MA-Utilities caught with their hands in the cookie jar, again?

Massachusetts DPU is keeping this hush, hush, but the rate payers want to know what the hell is going on?….Sandaura

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ——DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND PROCEDURAL CONFERENCE

D.P.U. 16-28 June 7, 2016

Petition of Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company d/b/a National Grid for approval of its smart grid pilot program rate adjustment and reconciliation filing.

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On March 15, 2016, Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company d/b/a National Grid (“National Grid” or “Company”), filed with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”), a request to recover costs incurred in 2015 related to its smart grid pilot program. To recover these costs, the Company sought approval of the following revised factors for effect May 1, 2016: (1) revised Smart Grid Distribution Adjustment Factors (“SGDAF”) pursuant to its smart grid adjustment provision tariff, M.D.P.U. No. 1238; and (2) revised Smart Grid Customer Cost Adjustment Factors (“SGCCAF”), pursuant to its basic service tariff, M.D.P.U. No. 1250. The Department docketed this matter as D.P.U. 16-28. On April 29, 2016, the Department approved the Company’s proposed SGDAFs and SGCCAFs for effect May 1, 2016, subject to reconciliation after further investigation.

The Company’s smart grid pilot program was approved by the Department pursuant to St. 2008, c. 169, § 85, in Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, D.P.U. 11-129 (2012). Pursuant to D.P.U. 11-129, grid-facing pilot program costs are recovered from all distribution customers and customer-facing pilot program costs are recovered from basic service customers.

In the current proceeding, the Company seeks to recover $5,837,114 in grid-facing pilot program costs from its distribution customers, which represents grid-facing pilot program costs incurred in 2015 plus an under-recovery of pilot program costs from prior years. In addition, the Company seeks to recover $8,954,786 in customer-facing pilot program costs from its basic service customers, which represents customer-facing pilot program costs incurred in 2015 plus an under-recovery of pilot program costs from prior years. If the Department approves the Company’s request as proposed, the monthly bill for a typical Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company residential basic service customer (i.e., a customer using 600 kilowatt-hours (“kWh”) of electricity per month) will decrease by $0.23, or 0.2 percent. Commercial and industrial customers should contact the Company for bill impacts. D.P.U. 16-28 Page 2

The Department will hold a public hearing to receive comments on National Grid’s proposal at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Department’s offices, One South Station, Boston, Massachusetts. Any person who desires to comment may do so at the time of the public hearing or may submit written comments no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The public hearing will be immediately followed by a procedural conference.

Any person who desires to participate in the evidentiary phase of this proceeding must file a written petition for leave to intervene with the Department not later than the close of business on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. A petition for leave to intervene must satisfy the timing and substantive requirements of 220 C.M.R. § 1.03. Receipt by the Department, not mailing, constitutes filing and determines whether a petition has been timely filed. A petition filed late may be disallowed as untimely, unless good cause is shown for waiver under 220 C.M.R. § 1.01(4). To be allowed, a petition under 220 C.M.R. § 1.03(1) must satisfy the standing requirements of G.L. c. 30A, § 10.

The Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (“Attorney General”) has filed a notice to intervene in this matter pursuant to G.L. c. 12, § 11E(a). Further, pursuant to G.L. c. 12, § 11E(b), the Attorney General has filed a notice of retention of experts and consultants to assist in her investigation of the Company’s filing, and has requested Department approval to spend up to $150,000 in this regard. Pursuant to G.L. c. 12, § 11E(b), the costs incurred by the Attorney General relative to her retention of experts and consultants may be recovered in the Company’s rates. Any person who seeks to intervene in this matter and also desires to comment on the Attorney General’s notice of retention of experts and consultants must file the comments no later than the close of business on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Petitions for leave to intervene and comments should be addressed to: Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Receipt by the Department, not mailing, constitutes filing.

All documents should also be submitted to the Department in electronic format using one of the following methods: (1) by e-mail attachment to dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and the hearing officer [alan.topalian@state.ma.us]; or (2) on a CD-ROM. The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 16-28); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document. The electronic filing should also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing.

A copy of National Grid’s filing is available for public inspection during regular business hours at National Grid’s offices, 40 Sylvan Road, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451. The Department’s files are available for public inspection during regular business hours at the Department’s offices, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. In addition, electronic filings are available on the Department’s website (insert Docket Number 16-28), at http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber. Any person desiring further information regarding the Company’s filing should contact the Company’s counsel, Melissa D.P.U. 16-28 Page 3

Liazos, Esq. at (781) 907-2108. Any person desiring further information regarding this notice should contact Alan Topalian, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities at (617) 305-3647

Court Dumps Hastily-Granted Restraining Order, Says MuckRock Can Publish Smart Meter Documents

Court Dumps Hastily-Granted Restraining Order, Says MuckRock Can Publish Smart Meter Documents

by Tim Cushing

from the prior-restraint-much? dept

It took a little less than a week, but the EFF, with the invaluable assistance of Venkat Balasubramani of FOCAL PLLC, has persuaded a Washington state judge to strike down the temporary restraining order against MuckRock he hastily granted back on May 27th.

Landis+Gyr, a multinational corporation owned by Toshiba, recently secured a contract to upgrade Seattle’s “dumb” meters to smart meters. Privacy activist Phil Mocek requested information on the city’s smart meter plan through MuckRock and was handed two Landis+Gyr documents in unredacted form by the city.

These documents worth suing over spent a month uploaded to MuckRock before Landis+Gyr took notice. Once it had secured the city contract, L+G then demanded — via a request for a temporary restraining order — that MuckRock take the documents down, turn over info on site users who may have seen/downloaded them, and somehow help L+G shove its smart meter genie back into the bottle.

Fortunately, the judge has now struck down the restraining order he issued earlier in the week.

Agreeing with EFF, King County Superior Court Judge William Downing ruled that the previous order amounted to a prior restraint on speech that violated the First Amendment, and rescinded it along with denying plaintiffs’ request to extend it.

Not that Landis+Gyr didn’t try to keep its restraining order alive — despite openly acknowledging that one of the two documents contained nothing worth withholding. In its final attempt to salvage its request, L+G claimed that an internet full of evildoers now has access to sensitive information that could place citizens in danger.

Defendants knowingly posted Landis+Gyr’s protected information on its publicly-accessible website, where Landis+Gyr’s competitors, as well as hackers and saboteurs, had access to the information. In fact, internet traffic surrounding the disclosure reveals the danger caused by Defendants’ refusal to remove the information. See Second Supplemental Declaration of Eric Lee Christensen in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction, ¶¶ 2, Exhs. A. (“I read all your secret information, you [expletives deleted]”), ¶ 4, Exh. C, p. 8 (“visit the link below to download disputed documents”).

Without access to the exhibits, I can only assume the deleted expletives were “censorious asshats” and that “visit the link below to download disputed documents” is internet code for “seize the means of production, starting with the power grid.”

Landis+Gyr’s fears of terrorism are overblown, if these are the best pull quotes it could find to illustrate its “hackers n’ saboteurs” theory. It may be that its trade secret claims are more based in reality, but that still doesn’t explain its attempt to silence a third-party FOIA clearinghouse for doing nothing more than publishing documents handed to it by a government body.

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TN-KUB addresses smart meter concerns

Raishad Hardnett, WBIR 5:50 AM. EST June 07, 2016

 

KNOXVILLE – The Knoxville Utilities Board

a program in July to install 400,000 smart meters across East Tennessee during the next four years.

The new meters contain communication devices to automatically notify KUB of any power outages, and will allow the company to track customers’ electric, water and gas usage remotely.

Some residents expressed concern about potential adverse health effects, citing harmful radio frequency signals – or RF signals.

“If this analog meter works fine, why don’t we just keep it?” asked Rae Jones, who lives in North Knoxville.

Jones has hosted community meetings with other residents concerned about the new meters. Although the company maintains the RF levels are safe, she worries it’s still too early to tell.

“There’s not hard and fast science that says that this is dangerous, but there’s also not hard and fast science that says that this is not,” she said.

10News looked into those concerns and found that according to one research group, the Electric Power Research Institute, RF exposure from smart meters is 250 to 1,250 times less than that of a cell phone.

A 2013 study by the World Health Organization maintains no adverse health effects have been established with radio frequencies at the level admitted by smart meters.

Still, Jones worries it’s too early to know the long-term effects. She also said there are privacy concerns with the constant transmission of energy usage data.

Senior Vice President Eddie Black said the meters transmit customer data over a private, secured network.

It’s a $54 million project but in the long run, they’re saving money by no longer sending out crews to read meters.

Customers should get a letter from KUB about 30 days before their meter is replaced.

Anyone can choose to opt out, but all customers still have to upgrade their meters from analog to digital.

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/kub-addresses-smart-meter-concerns/234393905

Important Interview Today on RF EMFs and Real Dangers as Well as Liability

Important Interview Today on RF EMFs and Real Dangers as Well as Liability

These interviews are important because governments, utilities and the wireless industry bypassed all regulation, all professionals, all sciences to mass install the smart grid. That grid shows how people, buildings, infrastructure and ecosystems are put inside man made microwave ovens. Listen or watch the interview, share it and expand on the interview as it relates to your own expertise.

MONDAY 5 PM (CST) Show LIBERTY in ACTION (June 6, 2016)
Host: Donna Bohannon
GUEST: New information continues, with Prof. Curtis Bennett (www.thermoguy.com). Mass propaganda is seen through when the available research is carefully studied. STOP the SMART GRID!
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