new-fangled funding mechanisms, never mind the ethics involved. Jim Keller, a Smithville property owner and one of the folks leading the opposition, put it this way, “It’s a lot harder to ‘un-buy’ a high-tech solution, than it is for well-meaning leaders to borrow the money and unwittingly commit a boondoggle.”

Indeed. And in Texas, opposition continues. As early as 2012, after Smart Meter projects began rolling out across the state, hundreds of folks showed up at a Public Utilities Commission hearing seeking ways to opt-out of having Smart Meters installed on their homes. And the controversies remain. On November 6, one day after the Smithville citizen meeting, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus charged the Texas Legislature to (among other things):

Examine how the Public Utility Commission of Texas, when applicable, and utility providers, whether vertically integrated, privately owned, or municipally owned, can ensure consumer protection regarding metering devices for water, gas, and electricity service. Review recent examples of inaccurate or confusing billings and offer recommendations on appropriate consumer recourse and appeal.

Left unclear for now is what “ensured consumer protection” and “consumer recourse” will look like, but it’s a start. The issue’s once again on the radar at the state level.

Tamble responded to citizens’ concerns by crafting an opt-out, but said he hadn’t known about the idea until residents made him aware, although in this unorthodox way. He promised the city would do a better job in communicating with the public, but admonished residents to do their parts. In other words, had folks taken a more participatory role in civic affairs, they wouldn’t have been so surprised. Many still grumble that the project is here to stay, but securing the opt-out choice at the last minute was no small feat.

In fact, Tamble’s right. Without individual assumption of responsibility, proper function of government at any level cannot be assured. The take-away should be that with a proper government, and adequate citizen education, government creep and loss of liberty might look a whole lot different.

George Rash of Ameresco was contacted for this article, but hadn’t responded by press time.

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    We opted out but to no avail. When we were out of town they came back and installed it anyway. Upon our return we saw it was installed along with our only 10 year old air conditioner not working and having to be replaced. In the middle of June in central Florida!

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    Watch out for fires. Check out the Houston and Austin utility and fire departments where ITRON and Landis &Gyr meters have caused many fires due to design flaws. And certification by UL, if it has been done, isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. UL certified Sensus meters that burned and were recalled in Saskatchewan, Canada and the Landis & Gyr meter that burned in Houston.

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Sounds like how LG&E operates in Kentucky.

 

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    FIVE facts about your new smart meter.
    #1 It generates enough radiation in your home to have a warning from the FCC. RADIATION Implanted medical devices suffer interference.
    #2 It send enough information about the homeowners private life, that the US Congress is concerned. PRIVACY
    #3 The smart meter measure very accurately. So accurately, they can measure all of the crap on the power line that shouldn’t be there and bill the customer for that crap.
    #4 It does not have any built in thermal protection. If the smart meters maximum power rating of 48KW’s is exceeded, you have FIRES.
    #5 The smart meter radiation is so powerful, they trip AFCI and GFI breakers in your electrical panel.

    Are you finding you can not sleep as well as before the smart meter was installed? Wrap your smart meter is 2 layers of aluminum foil, it won’t stop the fires, but the radiation won’t kill you.
    http://texansagainstsmartmeter…
    http://stopsmartmeters.org/
    http://emfsafetynetwork.org/sm…

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/item/22316-petitions-purple-posts-and-public-private-partnerships

 

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