2015-09-17 Lawsuit filed against ITRON for patent infringement!

  • A member who lives on the border of Burnaby and New Westminster has noticed a lot of activity involving Corix and wonders why. Anyone with any info that would explain this?

 

  • So many of the utility companies are playing the role of villain, heavy handedly risking people’s lives and safety. In Michigan a sensitive woman who requires a breathing machine had her power turned off. This is reckless endangerment, isn’t it?

http://stopsmartmeters.org/2015/09/16/michigan-utility-consumers-energy-disconnects-woman-with-extreme-electrosensitivity-for-smart-meter-refusal/

 

  • A lawsuit is filed against ITRON, among others, for patent infringement. Depending on the outcome, this could result in major problems for ITRON, and perhaps an end to their program (or higher costs for us!!)  Fingers are crossed.

TransData is a developer and manufacturer of digital electricity meters and other energy measurement products and, on September 16, the company announced that it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against GE, Itron and Landis+Gyr AG (60 percent owned by Toshiba) in United States District Court in Texas. The suit alleges that the three companies are willfully infringing on  the company’s U.S. Patent Nos. 6,181,294; 6,462,713 and 6,903,699 for Smart Meters by making, using, selling, and offering for sale their Smart Meters in the U.S., or importing into the country digital meters equipped with internal wireless communication circuits and antennae.

http://www.iotevolutionworld.com/smart-home/articles/409981-transdata-files-patent-infringement-lawsuits-against-ge-itron.htm

 

  • The 3rd US city has gone off the grid, with 100% renewable energy – Aspen, Colorado. If they can do it, why can’t we, town by town? This would protect us from the inevitable catastrophe when the grid is attacked.

http://www.techswarm.com/2015/09/an-entire-colorado-town-just-went-off.html

 

  • Transmission of solar power from space apparently is now possible, thanks to Japanese technology. According to a world renowned electrical engineer who has been working to reduce RF and remove cell towers in India, Dr. Girish Kumar, this is very dangerous and should be stopped before it advances. At this point there are probably no laws to prevent it.

It is extremely bad idea to transfer microwave energy through space by utilizing solar panel on satellites. Japan is planning to transmit Mega-Watts of power in the future. For more details, please see:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/solar/how-japan-plans-to-build-an-orbital-solar-farm

 This high power radiation travels through the entire atmosphere from satellite to earth, and all the things in between will be severely affects, such as, clouds, birds, planes, etc. Also, imagine if this high power microwave energy is directed intentionally towards human population, it can kill large number of people within a few minutes (microwave oven operating at 500W power can cook food in a few minutes, imagine what a Megawatt power can do). This will be such a strong weapon for which there is no escape.

 People around the world should unite and discourage this development, which has potential of extremely lethal weapon.

 With regards.

 Girish Kumar,  Professor, Electrical Engineering Department I.I.T. Bombay, Powai, Mumbai

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Letters:

To MLA Doug Routley last week, still no response or even an acknowledgement:

Sir;

As my MLA I would like to know what you are doing about an ongoing, flagrant and financially debilitating case of discrimination against at least 18,000 families in this province.

As you are aware, BC Hydro, a provider of electric power to the province of BC, as well as being a Crown Corporation and a monopoly, is riding roughshod over the rights and bank accounts of those 18,000 plus families (including my own) over the smart meter issue. You have probably heard every side of this issue ; but it is a financial burden to many people. My actual power usage is less than 50% of my bill; rider rates, taxes and the wonderful fee  we are being charged to have  our meter read  makes up about 55% of my bill.

I have upgraded my insulation, draft proofed my home, installed a pellet stove and a clothes line, yet my bill constantly increases. The fact BC Hydro is using subcontractors does not save BC Hydro any money but the cost is just downloaded to their captive customers.

A couple of years ago we had a heavy snowfall and a large branch was straining the line from the power pole to my house so I reported this to my energy provider. Upon hearing a commotion a couple of hours later outside to investigate.  There were three large bucket trucks, a van and a pickup on the street outside my house with ten or eleven men talking to each other. Knowing a few of these people personally  I went out to talk to them. They were exhausted, one told me they were on triple overtime due to power outages. After talking with them for several minutes I pointed out the offending branch and one of them removed it in about five minutes.

How much do you suppose that branch cost the BC taxpayer?

As for the discrimination I refer to, the 18,000 or so families I refer to, myself included, are paying a $32/month Legacy Meter Fee as well as Failure To Install Fees. I paid one of those fees as well, but no one calls in advance and no one knocked at the door as they were supposed to. I am semi retired and my wife is retired so there is always someone here and there is an answering machine if no one is. Personally I think of it as financial intimidation if not a blatant ripoff.

The excuse BC Hydro uses for the Legacy Meter Fee is that it would not be fair for the rest of the province to subsidize those who do not want the meter. May you please tell me then, Sir, why there is  in the region of 50,000 smart meter s being read at no cost to the families with those meters? I submit we 18,000 are subsidizing the 50,000. Of course BC Hydro would not trumpet this fact as it would indicate their multi-billion system is not working.

I await with anticipation your explanation for this discrimination and financial burden of the few by the many.

Sincerely

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