Report on Smart Meter Problems

The December 2012 report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is available to the public. This 173-page report by activist Nina Beety has extensive referenced information about many of the problems and risks of the Smart Meter program, with information from state, national, and international resources. Supplemental documents can be downloaded here.

Originally written for California legislators, this updated report also provides a legislative and regulatory action plan for halting this program, and suggestions for reforming utility regulation so that the public is protected in the future.

Table of Contents

Introduction
What is a Smart Meter?
Smart Grid/Smart Meter problems and issues
– Overview
– Overcharging, accuracy, and the Structure Group report
– Reliability
– Privacy invasion
– Fires and electrical problems
– Health problems Continue reading

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Arizona: 19,000 APS customers refuse Smart Meters; state conducts health study; are Elster Smart Meters overheating and malfunctioning?

The Arizona Republic newspaper reported on August 28[i] that 19,000 customers of Arizona Public Service have refused Smart Meter installation. This is again in stark contrast to the claim that only a small minority oppose these meters.

In addition, the Sedona City Council and the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council last year asked the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to exempt city residents from paying opt-out fees for keeping their analog meters. The town of Bisbee asked the ACC to stop installations completely until health issues were addressed. The ACC oversees utility companies in Arizona.

Now, an APS insider has leaked information that APS is replacing thousands of Elster Smart Meters every year. The figure for 2014 is projected to be 50,000-60,000 Smart Meters. Why? Because they are overheating and the relays aren’t working.

Warren Woodward reports

Are tens of thousands of defective “smart” meters being stealthily replaced in Arizona?

Posted on www.takebackyourpower.net
5 September 2014

In the wake of several massive “smart” meter recalls due to component overheating and subsequent fires, is Arizona Public Services Company (APS) replacing tens of thousands of “smart” meters?

An anonymous APS whistle-blower says, “Yes.”

Read more in my letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission below:

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September 2, 2014

Arizona Corporation Commissioner (ACC) Docket Control Center 1200 West Washington Street Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Re: Docket # E-00000C-11-0328

Commissioners;

A source within APS has revealed that APS “smart” meters are failing, and failing in a way that presents a fire risk to ratepayers.

My source, whose privacy I must protect, tells me that APS has replaced thousands of faulty “smart” meters, and is scheduled to replace 50 to 60 thousand this year alone due to heat induced failure of the remote disconnect switch and LCD display. (I have seen the failed LCDs.)

Remote disconnect switch failure resulted in a recall of over 10,000 “smart” meters in Lakeland, Florida where 6 house fires occurred [Meters overheating, to be replaced in Lakeland]. And in Portland, Oregon, remote disconnect switch failure resulted in a recall of 70,000 “smart” meters after 3 fires there [PGE replacing 70,000 electricity meters because of fire risk]. “Smart” meter-caused house fires have resulted in massive “smart” meter recalls in Pennsylvania (186,000) and Saskatchewan (105,000).

You must investigate APS at once. State statute demands it:

A.R.S. 40-361.B – Every public service corporation shall furnish and maintain such service, equipment and facilities as will promote the safety, health, comfort and convenience of its patrons, employees and the public, and as will be in all respects adequate, efficient and reasonable.

A.R.S. 40-321.A – When the commission finds that the equipment, appliances, facilities or service of any public service corporation, or the methods of manufacture, distribution, transmission, storage or supply employed by it, are unjust, unreasonable, unsafe, improper, inadequate or insufficient, the commission shall determine what is just, reasonable, safe, proper, adequate or sufficient, and shall enforce its determination by order or regulation.

APS has painted a very rosy picture of their “smart” meters over the years, but have they told you about this dangerous and potentially life threatening inherent flaw, one that analog meters do not have? APS has a history of concealing information from the public and regulatory agencies. APS refuses to come clean about their “dark money” political donations, and, earlier this year, it was revealed that APS did not report an explosion at their Palo Verde nuclear plant for 5 months ['Explosion' at Palo Verde nuclear plant not reported for 5 months].

Also, if APS is replacing tens of thousands of “smart” meters, how long will it be until APS comes begging for a rate increase so that ratepayers bear the financial brunt of their (and your) “smart” meter fiasco?

Sincerely,

Warren Woodward

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The Arizona Corporation Commission was considering opt-out fees. However,

In August 2013, before deciding on the proposed opt-out fee from APS, the commission requested that the [Arizona] Department of Health Services provide a study of the meters.

The commission asked ADHS to answer whether there are health impacts from the meters and whether the radio-frequency emissions from them exceed federal requirements, commission spokeswoman Rebecca Wilder said.

The first part of the question will be answered by ADHS’ review of published research on the meters. To answer the second part, the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency will measure meters’ radio-frequency emissions, Wilder said.

“There will be no input from the utilities,” she said. “We wanted this to be an independent, objective report.”

The report is behind schedule and won’t be prepared by next month as originally expected, but it should be available in October or November, ADHS Assistant Director Don Herrington said Wednesday.

“The literature review is pretty broad,” he said. “Trying to find the (studies) that are done scientifically is the key.”

The radio-frequency exposure is an important question for concerned residents because the transmissions “hop” from one meter to the next, working as a network. One customer’s data hops from meter to meter until it gets to a device that collects information from the area and sends it back to the utility.

The DHS should hold hearings to receive public testimony and expert witness testimony. Laboratory settings are not the only sources of data. Will there be public hearings by the DHS?

“Studies that are done scientifically”. Other states have used industry information or industry consultants or federal agencies as the final word on the issue, not disclosing that public agencies are under enormous political pressure to bring in results that don’t rock the political boat, and industry studies support industry goals.

Sage Associates did computer modeling of Smart Meter emissions for Landis & Gyr and Itron Smart Meters,[ii] and found that they could exceed FCC exposure guidelines at substantial distances from the meters under normal conditions. There are also the issues of reflection, as well as the emissions from banks of Smart Meters. In addition, these emissions travel on house wiring and metal piping. If ARRA tests a Smart Meter in isolation in a laboratory setting, the data will not demonstrate real world conditions and impact. These meters must be tested with maximum duty cycle and maximum output possible.

Finally, as Sage Associates did for Itron and Landis & Gyr Smart Meters, and Dr. Magda Havas did in her extensive report for the city of San Francisco[iii] when it considered citywide Wi-Fi, the output of Smart Meters must be compared to peer-reviewed studies of biological impacts from RF.

The public will be watching whether these health and safety agencies in Arizona take their responsibility to the public seriously.

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[i] http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/2014/08/28/smart-meters-questioned/14738207/

[ii] http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/

http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/?page_id=429

[iii] http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/snafu_havas_wifi.pdf

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Veterans and electrohypersensitivity (EHS)

Posted on Electric Forester
February 25, 2013

Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are returning home to discover that they have become Electro-HyperSensitive. When they went to war they had perhaps little or no idea that EHS would be a growing problem for those they were leaving behind. The stranglehold the powers that be have on the media and thus popular consciousness effectively stifles awareness of this growing issue and subjects those voicing safety concerns to derision.

When they left to go to war, our brave soldiers may not have had cordless phones, wireless Internet, mobile phones, microwave alarm systems and a plethora of other wireless gadgets. Never before have the like of which taken up residence in not only their homes but homes, offices and places of work, education, entertainment, recreation and transportation right across the developed world.

Soldier’s lifetime exposure to ElectroMagnetic Radiation – EMR might be ‘average’ before routine circumstances in the military dictate greater intimacy with communications and power equipment. But it is with the counter-measures to IEDs – Improvised Explosive Devices that we are primarily concerned here.

Hidden roadside bombs can be triggered by ringing a pager or a mobile phone that has been wired to a detonator. One way to overcome this lethal threat is to surround military vehicles with a cloud of electromagnetic radiation (microwaves). These effectively drown-out mobile signals in the immediate vicinity though such protection comes at a price. Electronic counter-measures are likely to expose the vehicle occupants to repeated, and by everyday standards, significantly raised levels of electromagnetic radiation – a known promoter of EHS.

Some people are made so sick by their life as a soldier that they become unfit for duty and have to be sent home. What proportion have become EHS we do not know. Doubtless a ‘matter of national security’. Nevertheless, they, like the rest us who have been made EHS by today’s permitted EMR levels, have to find ways of regaining our lives in the 21st Century. They, like us, need to find ways they can endure and provide for themselves, amongst what may be the wreckage of their lives.

Modern technology does some truly amazing things and is a testament to the incredible ingenuity of the human race. However, I lament the way in which the suffering of returning veterans and ordinary people who have become EHS is readily dismissed.

Are a shrug and ‘collateral damage’ adequate responses to reassure people who may soon be heading for a similar fate? Perhaps only when many more always-on wireless lives start to unravel will the average person respond with somewhat more understanding.

Will you ever be ready to wake up to the consequences of your permanently micro-waved reality, especially now there is vitually no escape?

http://electricforester.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/veterans-ehs.html

Information on EHS:

http://www.norad4u.com/ehs

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Dr. Karl Maret MD: Commentary on CCST report on Smart Meters

Dr. Karl Maret
Dove Health Alliance, Aptos, CA
January 30, 2011

This is a commentary on the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) report, “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters” published January 2011. I submit that the CCST report, written in response to health concerns expressed by Assembly Members of the California Legislature, contains inaccuracies and minimizes the biological effects and health impacts of non-thermal radiofrequency radiation, such as those produced by wireless technologies including Smart Meters.

For the record, my qualifications to make this commentary are that I hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Engineering degree in Biomedical Engineering, and a Medical Doctor degree and have additionally completed a four year post-doctoral fellowship in physiology. I have been interested in the health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) for many years and given lectures about the potential health impacts of non-ionizing radiations, both in Europe and the United States. I am president of a non-profit foundation interested in energy medicine, a sub-specialty within the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a center within the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

My specific concerns with the report are as follows:

  1. The minimization of the problem of non-thermal microwave radiation;
  2. The minimization of the need for lower exposure standards;
  3. The increase in radiation levels at potential local hotspots through reflection;
  4. The lack of information about the impact of pulsed radiation from Smart Meters;
  5. The lack of information on the health impacts of night-time radiation from Smart Meters;
  6. The lack of modeling or actual measurements of the contribution from Smart Meters to the existing background microwave radiation;
  7. The lack of health and environmental consideration by the CPUC when the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) was approved.

Until these issues are more fully addressed it is recommended that the current Smart Meter deployment using radiofrequency radiation (RFR) be halted pending a more unbiased reassessment of the potential health issues associated with these meters, including a reassessment of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) without any environmental impact assessment. Further, that the California public be offered the option to opt out of this program, which at present is mandatory for every dwelling.

Read his complete report with references:

Commentary on the California Council on Science and Technology Report — “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters”

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N. Ireland parent attempting to protect his children from Wi-Fi forcibly given psychotic drugs — #freeStephenClarke

International experts are increasingly warning about the impacts of wireless radiation exposure to all of us, especially children.

Stephen Clarke protested Wi-Fi in his children’s school in Northern Ireland. It was a peaceful protest to raise awareness to this issue.

For doing that, he was incarcerated at a psychiatric hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is being forcibly medicated. He has been held there for over 12 weeks (Sept.4 update below).

This is in complete violation of his civil rights and is a frightening suppression of peaceful protest and free speech by British authorities.

Please contact authorities at the addresses below and demand his release. Please post this to websites and distribute to your contacts, particularly regarding this denial of basic civil rights.

Stephen is being held at

Mater Hospital
45-54 Crumlin Road
Belfast BT14 6AB
Great Britain

Send cards and letters to him there, as well as letters of protest regarding his incarceration and forced medication.

He also has citizenship in Canada.

The Human Rights Commission can be contacted here:

Rhyannon Blythe BL
Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
Temple Court 39 North Street
Belfast BT1 1NA
Tel: (028) 90243987
Fax: (028) 90247844
Email: rhyannon.blythe@nihrc.org

A Twitter campaign #FreeStephenClarke has been proposed.

Please do everything you can to help Stephen. More information is below.

Websites with information on Wi-Fi in schools and why Stephen is protesting:

http://www.wifiinschools.org.uk
http://www.wifiinschools.com
http://www.safeschool.ca
http://www.escuelasinwifi.org — Spanish
http://www.c4st.org
http://www.radiationeducation.com
http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org

http://www.electricalpollution.com/documents/WiFiAThalidomideInTheMakingWhoCares.pdf

For more information and a timeline of events: Continue reading

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Lakeland Electric to Replace 10,657 Residential Smart Meters in Florida

The Ledger News reported August 26 that Lakeland Electric in Florida will be replacing Smart Meters. These are also Sensus, and have the remote connect/disconnect switch.

Smart Grid Awareness writes about the domino effect and the fire issue in its article August 27.

It is almost impossible to keep track of all of the smart meter fires and related issues. We jump from country to country, from state to state. The latest issue is in Florida where Lakeland Electric soon will begin replacing 10,657 residential smart meters over concerns they might overheat, General Manager Joel Ivy said Tuesday, August 26th.

“Domino Effect of More Smart Meters Being Replaced Due to Fires”

http://smartgridawareness.org/2014/08/27/domino-effect-of-more-smart-meters-being-replaced-due-to-fires/

Those meters cost ratepayers about $2 million, and now their replacements will cost $1.3 million, plus labor costs to install, making this a very expensive proposition.

NVE in Nevada and Alabama Power are just two energy companies using Sensus that are not doing any replacement. Yet.

What about the GE fires, the Landis & Gyr fires, the Itron fires?

And what happens with other fire and electrical hazard issues not related to the remote connect/disconnect switch, such as tripping arc fault circuit interrupters, burning up electrical outlets and appliances, and causing electronics to mysteriously fail?

What happens a year from now when a surge hits and meters explode off walls and start fires? Will the utility companies come up with a new excuse for why there are problems?

When Sensus says these issues are systemic in the industry, just what is it referring to? The excuses about the fires — so-called “external” problems — or the fact that there are fires and electrical problems everywhere Smart Meters are installed?

 

Source:

http://www.theledger.com/article/20140826/NEWS/140829388/1410?Title=Overheating-Concerns-Lakeland-Electric-to-Replace-10-657-Residential-Smart-Meters-

Overheating Concerns: Lakeland Electric to Replace 10,657 Residential Smart Meters

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PG&E’s nuclear reactors should be shut down, says US Nuclear Regulatory Commission expert

Diablo Canyon NPP, near San Luis Obispo, California, should be shut down pending a safety review, says NRC senior federal nuclear expert Michael Peck in an internal report that was finally made public by Friends of the Earth August 25 .

The NRC  has allowed PG&E to continue operating the plant despite known safety questions.

At issue is the recently discovered Shoreline Fault. However, the other three faults, especially the Hosgri Fault, reportedly responsible for a devastating earthquake in Santa Barbara in the 1900’s, are also issues.

This is in addition to “normal” radioactive emissions from Diablo Canyon and other nuclear reactors that are a biological hazard to all life.

Here is a petition by Friends of the Earth to shut down Diablo Canyon:
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16332

Last year, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report on Diablo Canyon. They found the NRC was not holding Diablo Canyon to the same earthquake safety standards as other nuclear power plants.

“This is a dangerous double standard,” said David Lochbaum, director of UCS’s Nuclear Safety Project and author of the report. “At other facilities, the NRC enforced its safety regulations and protected Americans from earthquake threats. Today, in the case of Diablo Canyon, the NRC is ignoring its regulations, unfairly exposing millions of Americans to undue risk.”

When similar concerns surfaced at nuclear facilities in California, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the NRC did not allow the plants to continue to operate until the agency determined they met safety regulations…In contrast, the NRC has allowed PG&E to continue to operate Diablo Canyon’s reactors despite this known threat.
http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/diablo-canyon-report-0381.html
NRC Fails to Apply Standard Earthquake Protection Protocols to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant, Report Finds, November 13, 2013

Peck first raised his concerns in September 2010 when he filed non-concurrence papers and later elevated them to differing professional opinion, the highest level of official dissent within the agency. His report said that pipes and other important plant equipment at the plant may not be able to withstand the maximum shaking that could be generated by the Shoreline fault, which runs 2,000 feet offshore of the plant.

“We find it completely disgraceful that the NRC hid these concerns for all these years,” said Jane Swanson, spokeswoman for the antinuclear group San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace.

Peck recommended that Diablo Canyon be shut down until it can be proved that the plant could withstand a quake along the Shoreline fault, a process that could require an amendment to the plant’s current operating license.
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/08/25/3211883_report-diablo-canyon-closure-nrc.html?rh=1
Report calling for Diablo Canyon’s closure raises concerns locally, August 25, 2014

According to Peck’s filing, PG&E research in 2011 determined that any of three nearby faults – the Shoreline, Los Osos and San Luis Bay – is capable of producing significantly more ground motion during an earthquake than was accounted for in the design of important plant equipment. In the case of San Luis Bay, it is as much as 75 percent more.
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/ap-exclusive-expert-calls-diablo-canyon-shutdown/ng8Tj/
AP Exclusive: Expert calls for Diablo Canyon shutdown, Aug. 25, 2014

On August 26, Friends of the Earth filed a formal petition with the NRC:

Friends of the Earth — an advocacy group critical of the nuclear power industry — filed a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking for a hearing and charging the Diablo Canyon plant is violating its operating license.

… The group argues the reactors located between Los Angeles and San Francisco should remain closed until a rigorous safety review is completed and PG&E amends its federal license.
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/08/26/3213001/group-files-petition-to-idle-california.html#storylink=relast
Group files petition to idle Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, August 26,, 2014

To make a comment to the NRC, here is an editable letter you can send, courtesy of Friends of the Earth. My comment was to shut down Diablo Canyon permanently:

http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16332

 

Sources:

http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/ap-exclusive-expert-calls-diablo-canyon-shutdown/ng8Tj/
AP Exclusive: Expert calls for Diablo Canyon shutdown, Aug. 25, 2014

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/08/25/3211883_report-diablo-canyon-closure-nrc.html?rh=1
Report calling for Diablo Canyon’s closure raises concerns locally, August 25, 2014

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/08/26/3213001/group-files-petition-to-idle-california.html#storylink=relast
Group files petition to idle Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, August 26,, 2014

http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/diablo-canyon-report-0381.html
NRC Fails to Apply Standard Earthquake Protection Protocols to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant, Report Finds, November 13, 2013

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