1) On Thursday July 23rd at 7pm One Cowichan is hosting an event called “Local Clean Energy: Lessons from the Field” with these great speakers:
Dr. Judith Sayers, Former Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation and Board Member of Clean Energy BC
Cheryl Shuman, Dawson Creek City Councillor who has pioneered solar there
Bob Haugen, Executive Director, Canadian Solar Cities Project
Hear about real world examples of local clean energy projects with a view to learning what can be applied here in Cowichan.
The free event begins at 7pm on Thursday the 23rd at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre, 200 Cowichan Way
2) A member in Powell River has some meter rings available. His email is email@example.com
3) This paper seems to have a real bias. This needs comments, and then wait to see if they are “approved”. I believe by delaying the comments it makes readers believe that the interest is not there, or perhaps no one objects. Below, in Letters, is a comment from one member.
4) “New York state is awarding $900,000 in grants to local groups that have proposed micro grid projects across the Capital Region.
The state said Wednesday that 83 proposals across the state had each been awarded $100,000 toward studies to create the micro grids, which are small-scale electric generation projects that connect to the electrical grid of local utilities.”
5) Dr. David Carpenter testified before the Michigan Utilities Commission about the dangers associated with smeters.
“In the end what we got on the record was that smart meters will adversely impact about 5% of the population almost immediately following installation, and are likely to cause cancers or neurological illnesses in the long run for a much larger share of the public. We got on record that the first cause of harm is the pulse modulation of the microwave radio carrier. This makes smart meters very different than am or fm radio broadcasting. We also got on record the fact these meters, even with radio off, put dirty electricity on the wiring of homes and businesses. This is critical because it shows that the so called “opt-out” meter DTE is offering is no true opt-out at all!”
6) Industry article says utility companies must expand into new markets if they want to survive – using our data and providing new services, for example. Hydro and Fortis could use the additional transmitters in the Cisco collector to “provide” (mandate) wifi, cellular services, etc.
“British Gas is part of Centrica, which also owns U.S. power retailer Direct Energy and Bord Gais in Ireland. Essent, the Netherland’s largest energy company, also uses AlertMe. Centrica clearly believes selling electrons and natural gas is no longer enough, and the acquisition opens the door to Centrica becoming an international platform provider for smart home solution, much like AT&T’s Digital Life.”
Re the mixed comments that follow FortisBC’s promotional piece in the Kelowna News touting the rollout of their AMI (smart) meters: The multi-trillion dollar wireless industry, of which smart meters are a part, has taken its lessons and strategies from the tobacco industry, and then upped the ante, seducing the general population, infiltrating governments, health institutions, pension plans, the media . . . in order to make it increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction.
Inconvenient truths are hard to swallow, but they are truths nonetheless. “Doubt is our product,” a cigarette executive once observed, “since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the minds of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy.” From David Michael’s “Doubt is Their Product. How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health.” Read it, or at the very least an exposé at www.defendingscience.org.
Power of the People is stronger than the People in Power