2015-07-26 A Michigan Appeal Court hit utility for its smart meter program

  • In Michigan, an Appeal Court decides that the cost benefit analysis done by the utility at the time of review by the Public Utility Commission did not consider the health, safety and privacy concerns of the public.  Also, the utility must explain why imposing an opt out fee is not requiring double payment – payment for the smeter through fee increases as well as fees to not have one. Strong support shown for those who are resisting having a $meter based on health, safety and privacy.

 “On remand, the PSC should clarify the purpose and nature of the opt-out tariff by addressing whether the tariff represents a reimbursement for costs of service, or whether the tariff constitutes something more akin to a tax, sanction, or penalty imposed upon customers who choose to opt out of the AMI program.”

 https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d3fcfc4e39a5d54c6aa5b70fc/files/317456_Consumers_Energy_Motion_Denied_Judge_O_Connell_Opinon.pdf?utm_source=Smart+Meter+Education+Network+Newsletter++1-9-15&utm_campaign=d91b0643a5-appeals+court%2C+smen&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3ad4eb3057-d91b0643a5-94785977

 Note: those opting out can keep their analogs for $69 up front and $9.72 a month.

 

  • A very interesting article (which the goal of introducing concept of independent electricity generation), with info about the vulnerability of the grid and the ramifications of its failing.  Quite a bit on smart meters and the fact that money is being spent on the wrong things. The electrical grid is old and vulnerable – the money could have and should have been better spent on upgrading the infrastructure. Our old meters worked well, were safe and reliable.

 http://www.blackoutreport.com/confirm/Black_Out.pdf

 

  • A member tried to sign up for the Power Smart Challenge, as he has done before, only to be told he couldn’t because he doesn’t have a $$meter. The Hydro response is attached. It is unnecessary to have a $$meter to save electricity, so why the discrimination? This is one more obvious way to “encourage” people to accept this health-endangering fire hazard. There will be more.

 

 http://infotel.ca/newsitem/fortis-bcs-overbilling-an-attack-on-low-income-families/it17734

 

  • Penticton handles electrical and water metering. A member advised that the charges for those who have opted out of having $$mart meters, the cost per manual read is $11 for water meters and $13 for both electricity and water meters being read at the same time, just 20% of what Hydro is charging to read a legacy meter.

 

  • A member generously shared many of the links from updates for dangers from RF/smart meters that he gathered, and shortened the URLs. His list is below in “letters” . To that list I’ve added 2: http://www.bioinitiative.org/ and an amazing resource that has more links to reports and studies than any other place I know of — there really are too many to count:     http://www.oscillatorium.com/

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Letters:

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) supports analog meters: http://bit.ly/1D27ZDc

Utility Industry Aware of Safety and Accuracy Issues with Digital Meters: http://bit.ly/1D27ZDc

Fire in Roger Wi-Fi Modem in Ontario: http://bit.ly/1VGqfs1

Reading on a Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You: http://huff.to/1zkMmGk

Smart Phone Use At Night Hurts Sleep and Workplace Productivity Study: http://huff.to/1iu2SjJ

Massachusetts Residents Submit Fraud Complaint About Smart Meters: http://bit.ly/1SIgJk2

Letter to the Editor About Smart Meter Caused Fire in Pennsylvania : http://bit.ly/1I1DFFU

Parliamentary report warns cellphones, Wi-Fi a serious health issue: http://bit.ly/1IoywqX and http://bit.ly/1S2f4uB

Cell Phone Radiation Disturbs Honey Bees: http://bit.ly/1BP76xu

Smart Meters Can Collect Much More than BC Hydro Lets On: http://wapo.st/1e5dR39

Cancer Clusters Near Cell Towers: http://bit.ly/1VGrdET

Smartphones Pose Slight Risk to Heart Devices: http://bit.ly/1KqK0h8

Habits of Cell Phone Usage and Sperm quality: Does It Warrant Attention: http://bit.ly/1GP0ga3

IARC Believes Cell Phone Radiation is a Possible Human Carcinogen: http://bit.ly/1OG03sX

Smart Meters Fire, Living H.E.L.L. and Bureaucratic Messes: http://bit.ly/1epk6OY

Eugene, Oregon Municipal Government Rejects Cell Tower Application: http://bit.ly/1deznSh

Texas Lawsuit Provides Evidence that Smart Meters are Fire Hazards: http://bit.ly/1Qw5T4M

Times-Colonist Editor Questions Whether Science Has Done Adequate Job: http://bit.ly/1GPoRrO

EPA Knew EMFs Were a ‘Probable Human Carcinogen” Decades Ago and Covered It Up: http://bit.ly/1JFX678

Utility Industry Aware of Safety and Accuracy Issues with Digital Meters for Years: http://bit.ly/1D27ZDc

Wireless Baby Monitor Hacked and Parents Were Watched: http://bit.ly/1LL4mTQ

California Man Wins Legal Action Against Smart Meter: http://bit.ly/1LL4rXv

Courts Refuse Permission for Cell Towers in India Because of Health Risks: http://bit.ly/1LH34uJ

Speaking Out Against Smart Meters Can Cost You Your Job: http://bit.ly/1LL4ZNi

Public Grids Are Not Secure: http://ubm.io/1HxLXIy

California Smart Grid COO Admits Metering Was Never Intended to Reduce Consumption: http://bit.ly/1fvdC28

Can Smart Meters Cause Fires in Australia: http://bit.ly/1IoUZrN

Uncertainty in Colorado About EMF Impact on Honey Bees, Birds, and Humans: http://bit.ly/1S2gGUX

Doctors Caution Pregnant Women About Wireless Radiation Health Risks: http://bit.ly/1CXKrQ9

Doctors Sign Joint Statement About Harm from Wireless Radiation: http://bit.ly/1epmjKp

VIHA Denies Wi-Fi is a Risk to Those in Hospitals by Citing Health Canada: http://bit.ly/1VGsUC9

Questions in Sweden at to Whether Sharp Increase in Brain Tumours Due to Cell Phone Use: http://bit.ly/1IvMNrO

Lack of Trust in Tech is Damaging Smarthome Industry: http://bit.ly/1SNvvYC

Mayor of Metchosin Speaks Out Against Smart Meters: http://bit.ly/1HR3URn

Don’t Believe Stories About Smart Meters (Letter to the Editor): http://bit.ly/1LH6Bcg

Biologist’s Opinion Disguised as Expertise on Smart Meters (Letter to the Editor): http://bit.ly/1Otgx72

Scientists Petition UN for Better Radiation Exposure Standards: http://bit.ly/1JG1eEr

Regional Director Seeks Accountability from Fortis B.C. and the Utilities Commission: http://bit.ly/1I1KTcK

Statement from the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety: http://www.icems.eu/

Researchers Around the World Conclude Wi-Fi is Not Safe for Children: http://www.safeinschool.org/

A List of Additional Sources Cautioning About EMF/Smart Meters: http://bit.ly/1LL6VFi

International Scientists Appeal to U.N. to Protect Humans and Wildlife from EMF & WiFi: http://reut.rs/1LL6YkD

Safety Code Normally Cited to Show Radiation Safety is Flawed and Inadequate: http://bit.ly/1JG2rLG

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Newsletter prepared by Sharon

 “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”  Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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