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In 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.

Smart meters for energy to be voluntary

Smart meters communicate remotely from households to energy companies Photo: REX
Rowena Mason

By , Political Correspondent

6:30AM GMT 01 Feb 2012

 The Government had promised that every household would have a smart meter by   2019 in a £12 billion programme to stop gas and electricity bills being   estimated.

Officials are devising plans to allow people to reject the smart meters, which   communicate remotely from households to energy companies.

The move is a victory for campaign groups and backbench MPs, who raised   concerns with ministers that the devices emit electromagnetic radiation 24   hours a day and cannot be turned off.

Privacy campaigners were worried that half-hourly data on energy usage   collected by smart meters could give clues about people’s way of life, such   as when someone is on holiday, at work or asleep. Sources in the Department   for Energy and Climate Change said the proposal was shelved to avoid the   programme getting “bogged down” in lengthy legal disputes.

There has been a public outcry recently about the potential health effects of   smart meters in the US and Canada.

About 400,000 have been installed in British homes. Most of the devices emit   similar radiation to mobile phones, microwaves and wireless internet.

Campaigners are worried about the build-up of such devices in the home.

Some people claim to be sensitive to electromagnetic fields, saying it gives   them symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and headaches.

In America, utility companies have been hit with multi-million dollar class action lawsuits from people who have had the devices installed in their   homes.

Regulators say smart meters are safe. But protesters point to the American   Academy of Environmental Medicine’s opposition to the devices.

Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, is now urging the Government to say   whether smart meters will come with health warnings.

Charles Hendry, the energy minister, said: “We believe people will benefit   from having smart meters. But we will not make them obligatory.”

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LET CONSUMERS ENERGY KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ON FEBRUARY 7TH

GET THE WORD OUT!

FEBBRUARY 7, 2012 FROM 7PM-9PM

Grand Haven Community Center

Downstairs Escanaba Room

421 Columbus Avenue

Grand Haven, MI 49417

Per Roger Morgenstern, Consumers Energy SmartGrid Coordinator, Consumers Energy plans to ‘present information addressing concerns on security, safety (RF issues) and privacy’ which Consumers saw as the primary concerns mentioned at the 11-17-11 meeting.

We have asked ‘if technical personnel, intimately familiar w/ all aspects of the technology and its intended deployment will be present to answer specific questions in great detail?’   We have also asked that the topic of ‘dirty electricity’ be addressed.

SmartMeter Update 

Michigan Public Service Commission:   MPSC Order U-17000 dated 01-12-12.

The Order is requiring all regulated utilities in the State of Michigan to answer 9 questions based on the information these utilities are aware of.  The MPSC will complete their review & analysis to the extent their staff is trained in these matters.

Utility responses are due by March 16, 2012.

Public comments are due by April 16, 2012.

MPSC Final Report is due June 26, 2012

Here is an article discussing our concern with the MPSC Order and its lack of transparency, and depth of investigation & evaluation.

http://michiganstopsmartmeters.com/2012/01/28/mpsc-sleight-of-hand/

Here is a link to the MPSC U-17000 Public Docket Submission

http://efile.mpsc.state.mi.us/efile/viewcase.php?casenum=17000&submit.x=15&submit.y=10

You will find some 32 submittals by citizens concerned w/ this technology as of 01-28-12.

Please take the time to submit your own opinions and any research or personal experience, to add to the availability of ‘public information’ such that the utilities will be able to have access to scientific research expressed by other independent scientists, researchers and medical professionals, other than that which they subscribe to.

Here is direction on how to submit your own statement to the Public Docket from the MPSC Order itself.

Electronic comments may be emailed to: mpscedockets@michigan.gov. Any person requiring assistance prior to filing comments, may contact Commission Staff at (517) 241-6180. All comments should reference Case No. U-17000. Comments and other documents received in this proceeding will become public information, posted on the Commission’s website, and subject to disclosure.

http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/12/31/federal-lawsuit-filed-against-city-of-naperville-illinois/

What can YOU do?

Attend the meeting on 2/7

Write letters to the editors of local newspapers. 

These need to be submitted no later than tuesday 01-31-12 to ensure they will be printed in time for the tuesday 02-07-12 meeting.

Submit your personal statement to the MPSC U-17000 Public Docket within the next few weeks via e-mail or USPS. 

Multiple submissions are possible.

Please note the following websites:

www.StopSmartMeters.org  (California original organizers)

www.smartmeterhelp.com/

Database to collect SmartMeter related complaints.

Asks specifically if interested in putting SmartMeter to vote & willingness to participate in class action lawsuit)

www.MichiganStopSmartMeters.com

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LOCAL EVENT!! 11-17-11

Halt SmartMeter Roll-Out, NOW
Organizational Meeting

11-17-11
Thursday 7pm – 8:30pm

Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus Avenue
Grand Haven, MI  49417
Downstairs, Escanaba Room

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Volunteers for Immediate Research:
a.  Insurance coverage for physical damage to home & health claims related to occupants
b.  Regulation of SmartMeters  FCC & MPSC  (cell towers/electrical)… this is an issue.
c.  MPSC Electrical Rate Plans… Where are these costs originating from… under renewables or distribution or securitization catagories?  We are paying directly.  Not indirectly thru stimulus $.

 – Volunteers for Researching Underlying Issues

 -Volunteers for Helping Bring New Products & Jobs Related to Addressing Underlying Issues

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