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SMART METERS and GRIDS OVERVIEW

WEBSITE for the COALITION TO STOP SMART METERS IN BC

MAILING ADDRESS for BC HYDRO SMART METER CLASS ACTION: 

Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
PO Box 52061
Beacon Ave. RPO
Sidney, BC V8L 5V9

EMAIL address for Greg Reimer, BC HYDRO:  greg.reimer@bchydro.com



May 1
2016

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE

(updated May, 2016) Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program

BC HYDRO

**After the Class Action Hearings in December 2015, 
Madame Justice Elaine Adair, the Provincial Supreme Court Judge assigned to the Lawsuit against B.C. Hydro, is still considering her decision.  When it is available, we will post it here.


SUMMARY of Class Action Hearings to date in the
Lawsuit Against BC Hydro December 7 to 11, 2015  



Application for Certification from Class Action Plaintiffs - October 1, 2015

FortisBC 




Apr 8
2016

Expert Report - Province of Quebec - David O. Carpenter

In the Matter of: MARCEL DURAND VERSUS ATTORNEY GENERAL OF QUEBEC, et al.

AFFIDAVIT

  • Conclusions on Extra Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields 
  • Health Effects of Radiofrequency Fields at Intensities that do not Cause Tissue Heating 
  • Cell towers, WiFi and other Sources of RF EMFs  
  • The Specific Issue of Smart Meters 
  • Other Adverse Health Effects: Electro-Hypersensitivity or The Microwave Syndrome 
  • The Cost of Doing Nothing 
  • References 

Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Carpenter




Mar 28
2016

Governments, Authorities Ignore More Than 60 Years of Dangers of Wi-Fi

Jack O'Dwyer's Inside News of Public Relations & Marketing Communications




"Retired Canadian Army captain Jerry Flynn, who spent 22 years in its "Electronic Warfare" unit, is beseeching Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Medical Assn. president Dr. Chris Simpson to stop "suppressing the truth" about the dangers of Wi-Fi, Cellphones, computers, cell towers and other forms of radiation.

"The Canadian government is "blind to the decades-old corruption that is ongoing within the Minister of Health's radiation protection bureau," he said. "Tragically, for all persons living in Canada, our provincial governments have shown themselves to be willfully silent to those of us who have made many attempts to alert them over the years."

"Flynn also called on the Obama Administration to change its policy of ignoring the Wi-Fi threat.  

"These are unprecedented, unbelievable times in America's history," he said. One can only presume that President Obama himself, and his entire administration, are deliberately being kept ignorant of the systemic corruption that is ongoing within the U.S. regulatory family of agencies, most notably the Federal Communications Commission and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and its International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety. . . 




Mar 1
2016

OPT OUT PACKAGE for FORTIS BC customers

Registration Notice, instructions and background information (updated)

FOR FortisBC Customers

As yet there is no Class Action Lawsuit in motion in the FortisBC Electric service area.
In the meantime, we encourage FortisBC customers to register their refusal of a smart meter with FortisBC using the following "No-Fee Opt-Out Registration Notice" form.

Smart Meter NO-FEE OPT OUT Registration Notice   FortisBC
FortisBC No Trespassing Sign  
FortisBC confirmation of application


September 18, 2013:  FortisBC Inc Radio-Off AMI Meter Option Application to BCUC  




Mar 1
2016

Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC

British Columbia, Canada



Feb 10
2016

Insurance Underwriting Offices across the US are contemplating new rules that will specifically deny coverage for fires and damage caused by 'smart' meters.

"Due to the accumulation of fire related damage to homes and businesses from Smart Meter related malfunctions, Insurance Underwriting Offices across the country are contemplating new rules that will reduce the coverage available to you due to fire damage from a Smart Meter failure.

"In the past, only two reasons existed for an insurance company to consider not paying for fire damage to your home or business, they were arson, and the fact the home or business sat vacant for at least 60 days or more before the fire.  

"Now a possible third reason can be added to that list, is the malfunction of a Smart Meter. What will most likely take place is that you will receive a notification from your Insurance Company telling you that a new limitation of coverage is now in force on your policy. When fire damage occurs to your home or business and the cause of the fire can be traced to a malfunction of your Smart Meter, then your company would not be held responsible for the financial loss.

"The reason for this type of Draconian action on the part of the Insurance industry is simple, to save money. It appears that as the Smart Meters age, more problems are developing with them. When you couple this with the continued lack of co-operation from the Utility Companies, a reduction in the amount of coverage for an insurance policy is the only remaining answer.  

"The Utilities lack of co-operation can be reduced to two specific items. Number one would be the utilities continued action of removing the Meters from the loss site without giving the Insurance Company the chance to examine the Meter to determine the cause of the fire. It seems that as long as the Utility Companies continue in this practice, a cancellation in coverage from a Smart Meter fire is the end result. The reason that utility companies give for removal of the Meters is that the meters belong to the Utility Company which is a true statement, however, in the spirit of co-operation and concern for their customers, the Utility Companies should leave the Meters at the loss site until a complete examination of them can be done.

"A second and perhaps more compelling reason for removal of the Smart Meters from the loss site is that the Utility Company does not want the Insurance Company to discover that most Meters have been operating at a higher temperature than usual. The normal ambient operating temperature for a new Smart Meter is 89 Degrees, the average operating temperature for the Analog Meters, which the Smart Meters replaced, is 85 degrees. The way in which the Utility Companies dealt with this problem was to drill two holes in the top of the Meter casings to let the heat out. Well, they let the heat out, but also let water and dust inside which made the malfunction of the Smart Meter almost a certainty.  

"If you have the opportunity, consult your state's Public Utility Commission and refuse to have the new Smart Meter installed, it may just save you money."




Feb 1
2016

FACTS ABOUT SMART METERS (FLYER) Updated February, 2013

Formerly "There Goes the Neighbourhood") TWO PAGE FACTS SHEET that can be posted/distributed to increase public awareness

FACTS about Smart Meters:
mandated to be installed on your home without your consent.    

What Every Citizen has the Right to Know . . .

(Formerly "There Goes the Neighbourhood.")




Jan 19
2016

B.C. Hydro must remove more than 88,000 smart meters

Crown corporation executive says most of the 1.9 million devices will last 20 years, as originally promised

"B.C. Hydro needs to remove more than 88,000 smart meters that are either faulty or may not meet Measurement Canada standards, public records show.  

"On top of that, the Crown corporation wants to replace 8,200 old analog meters and introduce nearly 5,000 new meters that work in rural areas that have poor wireless connections.  

"The total bill will be at least $20 million. . . .  

"We're pretty confident at this point we'll get the life expectancy we wanted and expected," Anderson said.  

"B.C. Hydro estimates that by 2019 it will need to remove 40,000 faulty or failed meters, and another 48,000 meters for testing to see whether they still meet Measurement Canada's accuracy standards. Hydro says those meters found to meet standards will be put back into its inventory.

"NDP critic Adrian Dix doubts both the 20-year life estimate and planned 20-year amortization period in the 2011 business plan. The project was budgeted at $930 million.  

"Dix said the number of failures would "presumably continue to go up as the smart meters get older."

Health concerns motivate holdout  

"Liz Walker finds herself among a dwindling group of B.C. Hydro customers who refuse to convert from an analog meter to a smart meter.  

"A lot of people folded because they couldn't afford the legacy fees and they've been railroaded to accepting smart meters," said Walker. 

"She pays $32.40 a month for her analog meter to be read manually at her house in Surrey and a property she inherited in Peachland.  

"B.C. Hydro installed 1.9 million smart meters from 2011 to 2013, but backed away in July 2013 from imposing smart meters on 68,000 holdouts. . . .




Jan 16
2016

"BC Hydro provided the public with misleading financial information in order to justify spending more than $1-billion to install smart meters across the province, claims NDP energy critic Adrian Dix.

"In a detailed letter to Jessica McDonald, the president and chief executive of BC Hydro, Mr. Dix accuses the Crown corporation of inflating a claim that the smart-meter program would lead to more than $500-million in net benefits, largely by reducing $732-million in electricity theft by marijuana grow-ops.  

"In a statement responding to the criticism, BC Hydro has defended the program, saying it is exceeding expectations in helping to reduce electricity theft. But Mr. Dix said that based on BC Hydro reports, three years into the program, the promised savings haven't materialized. BC Hydro installed 1.8 million smart meters in 2012 after presenting a business case that the program would more than pay for itself by more accurately tracking energy use, making the system more efficient and helping to combat the theft of electricity.

"The thing has been in place since the end of 2012. I don't think there's any evidence of a substantial change in grow-op operations or a reduction in electricity theft," Mr. Dix said. "And now British Columbians have to pay the price. I mean, we didn't need to spend a billion on this program."

"In his letter, sent to Ms. McDonald by e-mail on Thursday, Mr. Dix accuses BC Hydro of inflating the cost of electricity theft by grow-ops. He says that in 2004, the utility claimed that total electricity theft from grow-ops was $12-million, but those estimates jumped dramatically - from $50-million in 2006 to $100-million in 2011 - to justify the smart-meter program.

"If you look at what they did, suddenly the amount of electricity theft started to go up," Mr. Dix said. "In fairness to BC Hydro, they were ordered to [move to smart meters]." Then-premier Gordon Campbell "wanted to do it. Cabinet ordered them to do it. And so they had to come up with a new business case to somehow justify all this."

"Mr. Dix demanded an accounting of the smart-meter program from BC Hydro.

"They need a new business case. They need to be honest with people that smart meters are going to be a net cost to the province. They can still defend them if they want, they can say, 'Well, we have to [replace] analog meters, etc.,' but don't continue to mislead people," he said. And Mr. Dix said that if BC Hydro can inflate the business-case numbers for "a massive and costly program" such as the switch to smart meters, it brings into doubt the corporation's projections on other projects, such as the $9-billion Site C dam.

"In an e-mail, Steve Vanagas, chief communications officer for BC Hydro, said the smart-meter and infrastructure program, known as SMI, is working as predicted.

"The SMI business case projected a reduction in theft to peak at 75 per cent by the end of [fiscal year] 2016. We are now expecting to reduce energy theft by 80 per cent or more. We expect that over 20 years, we will exceed our gigawatt-hour targets on energy-theft reduction," he wrote.

"The original business case says the benefit from reduced electricity theft will be between $632 million and $832 million. While we are on track to exceed our theft-reduction targets, the exact value of these savings will fluctuate based on the cost of energy. We continue to expect the savings to be within that original range," Mr. Vanagas stated.

"He said BC Hydro had just received Mr. Dix's letter and will respond to it in detail at a later date."




Jan 12
2016

The Neoliberal Politics of "Smart"

Electricity Consumption, Household Monitoring, and the Enterprise Form (Portland State University)

A report by a PhD student and prof. using BC Hydro as a model on surveillance and profiteering from use of our data.

Abstract

"This article investigates how digital technologies in the energy sector are enabling increased value extraction in the cycle of capital accumulation through surveillant processes of everyday energy consumption. We offer critical theory . . . and critical political economy . . . as a guide for critical understanding of value creation in ICT through quotidian processes and practices of social reproduction. . . .

"We investigate national and local level "smart grid" campaigns and projects. The "smartening" of the energy grid, we find, is both an ideological construct and a technological rationalization for facilitating capital accumulation through data collection, analysis, segmentation of consumers, and variable electricity pricing schemes to standardize social practices within and outside the home. We look at BC Hydro as one illustration of where such practices are being instituted.  

  • Thinking critically about the smart grid 
  • Prosumption and surveillance 
  • Economic surveillance, informational governance, and neoliberal subjectivity 
  • The smart grid: Smart for whom? 
  • Smart grid deployment 
  • Smart meters and demand management 
  • Smart pricing: Toward instantaneous time-of-use pricing and subject formation 
  • Smart intrusion: Opening homes to government and corporate surveillance 
  • Homo consumo: Discipline and punish 
  • Notes 
  • References 




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