November 08 & 09, 2015 – Smart Meters Articles & Reports & Videos

[EHS – EMR – Health – RF – Australia] Opportunity to ask ARPANSA questions about RF standards and exposure – Stop Smart Meters Australia – November 04, 2015:
– http://stopsmartmeters.com.au/2015/11/04/opportunity-to-ask-arpansa-questions-about-rf-standards-and-exposure/
(On the 17th of November, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) will be hosting the bi-annual Electro Magnetic Energy Reference Group (EMERG) meeting. SSMA is a public representative and would like to hear from you, via comments to this web post, as to whether there are any burning questions (pun intended) that people may have regarding radiofrequencies (RF) exposure, RF standards and health.If there is a large response from the public, questions will be collated and ARPANSA will be invited to respond in writing. Questions that are deemed of critical importance will be raised directly face to face with ARPANSA at the meeting.)

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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA):

– http://www.arpansa.gov.au/index.htm
[UK] Demands grow for overhaul of UK energy policy by Christopher Adams and Kiran Stacey – The Financial Times Ltd. – November 08, 2015:
– http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/1daa082a-8611-11e5-9f8c-a8d619fa707c.html#axzz3qwjkoxoc
(Ministers are facing calls for an urgent overhaul of UK energy policy, with politicians and industry experts demanding swift investment in new power plants and storage after a near-breakdown in the electricity network.

Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s energy minister, has written to UK energy secretary Amber Rudd voicing concern over the country’s “worryingly low” safety margin of supply over demand. He accuses the government of having ignored repeated warnings that critical infrastructure is near breaking point.

His comments follow an unexpected supply crunch last week that showed just how fragile Britain’s creaking electricity network has become. As the system came under severe stress, sending prices soaring, big industrial users were asked to reduce usage to prevent a breakdown….)

[TOU – Wind – Texas, USA] A Texas Utility Offers a Nighttime Special: Free Electricity by Clifford Krauss and Diane Cardwell – The New York Times – November 08, 2015:
– http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/09/business/energy-environment/a-texas-utility-offers-a-nighttime-special-free-electricity.html?_r=0
(….TXU’s free overnight plan, which is coupled with slightly higher daytime rates, is one of dozens offered by more than 50 retail electricity companies in Texas with a simple goal: for customers to turn down the dials when wholesale prices are highest and turn them back up when prices are lowest.

It is possible because Texas has more wind power than any other state, accounting for roughly 10 percent of the state’s generation. Alone among the 48 contiguous states, Texas runs its own electricity grid that barely connects to the rest of the country, so the abundance of nightly wind power generated here must be consumed here.

Wind blows most strongly at night and is inexpensive because of its abundance and federal tax breaks. A shift of power use away from the peak daytime periods means lower wholesale prices, and the possibility of avoiding the costly option of building more power plants….

Deregulation in Texas has spurred intense competition for customers. By encouraging energy use at night, utilities reduce some of the burdens, and costs, that the oversupply of wind energy places on the power grid….

Energy experts say smart meters have not yet reached their potential and have made little difference in total power use. In many cases, utilities have monopolies and fixed rates, and they do not want to see customers bled away by renewable energy sources, so they have little incentive to use the new data source in creative ways, experts say. Texas is trying to be the exception, though experts say it will still take more time to assess the impact….

Consumer choice, with its impacts and benefits, will drive the future of the power industry….

she is not motivated by environmental concerns.

“I never thought about it,” she said. In fact, she leaves lights on and even the television on when she leaves the room.

“I’m really wasteful now,” she said. “The first thing I tell my guests is my electricity is free after 9.”)

[IoT] Internet of things report 2015: When things talk back – The Economic Times of India – November 09, 2015:
– http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/internet-of-things-report-2015-when-things-talk-back/articleshow/49717128.cms

Videos:

(videos) [Dirty Electricity – Health – Ontario] CTV Investigates: Farmer calls for action on stray voltage:
– http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.2623390
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(video 04:03) CTV Kitchener: Cows killed by electricity (Part 1)
– http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=731250&playlistId=1.2623390&binId=1.1147261&playlistPageNum=1
(Peter Stern, Drumbo area, Oxford County farmer) & – http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/6085797-farmer-mpp-seek-help-in-battle-to-stop-stray-current/
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(video 04:11) CTV Kitchener: Diluting stray voltage (Part 2)
– http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=732071&playlistId=1.2623390&binId=1.1147261&playlistPageNum=1
(Peter Stern, Drumbo area, Oxford County farmer & Magda Havas, PhD) & – http://www.magdahavas.com/category/electrosmog-exposure/ground-currentstray-voltage/
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(video 04:01) CTV Kitchener: Call for action on stray voltage (Part 3)
– http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=733072&playlistId=1.2623390&binId=1.1147261&playlistPageNum=1
(Lee Montgomery, Chatham area farmer)
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– https://www.google.ca/search?q=stray+voltage+CTV+videos&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=VCpAVqmdIYmWoQSy_Z-4Bw

(Not Smart Meters)

TPP deal ‘worst thing that Harper government has done for Canada’: Balsillie by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press – Global News BC – November 08, 2015:
– http://globalnews.ca/news/2326744/tpp-deal-worst-thing-that-harper-government-has-done-for-canada-balsillie/
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TPP In Depth – The Council of Canadians:
– http://canadians.org/tpp-info
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The Council of Canadians Petition – Send your letter now! Let’s have real public consultations on the TPP:
– https://secure.canadians.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1899&ea.campaign.id=44210
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Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade:
– http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Treaties-and-International-Law/01-Treaties-for-which-NZ-is-Depositary/0-Trans-Pacific-Partnership-Text.php