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British families at risk from smart meters, campaigners tell MPs
The Telegraph, 24 April 2013
Officials said smart meters are perfectly safe, as the level of radiation they emit is less than that of a mobile phone. Energy companies are planning to install the devices in British homes by 2019 to make gas and electricity readings more accurate.
However, Stop Smart Meters UK told MPs that there is evidence the radiation could be 140 to 800 times higher than that from mobile phones.
Dr Liz Evans, a campaigner, said there are hundreds of studies showing "evidence of harm could be acute", including possible "chronic effects from long term exposure such as cancer, infertility, dementia, genetic damage, immune system dysfunction and damage to fetuses".
"We are many organisations calling for a precautionary approach, particularly for children," she said.
23/04/2013 - Smart Meters Campaigners in front of Commons Select Committee
Warning! Wireless networks are energy monsters
Smart Grid News, 12 April 2013
A new report coming from Australia warns that industry has vastly underestimated the energy consumption resulting from more and more people accessing cloud services using portable devices. The popularity of these services is "driving a massive surge in energy consumption." Previous research has focused on the data centers that serve up the information. In reality, says the report, more than 90% of the energy consumption will come from the wireless networks that connect to the data centers.
My questions: Is the discrepancy for real? If so, it is enough to distort our forecasts of future load growth?
Melbourne's Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) has for the first time calculated the energy consumption of the cloud computing "food chain." The report, "The Power of Wireless Cloud," warns that we have grossly underestimated the energy consumption of the cloud ecosystem. The energy use of cloud services is expect to grow as much as 460% between 2012 and 2015. Wireless access networks (WiFi and 4G LTE) will be responsible for 90% of that energy. Data centers will account for only 9%.
Naperville anti-smart meter activists fight back at council meeting, accuse city of breaking its own laws
Natural News, 13 February 2013
The rule of law has completely gone out the window in the Chicago, Illinois, suburb of Naperville, where two mothers were recently arrested for trying to stop utility workers and local police from illegally trespassing on their private property in order to install cancer-causing "smart" meters. As voiced by anti-smart meter activists during a recent city council meeting following the arrests, the city of Naperville blatantly violated its own ordinances by not only having the women arrested, but also by trespassing on their private property without consent.
For several years, Jennifer Stahl, Malia "Kim" Bendis, and a cohort of other local residents informed about the dangers of remotely-controlled smart meters have been working to block efforts by the city to forcibly install the devices on all residents' homes throughout the area. Smart meters, which are controlled by wireless access points, emit large amounts of electromagnetic radiation, and have been linked to causing severe headaches, heart palpitations, anxiety, and even cancer, not to mention a plethora of personal privacy violations.
But the group, known as Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NSMA), saw its efforts come to a head when both Stahl and Bendis were arrested at their own homes, in front of their families, for refusing to allow the local electric utility, which is owned and operated by the city of Naperville, to install the devices on their houses. Stahl, Bendis, and various other NSMA volunteers had already been harassed by local officials for refusing the devices prior to the arrests, but when it finally came down to installing the devices on a second and third attempt, local police got involved to ensure compliance.
Lou Collins Radio Show with Mike from Stop Smart Meters UK
Soundart Radio, 11 February, 2013
Smart meters for energy to be voluntary
Telegraph Money, 1 February 2012
Plans to force households to have energy smart meters installed have been shelved over health and privacy fears.
The Government had promised that every household would have a smart meter by 2019 in a £12 billion programme to stop gas and electricity bills being estimated.
Officials are devising plans to allow people to reject the smart meters, which communicate remotely from households to energy companies.
The move is a victory for campaign groups and backbench MPs, who raised concerns with ministers that the devices emit electromagnetic radiation 24 hours a day and cannot be turned off.
Smart Meters and Dumb Technocrats
The Market Oracle, 9 November 2011
At a time when public debt and deficits are out of control in the straight majority of OECD countries it is almost touching that "energy crisis" still has a bit-part role in state and corporate attempts at finding new ways to extract money from consumers and waste money on corporate kleptocrats. One of the biggest current attempts is the Smart Grid-Super Grid duo. While the second is almost pure fantasy, both technologically and financially, the first seems to offer attractive potential for gouging extra revenue from electricity consumers, to "Save the Planet" by swelling electric power company revenues and generating big ticket corporate spending on high tech gimmicks - 'Smart' Meters.
Smart meters: Nothing can possibly go wrong, says gov
The Register, 3 November 2011
A UK government minister has reassured Parliament that upcoming deployments of smart meters will be secure.
The assurances by junior energy minister Charles Hendry follow admissions by a senior civil servant at a House of Commons Public Accounts committee on Monday that the government's £12bn plan to roll out smart energy meters in the UK by 2019 might yet be shelved, depending on the outcome of a review next year. The review will focus on the business case for the deployment of smart meters but security concerns also exist.
Last year Ross Anderson, professor in security engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, warned that smart metering would introduce a "strategic vulnerability" that might be exploited by hackers to remotely switch off elements on the gas or electricity supply grid. Software errors introduced during an update also pose a risk.
PG&E Begins Removing ‘Smart’ Meters Due to Health Effects
SANTA CRUZ, CA—Just as PG&E enters the final phase of its deployment of wireless “smart” meters in California, the largest of the state’s Investor Owned Utilities (IOU’s) has reversed course, quietly beginning to replace the ‘smart’ meters of those reporting health impacts with the old trusty analog version. Consumer rights and health groups immediately seized on the news, demanding that millions of Californians unhappy with their new wireless meters get their analogs returned immediately at no cost.
Smart meter users face hidden charges
The Telegraph, 31 October 2011
Contract terms and different smart meter technology platforms are restricting competition as businesses face rising energy prices.
Hidden charges for smart meters are catching small businesses unawares, says a price comparison company.
The sophisticated meters are being offered free by energy suppliers as part of a national programme to provide new products and services and make it easier for businesses and householders to monitor consumption and improve efficiency.
But Make it Cheaper, which acts for businesses, charities and trade associations in negotiating power deals, is recording a sharp increase in the number of companies eager to instal the new meters but cancelling contracts because of the 'extras.’
Smart meters 'may not cut energy use'
BBC News, 13 September 2011
Installing smart meters may not result in households saving energy, a study has suggested.
Smart meters had been considered as one component in an infrastructure to help use energy more effectively, and cut bills and emissions.
Research by a University of Oxford scientist found that the devices alone were unlikely to lead to an overall reduction in the demand for energy.
How smart meters costing £11.3bn are an expensive flop that trigger family rows
Daily Mail, 2 September 2011
Green plans to make struggling families pay £11.3billion to install smart energy meters in every home risk being an expensive flop and even causing family rows.
Energy Secretary Chris Huhne claims the new meters will allow people to see how much energy they are using by the minute, so encouraging them to cut back.
However, a 12-month pilot study involving thousands of British families found they ‘may have not much effect’ on consumption, and can even trigger arguments.
Do You Have a New “Smart” Meter?
Global Research, August 19, 2011.
Over the past year-and-a-half, various power companies have been removing the analogue [disc-like] meters placed on your homes, apartments and businesses, and installing what they call their new “Smart” Meters. This is part of the larger plan throughout the US and Canada where these meters have already been installed. “According to the Edison Foundation, more than 8 million Smart Meters have been deployed by electric utilities in the US and nearly 60 million should be in place by 2020.”(1) In Canada, 2 million of these meters are planned. “BC Hydro has a $930-million rollout of ‘Smart’ Meters” installation that began on July 4.(2)
The US nationwide program is “driven, in part by funding for the Smart Grid Program approved as part of the American Recovery[sic] and Reinvestment Act [AARA] of 2009.”(3) “There is great concern because exposure to microwave and radiowave radiation from these meters in involuntary and continuous. The transmitting meters may not even comply with FCC ‘safety’ standards. …These standards [are totally outdated and] were not designed to protect a diverse population from non-thermals effects of continuous exposure to microwave and radiowave radiation. Therefore, these ‘safety’ standards were not designed to protect the public from health problems under the circumstances which the meters are being used.”(4)
Santa Barbara “Smart” Meter Forum Video
Over 300 people attended this hugely successful event, which has sparked a burgeoning movement against ‘smart’ meters in Southern California.
Nuclear Expert: Smart Meters 100x Radiation Exposure of a Cell Phone
The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, 21 April 2011
Stop Smart Meters! caught up on Wednesday evening with Daniel Hirsch, a lecturer and expert in nuclear policy at UCSC who has been widely quoted in the media regarding recent events in Japan. Mr. Hirsch had just finished his talk at Stevenson College, UCSC about the crisis at Fukushima and what it means for the future of nuclear energy. Mr. Hirsch reviewed the report on smart meters and health requested by the state legislature and found some very disturbing anomalies.
It appears that many of the distortions that industry has used to deflect concern about such non-ionizing wireless radiation are the same techniques that have been used for many years to downplay ionizing nuclear radiation.
From Mr. Hirsch's calculations, smart meters expose residents to about 100x the microwave radiation of a cell phone- precisely opposite what the industry is claiming.
California Agency Mulls 'Opt Out' or Wired Substitutes as Fallout Over Smart Meters Persists
The New York Times, 14 January 2011
A burst of opposition to smart meters in a Northern California county appears to have turned heads in the state commission with jurisdiction over the emerging technology, with at least two prominent officials yesterday signaling they would consider letting consumers opt out.
California County Criminalizes Smart-Meter Installations
The New York Times, 5 January 2011
Citing alleged health effects from electromagnetic waves, a county in the North San Francisco Bay Area has criminalized the installation of "smart" electric meters.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance (pdf) yesterday that deems the installation of smart meters a public nuisance in some areas.
The law applies to unincorporated Marin, home to about 70,000 of the county's 260,000 residents. In addition to electromagnetic health risks, the board cited concerns about meters being used to collect information about residents' activities, impacts on aesthetics and potential damage to amateur radio networks.