Iowa Consumer Advocate Mark Schuling is opposing Alliant Energy’s smart meter rollout at an Iowa Utility Board hearing Nov. 5 in Des Moines. Many Attorneys General and state utility boards around the country have opposed smart meters due to many studies showing no cost benefit, just rate hikes.
Smart meters cost about six times more than analog meters, with one-third the lifetime. There is also the multi-million-dollar initial cash expense to replace 481,000 working analog meters.
Studies show that the faster outage reporting that Alliant and other utility companies claim do not result in faster service restoration.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has warned about serious dangers to America’s security from the smart grid and smart meters. So has former CIA Director James Woolsey, calling the smart grids “stupid” on national TV (along with many other cyber security experts and institutions).
The ACLU and many others oppose smart meters for privacy violation: a $2.2 trillion per year data market is expected, for selling detailed customer personal lifestyle data. Alliant claims it will not sell data, but Alliant customer service reps have told me, “We may change any policy at any time without notice.”
Although Alliant’s planned opt out meter has been shown to be acceptable for health, Alliant’s proposed opt out proposal is severe: We would read our own meter, pay $15/month (Alliant saves millions each year by laying off meter readers), with a four-day monthly window to submit readings (our travel scheduled around reading our meter, and no more opt outs allowed after an temporary opt out period – in perpetuity).
Oppose the smart meter roll out by contacting the Iowa Utility Board.
Note: Duke Energy spokesperson Meghan Musgrave Miles, speaking in a recent Xpress articleabout the topic, notes that “Both the FCC and the World Health Organization have stated that the small amount of RF [radio frequency energy] emitted by smart meters poses no threat to human health.”
Press release from Swannanoa Valley for Safe Technology:
Swannanoa Valley for Safe Technology is calling to order its first meeting, “Smart Meters – Make an Informed Choice,” at The White Horse in Black Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Our mission is to educate the citizenry so that they are empowered to make wise and informed choices concerning Duke Energy Progress’ rollout of smart meters in Buncombe County.
The threat of public and environmental harm from wireless radiation is real and growing. Local control is needed to ensure community safety, welfare and compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
Local citizens will present the hazards of smart meters which include health risks, what to do to protect yourself, environmental impact, how EMF microwave radiation affects the body, cost-risk-benefit analysis, safety issues and the illegal invasion of privacy. Josh Hart, director of StopSmartMeters.org, will address attendees via Skype.
Take Back Your Power, the award-winning documentary uncovers the shocking story behind why hundreds of local governments and millions of ratepayers are standing against the multi-billion dollar rollout of smart utility meters. With compelling insight from whistle-blowers, government agents, lawyers, doctors, researchers and environmentalists, Josh del Sol’s ‘Take Back Your Power’ investigates the claimed benefits and emerging risks of a profit-based global initiative that seeks to change the way we live. What you’ll discover will surprise, unsettle and ultimately empower you.
Peer-reviewed published studies link electromagnetic fields and wireless radiation (EMFs) to health problems including: fatigue, headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, ringing in the ears, heart problems, learning and memory disorders, increased cancer risk, and more. Studies show radiation harms nature, and children are especially vulnerable. Precaution is advised by healthcare and science experts. In California and other states, prudent avoidance of EMFs is recommended public policy.
Jerry Day, an environmental researcher and video/media production specialist, states: “Invasive and dangerous technologies have been built into a new generation of electric meters. Smart meters enable data to be collected on individuals and delivered to elite globalist policy makers and power collectives to enable them to control and exploit populations on a local basis. Global “governance” is not consensus-driven and it is only good for extracting wealth and freedoms from populations by force and dictate. Just as all major empires ultimately fail, global governance is a flawed concept which does not allow for local geology, climate, culture, history, aspirations and citizen rights.”
New Mexico regulators rejected smart meters. According to New Mexico activist and author Arthur Firstenberg, “The decision means there will not be smart meters in the near future in New Mexico’s metropolitan areas: Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Clayton, Ruidoso, Tularosa, Alamogordo, Silver City, Lordsburg and Deming.” Maui, Hawaii won its cases against its electric companies and has no smart meters. In California, 21 cities are fighting the battle to get rid of smart meters. Morganton, NC has no smart meters.
The following article, and link to another, raises the very real possibility that smart meters and the smart grid itself could be hacked and disabled by rogue chips embedded into electronic circuit boards. A prime suspect in this is China, where most of the equipment is made. This should be of the upmost concern to the Australian government considering the significant penetration of Chinese companies in Australia’s power grids, as examined in the Australian ABC report: Chinese investment in Australia’s power grid explained
Also see the US ABC news report: Chinese hacking US Banks, Power grids
And for Australian subscribers to this blog, recommended reading (for those not prone to depression) is Clive Hamilton’s Silent Invasion, China’s influence in Australia
by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions
Nick Hunn of Creative Connectivity published an article this month entitled, “How to Hack a Smart Meter and Kill the Grid … And then all the lights went out.” 
Hunn says his new article is one he “would have preferred not to write” but felt obligated to issue a formal warning before “the lights go out.”
Nick Hunn is more convinced than ever that evidence now exists that rogue chips may be embedded into electronic circuit boards during the manufacturing process, such as those contained within utility smart meters. Smart meters can be considered high value targets for hackers due to the existence of the “remote disconnect” feature included as an option for most smart meters deployed today.
More specifically, quoting Hunn’s article:
“I’ve always been concerned about the vulnerability of the British smart meters to hacking at the manufacturing stage. The reason for that concern is that these meters contain an OFF switch which allows power to be disconnected by the energy supplier. This is a convenience for them, as they no longer need to send someone round to gain access to a building. However, if it were ever hacked, the hackers could turn off millions of meters at the same time. That could be used to destroy the electricity grid…SNIP
Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet division focused on smart cities, is caught in a battle over information privacy. The team has lost its lead expert and consultant, Ann Cavoukian, over a proposed data trust that would approve and manage the collection of information inside Quayside, a conceptual smart neighborhood in Toronto. Cavoukian, the former information and privacy commissioner for Ontario, disagrees with the current plan because it would give the trust power to approve data collection that isn’t anonymized or “de-identified” at the source. “I had a really hard time with that,” she told Engadget. “I just couldn’t… I couldn’t live with that.”
Cavoukian’s exit joins the mounting skepticism over Sidewalk Labs and the urban data that will be harvested through Quayside, the first section of a planned smart district called Sidewalk Toronto. Sidewalk Labs has always maintained that the neighborhood will follow ‘privacy by design‘, a framework by Cavoukian that was first published in the mid-1990s. The approach ensures that privacy is considered at every part of the design process, balancing the rights of citizens with the access required to create smarter, more efficient and environmentally friendly living spaces.
Sidewalk Labs has been debating how to adopt the framework since it was selected as a Quayside planning partner last year. The team has held countless meetings with the public and technology experts, including Cavoukian, to explain its thinking and ensure everyone’s concerns are considered in the Master Innovation and Development Plan due early next year. (The plan is effectively a final pitch or proposal that will need to be approved by the City of Toronto before any building work can go ahead.)
Privacy, of course, has been a constant source of discussion. Some Torontonians are nervous because of Google’s reputation as an advertising business and the vague information Sidewalk has given about data collection so far. Sidewalk Labs, though, can’t be specific because it hasn’t finalized anything — it’s still researching and considering its options.
Still, progress is being made. Sidewalk Labs published some initial proposals for data governance in Quayside last week. The bottom line: It wants someone else to handle the issue. The company suggested an independent trust that would oversee all data collection in the neighborhood. If any company, including Sidewalk Labs, wanted to set up citizen-tracking hardware or services, they would need to file an application, called a Responsible Data Impact Assessment (RDIA), with the trust first. Some applications could be “self-certified,” or quickly approved, while others would require careful consideration by the group.
Which sounds great, right?
Sidewalk Labs says all of its applications would follow Cavoukian’s privacy by design framework. But here’s the rub — the trust would also have the power to approve applications that don’t anonymize data at source. In its proposal document, the Alphabet-owned team gives a theoretical example involving video cameras in public parks. The application, Sidewalk Labs says, couldn’t be self-certified because it involves personal information. It could be approved, however, on the condition that the video footage is only used for park improvement, and that the files are destroyed on a rolling seven-day basis. The company in question would also need to erect signs near the cameras and add their locations to a public registry.
That wiggle room concerns Cavoukian. She believes all Quayside data should be de-identified at source to maintain citizen privacy. “The minute you say, ‘well it’s going to be their choice,’ you can bet more and more data will be collected in personally identifiable form,” she said. “Because that’s the treasure trove. That’s what everybody wants.”
From the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia:
Following a referral on 13 September 2018 from the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, the Committee will inquire into and report on Sleep Health Awareness in Australia. The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Thursday, 18 October 2018. Information that may assist in preparing a submission to the Committee may be viewed here.
The Terms of Reference:
The Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will inquire into and report on sleep health awareness in Australia, in particular:
- The potential and known causes, impacts and costs (economic and social) of inadequate sleep and sleep disorders on the community;
- Access to, support and treatment available for individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders, including those who are: children and adolescents, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, living in rural, regional and remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander;
- Education, training and professional development available to healthcare workers in the diagnosis, treatment and management of individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders;
- Workplace awareness, practices and assistance available to those who may be impacted by inadequate sleep or sleep disorders, with a focus on: rostering practices for shift workers, heavy-work requirements, and the transport industry as compared to international best practice; and
- Current national research and investment into sleep health and sleeping disorders.
Submissions for this inquiry have now been published online, with possibly more to come, at:
I haven’t had the time to go through all 113 submissions yet but a colleague has gone through some of the inquiries and mentions a few of interest:
Number 6, which is from a man who had military expertise, is interesting. Number 32, from Jodie Donnelly, is fascinating, and there were a couple of wind farm sufferers (numbers 66 and 110) plus one concerning low frequency noise (number 72).
My submission to this inquiry, #66 is available at: https://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=dcaf332c-7cd2-4a1c-af14-db0128f676bf&subId=661335
Microwave News – A Report on Non-Ionizing Radiation
Hawaiian Electric to replace 1,200 meters after overheating reported
Posted: Oct 22, 2018 04:29 PM HST
Updated: Oct 22, 2018 08:01 PM HS
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawaiian Electric is notifying commercial customers about a potential hazard that relates to a particular brand of electric meter installed at businesses on Oahu.
The company is moving quickly to replace 1,200 meters at highest risk for failure.
No residential meters are affected. The affected meters are commercial equipment that operates at higher voltage than residential meters. They are standard commercial meters, not wireless “smart” meters.
To date, 10 commercial meters have overheated, shattering the plastic cover on some of the units. No injuries or significant property damage have been reported but because of the potential risk, the company is notifying business owners and property managers with letters, calls and personal visits.
While many commercial meters are in locked closets or cabinets, affected businesses that have electric meters in high-traffic areas or near workspaces are urged to keep people and combustible materials away from the meters until they can be replaced.
“We want to be sure that the public is safe for one, because these are businesses and we want to make sure that where you have meters, sometimes it can be in an area where the public is. It’s a throughway. People can pass by the meter and we just don’t want it overheating or having the casing shatter while the public is around,” said Shannon Tangonan, HECO spokeswoman.
The company believes meters that have been in service six years or longer pose a higher risk, so those meters – about 600 – are being prioritized for replacement by Oct. 26. Switching the high priority meters began last week and continued over the weekend, when about 250 were replaced.
The plan is to ultimately replace all 1,200 meters with equipment from a different manufacturer. Permanent replacement of all affected meters will take several weeks as new equipment is shipped from the mainland.
“We believe the risk is small, but we’re not taking any chances,” said Jim Alberts, senior vice president of customer service. “Safety is our priority so we’re moving quickly to replace the affected meters and let the public know about the problem.”
While there are 33,000 commercial customers on Oahu, Hawaiian Electric narrowed down the potentially hazardous meters to one brand and model using a particular voltage. The failed meters are Itron Sentinel model SS4S1D units being supplied 277/480 volts.
Several of the failed meters were sent to the manufacturer for testing. Hawaiian Electric is still in discussions with the manufacturer about the cause of the failures but because of the potential risk to customers decided to move ahead with the notification and replacement effort while continuing to investigate the cause of the failures.
The meters are being replaced at no cost to customers. Business customers will be contacted by letter, phone or personal visit from a Hawaiian Electric representative. If you are not contacted by Oct. 29, your business is not affected.
Business customers may call 543-7777 for more information.
Smart meter ordinance moves to second hearing
October 22, 2018
GRANTS PASS, Ore.– Josephine County commissioners are taking action against new smart meters with an ordinance that would crack down on the fees for people who opt-out.
Last Wednesday, the commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance with a date set for the second reading on the last week of October. However, the company installing the smart meters, Pacific Power, is requesting the county drop the proposed ordinance altogether.
According to Josephine County Commissioner Dan DeYoung, the commissioners aren’t planning on backing down and it doesn’t seem like Pacific Power is either, leading things to potentially come to head later down the road.
“We had a really, really good… I guess a lively discussion last week,” he said.
What’s being proposed on the ordinance is a ban on utility companies from charging and collecting an opt-out fee and would fine the company if they did. However, Pacific Power says not only do they believe it’s illegal and conflicts with state law, the company doesn’t even set pricing on such rules and regulations. It’s all covered by the Public Utilities Commission of Oregon, a state agency.
“People will think county law prevails, that they may not have to pay anything to opt-out and they will fall behind on their bills,” said Scott Bolton, senior vice president of Pacific Power. “It will become an even more painful process than it needs to be.”
Both sides say they are trying to help those they serve whether that be the citizens of the county or the customers of a company. But there could be big implications either way and Pacific Power says that it could cause larger problems in the future.
“The problem here though is that the ordinance and the idea that the county can change our rates has confused a lot of our customers,” said Bolton.
DeYoung hopes that they all can meet at the table and hash things out but it may not be easy to derail.
“It doesn’t take effect until 90 days after adoption,” he said. “So there’s a pretty good window of opportunity in here for Pacific Power, Josephine County to sit down at a table while with input from the Public Utilities Commission.”
Josephine County commissioners want to stress something discussed during the first reading, people still need to pay their utility bill regardless of the ordinance. Pacific Power also recommends that people reach out to Oregon Citizens Utility Board at (503) 227-1984 or the Public Utilities Commission of Oregon at (503) 373-7394 to learn more about smart meters opt-out fees.
PowerWatch: 1,670 Scientific Papers on Electromagnetic Fields
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, October 22, 2018
This list is a compilation of citations for 1,670 peer-reviewed papers about electromagnetic fields (EMF) published in scientific journals from 1979 through 2018. The list includes all papers that PowerWatch published on its website as of October 11, 2018.
This is not a comprehensive list of studies. PowerWatch selected these studies from their internal database of 15,000 (approx.) scientific papers, most of which address EMF.
Powerwatch has been researching the links between EMF and health risks for more than 25 years. The organization, which is completely independent of government and industry, gathers information to help the lay person understand this issue. For more information about PowerWatch go to: https://www.powerwatch.org.uk/docs/aboutus.asp.
Powerwatch recently added a search engine to its website which enables the user to search specific fields in their database for specified time periods.
This 95-page list is published on the Electromagnetic Radiation Safety website with the permission of Alasdair Philips, the Science Director and co-founder of PowerWatch.
Table of Contents
Mobile and Cordless Phones (pp. 2-29) — 525 papers (P=306, N=100, – =119)
Mobile Phone Masts (pp. 30-35) — 94 papers (P=39, N=10, – =45)
Wi-Fi (pp. 36-38) — 38 papers (P=13, N=3, – =22)
Radio Transmitters (pp. 39-41) — 43 papers (P=36, N=2, – =5)
Powerline Frequencies (pp. 42-59) — 333 papers
Electrical Sensitivity (pp. 60-64) — 88 papers (P=41, N=23, – =24)
EEG and Brain Responses (pp. 65-67) — 53 papers (P=48, N=2, – =3)
Radiofrequency EMF Mechanisms (pp. 68-81) — 251 papers (P=185, N=37, – =29)
Powerfrequency EMF Mechanisms (pp. 82-95) — 256 papers
To download the list go to: http://bit.ly/SaferPowerWatch