1) A private citizen, after having been given empty promises and blank discs, found BC Hydro’s annual reports going back for many years. Here, in an article that was in the Tyee a while back, he shares the mismanagement, increase in debt, etc. that has ruined BC Hydro’s financial stability and cost us billions in dollars. Clark, Bennett, and her appointees obviously have agendas which seem to include milking as much from us as possible. Why is it up to this person to do this work? Where is Dix? Where are the other politicians and the investigative journalists??? Where are the lawyers who will be willing to take these people to court?
2) A lawyer tells why it is a time of optimism when communities join together with a common purpose. Over the last 5-6 years, we have grown from a few people to, at one time, more than 250,000 households or more than 500,000 people protesting this program and fighting for our Charter Rights. Many of these people are still fighting with us even though they have been smetered. BC Hydro believes/hopes they will wear us down and we will give up. We have proven that it isn’t going to happen.
“I have learned that to adopt a defeatist attitude is to give permission for your voice to be ignored. I have learned how deeply people can love the land and water around them, and how this can provide all the inspiration that is needed to keep speaking. And I have learned that, when communities speak together, when they strategize and support each other in service of a future they believe in, there is no such thing as insurmountable odds.”
3) Another smeter fire, this one in Tennessee, where a fire occurred right after the installation. Untrained installers? Looks like the utility is going to try to deny its way out of it, saying no smeter on the home. Not now – after they probably took it like many other utilities, e.g. BC Hydro.
“The homeowner told WMC Action News 5 that MLGW was putting a new meter at his home when the fire started…
Love said the fire started after he was getting his lights turned back on and crews were installing a smart meter at his home. MLGW said there’s not even a smart meter on the property.”
4) A member has written an article with electricity-saving ideas for her local gardening journal. Some very interesting ideas about cooking.
5) In Ireland, 27,000 smeters were found to be billing incorrectly. An honest utility.
“ESB Networks is replacing 27,000 electricity meters over concerns that a fault has caused some domestic customers to be charged incorrectly.
The company says it will test the meters and refund any money which was overcharged.”