Smart Meters

Electric smart meter
Electric smart meter

Gas smart meters
Gas smart meters

Utility companies around the world are replacing electric, gas and water analog meters with pulsed radiation smart meter networks, which are costing us money, privacy, and our health and safety.

Smart Meters, (also called AMI, or AMR) eliminate meter reader jobs and are part of the “Smart Grid”, which is an expensive wireless system installed on our homes, businesses, and in our environment that customers pay for.  It’s being installed without informed consent and without full disclosure of how they work, and what they can do with the personal data they collect.  Customers and the media report serious complaints about Smart Meters for the following reasons:

Cybersecurity threat

Former CIA director James Woolsey says the hacking vulnerabilities of the Smart Grid render it “a really really stupid grid”.  Cyber security expert David Chalk says: “There is not a power meter or device on the grid that is protected from hacking – if not already infected – with some kind of Trojan horse that can cause the grid to be shut down or completely annihilated.”

Privacy invasion

Smart Meters are a surveillance device. They are a search without a warrant. They collect detailed energy usage, for instance:  when you cook, watch TV, whether you are home or not, when you turn on a light, or if you have guests.  This data is very valuable because it can reveal patterns about what you do and when. California utility companies admitted they are providing smart meter data to the government and third parties.  More on smart grid privacy: Electronic Privacy Information Center

Health hazard

The World Health Organization classifies RF as a 2B carcinogen, same as DDT and lead.  Military studies here and here show pulsed radiation can cause serious health problems, including tinnitus, memory loss and seizures. Thousands of studies link biological effects to RF radiation exposure, including increased cancer risk, damage to the nervous system, adverse reproductive effects, DNA damage, and more.   The top public health official in Santa Cruz County California prepared this report, confirming Smart Meters pose a health risk.  The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) sent this letter to the CPUC calling for a halt to wireless smart meters. See also this letter from Dr. Carpenter, endorsed by 50+experts.

Read about customers smart meter health complaints, which include sleep problems, headaches, nausea, anxiety, heart palpitations, tinnitus and ear pain, concentration and memory problems, dizziness, immune, nervous and hormonal system impacts.

Vulnerable groups include people with EMF sensitivities, medical implants, compromised immune systems, children, pregnant women, seniors and the environment!  If you have a pacemaker PG&E warns you to stay 6 inches away from a Smart Meter.

Fires, explosions and burnt out appliances

Smart meter installations are causing fires, explosions and burnt out appliances in homes across the US Canada and Australia. See the shocking compilation of reports: Smart Meter Fires and Explosions

Cost increases

There have beenwidespread reports of smart meter billing overcharges.  Smart meters are also failing and needing to be replaced.  In 2010, PG&E reported over 43,000 Smart Meter problems of one kind or another. A lawsuit filed was against PG&E in California.

Read customers Smart Meter Complaints about cost and other problems including interference. Time of use metering raises many concerns: The Need for Essential Consumer Protections

How they work

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Utility companies are using our homes and businesses for their microwave networks! The electric meter operates around 900 mhz and 2.4Ghz. It constantly transmits and repeats data from 500 +/- homes in a mesh network, which includes collectors which repeat signals back to the utility via cell towers.  Depending on where your home is located within the mesh network will determine how much radiation your meter transmits. PG&E finally admitted that the electric meters send an average of 10,000 pulses per meter per day, at a peak power of 2 1/2 watts and a maximum of 190,000 per day! You can hear the constant pulses in this video below, and see the damage to the environment.

Smart Grid proponents are expecting consumers will install a Home Area Network (HAN) and new smart appliances.  Installing the HAN will allow the utility company to further monitor your electric usage and control the grid, by turning off certain appliances during peak use time, as they need.

FCC Protection?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) RF radiation safety standards are for short term thermal effects (5 and 30 minutes), and are configured for a 6 ft 2″ 200 pound male.  The meters are assessed for safety compliance in isolation, not in a mesh network, in which they are designed to operate, or in combination with multiple meters, or other sources of RF, such as wi-fi, DECT phones, cell phones, cell towers, baby monitor etc.   Sage Associates study found the meters can violate FCC safety guidelines in the manner deployed and operated.  In addition the meters can also violate FCC safety conditions.  The new FCC chairman is a wireless industry leader, Tom Wheeler.

Legal Efforts in California

The EMF Safety Network filed a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Application in April of 2010 asking for a moratorium on the deployment, public health hearings and an RF emissions study.  In December of 2010 the CPUC dismissed the application even though no hearings were held in case.   An appeal was filed in January of 2011. The CPUC denied the appeal and on July 11, 2012 we filed a lawsuit against the CPUC.  In 2012 the CA court denied the lawsuit, without comment. The CPUC and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have rubber stamped utility  safety claims that the meters transmit a few times a day at 1 watt.

The CPUC finally ordered Investor Owned Utilities (IOU’s) to allow customers to opt out of Smart Meters in 2012.  However they are charging customers fees, calling the opt-out program a service.  In Vermont customers can keep analog meters at no cost, and so can customers in Los Angeles, CA.  The EMF Safety Network is fully participating in the CPUC opt out proceeding.  The most current filing can be read here.

The EMF Safety Network started the campaign against smart meters in Sebastopol California in 2009. Are Smart Meters Smart?  Today there are action groups throughout California, in many US states, Canada, Australia and Europe. Find one in your area.

Restore the analog meters:  TAKE ACTION NOW!

Take Back Your Power

is a full length documentary film on Smart Meters. You can watch it online (72 hour rental or purchase it).  Click here to watch the film and/or see more film trailers.

MORE INFORMATION:

The following is a partial list of California groups, lawmakers, counties and cities who have called for a moratorium, the right for consumers to opt out, adopted an ordinance banning meters, requested more research on health and safety impacts, or are opposing Smart Meters: Those listed in red banned the metersThe Utility Reform Network, CA State Senator Dean Florez, CA State Assembly members Jared Huffman and Bill Monning, the County Board of Superviors of Humboldt, Lake. Marin, Mendocino, Monterey San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Tehama , Ventura, and the cities of Arcata, BelvedereBerkeley, Blue Lake, Bolinas, Buelton, Calabasas, Camp Meeker, Capitola, Clearlake, Cotati, Fairfax, Fort Bragg, Goleta, Grover Beach, Lakeport, Marina, Mill Valley, Monte Sereno, Monterey, Morro Bay, Mt. Shasta, Novato, Ojai, Pacific Grove, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Richmond,Rio Dell, Ross, San AnselmoSan Luis Obispo ,San Rafael, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sausalito,  Scotts Valley, Seaside, Sebastopol, Simi Valley, Solvang, Thousand OaksWatsonville, Willits, and the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians, the Peace and Freedom Party, the Marin Association of Realtors, the Sonoma County Republican Central Committee, the SF Sierra Club, the Monterrey Green Party, the Alameda Greens, and the EMF Safety Network.  In addition cities in the State of Maine and British Columbia Canada have passed resolutions calling for a moratorium on Smart Meters.

Smart Meter Package by Ronald Powell PhD. This document is intended for PEPCO customers, but with a little editing, can be used by all. Smart Meter Package Ron Powell

This 173-page report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” by activist Nina Beety has extensive referenced information about many of the problems and risks of the Smart Meter program, with information from state, national, and international resources. Supplemental documents can be downloaded here.

Apartment owners and managers: AOA Why “Smart Meters” Are Not Smart For You!   Ellen and Tobie Cecil

Vermont Smart Meter Briefing 2012- Cindy Sage and Dr. Carpenter

The Dark Side of “Smart” Meters engineer Rob States

Smart Meter videos byEcological Options Network

Wireless smart meters and public acceptance: The environment, limited choices, and precautionary politics by David J. Hess and Jonathan S. Coley, Vanderbilt University, USA

Southern California Edison briefing by the co-editor of the Bioinitiative Report, RF expert Cindy Sage: Briefing Letter on Electric Utility Smart Meters

The Problems with Smart Grids: Dumb and Dangerous by Levitt and Glendinning.

Joint Comments of the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Commentary by Powerwatch

Energy Investment Forum, Building Green: Consumer Viewpoints on the Smart Grid PUBLIC CITIZEN

13 Fatal Flaws Sage Associates

“Smart” Meters Exposed Part 1 of 4: Monterey Green party meeting, video with Josh Hart and Nina Beety.

Legal Challenge to Smart Meters by Judy Vick

How Smart Is Brain Cancer? by Josh Hart

Smart to Worry about Smart Meters by David Wientjes

Smart Meters and Smart Regulation by Steven Weissman UC Berkeley Law

Public Policy and Those Pesky Smart Meters by Steven Weissman UC Berkeley Law

Harmful Radio Waves- The Invisible Health Threat Of Wireless SmartMeters by Kate Bernier 

When an Assurance is a Lie” Dr. Jeffry Fawcet

NO Thanks PG&E , by Sandi Maurer

Smart Meter Primer by Sierra Salin

SMART METER Moratorium KRCB Interview with Sandi Maurer

EMF Safety Network Smart Meter Questions

PG&E Answers to EMF Safety Network’s Smart Meter Questions

More Q and A with PG&E (this document includes PG&E’s responses regarding how often meters transmit RF, in 2-20 millisecond pulses, 45 seconds a day – (a second is 1000 milliseconds)

Smart meter SONGS

Dumb Meter Song (by Sandi, Chris and Anna Maurer): http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Dumb-Meter-Song071220111.mp3

Smart Meter Blues: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cheekyspanks1

A-2-Z Smart Meter Rap (24/7 Ray Freaks):  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jakeemellenceciljohnsher

Get Rid of Smart Meters (by Nina Beety): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IwvE_CPApw

 

51 thoughts on “Smart Meters”

  1. Dear Commissioners,

    PG&E should never have been given the legal right or authority to install the so-called smart meters. Scientific testing, Underwriter Laboratory certification, health consequences, privacy issues, and accuracy testing and verification was never properly given their due and as a consequence many thousands, if not more, households/landowners/apartment dwellers, and business owners have been adversely affected.

    The fact that proper guidance and authority, and real oversight, was not brought to bear on this boondoggle has resulted in extreme negligence and harm to ourselves and the environment.

    That PG&E now is trying to make a further power and money grab by imposing opt out fees, monthly surcharges, and perhaps even an exit fee, is undemocratic and outrageous.
    We, the American taxpayer, should not have to pay for this extraordinary blunder and abdication of fiscal responsibility and overreach. In any other circumstance if a vendor of any kind tried to demand monies because they did something they should never have done and then try to stick you with the bill it would not be tolerated. Such a demand is tantamount to abusive and exploitive behavior on PG&E’s part and should not be allowed to proceed.

    As always, along with the criminal aspects of such irresponsibility, the poor, the elderly, minorities, and uninformed individuals are especially targeted by the prospect of such unfair “business” practices. This is financial, racial, and elder abuse and exploitation. It is despicable. Ratepayers have already paid more than 2.2 billion dollars for a program which has nothing to do with green technology. PG&E has plenty of ill-gotten profits as it is. It’s time for them to take responsibility and absorb any and all costs associated with the removal of already installed smart meters, and a complete halt to further installations.

    I am deeply resentful of how PG&E’s practices have put all of us at risk. The billions of dollars they have should be going to testing and replacing their damaged gas pipelines which have already incinerated an entire neighborhood. How dare they not deal with the immediate threat of antiquated and unsafe pipelines before they ever embarked on this ill conceived ridiculous abuse of power and authority.

    Thank you for your attention in this matter. You are entrusted with protecting the public interest and I, and my family, hope that your rise to the task.

    Sincerely,

    Katlyn Stranger
    San Rafael, CA

  2. Dear CPUC:

    PG&E’s smart meter opt-out option is more than unfair for ratepayers who have paid in excess of 2.2 billion dollars for the “smart meter” program–which they never asked for, and which most did not want in the first place. The “smart meter” program is designed primarily to save PG&E money – by firing meter readers, by controlling energy usage for maximum profit, and by extorting money out of ratepayer victims who do not care to suffer dangerous and possibly fatal radiation exposure from these unregulated devices. If the “smart meter” is genuinely safe, why do PG&E and the CPUC not call for an independent testing and evaluation of the “smart meter”?

    PG&E OPT-OUT PLAN: $270 up-front fee to opt out, a $14 monthly surcharge and a yet-to-be determined “exit fee” if you move. This is absolute extortion. These amounts never will be paid, and it is foolish to think otherwise.

    PG&E has not seen the light of day, has not suddenly become compassionate; rather, it is being forced to offer an opt-out provision of the “smart meter” program, but it has gamed that provision. The proposed costs of opting out are prohibitive, which is PG&E’s intention, an attempt to stop the widespread and growing opposition to “smart meters”.

    A SENSIBLE & USER-FRIENDLY OPT-OUT OPTION: No charge to keep your existing analog meter. No PG&E finagling of rates to customers choosing this option. PG&E can estimate usage based on the prior year, or customers can self-read monthly. A meter reader can check twice a year so that any underage or overage can be adjusted. Better yet, do not throw thousands of meter readers out of work. Let them keep their jobs, and let them continue to read meters.

    For any customer who requests it, PG&E should restore the analog meter at PG&E’s expense, as soon as possible. Additionally, PG&E should be required to pay reparations to ratepayer-victims who suffered ill health, fires, explosions, damage to existing electronics and/or theft of personal information due to forced “smart meter” installation. Ratepayers should not have to pay for PG&E venality.

    There should be an immediate and permanent ban on further installation of wireless “smart meters,” and a public service campaign to inform consumers of opt-out options. Finally, no more delays in evidentiary hearings on “smart meters” should be tolerated. Let’s get the truth, not PG&E profit-driven fabrications.

    Sincerely,

    Farrell Winter
    Santa Rosa CA

  3. 1) Most multi-residence buildings in San Francisco and elsewhere have meters together in banks (eight, sixteen and more) located adjacent to one unit in the building. The tenant in that unit would have control over only two meters (one electricity and one gas). An opt-out program would be meaningless to that tenant. Wireless SmartMeters cannot be allowed in such buildings.
    2) Many buildings have a passageway in the rear or side which is about 36 inches wide. If meters are mounted on both sides of this walkway, who with a pacemaker would want to walk through it ?
    3) The level of the insanity of this program and PG&E’s opt-out proposal is nearly
    beyond belief.

  4. Thank you for your comment William. It is truly unthinkable what they are doing. PG&E claims, “The FCC is the body that is responsible for RF
    regulation. All meters with SmartMeter™ technology have been licensed or certified by
    the FCC.” The fact is these meters are categorically excluded according to the FCC. There is no accountability and no oversight!

  5. I am very upset. I live in a large building in SF & was told the smartmeters were being installed. What I wasn’t told is that they are on each floor & yesterday, as they were being installed, I learned they were in what is called the electrical room, which abuts my apartment, right near my bedroom.
    Is there any way to protect me & others who are close to this room…(I’m thinking lead walls…ha ha).

  6. Some people have tried shielding. It would be best to measure the RF to confirm the shielding is working. lessemf.com sells meters and shielding fabric. Others are moving out for a safer place to live.

  7. “Major Blackout From South Orange County, California To Mexico” (09/08/2011)

    I have NEVER supported the replacement of the “Old – Style Electric Meters” for the new “SmartConnect Electric Meters.” I suspect that the newer, more high – tech electric meters are far – more – susceptible to solar flares as well as to an Electric – Magnetic – Pulse (EMP). There were major solar flare activity on September 08, 2011. Susceptibility to an EMP makes such targets easy prey to potential high – tech terrorists.

    Although no one else is talking about it, I know for a fact that when the major blackout struck from South Orange County, California to Mexico, it was during a major electric meter project being conducted by Southern California Edison.

  8. Sample letter to Neighbors about PG$E OPT-OUT and it worked. Dear Neighbor: PG&E is allowing its customers to OPT OUT of the new “smart meter” program. This means we can all keep our safe, properly working analog meters. In order to OPT OUT, PG&E requires each customer to sign the enclosed form.
    Although we will all be charged $75.00 set up fee and $10.00 monthly fee on our future bills, I agree to pay you back each month with my own check to you for these amounts. This means no extra chages for any of you.
    Just put your name & PG&E Acct. # and phone # on the enclosed form and sign & date it. Then just put the completed form into my mailbox and I will mail all 4 together.
    People with new “smart meters” are noticing significant increases in their monthly bills, some as high as 200% higher than with the old analog meters. The existing analog meters do NOT emit radiation at all, but the new “smart meters” constantly emit radiation. There are still other reasons to keep our own analog meters and they can be found at my organization’s website: emfsafetynetwork.org

  9. Strange, how there is legal action taken against the cigarette for reasons, that cigarettes cause cancer and is now before the courts. Yet, we allow “smart meters” to poison us while politicians turn their backs on such an important issue. Is ignorance bliss? May be the time has come to take the next step and take B.C.Hydro to court. An invasion of privacy, combined with serious health issues not to forget the escalating bills and risks of damage to homes and businesses, should now be a priority!

  10. I also have a home under BC Hydro, where there is no opt out. They’re natzis when it comes to any counterposition. Obviously, big business wins again, bastards. I also have noticed in Calif, in my townhome, a slight ringing in my ears of late. It’s from the damn smart meter i’ll bet since I do not listen to loud music and protect my ears.

  11. Well, if that doesn’t beat all. . . .

    I’ve been noticing that for the last three months since I opted out (and KEPT my analog meter), that my electricity bill — not including the outrageous opt-out surcharge — has INCREASED by a consistent 60 percent over the same months of the previous year. Yet my actual usage each month has, if anything, DECREASED since last year.

    If we win the lawsuit against the PUC, will we be eligible for a REFUND of the money taken from us for the opt-out fees?

  12. Same as penalty scheme with proposed ObamaCare which is NO CARE at all, only to get your money. This is a sham of Legalized Spying . If they don’t get the info from surveys on the Internet they’ll get it thru utilities. It’s a Win situation for PG&E either way and we’ll lose if we don’t speak up. There taking away your freedom through deceiful devices. They’re trying to make civilians their puppets. I think there was an, “Outer Limits,” episode like this.

  13. I live in a 800sqft house. my kwh range from 320-411. for 8 months. I have
    a smart meter for 5 months now. my kwh range from 1200= 1779, I live in Tullahoma Tennessee. my smart meter is complements of Tullahoma utilities. When I asked the utilities company why my bill increased 4 -5 times the normal amount I was told various lies such as, The old meter didn’t work, Your heat was turned up to high. Its your water heater, Everybodys bill goes up in the winter, Or I should be glad its not higher. I have no heat in my house except an electric blanket. I do not have cha, dishwasher, washer or dryer, big screen tv, xbox,wii, or a grow room, or a frost free fridge. but im still getting charged for 1000-1700 kwh a month. I was also told by Tullahoma utilities that because the meter has run high consistantly for 5 months, that nothing was wrong with their meter.

  14. Ask them to do a side by side test- or tell them to return the analog meter. (Also electric blankets are a health hazard!)

  15. Friends,

    Could you either email me back this page on the dangers of Smart Meters OR mail copies to:
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    Adriana Zavala Badal – Mayor
    Stephen Pauken – City Manager
    City of Bisbee
    118 Arizona Street
    Bisbee, Arizona
    85603
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    Thank you,
    Richard Byrd

    Richard Byrd
    richardbyrdphotographer@yahoo.com

    Home phone: 1-520-432-3911
    Cell phone: 1-520-226-7933

  16. GET A GRIP PEOPLE. The “radiation” from a smart meter is nothing compared to what you are being bombarded with from natural sources (solar, ground, etc). Not to mention what is being radiated from your WiFi, cell phone, cordless house phone, TV, or any malfunctioning electrical device you may have.

    BTW, if you think the power company is cheating you, then go out and buy yourself an inductive power meter, clamp it around the power main into your apt or house and see for yourself what you are using.

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    We simply set out to protect sensitive equipment.

    I was actually skeptical.

    My personal physician of all people, not necessarily a believer in EMF(R) danger himself asked me a question that may ring with engineers and may serve in future communiqué’s with people like myself.

    He asked “So EMF’s and subsequent radiation is harmful to sensitive electronics?”
    *My reply was “Without a doubt. It is measurable and therefore beyond contestation.”
    His second question “Is the human biological system electrical”
    *My reply “To be certain, measurable, beyond refute.”
    His final question, one that has to some degree, changed the course of my life.

    * “Then could I not suggest to you, that the human bio system is indeed the most complex and delicate of electrical systems?”

    I deduce for myself then, if these fields can effect copper wire shielded in a wall (measurably so and mathematically provable and not contested professionally) then to argue it will not effect another electrical system simply because it’s biological is not valid.

    It is simply beyond contestation.

    ‘How negative’ ~ is something I can’t comment on professionally, but measurable and harmful cannot be argued away intelligently or scientifically.

    So one must ask, does the EMF(R) harm or benefit? In all of our studies (non biological) the effect is negative, harmful.
    Measurable, consistent.

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  19. So what are the options that someone can do if they ended up having the smart meter put on their home for protection. I have heard of Q link and a few other things but you really don’t know what would be the best solution and would like to know what others have done themselves

  20. A quick browse for places that have banned smart meters found this:

    The UK Government announced that ‘smart’ meter installations throughout the country will be delayed by more than a year due to serious health and medical concerns.

    This news has been completely censored by US news media outlets.

    Normally, anything coming out of the UK is trumpeted all over the US news media
    especially NPR…but not this time.

    Italy has completely banned wireless so-called ‘smart’ meters entirely. (Also censored from the US news media.)

  21. Wow. I feel dumber for having read this. You old people would have been against the radio, the automobile, the telephone – progress basically. Stop worrying about this and go yell at people to get off your lawn.

  22. in response to the person degrading old people 4/10/14: I would like to read your response if you had/have a loved one who is virtually dying from electromagnetic ‘waves’ – it’s a miserable condition and all of your organs (heart, lungs, digestion, and of course brain, etc etc) shut down slowly but surely’ so I advise you to get informed before it happens to you or someone you love because it’s severely insidious and don’t know what’s doing it to you til it may be too late. now go – – start READING!

  23. My gas and water usage are being monitored and billed remotely. Does this mean that there are smart meters attached somewhere, even though I can’t see them?

    If so, are the smart meters that monitor gas and water as dangerous as the smart meters for electricity?

  24. Yes and yes. the electric meters are constantly transmitting, and the gas and the water are also transmitting, maybe gas not as much, but it’s all polluting the environment, and there’s no accountability for the safety.

  25. I did not this was going on, I just remember that my bill was getting higher so I called the electric company to come and check it,so they did and said that It was too old (the analog meter) that I needed a new one they said they would change it at no cost to me,so now I’m thinking they high rocket my bill so they can install this new crap in my house, I have bee suffering with. Headaches,nausea. And now that I have this darn”smart reader” what can I do to stop sending these waves or for the electric company to take it off or cover it with something meanwhile, ca any body advice on that please

  26. How long do we have to live in fear that our house will be the next fire? How do we stop the greedy Hydro Companies from bleeding us dry monetarily?

  27. Dear Amy Yip-Kikugawa and Manisha Lakhanpal, advisor to Michael Peevey’s,

    Please consider protecting at least households with children and elderly from PG&E intimidation and tactically forced installation of risky smart meters on our or our community members’ houses.

    We should not have to pay for technology that has not been proven safe for our health, neither individually nor in aggregate as taxpayers. But we have done so, complied and paid the initial $75 set up fee and since years every month our $10 fee for the opt out program. Yet we still receive letters from PG&E threatening us with statements that “we may have to discontinue your gas-service.” We feel this is unfair and amounts to harassment.

    Please send a strong message to PG&E to stop, since this violates good faith policy and undermines the democratic process. We have participated in public hearings, gave our testimonies and heard from many people that were physically harmed by smart meters. Yet these testimonies seemed to have been ignored and safe alternatives are not being considered. Instead, we wish to invest individually and as taxpayers in access to safe renewable energy to serve our household’s energy needs.

    Science provided us with information on health risks associated with technologies creating electromagnetic radiation or electromagnetic fields already decades ago and evidence is only growing among scientists and the public around the world. I have attached some information for you, including: the Bio-Initiative Summary and Report 2007; a list of scientific findings on health effects from radiofrequency radiation at low-intensity exposure including ‘Smart’ Meter RF Intensities; and the recent 2014 review of the BioInitiative Working Group of the Preliminary Opinion on Potential Health Effects of Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields dated November 29, 2013. Please undertake an appropriate risk-assessment procedure for smart meters.

    And if you feel you have done so, consider protecting at least households with children and elderly on the basis of the precautionary principle. The United States has signed international law on the applicability of the precautionary principle and has implemented precautionary measures in many areas of public policy. The precautionary principle or precautionary approach to risk management states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is not harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an action.

    We hope you choose not to let PG&E intimidate or tactically force installation of risky new smart meters on our or our community members’ houses. Let’s keep at least our neighborhood and homes safe for our most vulnerable members, our children and elderly.
    Sincerely,
    Antonich family in San Francisco

  28. RE: SMART METERS IN COG (Councils of Governments) & CoG governed com-munities Q. In communities that have rewritten their laws, zoning, ordinances, reso-lutions, and notices and adopted COG or CoG ‘command and control’ central planning Comprehensive Planning governance (using environmental sustainability as the reason) according to ICC (International Code Council) provisions, rules, and regulations, are private property owners obliged to accept smart meter and EMS monitoring and control of the use of water, fuel, communications, & any ground resources they may have on their property? Are there fact sheets on how to identify them?

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  30. Your product looks good and its great that it’s low cost. Would be good to have a short video demonstrating its effectiveness. The shield won’t reduce the dirty electricity, but I can think of many situations where it would be useful. Thanks!

  31. Hi,
    This Is George and Joy in Quitman, Mississippi. East Mississippi Electric Power Association has turned off our power from the transformer and disconnected the line because we refused a Landis and Gyre Smart Meter and had our own new analog L and G ez- read meter installed in place of a defective digital meter that was not reading correctly Sunday evening. After much debate we decided to have our meter installed beacuse we did NOT want to steal power from the power company. Our power has been shut off for installing our own meter and padlocking it. We pay our bills. A certified letter had already been received to EMEPA who has blatantly disregarded its content. We are now being accused of tampering and stealing power by Bryce Nester, head of their “automated meter initiative” “AMI” for replacing their defective digital meter with a working analog meter to provide a proper meter reading. We are prepared to go off the grid if necessary , thus we do not believe they care, especially about one customer. I, George, suffer from OCD, anxiety, and minor PTSD. Bryce Nester did not order the defective meter to be removed until Wednesday leaving their own meter in so we could use power without paying. Before crew left Sunday evening, we offered to provide our new analog meter but they refused and we again said no to the smart meter. We did not feel right, legally, and ethically about turning our breakers back on since the meter was not reading correctly, so between Monday and Tuesday, our analog meter was installed in place of the EMEPA digital meter. After analog meter was installed we turned breakers to property back on and everything was fine. Now we our being punished by the EMEPA for NOT stealing power and they have threatened us by saying it was meter tampering and stealing power by installing our own meter. A sherriff deputy was called in as a witness but for what reason we don’t know. We were told it was for them to have a witness. (not sure that’s true, came heavily armed) but didn’t take sides, which was nice. The crew on the other hand from EMEPA was disrespectful to both of us, our property, and has no regard for those who already suffer the from health related issues mental or physical. We are asking for yalls help to fight this and start voicing in Mississippi about how EMEPA are treating their customers. Please help. EMEPA main office is in Decatur, MS. We documented the incident and power shut off via video on our cellphone. We believe we are being treated inhumanly. This situation has caused even more anxiety for myself and Joy. We stood up to the utility company, now what? please Help? Thanks.
    Blessings,
    “Take back your Power”

    George and Joy

  32. I live in Dallas, TX and resisted having the smart meter installed. Oncor finally called the police to force me to let the Oncor employees on to my private property and stood there in my back yard while they forced me to have the meter installed. There was only one policeman initially but he called for “backup” I guess. I’m in my sixties. The policeman admitted he didn’t know why he was there. You’d better believe the utility companies have an agenda to control every aspect of our life. A lot of them, like Oncor, are partially or fully owned by the big internationalist banks and that pretty much says it all. It’s easy to hammer the nails sticking up because there are so few of us.

  33. P.S. Oncor also threatened to cut off my electricity, knowing I had a sick 82 year old mother with Parkinson’s and advanced Alzheimer’s. I am now working to toward living off grid in a rural area with few restrictions. But even so, some areas are making it illegal to NOT be hooked up to utilities. Large fascist corporations and their CEOs are eventually going to have to be, and will be, totally crushed.

  34. Texas has a state-wide Opt-Out. Did you get the policeman’s name and badge #? I’ve been told you could have a civil court case.

  35. You people are nuts! You will spend the rest of your natural days on earth believing in conspiracy theories. When you die the earth will still be rotating on its axis the same way it always has and there will be NO scientific proof that Smart Meters ever harmed anyone.

    The same people who believe this conspiracy nonsense are buying the enquirer and other rag mag tabloids, they believe they have been abducted by aliens, and are convinced the world will end any day now, which if it does smart meters won’t matter..
    Smart meters produce 170th the emission your cell phone or wireless router for intranet does, TV or microWAVE does. The smart meter communicates a total of 4 seconds a day at one second per transmission. If you don’t like your smart meter, call your electric company and ask for a analog meter, PG&E does this. You will pay for it but at least you and all your paranoid friends won’t go to bed with aluminum foil wrapped around your heads at night. It is absurd to believe the Utility companies are spying on your electric needs. You think they will find out they you use more electricity at 2:00 AM when you do your laundry because you can’t sleep thinking the utility company is spying on you. Most people’s electric Bills go down 12% because they have fast access to their usage history and can modify their usage or use electricity during the less expensive tiers. You can do this on your computer while your wifi router is producing a transmission 170 times greater than your smart meter. You know I heard Smart Meters will be the cause of the Zombie Apocalypse! haha

  36. It really must be EXHAUSTING to be total worthless losers lie you all. Always thinking the world is out to get you. Think that someone ELSE is responsible for your lives being meaningless. How do you get through it?

  37. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
    Mahatma Gandhi
    Looks like we might be about to win.

  38. hmm. no one commented that the analog meters works on electro-magnetism? the signal generated would be low frequency that easily penetrate walls. there will be no pulse but will have long continuous effect for as long as the meter is spinning

  39. True and no one should sleep next to the analog meter. But analogs are safer than smart meters. They are not a fire hazard; they don’t explode; they can’t track detailed usage of energy; are not a privacy risk; and they can’t be hacked. They are also better quality made and last decades longer and cost a fraction of the price.

  40. As of April 19, 2016 PG&E won’t let people opt out of the Smart Meter program unless they tell PG&E whether or not they operate life support or other sensitive medical equipment in their home.
    I suspect they are not within their legal right to force people to reveal this information in order to opt out, and I hope someone will look into the matter.

    https://www.pge.com/en/myhome/customerservice/smartmeter/options/optout/index.page

    PS: I just opted out today. Feels really good. Wish I hadn’t put it off for so long.

  41. I think they ask those questions because if you do you can qualify for discounts. And they have nothing to do with opting out.

  42. Document Evidence with laptop and SDR tools.
    Spread this Truth and DESTROY THESE CEO’s for Personal IResponsibility and danger to the public.
    If the power company can’t give power without HEALTH problems, it isn’t a POWER company anymore!

    Change the LAW (what a few words on paper) to stop these health problems!

    Otherwise I don’t see how equal opposing force wouldn’t be a fair response. Look at the weasly way they put them UP!
    They DO NOT OWN YOUR HOUSE!

    I would NULLIFY anything otherwise if asked to SERVE on a JURY. These bastards will BURN if I have anything to say.

    END TRANSMISSION.

  43. It truly should fumes to be all out useless washouts lie all of you. Continually thoroughly considering the world is to get you. Imagine that another person is in charge of your lives being negligible

  44. Your item looks great and its extraordinary that it’s minimal effort. Would regard have a short video exhibiting its viability. The shield won’t decrease the messy power, yet I can consider numerous circumstances where it would be valuable. Much obliged!

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