1) In Summerland on Nov. 26, there was a power outage, with a power surge when the power can back on. 69 “$$mart” meters were damaged and some even blew off homes. At this time we’re waiting for the engineer’s report to better understand what happened. Summerland manages its own electricity, buying it from Fortis. It installed an ITRON meter that is only semi-“smart”, in that it communicates only one way. It does have a lithium battery and perhaps some of the other design flaws that the ITRON Centron II (the meter Hydro installs), but we are still trying to get the specifications. We will attempt to get the engineer’s report from Summerland or the BCSA, and as soon as I do I will share his findings. As of now ITRON and the utility company are denying all responsibility and the individuals are having to pay $600 per meter for testing.
Other power surges have blown $$meters, here are links to incidents in Ontario and California. I have not been able to find a similar situation involving analogs.
2) An excellent youtube by Dr. Devra Davis’s presentation a couple of years ago on the dangers of cell phones. At about the 13 minute point she speaks to the erratic nature of the signals, the uneven spiking of the signal that is thought to be very damaging, much more so than the power. The smeter’s signal is very erratic, sending very short, strong signals every few seconds, or more often, all day everyday.
3) A warning by Dr. Martin Pall which includes a recommendation that $$meters, among other devices, be banned.
4) Further delay in UK $$mart grid mostly over cost/benefit analysis:
“The project has faced several setbacks, including rising costs and scrutiny from MPs over the device technology. Earlier this year the Public Accounts Committee warned that some of the technology being implemented for the national smart meter rollout would be outdated by the time it is installed, and questioned the value of the project that will only save customers £26 per year.”
5) In Australia, utility companies are allowed to charge “$meter fees”, to pay for the meters themselves. Obviously the promised reduction in costs haven’t been realized. Nowhere have the $meter program realized any savings!
6) An excellent audio interview with Camilla Reis, who has been involved for years with the effort to have the guidelines changed to protect children, especially, from wireless, microwave radiation.
c/o Betty Smith
MLA for Nanaimo~North Cowichan
112-50 Tenth Street, Nanaimo, B.C.
Dear Mr. Routley,
I have received a reply from Mr. Wruck of BCUC, which basically found that I was at fault. I found intolerable that as a consumer/customer I do not have any rights to question the installation of a meter on my premises even if I believe I am not satisfied about its safety or quality or because I do not have sufficient information about the device. If you read the attached you’ll see that I was not denying its installation on my premises but that I wanted all the necessary information to make a learned choice. At the time I was not even requesting the installation of an analog meter, which as you have probably learned its even more of an issue from a safety (fires) perspective or health (radiation) perspective, which has forced some provinces and states to scrap their installation altogether. Last but not the least, why the province of Quebec is only charging $5.00 instead of the $32.50 that our province is charging for the opt-out program? It appears to me that our province is letting BC-Hydro into forcing its customers into submission/compliance by charging those high opt-out fees in what I can only call a racketeering schema.
Mr. Routley, I ask you again (email of 8.20.2014): isn’t it time that our Province and legislature act to stop the dangers to life and property caused by smart meters fires?
Also, isn’t it time that the privacy and health of us citizens is fully respected and taken into account?
Sent: December 13, 2014 9:39 PM
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Subject: Fwd: Re: Complaint – Failed Installation Charge
John Horgan, Leader
New Democratic Official Opposition
Dear Mr. Horgan,
It appears that Doug Morgan reply to a constituent that NDP MLA’s are not getting more “varied” mails about the issues with smart meters is not true. But, it is true that many of our letters are not even being answered by our own NDP MLA’s. I am attaching to this email my complaints to Doug Routley about BCHydro smart meter’s extortion fees fees and a failed installation charge of $65.00 that I had to pay when I asked for more information about a new “legacy” meter that BCHydro wanted to install on my property. The fact is that Doug Routley my MLA never replied to my email. Also, when I called his office one of the attendants told me that there were more pressing problems in the province than smart meters so I had to wait my turn…I’m still waiting for a reply and my “turn”.
Last but not the least Mr. Horgan, has the NDP forgot its roots?
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.