Smart Meters

Group of Inverness Residents Stand up to PG&E, Block Trucks, Demand a Stop to Smart Meters.

Point Reyes Station, CA-  Two mothers from West Marin County were arrested this morning after PG&E ordered Sheriffs deputies to clear the two out of the way as a group of concerned residents gathered on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Inverness Park to deny access to PG&E’s ‘smart’ meter contractors Wellington Energy. According to Elizabeth Whitney, a local who was present at the scene, “there was a group of about two dozen residents blocking about ten Wellington Energy trucks on Sir Francis Drake Blvd this morning. After some indecision and confusion amid stopped traffic, sheriffs deputies arrived on the scene. Under the direction of the sheriffs, eight of the trucks cooperated in making U-turns and turning back while the group stepped aside. The remaining two trucks lingered at the location (in front of a local delicatessen) in friendly conversation with the locals but then turned toward Inverness unexpectedly and caused the protest group to resume their blockade. Two local mothers were arrested and taken into custody for failure to disperse. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is the only access to Inverness and the incident took place in Inverness Park, two miles south of the town.”

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In this invitational presentation to the San Francisco Tesla Society consulting engineer Rob States explains how PG&E's so-called 'smart' meters work and why they endanger health and privacy.


 

Top News Network, 20 October 2010

Homes in Yorkshire and the north-east will receive smart meters as part of the £54 million Smart Grid Project. The project will examine the effect of new technologies on carbon reduction in the UK.

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Smart Energy News at smartmeters.com, 16 October 2010

While utilities are promoting how smart meter technology will reduce energy use, help the environment, and enable utilities to more quickly determine problems during power outages, some consumer advocates claim the technology poses health, privacy, and security risks. Despite no medical proof exists that exposure to radio frequencies from wireless network devices such as smart meters, some consumer advocates in Maine claim additional investigation is warranted. The concerns have been prompted by Central Maine Power Co., smart-meter rollout.

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San Francisco Gate, 14 October 2010

Power companies say new "smart meter" technology will cut energy use, benefit the environment and allow utilities to pinpoint problems during power outages more quickly.

But critics say the technology poses health risks and raises concerns about privacy and security.

Various studies say there's little or no evidence to suggest that exposure to radio frequencies from wireless network devices, such as the so-called smart meters, constitute health threats. But that's not stopping an outcry from smart-meter opponents who say additional investigation is warranted.

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San Francisco Gate, 12 September 2010

The wireless world is closing in on Maya Cain.

Loud, painful ringing fills her ears if she spends too much time near cell phones or Wi-Fi computers, she says. She endured insomnia, dizziness and headaches after Pacific Gas and Electric Co. installed a wireless SmartMeter to measure electricity use in her San Francisco apartment building.

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Legal Planet, 20 August 2010

The poor little smart meter…it keeps catching all kinds of grief when all that it wants to do is save the planet.

It is all things to all people. To utilities, regulators, and many environmentalists, it is the doorway to a modern green grid that will teach you to turn down your air conditioner when demand is high, and make it easier to rely on intermittent solar and wind energy. To many utility customers, it is black box that probably doesn’t count kilowatt hours very well. To some people, it is an uninvited and unwelcome persistent source of radio waves with possible health implications. Hired experts are trying to figure out whether the meters count things accurately, while others debate the significance of various health studies.

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East Bay Express, 21 July 2010

With a spectrum analyzer pointed skyward,Stephen Scott, a patient, self-described radio-frequency geek, tested for electromagnetic fields in the basement of an apartment building in downtown Oakland. He drew a wand-like instrument and directed it toward a small circular box affixed to a wall. He said he was measuring the strength of the radio frequency signals he caught on the spectrum analyzer. He directed the wand toward the appliance in question and laughed in quiet disbelief.

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San Francisco Gate, 26 February 2010

Some in Sebastopol fear radiation risk

To the list of complaints lodged against Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s new SmartMeters, add another - potential health risk.

Some Sebastopol residents have questioned whether radio frequency radiation from the meters, which transmit their data to the utility via wireless communications, could threaten their health.

Their concerns grow from the heated debate over whether radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi computers and other wireless devices can cause cancer or other ailments. They want a moratorium on installing the SmartMeters to measure electricity and gas use.

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Utility corporations are deploying wireless radio frequency smart meters on every home and business under the premise that this is a green and sustainable initiative. Blanketing our homes with a suspected carcinogen, without our consent, violates our right to privacy and safety. Numerous complaints range from reports of billing inaccuracy, security, privacy, interference, health concerns, and fires. Learn more: http://www.emfsafetynetwork.org

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Nelson Life, Canada, 2 October 2010

While concerned health advocates around the world continue to battle against the electro-pollution of cell phone masts in their neighborhoods, and parents are suddenly realizing the connection between their children’s health problems and wi-fi networks in schools — now along comes a new pollution health threat.

Somewhere around 3 to 10 percent of the populaton is electro-sensitive — meaning they are adversely affected by exposure to such things as power lines, cell and portable phones, wireless computer accessories and networks, public wi-fi networks, and the like. Many find it necessary to seek refuge in less polluted areas, but such areas are becoming increasingly hard to find.

Soon refuge may be impossible without moving to the boonies and living without electricity. That’s because BC has climbed aboard the clean, green energy bandwagon with its new ‘smart grid’ plan. The BC Smart Grid would replace today’s electric meters with wireless meters, which can be read remotely by a drive-by meter-reading van or by a permanently installed neighborhood meter collector that picks up a radio signal from the meter. Not only would the smart-meter system replace meter readers and confrontations with territorial dogs, but a host of other ‘smart’ electrical functions would become possible.

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Daily Mail, 30 November 2009

 

'Smart meters' for gas and electricity are set to be approved for installation across the country in a huge project that could cost homes and businesses more than £500 each.

The meters are being presented as the key to doing away with estimated bills and encouraging families to cut down on their energy use by showing them how much they are using.

The huge scheme is to be unveiled by Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, as part of a package of measures to cut the nation's carbon footprint ahead of the climate change summit in Copenhagen.

 

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