2018-11-14 Regulators in USA don’t think smeter benefits justify costs, leading to fewer smeters installed

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1)  Dr. Mercola continues to provide his readers with vital info about microwave radiation.

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https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/11/14/heart-tumors-from-cellphone-radiation.aspx

Government Study Finds ‘Clear Evidence’ for Heart Tumors From Cellphone Radiation

“In my view, the primary hazard of cellphone radiation is not brain cancer per se but rather systemic cellular and mitochondrial damage ,12,13,14,15 which can contribute to any number of health problems and chronic diseases. The process begins when low-frequency microwave radiation activates voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs)16 — channels in the outer membrane of your cells.

Once activated, the VGCCs open up, allowing an abnormal influx of calcium ions into the cell. This increased intracellular calcium and the accompanying increase in calcium signaling appears to be responsible for a majority of the damage that occurs. This is reviewed in more detail in my interview with professor Martin Pall below

While the FDA insists it “must thoroughly evaluate and take into consideration the totality of the data, and do so within the context of the complete body of evidence rather than drawing conclusions from the results of a single study,” it fails to address the elephant in the room, which is the corroborating evidence published by the Ramazzini Institute just one month after the NTP released its preliminary report in February 2018.

NTP (Near Field) – Ramazzini Institute (Far Field) Studies
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESRIubk9iAM

The Ramazzini study36 reproduces and clearly supports the NTP’s findings, showing a clear link between cellphone radiation and Schwann cell tumors (schwannomas)37,38,39 — but at a much lower power level than that used by NTP.””

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/11/14/heart-tumors-from-cellphone-radiation.aspx

or    https://tinyurl.com/mercolaNTP

2)   People in New York areas are very concerned about smeters allowing utilities to gather data that is not needed for billing and having the potential to share with the government and others.  Notice, as well, that many utilities in New York allow complete opt out for around $10 a month and people are allowed to have a smeter removed, if they want, for a fee.

Evan Katz – Privacy Concerns – Orange & Rockland Utilities, New York, USA

Utility smart meter installations worry Rockland and Westchester homeowners on privacy

Lisa Price – Opt Out – Con Ed, New York, USA
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“The smart meters offer new insights into the homes of utility users, prompting privacy advocates like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to declare the potential for privacy issues…

A study from 2012 found out just how detailed the information the meters collect can be. It found that they can be used to find what program is playing on television

But that’s only a part of the way the meter can peep into homes. Reading energy consumption can show all sorts of information about people’s habits: when residents are out of the house, when they cook or when they turn on the TV.

That capability has the EFF — one of the leaders in the defense of civil liberties in the digital age — worried.”

https://www.lohud.com/story/news/2018/11/14/smart-meters-pose-privacy-worries-homeowners-o-and-r-con-ed/1823505002/

3)  Penetration of smeters is nearing 50% in the USA, but it has slowed substantially due to push back in some areas. Also, some companies are concentrating on replacing smeters rather than putting in new ones.

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We still don’t know how many smeters have been replaced in BC. Can everyone help me get this info by writing BC Hydro and asking? Not only how many, but why, and how much money does this cost? In 2016, there was an article in The Province that BC Hydro was replacing 88,000 smeters at a cost of at least $20 million.

BC Hydro Itron OpenWay Centron Smart Meter
http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Moisture-in-Smart-Meter.jpg

https://theprovince.com/news/b-c-hydro-must-remove-more-than-88000-smart-meters

This is info to which we have a right since this is our money they are spending.

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/as-smart-meters-proliferate-a-new-kind-of-demand-response-becomes-entrench/542095/

As smart meters proliferate, a new kind of demand response becomes entrenched

“Some regulators “don’t think full deployment of AMI is justified, or that the benefits will justify the costs, and they think a more targeted approach is the way to go right now.”

Chew also points out that some utilities have switched from installing smart meters to replacing them. “After a decade or more of AMI being in the field, some early adopters are actually replacing existing meters,” she said.”

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/as-smart-meters-proliferate-a-new-kind-of-demand-response-becomes-entrench/542095/

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
~ Winston Churchill

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