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Smart Meters

Crowd urges no smart meters for city of PA

 

September 18th, 2013 – 6:22am

KONP Radio

(Port Angeles) — A packed house last night at the Port Angeles City Council meeting was full of people who do NOT want the new electrical “smart meters” installed in their homes.

The city has embarked on a multi-million dollar program to install the meters. City officials say they need to replace old, inaccurate meters in the city. The new ones use a radio-frequency, wireless connection to report usage. That would allow the city to take advantage of new power rates from the Bonneville Power Administration that are based on peak usage times. Continue reading

“Take Back Your Power” show coming to Port Angeles

Posted 8/13/2013

News release

Take Back Your Power, the first crowd-funded documentary investigation into the heated controversy over “smart” meters and the energy utility industry, today announced the public pre-sale for its exclusive digital premiere September 5 on www.takebackyourpower.net. “Smart” meters have been at the center of an energy conspiracy alleging massive utility overcharges, invasive monitoring of every device in the home and serious, adverse health risks impacting millions of individuals worldwide. Continue reading

EPA Encourages Utility Controlled Refrigerators

July 3, 2013
 (CNSNews.com) – At times of peak demand for electricity, do you want your refrigerator to run at the discretion of the power company?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised its Energy Star energy-efficiency requirements for residential refrigerators, and it is encouraging the inclusion of “connected” features that respond to utility signals to curb their energy consumption.

The EPA announced the new requirements on June 27. Included is the optional “smart-grid” connection for customers to electronically connect their refrigerator or freezer with a utility provider. Continue reading

Aps Smart Meters Frighten Protesters – Health effects, government eavesdropping spook crowd

By Pete Aleshire
Payson Roundup

posted May 26, 2013

A crush of people alarmed about the imminent installation of “smart meters” crowded the Payson Town Council meeting last week, hoping to convince the town to pass a resolution opposing the automated transmitters that intermittently send information on electricity use to Arizona Public Service.

However, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans said the town has no authority over APS and the installation of the high-tech meters, which deliver about 1,0000th the dose of radiation as a cell phone.

However, the overflow crowd of perhaps 150 people pleaded with the town council to follow the lead of a small Texas town where the council voted to oppose installation of the new “smart meters” in Payson. Continue reading

$5.7 million update of water meters in works – Updated technology at Olympia homes will send readings remotely to city

MATT BATCHELDOR | Staff writer
The Olympian

Posted 4/29/2013

In Olympia, the meter reader is beginning to go the way of the milkman and the encyclopedia salesman.

 The Olympia City Council last week approved paying the company Itron $4.4 million to replace or retrofit the city’s traditional water meters with automated technology that will send usage information remotely to the city. The entire project will cost $5.7 million, including the retrofitting of some meters and meter lid replacements, said Meliss Maxfield, drinking-water program manager for the city. Continue reading

Ordinance and Resolution Pertaining to Smart Meter Passed in Campwood Texas

from Texans Against Smart Meters

Posted 3/14/2013

Campwood, TX – The City Council of Campwood, TX just passed a city ordinance and resolution banning the installation of smart meters in the city limits.  This is one of the first cities in Texas to do so.

ORDINACE NO. 03-11-13-01

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAMP WOOD ADOPTING MEASURES ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM AND STAY ON THE INSTALLATION OF SMART METERS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT WITHIN THE CITY OF CAMP WOOD OR IN, ALONG, ACROSS, UPON, UNDER AND OVER THE PUBLIC STREETS AND PLACES WITHIN THE CITY OF CAMP WOOD WHEREAS, the City of Camp Wood has the authority to regulate public utilities within the City of Camp Wood; and WHEREAS, the City Council has a franchise agreement with AEP Texas, a unit of America Energy Provider (AEP); and WHEREAS, AEP Texas has expressed the intent of installing wireless Smart Meters in the Nueces Canyon and in the City of Camp Wood; and WHEREAS, these Smart Meters will be installed within the City of Camp Wood without the approval or desire of the resident and/or property owner; and WHEREAS, the Texas Legislature has before it a number of bills bringing into question the forced installation of Smart Meters in Texas; and WHEREAS, because the potential risks to the health, safety and welfare of Camp Wood residents is so great, the City Council wishes to adopt a moratorium on the installation of Smart Meters and related equipment within the City of Camp Wood city limits; and WHEREAS, the City of Camp Wood has approved at their Regular Meeting on March 11, 2013, a Resolution for a Temporary Moratorium on the Installation of Smart Meters and related equipment within the City of Camp Wood or in, along, upon, under and over the public streets and places within the City of Camp Wood. Continue reading

Next step in “Smart” metering; control of energy usage remotely at power company’s discretion

By Sue Forde
for Citizen Review Online

February 4, 2013

Las Vegas, NV – Some Nevada Energy customers are getting an offer in the mail inviting them to participate in a “new energy savings initiative” offers by NV Energy.  The program is “free” to the customer, the letter states (but of course, not free to the taxpayers who pay for it!), and is a “home management system” that “helps your air conditioner and heater operate more efficiently.” (See NV Power home management letter.)

The customer, if they agree to sign on, will receive a “free” “intelligent thermostat – a $200 value; with “free” installation (worth $100.).

Once the “intelligent” thermostat is installed, NV Energy will be able to remotely monitor your power usage through the Smart Meter they previously installed.  (There is some question whether the wireless technology could be intercepted by individuals other than the power company.)  Continue reading

Woman arrested for refusing to allow utility to install ‘smart meter’

The Blaze

Posted 1/25/2013

Jennifer Stahl has been a strong advocate against the smart meter program in Naperville, Ill., for the last two years. The issue came to a head Wednesday afternoon when she was arrested while refusing to let the utility workers install the controversial device.

“I was protecting my property,” Stahl said in an interview with TheBlaze Thursday afternoon. “I felt my emotion was like a momma bear protecting her babies.”

Stahl was at a friend’s house when she received the call from her husband that the utility workers had arrived. She was home within 15 minutes and saw they were at a neighbor’s house. Her neighbors were not home, but they had signs stating they did not permit the new meter to be installed. Continue reading

Vancouver BC residents resist “Smart Meters”

From Chek News, Canada

Nevadans’ Fight Against Smart Meters

By Mike Hazard for
Citizen Review Online

 

December 2012

 

In the Beginning:

 

Nevada, like 48 other states in the union (AK is the only hold out I’m aware of) is now in the process of completing their ASD (Advanced Service Delivery) effort to the national Smart Grid that was originally introduced by George Bush Jr. and further implemented by Barack Obama under the 2009 stimulus package. Prior to the stimulus, smart meter implementation was already well underway in California.

 

Even if we had known about this part of the stimulus package, I doubt seriously that we could have actually stopped it. This is where Obama’s “Smart Meter” agenda really took off.  “I hope this investment will ignite our imagination once more in science, medicine, energy and make our economy stronger, our nation more secure, and our planet safer for our children,” he said before signing the bill in February of 2009.

 

There was a huge chunk of the Stimulus set aside for massive spending on our power grid system and other energy upgrades.   Out of the $787 billion Stimulus package, $30 billion was for a new electrical smart grid (including smart meters) and nearly $70 billion for renewable energy programs and tax incentives earmarked for the sluggish energy sector. Our tax dollars all earmarked for the ‘Green Energy Agenda’ while tens of billions of dollars for coal and nuclear energy were removed.

 

I’m sure Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) was all too eager to do his part to make sure the largest power company in our state, Nevada Energy, received their portion of federal money through a $139 million grant from the DOE (Department of Energy).  The PUCN (Public Utilities Commission of Nevada) was next to fall into lockstep with this agenda and approved in July of 2009 the ASD rollout at the request of Nevada Energy.   We the American taxpayers have paid for all of this through our federal income taxes and we Nevadans through our increased utility rates.  Furthermore, if Nevada residents agree to the Dynamic Pricing Trial (NDPT) we’ll be agreeing to allow one of the largest corporate monopolies in Nevada to control our electrical energy demand, retrieve our energy consumption data, compromise our privacy and security while exposing us to grave health risks from the RF (Radio Frequency) emitted by the meters while transmitting our energy consumption data without our permission. Continue reading

‘Smart’ Meter opt-out for Texas: Unacceptable

By: Devvy Kidd
NewsWithViews.com

December 25, 2012

Regular readers of my column know my husband and I and a large group of Texans have been fighting installation of ‘smart’ meters for more than a year. If you haven’t read my columns on this fight, they are at this link along with other important information.

Here in Texas, intellectually lazy “reporters” have covered our battle using clever word smithing. In the column below it’s to build a consensus that those who want to keep their analog meter aren’t very smart:

Houston Chronicle: State may let some folks keep their dumb old meters.

See what I mean? Well, I don’t want a meter that’s dumb! I’m keeping my ‘smart’ meter even though I don’t even know what the heck one is, I’ll follow the herds!

On Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, the Texas PUC held another one of their conferences.

Those oh-so-benevolent PUC commissioners apparently are committed (due to the massive pressure from we the people) to formulate rules for a buy out for the power companies and TDSPs called an opt out. Even though they would never admit it, an opt out is actually music to the ears of the power companies and TDSPs (Transmission Distribution Service Providers who install the meters). The only thing companies like ONCOR and CenterPoint care about is money. Continue reading

Proposal Would Lower Smart Meter Opt-Out Fee

Posted 12/27/2012

KOLO TV

LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) – The state Bureau of Consumer Protection and NV Energy are proposing a compromise on a smart meter opt-out program.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports the utility filed documents Monday with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. The proposed agreement would allow analog meters instead of digital meters, and would lower the up-front fee for customers opting out.

NV Energy has installed about 1.3 million smart meters, which transmit data directly to the utility. But some customers have criticized the program, saying the meters may pose health hazards or invade privacy.

The commission originally agreed to a one-time opt-out fee of $108 for northern Nevada customers or $99 for southern Nevada customers, and recurring monthly charges of about $8.

Monday’s proposal recommends an up-front charge as low as $53.

Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Houston woman blames smart meter for house fire

by Vicente Arenas / KHOU.com

kens5.com

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

HOUSTON,TX – A southwest Houston woman is blaming a smart meter for a fire that left her home in shambles in July.

“It’s most devastating. It has taken a toll on me just telling you about it,” said Jaclynn Harwood. “This shouldn’t happen to anybody.” Continue reading

‘Smart Meter’ commercial launched

Editorial by Mike Hazard
www.nevadaconstitutionalalliance.com

Las Vegas, NV

Posted 8/16/2012

Today we want to announce the roll out of a new “Smart meter Commercial.”  The commercial was produced by Liberty Media Pros. You can view the video at this you-tube link -or go to this  you-tube link www.youtube.com  and search on the name ‘Smart Meter Commercial.’  It hasn’t made it to the top of the list yet on the left hand side, but in the roster of videos it was down about #6 and has the words ‘cyber attack’ across the face of the picture and description of “spreading the word about the issues of smart meters.”  Continue reading

Group moves ahead with expose of ‘Smart Meter’ concerns

Posted 6/14/2012

Las Vegas, NV – A newly formed organization, led by Mike Hazard, is working in southern Nevada to expose the potential dangers of “Smart Meters”.

According to their new website, “Nevada Constitutional Alliance is a group of concerned citizens from a non-partisan viewpoint; working to bring awareness to fellow Nevadans about Constitutional issues in our state and the nation that affect our every day lives. We are deeply concerned about the growing size of government and its ever-increasing intrusiveness and surveillance of our personal lives and privacy. Our intent is to educate through information and resources that promote involvement at a grass roots level.”

The website address is www.nevadaconstitutionalalliance.com

Hazard reports that the newly-formed organization had a “big success with close to 180 people attending the joint meeting with the Las Vegas Real Estate Club”.  According to Hazard, the room was packed, more chairs had to be brought in and it was standing room only in the back.  “There was a tremendous amount of support in opposition to smart meters and several folks came up afterwards asking for information and how to get involved.  The video filming was a big success as the audience was enthusiastic with their participation,” he stated.

Myths and Facts about Smart Meters – a Consumer’s Response

NV Energize: Creating an energy-smart future – Myths vs. facts about smart meters

A Consumer Response to 7 of those myths vs. Fact

by Mike Hazard

(Authors note: All ‘FACTS’ and  ‘MYTHS’ are direct quotes transcribed from an NVE publication)

Updated June 6, 2012

 

MYTH: NV Energy will use smart meters to turn off appliances in your home without your

            permission.

 

FACT:  NV energy simply does not have the capability to operate appliances inside a home or business.  Smart meters are not able to be used to turn off appliances.  In the future, NV Energy may offer voluntary programs that include Home Area Network Devices for inside the home that give customers the ability to control certain appliances.

 

Response 1:  Nevada Energy is already doing this in their ‘COOL SHARE’ program.

When signed up for this program, the customer loses autonomy over the operation of their A/C system on days when the demand for NV Energy’s electricity is peaking.  When this happens NVE signals your compressor, to go into ‘conservation’ mode.   Conservation mode means they turn it off until the peak demand cycle subsides.  In the meantime customers endure the high temperatures that created the energy shortage.  NVE is painting a favorable picture about this when they say, “Your home temperature may rise a little, but you’ll stay comfy.”   I’m not quite sure how you stay ‘comfy’ when it’s 115 degrees F outside.  Trust me, after 20-25 minutes it starts to get uncomfortable.

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Smart Meter = Smart Surveillance

 

By Michael LeMieux May 23, 2012

NewsWithViews.com

We have all heard a lot of discussion lately on the energy department’s move toward a “smart grid” and the use of “smart meters” fueled by the stimulus funding from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This smart grid promises to “increase energy efficiency, bolster electric power grid reliability, and facilitate demand response, among other benefits.” However the devil is in the details; as they say.

In order for the smart meter program to be of any benefit to the grid as a whole it would necessitate nearly universal usage across the country. The concept on the surface is actually a good idea if energy demand is the actual goal. For that matter, energy consumption demands could be ascertained at the point of separation to the public at the local power sub-stations that serve individual communities and thus alert the system of increased demand and therefore increased production requirements. So why are they pushing to install one in every home in America?

To get the answer is very easy indeed as the Congressional Research Staff has compiled a research paper on this exact topic and from which I have derived much of my article today and this is what they reported. Continue reading

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