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May 19, 2013 As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters According to the NY TIMES in October , the City Council of Brady Texas voted unanimously to purchase smart electric meters for the city-owned electric utility. Smart meter resistance advocates helped to recall the mayor and defeat election of two council members. “Voters here passed a referendum last weekend to enshrine in the City Charter the right of residents to refuse the installation of smart meters on their property.”
Union leaders oppose MLGW’s smart meter expansion See this great short video clip which hits important points about the risk of fire, higher utility bills and meter readers as the safety team. MLGW stands for Memphis Light, Gas and Water, in Tennesee. “Meter readers are turning in 13,000 tickets a year of things they’re finding out in the field. Smart Meters will never find those things.”
May 2013 Illinois Governor Vetoes Smart Grid According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn stated, “We cannot allow big utilities to take over and run roughshod over families and businesses,” He then stamped the veto with so much gusto that he sent a pen on the table tumbling to the floor. “We’re not going to let the utilities run Illinois.”
Smart Meter protest at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village California on March 20th 2013. Executives for all the major companies promoting smart grid and smart meter technology gather for a three day conference. Liz Barris leads the charge at this protest and holds nothing back.
3/19/2013 Catastrophic’ cyberattack could hit utilities like PG&E “…the California Public Utilities Commission is considering rules to bolster cybersecurity protections. The agency, which held the forum Sample attended, warned in a recent report that utilities are becoming increasingly vulnerable as their networks add smart meters and other computerized gear…”
“…All it would take to cause havoc is a $60 smartphone application, which an attacker could use to wirelessly communicate with one of the key computerized systems that utilities depend on to control their operations, according to a study by security firm Pike Research.
Currently, “many attacks simply cannot be defended,” it concluded. “Utility cybersecurity is in a state of near chaos.”
11/29/2012 Examiner: Something is still wrong with the smart meters Writer Norman Lambe outlines his concerns regarding smart meters and gas explosions. “A glitch in the construction of the meters soon became apparent to the installers, and created a situation in which arcing could take place creating a spark, and if a natural gas leak existed anywhere in the vicinity serious problems could result, as witnessed to by the San
Bruno explosion.” He calls for a federal probe on the possible connection between Smart Meters and gas explosions stating, ” I believe it is time for a federal probe into finding out once and for all the responsibility for the natural gas explosions taking place to
determine if the smart meters are responsible.”
9/27/2012 Maker of Smart-Grid Control Software Hacked
“The maker of an industrial control system designed to be used with so-called smart grid networks disclosed to customers last week that hackers had breached its network and accessed project files related to a control system used in portions of the electrical grid.
Telvent, which is owned by Schneider Electric, told customers in a letter that on Sept. 10 it learned of the breach into its network. The attackers installed malicious software on the network and also accessed project files for its OASyS SCADA system, according to KrebsOnSecurity, which first reported the breach.”
Fairfield Iowa water department proposed to halt implementation of smart water meters and to reimburse citizens for opt-out fees for the smart water meters.
Smart Meter, Dumb Idea? Wall Street Journal online
8/22/2012 All Your Records Are Belong to U.S. “Twice in the last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that the government can access records about you held by third parties without getting a warrant. It’s a nice illustration of the broad and deep reach of the “third party doctrine.”
U.S. v. Golden Valley Electric Association is the more recent of the two. In that case, the government delivered an administrative subpoena to a member-owned electricity cooperative asking for quite a bit of information about three residences it served:
customer information including full name, address, telephone number, and any account information for customer; method of payment (credit card, debit card, cash, check) with card number and account information; to include power consumption records and date(s) service was initiated and terminated for the period 10-01-2009 through 12-14-2010…”
7/12/2012 Court sides with smart-meter foes on health issues PORTLAND — The Maine Public Utilities Commission failed to resolve health and safety issues related to Central Maine Power Co.’s installation of smart meters and should now do so, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled.
6/12/2012 Ashland drops smart meter opt-out fee
Smart meters are ‘massive surveillance’ tech – privacy supremo/ The European Data Protection Supervisor has warned that smart meters are a significant privacy threat and wants limits on the retention and use of customer data before it’s too late.
4/20/2012 Pepco Meter Mania! Most people just hate Pepco’s service. Some say the utility is making them sick.
4/18/2012 Is the electrical grid the next Titanic?
04/12/12 Industry insiders: insufficient security controls for smart meters Homeland Security News
April 11, 2012 FBI: Smart Meter Hacks Likely to Spread- series of attacks cost Utility hundreds of millions of dollars.
April 5,2012 We Are EMR Guinea Pigs, video by Jerry day- discusses smart grid surveillance, privacy invasion and poses that saturating the environment with electromagnetic radiation is mass murder. “Electromagnetic radiation dismantles you from the inside out.”
March 28, 2012: Ventura County Supes push for a free smart meter opt out program. “The Board of Supervisors voted to send the California Public Utilities Commission a letter urging the agency to let Ventura County residents reject “smart meters” without penalizing them. The board voted 4-1 at Tuesday’s meeting to urge the commission to adopt a free opt-out measure.”
March 2012: “That’s right. Your refrigerator is a snitch and your television is watching you back. Where on earth do I get these crazy, paranoid ideas? Why from the news, of course, and from the Director of the CIA himself, David Petraeus. No folks, I’m not making it up. Petraeus says that web-connected gadgets will ‘transform’ the art of spying – allowing spies to monitor people automatically without planting bugs, breaking and entering, or even donning a tuxedo to infiltrate a dinner party.” Goodman Green- Brasscheck Watch the video!
The CIA wants to spy on you through your TV: Agency director says net-connected gadgets will ‘transform’ surveillance. “Spies will no longer have to plant bugs in your home – the rise of ‘connected’ gadgets controlled by apps will mean that people ‘bug’ their own homes, says CIA director David Petraeus…The CIA claims it will be able to ‘read’ these devices via the internet – and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home.”
3/16/2012 Start at 53:30 on video-listen to SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) plotting to discourage smart meter opt by leveraging extortion fees!
Maryland: Del. Glass: On Public Utility Smart Meters “Evidence Suggests these Meters May be Dangerous to Our Bodies and the Environment”
3/14/2012 Smart meter video Australia
2/23/2012 Palo Alto, CA the center of California’s High Tech Silicon Valley, Rejects Smart Meters.
2/1/2011 UK: Smart meters for energy to be voluntary/ Plans to force households to have energy smart meters installed have been shelved over health and privacy fears.
1/10/12 Mount Shasta takes stand against smartmetersSmart electricity meters can be used to spy on private homes1/6/2011 Dr. David Carpenter and Josh Hart talk with Dr. Gary Null on NY radio about wireless health risks (brain cancer and leukemia) from smart meters. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/progressive-commentary-hour/
12/16/2011 Santa Cruz Smart Meter Rebels 1, PG&E 0
12/14/2011 New Troubles With Smart Meters PG&E cuts power after mother restored analog to protect children suffering headaches and bloody noses. KSBW News
12/08/09 Angry customers return smart meters
11/30/2011 Nevada News investigates public complaints with Smart Meters, including cost, privacy and health. Reporter Brooke Boone asks Nevada Public Utilities Commission spokesperson Peter Kostes a pointed question: “How is OK to install 500,000 already, and now be moving forward with more installations?” Nevada Regulators have opened an investigation on the problems with the new meters and will hold a hearing on December 6.
11/27/2011 Scientists warn solar flares could disrupt power grid: “…the entire power grid could get zapped, which could cause trillions of dollars of damage.”
11/16/2011 Smart meter foes file to put issue to voters Naperville Illinois
11/11/2011 Smart Meter Critics Say Devices Are Not Smart Or Safe NBC News Los Angeles
11/3/2011 Smart Meters Talk Alot (SF Gate)
10/31/2011 Family forced to move after suffering health problems,Smart Meter refugees, since neighbors meter installed (Australia)
From January 2011 regarding Smart Meter skyrocketing bills: “We eventually had to move because we couldn’t pay the utility bills,” she says. “Now I have a $9,000 bill on my credit report.” Rage Against the Machine
10/04/2011 Toronto Sun Pickering smart meter explodes. Worse, couple may have to pay for replacement.
10/01/2011 British Columbia Cities call on Hydro to freeze smart meter push “The campaign to derail B.C. Hydro’s rollout of wireless smart meters got a boost from mayors and councillors at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention Friday. Delegates voted 55 per cent to support a moratorium on the mandatory installation of smart meters until major issues can be resolved. ” Proposed resolution.
The Solvang City Council decided Monday night to send a letter to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) asking them to allow a no-cost, opt-out program for people who wanted their smart meters removed.
Australia Power scandal exposed An explosive investigation into the massive mistakes being made with power bills reveals serious flaws that affect nearly every electricity user.
More Smart Meter Snake Oil- Glendale News Opinion “Does anyone with a shred of common sense need another energy consuming gadget to advise them that when they lower temperatures or activate air conditioners, power use will either decline or rise in use? We should be working with what we have — our brain.”
Palo Alto Power surge, raises questions about Smart Meters, “a good example of how sometimes the old way is the good way”.
Man disputes $11,857 bill from PG&E “It may be the biggest PG&E bill in Kern County. A business owner contacted 17 News after PG&E sent him a bill for nearly $12,000 for a piece of farm equipment that hasn’t been running on any electricity for the past three months…” “PG&E can cover up some things with the homeowners. It might be $50 or $75. That stuffs easy,” Paul said. “They can justify the rate changes, but it’s obvious that there’s something wrong with that SmartMeter.”
Power cuts, by remote: TVs, airconditioners and fridges could be switched off remotely by power companies during peak times under plans to rein in households’ demand for electricity.
The next scene in smart meter wars: Hacking? SF Chronicle
Could Hackers Break into Your Electric Meter? | Solar at Home, Scientific American Blog Network
Maine Utility Removed Smart Meter From Home because it interfered with the security system-Restoring the analog took 5 minutes
Santa Barbara City Council votes to send letter to CPUC asking for more research on health impacts. Smart Meters Hit City Hall
Contact 13: The Bottom Line on SmartMeters Nevada News
San Jose Mercury News editorial: PUC president must resign
Smart Meter Smack Down Utility Companies Blistered from All Sides over Eco-Friendly Energy Meters
CAPITOLA, CA: Protesters Ready To Fight Installation Of Smart Meters KTVU
Capitola Tries to Stop Smart Meters (KSBW TV video)
Cell Phones and Smart Meters- SF Gate
Plug Pulled on Smart Meter Plan (State of Victoria Australia)
Smart Meters Not So Smart- Critics Say Chicago TV
Health Risks Could Switch Off Home Energy Meters (Middle east news journal warning to investors about Smart Grid pushback)
Suspend the Smart Meter rollout now (Victoria, Australia)
New Gloucester Sending PUC letter About Smart Meters (4th city in Maine)
Are Smart Meters a Smart Idea? Some people say they create health problems, reports Channel 4, San Diego
Wyoming residents intimidated Residents blast smart meters
PUC- Smart Grid Tab- Unreasonable (Colorado)
BREAKING NEWS: Grandmother Arrested During Smart Meter Protest
NEW YORK TIMES: Calif. County Criminalizes Smart Meter Installations
Smart Meters Could be Abandoned (Victoria Australia)
Town rejected 4.3 million Federal grant money Smart Meters Turned down in Westerville ,Ohio
Critics Voice Concerns about new electric meters (activists in the State of Maine oppose Smart Meters for health reasons)
Moratorium Banning SmartMeters in SCC passed (Santa Cruz County, article includes ordinance pdf)
Protesters to hand ‘dumb meter’ to PG&E’s Darbee SF Examiner
Stop Smart Meters Blog, Sorry Darbee, No Opting Out!
Former CIA Director- Electricity Grid Vulnerability tops National Security Concerns
Residents Express Concern over Smart Meter Radiation (ABC TV- CPUC protest)
City to PG&E: Delay Meter Installations (Sausalito)
Marin County Board of Supervisors call for a moratorium and public hearings on health and safety impacts Marin to PG&E “Smart Meters a Dumb Idea”
In this news story: 4 children died, after candles were used to light a home- which burned down- where PG&E had remotely disconnected power using the Smart Meter. Power shutoffs increase with rise in SmartMeters
Reporter Caitlin Esch East Bay Express well researched article: Are Smart Meters Dangerous Too?
No Prime Time Meters- letter to the editor, (Smart Meter trouble in S. CA )
New PG&E Meters Raise Concerns The City of Berkeley calls for a moratorium
A New Advocacy Crisis: Radio frequency Sickness National Council on Independent Living
Smart Meters- A Dumb Idea? Transition West Marin
Smart Meter Forum, hosted by Sonoma County on April 21, 2010- See the KTVU News Video