Category Archives: SMART METERS

BC’s Itron smart meters put lives and homes at risk — who is looking out for us?

January 28, 2015 • For Immediate Release

Smart meters have design flaws that have caused fires across North America, including in British Columbia.

In Saskatchewan, Oregon, Florida, and now Ontario, measures are being taken to protect residents. Meanwhile in BC, Energy Minister Bill Bennett and BC Hydro refuse to acknowledge this fire hazard exists, allowing these meters to remain on homes and businesses, putting our lives and property at risk.

In Saskatchewan, after eight meter failures and one fire, on July 30, 2014, the government ordered all smart meters to be removed immediately. Energy Minister Bill Boyd explained this action as being precautionary. “The concerns about safety are paramount here,” he said. “We believe that any time families are at risk here in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that’s why we have directed SaskPower accordingly.”

http://smartgridawareness.org/2014/07/30/fires-prompt-saskatchewan-government-in-canada-to-order-removal-of-105000-smart-meters/

In Ontario risks are being reduced. On January 22, 2015 Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) ordered certain smart meters to be removed immediately, as a precautionary measure. The meters have remote disconnect switches and were found to allow water/moisture and other contaminants to get into the meter. This could result in arcing and fire.

http://www.esasafe.com/assets/files/esasafe/Newsroom/ESA-Meter-Release-FINAL-ROP-Jan.22.2015.pdf

“Although there were no serious incidents reported in Ontario involving these meters, when we learned of the events in Saskatchewan we undertook a due diligence safety review to determine if there were any implications for Ontario,” said David Collie, ESA’s President and CEO.

In British Columbia there have been many meter failures and several fires according to official government and BC Hydro sources.

ITRON smart meters have the remote disconnect switch, just like those in Ontario, and they allow water/moisture to accumulate just as they did in Saskatchewan.

In British Columbia there has been at least one fire that, according to the BC Safety Authority, was caused by water leaking into the meter, causing a short circuit.

Yet no one, not Bill Bennett, not BC Hydro, not the BC Safety Authority is even acknowledging the fire risk, let alone taking precautionary measures to protect us and our homes.

engineers who, on a voluntary basis are studying the meters, have found several serious flaws, one of the significant ones being the remote disconnect switch. They are concerned that proper testing of the switch and of the meters themselves hasn’t taken place and there is no certification of safety by either CSA or an independent professional electrical engineer – something required by both common sense and the law.

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In the attached commentary, a retired engineer, Bob McKechnie warns, “The switch is critical from the safety point of view because if it fails to operate properly the disconnect function will not be accomplished and safety will not be assured.”

Our government and BC Hydro are playing Russian roulette with our lives and property. Who is watching out for British Columbians? Must people die before Bill Bennett takes action?

How Dangerous and Expensive Became “Smart” An Exposé of the “Smart Grid”

Here is an excellent review of the current status of the EMF problems:  Smart Meters,  WiFi,   CellPhones, etc.

This is a must read.

 

http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/smart-meters-not-so-smart/

Amy Worthington, a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation from Idaho, is an investigative journalist who has researched and written many articles on the topic of wireless radiation.

Biological Effects From RF Radiation and Implications for Smart Meters June 5 2013

Physicist, Ronald M. Powell (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1975) explains, in lay terms, the implications of the BioInitiative 2012 Report for Smart Meters and Smart Appliances.

He compares the low RF power density levels at which biological effects were reported in the RF Color Charts in the Report to the calculated RF power density levels that Smart Meters and Smart Appliances can produce.

Link to article on www.Scribd.com

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Smart Meter Status in California – Good and Bad

The Smart Meter Fight in California is not going well but there are some very credible people continuing to push the issues and I believe they will make gains in the near future.  I hope.

We, in BC Canada must pay attention to what is going on in California.  They are fighting the same battles as we are and we may learn something from their wins and losses.

See comments by JEROMY JOHNSON  on his web site http://www.emfanalysis.com

Also, see the actions of the president of the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission and a judge that have upheld the rights of the utility companies over the public.
http://www.emfanalysis.com/cpuc-testimony/

Also see this excellent article:
COMMENTS OF JEROMY JOHNSON ON PROPOSED DECISIONS OF COMMISSIONER MICHAEL PEEVEY AND ADMINISTRATIVE  LAW JUDGE AMY YIP-KIKUGAWA
http://www.emfanalysis.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Comments-to-CPUC-November-2014.pdf

An excellent article that all of you should read.   It is only 15 pages with some interesting diagrams. As Jeromy stated, it seems that the commissioner and law judge are living in an alternate universe.

Example of content of this article.  New info for me at least.  Something to follow up on.

EMF Activation increases Free Radicals

Class Action Lawsuit – Current Status

This newsletter is to bring you up to date on the current status of the Class Action Civil Lawsuit against BC Hydro, to inform you of the court timeline for submissions and court hearings, and to let you know we are going to need every one of you who believes in justice, truth and freedom to keep supporting this lawsuit with your time, effort and valuable donations!

 We cannot allow ourselves to be divided and conquered, so we are asking as we never have before that you get on board with this lawsuit and keep it alive, so we will have the chance of winning back our rights, no matter which political party is in power.

 Read the whole Status Report here

WEMO is a system that allows users to control home electronics from anywhere.

WEMO is a series of products from Belkin International, Inc. that allows users to control home electronics from anywhere.  This appears to be a subset of home automation.

WEMO is just an example of the whole new world of devices, with IP addresses that can communicate on the internet and that includes the home WiFi.

Benefits?

To most people this sounds like a great advance with many benefits. Think of the time they could save by having control over home devices from your office, on the road,  out of town.

Imagine turning the coffee maker in the kitchen on when you wake up and are still in bed.  Wow.  And turning the lights on the driveway off at 10 pm,  automatically.  Or giving you an SMS message at sunset with the current temperature?   The geeks will really love this stuff.
See this site that proposes that you might use a motion detector to turn the fan or aircon on when the cat uses the cat toilet. No kidding. see this article from Australia

Down Side?

There is a growing segment of the population that believes that RFR (radio frequency radiation or microwave radiation) causes health problems. (RFR has not been proven to be Safe)  Some of these people are quite sensitive to RFR and must avoid areas with RFR from WiFi routers,  Cell towers,  cell phones and wireless smart meters otherwise they have health problems.

So, this addition of more devices talking to each other and a controller using WiFi RFR will simply increase the level of impact on the health of all people in the area.

The WiFi RFR has a limited range of 50-100 feet which you can check out with your smart phone connection to WiFi. This means people living in a condominium or an apartment with neighbours on 2 or 3 or 4 sides and upstairs and downstairs, each with several WiMo gadgets will be exposed to lots of RFR.

If you believe that living in an environment with high RFR is not good for your health and should be regarded as toxic,  THEN you must try to avoid these new WiFi gadgets like the WiMo.  Also, you should read all there is about the health effects and what you must do because the health you save may be your own or that of your family or friends.

The companies that are developing these toxic items have spent a lot of money on the R and D and they expect to make lots of money from the people who buy into this wireless home automation world.  So expect to see an increasing flood of these devices,  lots of advertising and lots of claims that RFR poses no health impacts.

See these sites for more information:

http://www.wemothat.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belkin_WEMO

An add from Holmes Products pushing the WeMo air purifier

or just do a Google/Yahoo search on WEMO

SaskPower’s CEO resigns over dangerous Smart Meter program; should BC’s Bennett be next?

PRESS RELEASE

After eight smart meter failures (minor fires with little damage and no injuries), an immediate independent investigation of the Saskatchewan smart meter program was demanded.

Installations ceased, and smart meters were ordered removed from homes.

In a highly critical report released on Oct. 27, Sask Power was found to have implemented the program without considering public safety a priority.

Upon release of the report, the CEO of Sask Power, Mr. Robert Watson, resigned immediately, without severance.

READ FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE

OPEN YOUR MIND RADIO – Olle Johansson

Here is an interesting peoples internet RADIO site from Ireland that covers many of the issues that we are involved in. Remembrer RADIO?

http://www.oymradio.com/images/podcasts/225_TwoHundredTwentyFive_OlleJohansson_OYM.MP3

The show is almost 2 hours long.  No video, just audio..  Just sit back, relax and listen.

Olle Johansson – runs from 17 min.  to 144 min.  You can jump to the start of his interview.

  • EHS is a recognized disability in Sweden.
  • EHS conference in Brussels in November 2014 (1:09+)
  • Dangers of WiFi
  • Electro Smog
  • Health effects of microwaves – very dangerous
  • Impacts on DNA
  • WiFi in Schools – dangerous
  • Transmitting Water Meters might effect quality of water?  EHS?
  • Pure LiFi – something new

 

Truth About Smart Meter Fires and Failures in BC

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AUGUST 19, 2014

Energy Minister Bill Bennett and BC Hydro say there have been no smart meter fires in BC. http://tinyurl.com/kvc4bdf

That is not true.

Evidence gathered only in the past five months proves that this is not true. See the full report here: http://tinyurl.com/ocmm7tm

We all have heard of the fires and failures in Saskatchewan and Portland, Oregon. There have been more fires in BC than in either of them. Then why haven’t we heard about them? Because they are not being tracked. And why they are not being tracked is a major component of this report.

A second component, and even more important, is irrefutable proof, derived from FOI reports and media sources, that fires and failures have occurred in BC and, unless action is taken immediately, will continue to occur.

Before the smart meter fires and failures can be tracked, the fires must be provided a code. But to be provided a code, there must be an admission that these incidents occurred. If an authority doesn’t wish to admit that smart meter fires actually occur, then no code is forthcoming. Which is the case.

That is the first order of denial.

Next is to target the only agency with the mandate to oversee the operation of BC Hydro … the only agency able to prohibit any perceived irregularities … and, by an act of the legislature, to specifically deny that agency, the BC Utilities Commission, the ability to do its job. Such is the purpose of the Clean Energy Act and Directive 4.

Finally, and this is not a pro-active hampering of agencies, as in the case of BCUC, but a failure to clean up a long-identified inter-agency quagmire. This is a situation in which one agency fails to communicate with another, and another with another, all involved in some measure with smart meter fires and failures … the resulting muddle serving to obscure the existence of smart meter fires and failures.

The evidence is clear. Smart meters are fire hazards and as such put into jeopardy the life and property of those who live in BC. It is incumbent upon all elected officials to act on that evidence by removing the ITRON smart meters and replacing them with analog meters (analogs are available in the U.S.). Should they fail to demonstrate the same degree of responsibility and care as do the governments of Saskatchewan and Portland, Oregon, then they will be held responsible morally and legally for the consequences.

The current document proves that ITRON smart meters do cause fires and failures in BC. The next installment will provide evidence documented by electrical engineers explaining why they occur.

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca

Read the Executive Summary Here

Read the Full Report Here

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