- A telling article on an industry site. BC Hydro lies about its successes and future electricity demands, as it brags about what it plans to do to us next. Who are these other “compliant vendors” and what will plugging into our network mean to us and our data?
“Four years later, BC Hydro has installed 1.9 million smart meters at a cost of $930 million, and is transitioning the network to the newest Internet Protocol, IPv6, to allow other compliant vendors to plug into the network with ease.”
- The 5000 Sensus meters have been removed in Ontario because of concerns due to the fact that these meters have remote disconnect switches and can get moisture inside. The same as the ITRONs in BC. They have remote disconnect switches, just like Sensus meters. This was a request made by BC Hydro so that power can be shut off without having someone go to the home if a bill isn’t paid, or someone is moving. And we all know meters get moisture inside them. I’ve shared photos members sent me of moisture inside from rain or condensation. The analog had condensation inside, too, but they were not run by electricity so there was no chance they would arc and cause fires, like the smart meters do.
- New policies in New South Wales, Australia that would allow full choice (opt in) , protection for data use, etc.
We are still working on the Class Action Update – and are hoping to have it done very soon.
Dear Mr. Atamanenko and Ms. Conroy:
Thank you for your recent letter to minister Bennett pointing to the inhumane treatment of some B.C. Hydro customers, and the extortionate legacy meter fees. I especially appreciated your articulation of the inadequate basis for undertaking this excessively expensive smart meter program in the first place. Surely, this will stand out historically in the annals of massive government blunders.
My respect for the NDP has been increased by reading your letter.
Sent: April 3, 2015 11:18 AM
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Subject: Meter replacement notification
Mr. Brad Bishop
Manager, Meter Deployment
BC Hydro – Meter Choices
Dear Mr. Bishop,
I am writing in response to your letter of March 25, 2015 informing me that my analog meter seal has expired and that in the coming weeks someone will be coming on my property to exchange the meter.
As I have previously notified the BC Hydro -Meter Choices in writing, I continue to refuse a smart meter, with or without the transmitter. As I have accepted your opt out choice of an analog meter and pay the “Legacy Fee” each month, I will ONLY accept the exchange of analog for analog.
I want you to provide the date and time the installer will be arriving. No FAILED INSTALLATION FEE will be payable unless an appointment is made in advance for a mutually agreeable date and time. My family’s safety is very important to me and I am very concerned that your installers may not be qualified electricians. I know from my personal questioning of them that they were not when they came to my neighborhood a couple of years ago. I must be able to turn my power off before your installers do their work.
Further, I would like you to provide me with a photocopy of the most current Measurement Canada seal expiry date for my exact analog at (address) and provide me with the model name and number of the analog meter you wish to install, and its Measurement Canada seal certification (expiry) date and confirmation (in writing) that it des not have a Trojan horse – no chips, no transmitters, and no antenna of any sort.
Sent: April 3, 2015 9:19 PM
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Subject: Smart Meters
Dear Ms. Conroy and Mr. Atamanenko,
Thank you very much for your letter to Mr. Bennett. I appreciate people in positions of power, like yourselves, speaking out against harm and injustice. I believe that smart meters, and all the dangers associated with them, should have been subjected to vigorous public debate. Something as invasive as this should not be allowed without full and INFORMED consent of the people it is being used on. Instead BC Hydro has implemented this program largely by stealth, with complete endorsement of the BC government. Not only is this completely undemocratic but it has subjected people to harm to their health, the risk of fires, and the invasion of privacy.
Again, thank you for your stand.
Sent: April 3, 2015 6:58 PM
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Subject: thank you!!!
Dear Mr. Atamanenko and Ms. Conroy,
A heartfelt thank you to you both for addressing our provincial government and Mr. Bennett in particular on the issue of Smart Meters.
Many of us have been trying to educate our fellow citizens and our elected representatives for a number of years on the concerns related to wireless technology. We are deemed to be “tin foil hat” crazies. J In actuality we just may be the messengers who may prevent a future public health crisis. Perhaps if people had listened to those who questioned the health effects of tobacco, DDT, asbestos and thalidomide fewer people would have been adversely affected in years gone by. But as we all know money speaks loudly and the companies promotion of their products and their assurances of safety led Health Canada to approve them for use.
Health Canada has now approved wireless technology without taking into account the degree of proliferation or the cumulative effects. Health Canada is waiting for proof of harm before revising their outdated Safety Code 6. Doesn’t that seem bizarre for a government body concerned with our health? I would suggest the Precautionary Principle may be a more reasonable construct when time and degree come into the equation. Safety Code 6 is touted as the guideline pointing to the safety of electro-magnetic radiation but this guideline doesn’t take into account the biological cellular damage that scientists are now finding. It was designed to cover thermal effects only and meant for federal work sites not hospitals, schools & residences where people spend long periods of time. Large insurance companies are now rewriting clauses related to electro-magnetic claims. They won’t cover them! What do they know that Health Canada doesn’t?
I know of seniors whose hydro usage bill is lower than their legacy fees. They are being punished for looking after their health. Even doctors have recommended that some need to be cautious around wireless radiation. Difficult to do in our society today and even harder when it’s attached to your home radiating 24/7. These smart grids could have been developed with the wired infrastructure…but that may have cost a bit more. Time to look at the triple bottom line for society as a whole not just the economic benefits for corporations!
Unlike B.C. Hydro, who had no oversight thanks to the Green Energy Act, the country of Germany chose not to proceed with the wireless option after Ernst & Young conducted a business review. Oh, had the citizens of B.C. been as fortunate!
So again, thank you for representing the citizens of B.C. It is encouraging and greatly appreciated!