2017-07-05 Another report confirms smeters do not provide the benefits promised.

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1)    Thanks to a member, below are corrections from BC Ferries about the ferries that are, so far, Wi-Fi free.  The ferry people don’t even know the routes …

2)    Yet another report that shows that smeters and Time-Of-Use billing do not save energy. Confirmation from all jurisdictions shows that there is no benefit from this expense, intrusion into our privacy, or risks to health and safety.

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Are smart meters delivering on their promise?

What did we find? Our analysis showed that on-peak and mid-peak consumption fell by about 2.5 per cent, while off-peak consumption remained about the same. This suggests that electricity demand is not being shifted to off-peak periods, but is being conserved.

We hope our results will help the Ontario government and other jurisdictions to determine whether time-of-use pricing and smart meters are as effective as intended, or whether new initiatives should be considered to reduce or shift residential demand.

https://theconversation.com/are-smart-meters-delivering-on-their-promise-79156

3)    Hawaii’s electricity provider looking to change plan to install smeters across the state. Rather, it is changing strategy because of concerns about the drive for renewable energy sources working with the old grid.

Hawaiian Electric Seeks Approval for Leaner, Meaner $205M Grid Modernization Plan

“One big shift for HECO is to move away from its previous plan to deploy smart meters across its entire service territory, and instead to deploy them “strategically,” and “primarily for enhanced sensing and monitoring purposes.””

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/hawaiian-electric-seeks-approval-for-leaner-meaner-205m-grid-modernization

Rooftop Solar in Oahu Crashes With Loss of Net Metering, Lack of Self-Supply Installs

“”And for all the focus on self-supply being some kind of evolutionary end state, where residential energy storage changes the face of utilities as we know them, [that] doesn’t take into account an important fact: Self-supply systems are not without impacts on the grid,” Mangelsdorf added. “Even if surplus power does not feed back into the grid, more and more self-supply systems effectively reduce the daytime load firm generation needed for those impacted circuits, and there are limits as to just how low combustion generators can be ramped down.”

We in the industry in the Aloha State are afraid,” he concluded. (emphasis added)

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Rooftop-Solar-in-Hawaii-Crashes-With-Loss-of-Net-Metering-Lack-Self-Supply

4)    In Australia, more homes are going off the grid, and many new homes are bypassing the grid in the first place. The major concern seems to be privacy, not wanting personal data to be taken by the utility company and shared for profit or knowledge of personal habits. As more people are off grid, the rates will have to increase to cover fixed costs, and more will leave – the inevitable death spiral facing utilities.

As one home heads off grid… many more are choosing not to connect

““Some call this the democratisation of energy …. but it is essentially about the ability for people to use their own resources, and to get reward for it.”

The problem is, a growing number of Australian households have become tired of waiting for democracy to kick in, and are taking matters into their own hands. At the same time, the cost of doing so is becoming more and more attractive, while the cost of staying on the grid, even with solar and storage, appears to becomes more and more punitive.”

https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/one-home-heads-off-grid-many-choosing-not-connect/

5)    A short time ago, a report was released regarding a test in Europe that found 90% of all cell phones were emitting higher levels of RF than allowed by guidelines.  So far, nothing has been done and a doctor is taking the government to task – demanding that efforts be made to alert the public, at a minimum, on how to use a cell phone more safely. It is time in Canada to push for labels on cell phones, iPhones, tablets, etc. so that people know they run the chance of irradiating themselves or their children.

[An Interview] Danger of cell phone waves: en route towards a “phonegate”?

« Still, I repeat, the ANFR measurements show that 9 out of 10 phones are problematic.  In addition to changing the standards, there is work to be done on user habits:  avoiding placing the phone in the pocket; using loudspeakers or headsets; avoiding as far as possible putting younger persons in contact with the devices.  That may sound absurd today.  But this was exactly the case 50 years ago with the initial concerns about cigarettes. Smoking was popular, appreciated, and pleasant… but smoking proved to be especially deadly.  I know that this subject is not easy to address, but it is a question of public health, no more, no less.  This is the purpose of our letter. »

http://arazi.fr/wp2/2017/07/interview-danger-of-cell-phone-waves-en-route-towards-a-phonegate/

Letters:

 

From: FOIPP Office <FOIPP@bcferries.com>
Date: 4 July, 2017
To: X

Subject: RE: Your letter June 29, 2017 to Sharon Noble Re: FOI-2018-006 Freedom of info. request

Dear X

Thank you for your email.

I have confirmed that the Wi-Fi free travel option between Vancouver Island and the Mainland can be found on our Duke Point, Nanaimo to Tsawwassen route as the Queen of Alberni and Coastal Inspiration vessels do not offer Wi-Fi onboard.

Thank you for pointing that out.

Regards,
Josée Magas

Freedom of Information Department
British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Suite 500, 1321 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 0B7
T: (250) 978-1502 | F: 1-866-846-0453
FOIPP@bcferries.com
www.bcferries.com

= = =

From: X
Sent: July 01, 2017
To: FOIPP Office
Cc: Sharon Noble

Subject: Re: Your letter June 29, 2017 to Sharon Noble Re: FOI-2018-006 Freedom of info. request

In your letter to Ms. Noble you state that the ferries free of Wi-Fi are those travelling from Duke Point, Nanaimo to Tsawwassen, are the Queen of Alberni and the Coastal Celebration.

I believe the Coastal Celebration travels from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen and, according to B.C. Ferries schedule, it would be the Coastal Inspiration that sails from Duke Point to Tsawwassen.

Regards,
X

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

The absence of evidence of hazard is not proof of safety”
—says Dr. Devra Davis