Costly fiasco of smart meters that don’t work: Millions of devices may be replaced, warns watchdog

By Laura Thompson

Last updated at 10:59 PM on 27th January 202

Millions of green energy meters  may have to be replaced because the technology is not working properly.

Homes and businesses which have already installed the digital devices have had problems switching to cheap deals and are even being hit with extra fees.

Many meters could have to be stripped out altogether and reinstalled with a Government-approved model.

Going green: Ofgem has said the new meters may be 'useless'Going green: Ofgem has said the new meters may be ‘useless’

A Daily Mail investigation has revealed how some small businesses are being charged 20p a day simply to have a smart meter while many homeowners are being asked to give readings to energy firms because the technology is not transmitting their data properly.

The latest green energy fiasco is the result of suppliers pressing ahead with installing their own smart meters before the Government has decided on a standard model.

Every home and small business  is due by 2019 to get a smart device, which is designed to show people how much energy they are using by the minute, so encouraging them to cut back to save money and energy.

However, even though installing the meters does not officially begin until 2014, many energy companies, including E.ON and Npower, are already doing so.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092954/Costly-fiasco-smart-meters-dont-work-Millions-devices-replaced-warns-watchdog.html#ixzz1koeD0y00

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Replacing A Smart Meter With A Safe Analog Meter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ8YR7Kzj_M&list=UUklG6ilxW_PeYeDSpKSRGZQ&index=1&feature=plcp

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INTERNATIONAL PHYSICIANS’ GROUP CALLS FOR HALT TO WIRELESS SMART METERS

Organization tells CPUC that smart meters pose health risks, especially for children

January 24, 2012 (San Diego)–The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has become the first national physicians’ group to adopt a resolution calling for a halt to wireless smart meters.
The group sent a  resolutionto the California Public Utilities Commission opposing smart meters due to health risks and calling on the CPUC to take preventative actions to protect the public health.The letter notes that medical literature has raised “credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers” from radio frequency levels emitted by smart meters.  “Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behavior.  Further EMF/RF adds synergistic effects to the damage observed from a range of toxic chemicals,” the international doctors’ organization concluded.

Smart meters have been installed by SDG&E and other utility companies on residences throughout California and thus far, SDG&E has refused to allow residents to have the devices removed.

Below is the full text of the AAEM’s resolution.
January 19, 2012
Proposed Decision of Commissioner Peevey (Mailed 1/22/2012)
BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
On the proposed decision 11-03-014
Dear Commissioners:
The Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine opposes the installation of wireless “smart meters” in homes and schools based on a scientific assessment of the current medical literature (references available on request).  Chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environmental hazard that is sufficiently well documented to warrant immediate preventative public health action.
As representatives of physician specialists in the field of environmental medicine, we have an obligation to urge precaution when sufficient scientific and medical evidence suggests health risks which can potentially affect large populations.  The literature raises serious concern regarding the levels of radio frequency (RF – 3 KHz – 300 GHz) or extremely low frequency (ELF – o- 300 Hz) exposures produced by “smart meters” to warrant an immediate and complete moratorium on their use and deployment until further study can be performed.  The board of the American Board of Environmental Medicine wishes to point out that existing FCC guidelines for RF safety that have been used to justify installation of “smart meters” only look at thermal tissue damage and are obsolete, since many modern studies show metabolic and genomic damage from RF and ELF exposures below the level of intensity which heats tissues.  The FCC guidelines are therefore inadequate for use in establishing public health standards.  More modern literature shows medically and biologically significant effects of RF and ELF at lower energy densities.  These effects accumulate over time, which is an important consideration given the chronic nature of exposure from “smart meters”. The current medical literature raises credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers from RF or ELF levels similar to those emitted from “smart meters”.  Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behavior.  Further EMF/RF adds synergistic effects to the damage observed from a range of toxic chemicals.  Given the widespread, chronic and essentially inescapable ELF/RF exposure of everyone living near a “smart meter”,  the Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine finds it unacceptable from a public health standpoint to implement this technology until these serious medical concerns are resolved.  We consider a moratorium on installation of wireless “smart meters” to be an issue of the highest importance.
The Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine also wishes to note that the US NIEHS National Toxicology Program in 1999 cited radiofrequency radiation as a potential carcinogen.  Existing safety limits for pulsed RF were termed “not protective of public health” by the Radiofrequency Interagency Working Group (a federal interagency working group including the FDA, FCC, OSHA, the EPA and others).  Emissions given off by “smart meters” have been classified by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Possible Human Carcinogen.
Hence, we call for:
•  An immediate moratorium on “smart meter” installation until these serious public health issues are resolved.  Continuing with their installation would be extremely irresponsible.
•  Modify the revised proposed decision to include hearings on health impact in the second proceedings, along with cost evaluation and community wide opt-out.
•  Provide immediate relief to those requesting it and restore the analog meters.
Members of the Board
American Academy of Environmental Medicine
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, founded in 1965, is an international association of physicians and other professionals which “provides research and education in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to biological and chemical agents encountered in air, food and water.”

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My Fight Against The Smart Meter

By Devvy

As you can see in an article one at the bottom, there are links to more than a dozen articles from experts in the field of electro magnetic frequency radiation technology. For those of us who have zero understanding in that field, I’ve now spent more than 200 hours reading and sorting opinions from scientists and doctors who have decades of experience. All this ‘dirty energy’ is killing us and that’s not hyperbole.

I’m not one of those people who hate the big utility companies. I am grateful to live in a country where we have heat and air conditioning piped right into our homes. Utility companies are just like any other business. They have to make a profit in order to stay in business, but they should not be allowed to expose us to technology that is so incredibly dangerous to the human body. I’m not going to rehash the money issue because that’s what this is all about – tens of billions of dollars at stake for the utility companies. Read More

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Sterling Heights Moratorium on Smart Meters

from: michiganstopsmartmeters.com

January 3, 2012 – The City Council of Sterling Heights by a vote of 7-0, approved the first actual moratorium on installation of ‘smart’ meters in the State ofMichigan.  The moratorium is to remain in place until such time as DTE communicates to Council that they have an opt-out program for those residents who are not willing to accept the meters.

This moratorium was enacted at the end of a meeting in which two DTE utility representatives had made a presentation arguing for the benefits of the meters and asserting that they posed no health risk and that the utility would be taking every precaution to protect customer’s privacy.  The DTE reps also said, however, that the company had no plan to allow anyone to opt out.

Several members of Council indicated that DTE’s plan for no opt-outs was “not acceptable”.

At least one member of Council had advocated a complete and permanent ban on smart meters by any gas or electric utility within Sterling Heights.  The intent was to protect not only the individual right to opt-out but also to protect the community as a whole from an undesirable technology.  There was not sufficient support for this strong resolution, and a weaker one was finally adopted which addressed only the question of an individual’s right to opt out.

The effectiveness of this moratorium may not be tested for some time as DTE apparently has no plan to install inSterling Heightsfor a few years yet.  However it does put the utility on notice that they may need to ultimately satisfy the Council before they can begin their deployment there.

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Michigan Needs to Take a Stand Against Smart Meters NOW!

January 18, 2012

W4AR Smart Meter page; http://www.w4ar.com/Smart-Meters.html

American Patriots, We in Michigan have the opportunity to make a difference across the country by being the first state to officially stop the Smart Meter invasion into our homes and destroying our 4th Amendment and forever weaken our Constitution! If We ACT NOW!

We now have (9) Resolutions and Moratoriums with the addition of Grosse Pointe Shores as of yesterday and more to come!

With the impact of our cities and townships standing up for the “We the People” by passing Resolutions and Moratoriums in the face of Detroit Energy, DTE, see the –

DTE at Sterling Heights – Video of Moratorium

http://shtv.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=160f8e135ef424b02c31048690ee191f

The MPSC is officially investigating all of the issues with Smart Meters here in Michigan!!!!!

We have approximately 2 months to register all of our complaints , document the cost, safety, health, privacy and liability issues with them! Go to the web page above and find the MPSC button at the top of the page!

Every letter,study,appeal, lawsuit, video or type of action from residents or doctors, scientist,engineers, representatives must be forwarded to the MPSC at the address, with the case number, listed on our website (MPSC button) and on the attachment i am providing. See ATTACHMENT!!

This is the time to put a Stop to the Agenda21 Smart Meter program!

Every voice, YOUR Voice, can and WILL make a difference, especially in the next few months.

 

John and Pauline Holeton W4AR

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Consumers Energy going forward with smart meters despite investigation by Michigan Public Service Commission

Tarryl Jackson | Jackson Citizen Patriot By Tarryl Jackson | Jackson Citizen PatriotThe Jackson Citizen Patriot
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Consumers Energy plans to go forward with its deployment of smart meters despite an investigation launched by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Last week, the commission announced the investigation, saying that electric customers in the state and several municipalities have expressed concerns about the installation of such meters.

The commission wants information from utilities by March 16, and a public comment period is open until April 16.

The MPSC plans to review recommendations about the use of smart meters at a later date.

The company is investing $750 million into smart-grid technology in  response to the state’s 21st Century Energy Plan, which emphasizes the  need for renewable energy and energy conservation.

Consumers Energy plans to start its smart meter deployment in Muskegon County in August and expects to have 50,000 meters deployed in Muskegon and Ottawa counties by the end of the year, said Roger Morgenstern, smart grid communications coordinator at Consumers Energy.

There are currently about 5,000 pilot smart meters installed in Jackson County.

“We will be working closely with the MPSC to give them and their staff the information they are looking for,” he said. “We don’t see it having an effect on our deployment schedule.”

Smart meters allow residents to see exactly how much energy they are using on a real-time basis, allowing them to adjust usage to cut monthly bills, company officials say.

It also has the capability to alert the utility if the power goes out, without the customer having to report the outage. Meters will send a “last gasp” signal, helping the company locate the problem and find an alternate route for sending energy.

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