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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



Aug 27
2015

"Wireless Is Not Sustainable"

Engineering Expert to Rhode Island Governor's Disability Board

August 24, 2015

CONTACT: Patricia Burke patricia999burke@gmail.com

Engineering Expert to Rhode Island Governor's Disability Board, "Wireless Is Not Sustainable"

The Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities forum in N. Kingston featured testimony from individuals experiencing discrimination as the result of health conditions related to wireless radio frequency exposures. The unprecedented hearing was scheduled in a Wi-Fi free setting in an attempt to provide accommodation for electromagnetic hypersensitive residents. Testifiers explained that they are being denied access to every aspect of society, including education, employment, health care, religion, transportation, and safe housing. Citizens reported that requests for assistance have fallen on deaf ears in RI..

In 2002, the federal Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board stated, "multiple chemical sensitivities and electromagnetic sensitivities may be considered disabilities under the ADA if they so severely impair the neurological, respiratory or other functions of an individual that it substantially limits one or more of the individual's major life activities." Cell phones and antennas, cordless phones, wireless computers, unshielded transformers and wiring, security scanners, and other devices can make a building inaccessible. Wireless utility meters pose and additional threat to the electro-sensitive population.

Utility expert Sam Parrish testified, "Wireless networking is not a sustainable technology for many reasons including cyber security and adverse health effects. "Wi-Fi" has already begun to be rolled-back and removed from installations in schools and public facilities globally. Conventional wired networks are exceedingly more secure and appropriate for the majority of municipal government and public infrastructure."

Camilla Rees of ElectromagneticHealth.org summarized international concern regarding the inadequacy of US exposure guidelines. Retired law professor Judy Jackson quoted Dr. Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, stating, "Inaccessibility and discrimination are prohibited by law. Thus, it is not alright to deliberately make EHS persons' symptoms worse." Representatives from Citizens for Safe Technology and Worcester Opts Out also addressed the panel, reporting harm and discrimination, including being characterized as tin foil hats. Patricia Burke of Worcester Opts Out told the panel, "The name-calling and ridicule will continue until we as a society decide to act." 

Cecelia Doucette shared "Best Practices" developed by the Ashland MA school system in response to concern about Wi-Fi exposures, and submitted a report on the FCC by Norm Elster published by the Harvard Center for Ethics. "The FCC has ignored the growing evidence that wireless technologies pose serious health risks."

Peggy Patton of HaltMAsmartmeters.org presented testimony submitted to the FCC in 2013 by the City of Boston, "The 1999-2000 judicial challenge to the FCC's 1996 rules never reached the issue of "electrosensitivity" as a cognizable disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. After more than a decade, that investigation remains unopened. The dockets here have been updated with massive additional evidence of the crippling effects of RF radiation on an admitted minority - but a suffering minority - of U.S. citizens."

A teacher, several parents, and RI residents who practice prudent avoidance to protect their health joined experts in calling on the RI Disabilities Board to examine emerging evidence of harm and to take action.

Sweden recognizes EHS as a functional impairment and provides essential services, and court cases in France and Italy have recognized damage from wireless exposure. A federal ADA lawsuit has been filed against the Fay School, a private school in Southborough, MA for failure to accommodate an EHS student.




Aug 22
2015

Security Issues with Smart Meters

"The consequences of deploying bad stuff [smart meters] are dire." - Smart Grid Awareness

"Black Hat conferences are forums for IT security experts to meet to discuss problems and solutions. In 2014 BC Hydro security people admitted that there were security problems with their AMI ("smart") meters, but nothing would prevent deployment.

"At the recent 2015 conference, the vulnerability of zigbee chips was a topic. There is a zigbee chip in each smart meter, intended to communicate with zigbee chips in every "smart" appliance. These present open portals into our homes.

"The presenter from BC Hydro acknowledged that the consequences from deploying smart meters can be dire, yet he apparently rationalizes moving forward for what would have to be considered unknown reasons.  Somehow, they hope to stay one step ahead of the hackers even though it is a "crowded space" for both the "good guys" and "bad guys."

"There was a presentation at the BlackHat USA 2015 meeting where it was reported that security researchers have exposed new flaws in ZigBee. ZigBee is one of the most popular wireless communication standards used by Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the almost exclusive protocol used for smart meters communicating with home appliances and smart meter-enabled devices."

 




Aug 20
2015

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (refreshed August 20, 2015)

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

CLASS ACTION

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

Status of Class Action, April 7, 2015 / Aug. 20, 2015

Notice of Application, November 7, 2014


* Check out the postings under BCUC/BC Hydro Class Action / BCUC on this website for ongoing news and updates. 


COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:

Residential PARTICIPATION FORM 

Commercial PARTICIPATION FORM


Questions and Answers relating to Participation Forms


Opt-Out Sign for Analog (Option 1)

Opt-out Sign for Analog (Option 2- Class Action Version)


TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY:

FLYER

Mini Class Action Participation Form

Mini Q&A

FORTIS BC INFO






Aug 20
2015

BC Hydro - Smart Meters - Class Action Lawsuit Update - August 20, 2015

Update includes original posting from April 7, 2015

It has been some time since we sent an update about the class action lawsuit in April. There has been no change at all since then. Class action law suits take a long time normally, and this is especially so when one side has money and resources without end. The initial schedule called for Hydro to have 5 days to present evidence, which is very unusual in the initial certification phase. The judge set aside 5 days in April but unexpectedly her schedule was revised and she was unable to accommodate this much time. Now the hearing is set for December. Our lawyer has completed all of the necessary work and all we can do now is wait until December. If there is any change, we will let you know immediately.



" . . . Direction 4 allowed opt out choice ONLY for residential customers who had thus far managed to avoid the installation of a microwave smart meter up until December 1, 2013. No commercial customers were allowed an opt out choice.

"After more than 2 years of forced installations, and two months after commencement of this legal action against BC Hydro, the Liberals used Direction 4 to deny opt out choice for 96% of BC Hydro customers, allowing opt out choice ONLY for those customers who had successfully refused a smart meter of any kind up to December 1, 2013. Out of 1.8 million customers, only 4% were deemed eligible for choice. Direction 4 only allowed customers to opt out if they had residential accounts (no business), and no RF smart meter had yet been installed by December 1, 2013. In short, Direction 4 closed any loopholes left out of the Clean Energy Act and determined the different ways in which individual customers may suffer under the heavy hand of BC Hydro's smart meter rollout.

"It was an amazing moment to realize the Liberals had imposed an act which made legal severe restriction of civil liberties without any kind of parliamentary discussion. . . .




Aug 13
2015

FIRES: Smart meters exploding - radio interview with homeowner in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

McArthur of Talk Radio AM640 interviews Veronica Onyskiw whose home was burned by an exploding smart meter (June 4th 2015)

INTERVIEW

A Collingwood family woke up this weekend to an explosive sound which turned out to be their smart meter which had become a "ball of fire" attached to the side of their house. "The meter is about three feet from the main gas line into the house. If that wall had gone and then the car parked right beside it would've been very, very bad."

Despite thousands of smart meters that were supposed to be removed because their structure was similar to some found in Sask. which were implicated in several fires, Veronica Onyskiw's was not considered a threat. She joins us to discuss what happened that day and what the province is doing about smart meters going forward.




Aug 10
2015

Shocking Insurance Industry Position on Smart Meters.

Interview with Sharon Noble - August 7, 2015

The focus of this interview on The Goddard Report is fires as they relate to Itron "smart" meters.

At the 7'30" mark, reference to the Class Action against B.C. Hydro clarifies the time of the upcoming Court date for the judge to accept or reject CSTS's application for certification. Currently the date is set for December, 2015, but these targets keep changing. Time will tell. Your support and donations continue to be highly valuable, and any contributions you can make would be appreciated.  

Residential
Commercial

Are Smart Meters pumping out a lot more radiation than government admits?
Guest's website: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/




Jul 24
2015

Smart Meter Fires - Interview with Sharon Noble

Citizen's Forum Interviews Sharon Noble Director of Stop Smart Meters BC

Published on 14 May 2015 Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, has been investigating whether ITRON's smart meters are causing and contributing to fires. Electrical engineers have identified several design flaws that could lead to fires. For example each meter has a lithium metal battery that explodes when heated or exposed to moisture. Laws have been broken. For example, the meters have not been certified to be safe.

"Meters have failed, melted and burned, but BC Hydro and the government continue to deny these incidents have occurred. No agency has the authority to investigate and demand changes because the government has demanded that the BC Utilities Commission and BC Safety Authority stay out of the smart meter program. If this program is so beneficial and the meters are safe, why is the government preventing investigations by the agencies responsible for our safety?

Coalition website http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com






Jul 17
2015

Forced Off The Grid For Opposing Smart Meters - Josh Hart

California - Off The Grid News (includes interview with Josh Hart of "stopsmartmeters!"

"Smart meters are controversial among many in the homestead and off-grid communities, but for one California man the controversy turned shocking when the electric company disconnected his power -- for more than a year -- due to his opposition to the devices.

"His name is Josh Hart, and early last year he told the power company the smart meters presented a risk to his health because of a unique medical condition he had. He even had a doctor's note, but it mattered little the day the electric company workers drove to his rural home and forced him completely off grid by disconnecting his electricity.

"The power company gave him an ultimatum: Get a smart meter - or stay in the dark. He responded with his own demand: See me in court.

 "Hart is this week's guest on Off The Grid Radio, as he gives us stunning details of his legal battle with the electric company. Hart tells us:

  • How smart meters can threaten your privacy and safety, and even can catch your house on fire. .
  • Why cities across North America are removing or replacing smart maters by the thousands following deaths from fires. 
  • What he did to survive when he was forced to live off grid, and how his lessons can benefit other off-gridders. 
  • How he took the electric company to court without an attorney - and won. 
"Listen as someone who survived a battle with the power company tells not only what you can do if you oppose smart meters, but how you can fight back!




Jun 26
2015

A Court Told Itron Smart Meters Are a Fire Hazard

PRESS RELEASE from Sharon Noble, Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters BC

June 26. 2015 - For Immediate Release

A COURT TOLD ITRON SMART METERS ARE A FIRE HAZARD.

What did ITRON know and when did they know it? They knew these smart meters were dangerous and they knew from the very beginning.

We, the taxpayers who fund BC Hydro, demand a refund from ITRON for selling a defective, dangerous device.

ITRON's smart meters have design flaws that make them fire hazards. These were sold to many places before they were sold to BC Hydro, so ITRON had to have been aware of problems long before the contract was signed.

Failures and fires have occurred in BC. How many no one knows because no one is tracking. BCUC was told through the Clean Energy Act and Direction 4 it had no authority to interfere in the smart meter program in any way. BC Safety Authority has been told to butt out of the smart meter program. And the Provincial Fire Commissioner doesn't track specific causes of fires. So no one knows, except, perhaps BC Hydro and they're not talking.

But now, through sworn testimony in a legal action in Texas obtained by Sharon Noble, Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, we learn that there have been many incidents of ITRON Openway smart meters -- the same model used by BC Hydro and Fortis BC -- failing and burning, palettes of them, according to one testimonial.

Now is the time, before more homes are damaged, and more lives put at risk, to say this program is a fiasco. WE WANT THIS PROGRAM ENDED, AND WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK.

Noble says, "Whenever we purchase something that doesn't work the way it is supposed to, we can return it and expect our money back. These smart meters were purported to be safe, just as safe as the old analogs. But they aren't and now we have proof from a completely independent source - a Texas court. Bill Bennett needs to stop this program, recall the smart meters, demand that analogs be put back in place, and send ITRON the bill."'

Certainly ITRON knew long ago that these meters were cheaply made with flaws that could cause the meters to fail catastrophically. They should have warned us - it should not be up to us to have to fight to protect our homes. WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK.

Thanks,
Sharon

Power of the People is stronger than the People in Power




Jun 25
2015

Fighting Smart Meters Requires More Effective Engagement with Politicians

Smart Grid Awareness and Skyvision Solutions - Raising Public Awareness to Smart Grid, Smart Meter and Radiofrequency Concerns: Privacy, Health, Cybersecurity, Safety, Economics, Societal Impacts, Environmental Impacts, Consumer Choice and Rights

Last year in Victoria, Metchosin's Mayor John Rann spoke, offering sage advice about how to engage politicians. A US group found the video of his speech and is circulating it widely, encouraging use of Mayor Rann's suggestions in the fight against dangerous, intrusive $meters.  

"This article outlines a sometimes overlooked strategy for fighting the forced installation of smart utility meters and which would help reestablish the boundaries of governments and corporations, specifically with regard to the intrusiveness of smart grid technology and its ability to "get inside the home." It is possible that the approach outlined in this article may offer a more effective route to ultimate victory as compared to other options currently be utilized by many concerned consumers and activists.

"Although this article is thought to be present a practical approach for achieving a resolution of consumer concerns on smart meters, it may seem controversial to some. The current strategy employed by many concerned consumers and anti-smart meter activists typically employs demonstrations, protests, and other actions against utility companies and public service commissions. In addition, some court cases move forward, but in this area, the utilities usually have the upper hand due to their deep financial pockets in defending their interests. Somewhat neglected in terms of engagement are the politicians themselves who have the authority to write laws that would protect the people from intrusive and risky technologies. . . .




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