2016-03-24 More US utilities allowing customers to keep analogs permanently

1) A draft legislative bill in Massachusetts would allow full opt out with the ability to keep an analog with no fee. This is in committee and has not been finalized yet. There are bills in states, acknowledging concerns of customers. (you can click on some of the states’ names to read the bill.)  “According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 15 states allow customers to opt out of smart meter installation, although many permit utility companies to impose a fee on customers who don’t want the meters. This year, lawmakers inMaryland,
Massachusetts <https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H2868> , Ohio <https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-164> ,
Pennsylvania and Texas <http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3421>

are expected to consider bills that would allow consumers to keep their existing analog meters; require customers to opt in to smart meter programs; or allow them to refuse the devices, sometimes at no cost.” http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/02/05 /amid-health-privacy-fears-states-are-letting-people-reject-smart-meters

2) Appeal court upholds Berkeley, CA’s right to know law – people will now have the opportunity to read warnings about the use of their cell phones before they buy them.

“The measure requires sellers to notify customers that the Federal Communications Commission sets radiation guidelines for cell phones and that a user may be exposed to levels that exceed those guidelines by carrying a phone in a pocket or tucked into a bra when the device is connected to a wireless network.”

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Court-refuses-to-block-Berkeley-law-requiring-7004208.php

3) Someone got a cheque from Hydro for “net metering”. The technology is available, but too bad that Hydro insists on your having a $$meter as part of the system. Analogs work well, are bi-directional, and have been used in systems like this elsewhere. As I understand it the analog would run backwards, reducing consumption but would eliminate the payment for power given back to the system. You’d think Hydro would love it because they wouldn’t have to pay for this additional energy they would be getting for free. http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/opinion/columnists/pettit-he-got-his-cheque– 1.2215125

4) One of Italy’s power companies is laying fiber optic cable right up to homes, and will be allowing other companies to use it. But from the sounds of it, the company will be using fiber optic cable for its $$mart grid. This would be faster, less vulnerable to hacking and much safer, being wired instead of wireless. “What’s more, the rollout will dovetail with Enel’s plan to install smart meters across the country, in order to better monitor and plan electricity loads.” http://fortune.com/2016/03/23/enel-fiber-investment/

5) Please see below in Letters an email from a member on Salt Spring in which he relates discussions he had with Shaw and Telus installers, both of whom share concerns about wireless devices and warnings given by the companies. Obviously Shaw and Telus are aware of the potential danger of transmitters – yet they continue to increase the public’s exposure.

6) UK fire fighters are warning people not to use appliances, like washers and dryers, overnight which is encouraged by time-of-use billing which reduces rates overnight. Time of use billing is a goal of all utilities once smeters are in place and Hydro had the infrastructure in place about 5 years ago.  “Families will see prices fall when demand drops and rise at peak times. This could make it cheaper to run appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers at night.  However, Money Mail has learned fire experts have serious concerns about the idea. The Chief Fire Officers Association says it was never consulted on whether it is safe to do so. It warns that running electrical appliances while you are asleep will put your family at greater risk of being trapped by fire.

Andy Reynolds, electrical safety expert for the association, says: ‘Never leave a tumble dryer, washing machine or dishwasher running when you have gone to bed or have left the house unoccupied.”

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-3505060/Using-washing-machi ne-night-cost-life-Firefighters-warn-plan-charge-different-rates-different-t imes-day.html

“Here’s what Subodh Nayar, chief operations officer of Powerline Telco (a high-roller in the smart grid arena) was quoted as saying in a 2009 interview: “Empowering consumers with actionable intelligence about their power will not be the outcome of the deployment of SmartMeters…. Metering was never intended to reduce overall consumption…” A mesh of millions of wireless EMF-producing SmartMeters and a landscape of data collection units gathering mountains of minutia that can be sold to the highest bidder.” http://www.record-bee.com/article/zz/20110511/NEWS/110519005

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Letters:

Hi Sharon

Have been talking to installers one from Shaw and one from Telus. First conversation was with the shaw installer that was changing our house over from satellite to cable TV. I asked him about shaw go wifi access points in particular the Cisco branded ones that I had seen going up in grocery stores and the pharmacies in town, he told me that they had had internal memo that told them not to install them with in 11 feet of a continuously occupied area ie: desk. When looking into an installation at a friends business these Cisco AP’s operates at 57volts that is their external power supply rating. The remote AP receives its power over the Ethernet cable and the operating unit gets quite warm to the touch even though the power supply which usually is responsible.  for most any electronics heat output. Anyway when visiting a friend at Royal Jubilee hospital in Victoria these units are everywhere including the elevators You would be hard pressed to not find yourself with outside the 11 foot safe zone of them. I remember when the only warning sign at the entrance to a hospitals was “no cell phone please” those are now gone and have been replace with no scented products no pollen emitting flower arrangements no latex items and believe it or not taking a friend for surgery in Duncan there was a large professionally design warning sign stating that a staff member on duty was allergic to oranges and requesting no person enter with anything including scented products that contained oranges. Go figure! The next conversation I had was with a Telus employee and he said he was quite concerned about going into multi tenant business or residential service rooms that contained smart meters. He stated that before he was allowed to work on Telus equipment that shared a pole with a bc hydro collector on it he had to confirm with his dispatch the bc hydro had been informed and they have disabled the transmitter and left it in receive mode only. Just thought you would find this interesting Keep up the fight Tim O’Connor Salt Spring island (name given at Tim’s request)

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From: Norm [mailto:norm.r@sios.ca]

Sent: March 23, 2016 7:54 PM

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Subject: Legislature Victoria Thursday 10:30 Received the following from Mr David Newell Senior Vice Chair at WCAT > Caroline, > > Here is today’s instalment from Mr. Ryder. > > David >

—–Original Message—– Would have been nice to see Mr Newell was putting an effort to resolve an issue that he is in part responsible for, but as he has been unable to follow through on a promise of a month ago when he promised a letter to deal with a concern I raised months ago one should expect little from Mr. Newell. To be fair he did write to me in early January to advise me the concern I raised is one he and the Chair take seriously – since then neither have been able to deal with the concern I raised despite my request that it be dealt with quickly. Yes, Minister Bond and ADM Trevor Hughes have been well aware of the reasons for the concern I raised with Mr Newell for over a year and have done what they appear to do best – nothing. It is treatment like this that has caused serious issues with respect to the handling of my file and many others that I have meet in recent days. Unfortunately the lack of respect for the injured worker is a far to common theme from many injured workers.

Another “bonus” meeting many people at the legislature is being able to advise many of the dangers of near and intermediate field radiation and that Worksafe BC is failing to advise people to take appropriate precautions when in the near/intermediate zone of radiation transmitting devices.

One wonders were Dr. Perry Kendall is in expressing concern re near field/intermediate field radiation, The reasons and science behind the concerns were identified in the Radio Frequency Toolkit for Environment Health Practitioners from the BCCDC which he commissioned. Where are you Dr. Kendall? Why are you not taking a lead role in warning the population of BC of dangers identified in a report you in part commissioned? Why are you not concerned about the health and safety of British Columbians on this important issue? It cannot be because the evidence is not known, the evidence has been known for many years. The Soviet Union acted on the evidence by using it to cause harm to US Embassy staff as far back as 1953. I am a person that knows first hand how microwave radiation can harm a person. Listen to the voice of experience. Please do you best to prevent more residents from “join” my unfortunate club of experience. Dr Kendall as WorksafeBC does seem to want to take the concerns seriously please step in and work for the health ans safety of the residents of our province —

Norm Ryder

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) What is it like to live with it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B93bGXCcHI

The highly dangerous and unpredictable zones around Cell Towers, Cell Phones other radiating devices https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAcqeYF_spU

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Sharon