Report on Smart Meter Problems

Updated January 19, 2016

The report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is available free to the public for downloading and printing. You can obtain a signed printed copy for a $100. donation (within the U.S.; add $20. for shipping outside the U.S.).

This 173-page report, released in 2012 by health and environmental advocate Nina Beety, has extensive referenced information on the many problems and risks of the Smart Meter program known at that time, with information from state, national, and international resources. Investigation and admissions by the industry since 2012 continue to substantiate these serious problems, providing a searing indictment on regulatory and legislative officials who have failed to halt Smart Meter deployments. The report serves as a legal document for assessing liability for the extensive harm caused to the public. 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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Peer review in the raw: N.P. Singh, the comet assay and “Radiation Research”

From Microwave News
April 27, 2017

This story was 20 years in the making.

If you want to know what it has been like to do research on the potential health effects of cell phone radiation, please read this story. I hope it will change the way you think about the peer review process and the power of entrenched interests to manipulate what gets published in the scientific literature –and, ultimately, shape public opinion.

This story should also help you understand how EMF/EMR research has come to be falsely portrayed as junk science.

Narendra P. Singh, known to friends and colleagues simply as NP, died last December at the age of 69. When his family wrote to me with the news, Singh’s wife asked me not to publish a tribute or an obituary at that time. I honored her request, but now, after a decent interval, I break my silence, in part to make good on a promise and to settle some unfinished business.

Read the story here .

http://microwavenews.com/news-center/singh-comet-assay-radiation-research

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Taxpayer-funded federal agency shows utility companies and regulators how to game the system and charge the public to “restore profitiability” and “mitigate financial impacts” from conservation, efficiency, and solar

From Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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New LBNL report finds earnings impacts to utility shareholders can be mitigated through many existing ratemaking and regulatory approaches but with important implications for customer rates and bills

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce the release of a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) examining the financial impacts of a combined portfolio of energy efficiency (EE) and distributed photovoltaic (PV) systems on a prototypical northeast utility’s shareholders and ratepayers. The report also considers business model reforms that could be pursued by utilities and regulators to mitigate the financial impacts. Finally, the report assesses bill impacts on participating and non-participating customers using illustrative EE program types and PV investments.

The analysis is the first effort to jointly assess the financial impacts of EE and PV. The study relies upon a pro-forma utility financial model that LBNL developed and previously deployed for the purpose of analyzing the utility shareholder and ratepayer impacts of utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs and customer-sited PV in isolation. For the present study, we enhanced the financial model to take into account more granular modeling of the relationship between impacts of EE and PV on utility load and costs, and how that relationship changes at increasing EE and PV penetration levels over time.

An EE and PV portfolio, representing the most aggressive savings goals and PV adoption forecasts in the northeast region, resulted in about a 24 percent reduction in shareholder earnings and ROE for the northeast, distribution-only utility. Impacts on average retail electricity rates were also significant, increasing by about 22 percent over 20 years (i.e., 3% per year compared to 2% per year in the business as usual case).

We also examined the impact of a number of possible business model reforms, including alternative rate designs (e.g., adding a residential demand charge, increasing customer fixed charges), utility revenue decoupling, utility ownership of distributed PV, and targeted shareholder performance incentives. The report shows that a number of these reforms could restore utility profitability to levels similar to what would occur in the absence of distributed PV.

Finally, the report makes important findings about the financial impacts of aggressive EE and PV on the utility bills of participating and non-participating customers. We found that increases in average retail rates had real financial implications for not just non-participants, but also for those whose investments in EE measures (e.g., residential product rebate and low income programs) generate more modest savings of energy and demand that are unable to keep pace with the rising retail rates. In contrast, residential customers who invest in PV systems or EE measures that produce greater energy savings (e.g., whole home retrofit) experience bill savings that offset most or all the increase in retail rates.

A webinar presentation of key findings from the report will be conducted on Thursday, May 11 at 10:00am Pacific Time.

We appreciate the funding support of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

Best regards, and we apologize in advance for any cross-postings,

Andrew Satchwell, Peter Cappers, and Charles Goldman
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Contacts
Andrew Satchwell
(510) 486-6544
ASatchwell at lbl.gov

Peter Cappers
(315) 637-0513
PACappers at lbl.gov

Charles Goldman
(510) 486-4637
CAGoldman at lbl.gov

Electricity Markets and Policy Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
emp(dot)lbl(dot)gov

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Kentucky bill would allow customers to “opt out” of smart meters

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/17RS/SB121.htm

Senate Bill 121

AN ACT relating to metering of electric service.

Create new sections of KRS Chapters 96 and 278 to define “smart meter” and to require utilities seeking to install smart meters to give notice to affected customers and the right to opt out of having a smart meter installed on the customer’s premises; specify that customers are not required to pay for any electricity necessary to power the smart meter.

From 14 News
March 10, 2017
Paige Hagan, reporter

HENDERSON CO., KY (WFIE) – We’ve heard your concerns over a sudden spike in energy bills.

Now, hundreds of outraged Kenergy customers are pushing state legislators to do something about it.

Kentucky Senator Dan “Malano” Seum introduced a bill that would allow people to “opt out” of the new smart meters that Kenergy customers are saying are causing their bills to surge.

We’re told hundreds in our viewing area called into Frankfort on Friday pushing for the bill.

Senate Bill 121 would “require utilities seeking to install smart meters to give notice to affected customers and the right to opt out of having a smart meter installed.”  You can read the bill in its entirety here.

Hundreds of Kenergy customers in the region are saying their bills have doubled, and some tripled.

We sat down with Kenergy customers Valerie Gentry and her husband at their home in Henderson County.

The Gentry’s showed us hundreds of signatures they’ve collected from outraged customers. They tell us they’ve been in touch with an attorney, planning to take Kenergy officials to court.

“It’s a community issue, and it’s not just a few people. It’s thousands,” Valerie Gentry said.

Gentry created a Facebook page for concerned Kenergy customers. In just two weeks, it’s generated over 16,000 members also upset by their bills.

On the other hand, utility providers say cold snaps in December caused a spike in electricity use, while at the same time, they say, smaller bill credits, rate increases, billing and meter changes-all approved by the Public Service Commission-caused bills to increase.

But, the Gentry’s aren’t buying it.

“Usage is going even when you’re turning your breaker off. You’re paying for the meter itself just to be a smart meter,” Gentry said. “It hurts so bad, it’s a decision between feeding your kids or trying to borrow money to pay your bill, because, these bills are not cheap.”

The Gentry’s say they’re not giving up until they gets answers that make sense.

Public Service Commission officials say it’s up to the utility company to determine if it wants to offer an opt-out policy for the smart meters.

Kenergy does not have that policy.

Copyright 2017. WFIE. All rights reserved.

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http://www.14news.com/story/34728231/senator-introduces-bill-that-would-allow-customers-to-opt-out-of-new-smart-meters

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Kentucky Attorney General finds “little support” that Smart Meters will benefit customers “in any way”; eliminates Smart Meter plan

After careful review of the filings in this case, we find little support that smart meter deployment will benefit the ratepayers in any way.”
Andy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney General [1]

From Kentucky.com
April 19, 2017
By John Cheves

Attorney General Andy Beshear on Wednesday announced a settlement with Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric that would reduce a large rate increase the companies requested in November. It also would shelve the utilities’ controversial plan to more than double the fixed monthly charge that all customers must pay, regardless of how much electricity they use.

For a typical Central Kentucky home that buys 1,179 kilowatt hours of electricity per month from KU, the monthly bill would rise by $4.21 under the settlement rather than by $7.16, as KU originally sought.

My office clearly understands the need for utility companies to maintain their infrastructure to better serve ratepayers,” Beshear said in a prepared statement. “But the settlement reached with my office will lessen the impact to Kentuckians by not passing on excessive costs in ways that would be crippling to hundreds of thousands of ratepayers.”

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will review the terms of the settlement at a May 9 hearing in Frankfort.

KU and LG&E initially asked the PSC for a $210 million increase in their annual revenue to pay for a variety of expenses, including infrastructure replacement and the installation of wireless “smart meters” that would allow the companies to more closely track energy use and outage locations. The settlement with Beshear eliminated the plan for smart meters, which the attorney general said would cost ratepayers $350 million without providing them with much benefit.

KU and LG&E sell electricity to nearly 950,000 customers around Kentucky; LG&E also sells natural gas to about 325,000 customers. They are owned by the PPL Corporation of Allentown, Pa.

In a prepared statement, the utilities on Wednesday said they have agreed to accept a $122 million increase in annual revenue. PPL reports making nearly $400 million in profit in Kentucky last year on statewide operating revenue of $3.1 billion. The company this year is boosting its dividend for shareholders by 4 percent to $1.58 per share…. [2]

[1] http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2017/03/09/ag-beshear-wants-big-cut-lge-ku-rate-plan/98960212/

[2] http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article145479849.html

http://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=AttorneyGeneral&prId=306 — Press release

 

 

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Arizona: Epic failure! Electric co-op replacing all 40,000 Elster Smart Meters after 3 years, and APS replacing 20,000 Elster Smart Meters per year — due to communication failures

And Navopache is telling customers it is an upgrade — see webpage link below.

Information and Perspective by Warren Woodward
Sedona, Arizona
April 20, 2014

Yesterday I received news that Navopache Electric Cooperative, a utility that serves customers in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, is replacing all of its Elster brand “smart” meters with Landis & Gyr “smart” meters.

Upon hearing the news, I phoned Navopache. The person I spoke with said initially that Navopache was “upgrading” their meters and replacing all 40,000 of them. In our subsequent conversation she said the Elster meters had “bugs” and communication problems. She also said the Elsters were only about 3 years old.

What a colossal waste! If Navopache had stuck with analog meters, those much less expensive and reliable analog meters would still be in service today, tomorrow and for decades to come.

This Navopache news has relevance to the current APS rate case because a fraudulent 20 year “smart” meter service life is being proposed by APS, ACC Staff and the Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO). RUCO, by the way, is supposed to represent residential customers in the rate case but in reality represents no one but RUCO. (To see how badly RUCO has lied and sold us out in the APS rate case in order to further RUCO’s elitist, social engineering agenda, see pages 9 to 15 of my testimony here: http://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000179034.pdf . ACC Staff’s lies are detailed at pages 3 to 9.)

Because I am an Intervenor in the APS rate case, I get to do discovery. I get to ask APS questions. Via discovery, I found that APS’s Elster meters are lasting about as long as Navopache’s. From my testimony:

At APS’s Response to Woodward’s data request 2.12, APS admits thousands of meters failed to communicate and, after an average life of just 4 years, were replaced as follows:

2014 – 19,203 meters replaced
2015 – 22,287 meters replaced
2016 (As of 10/2016) – 20,172 meters replaced

This failure to communicate is a problem that is ongoing. APS: “This specific communication issue was first identified in 2014 and continues to be an issue today, albeit a minimal one.” Some 20,000 meters failing every year is a “minimal issue?”

I guess when you have lax regulators along with a monopoly on 1.25 million customers like APS does, then the ongoing waste of 20,000 failed “smart” meters per year is nothing to worry about. However, when you have only 40,000 meters to begin with like Navopache does, a failure rate like APS’s wipes out your entire meter stock quickly.

What’s amazing is how Navopache didn’t learn a thing from the epic failure, but instead Navopache is just replacing one brand with another. What was that definition of insanity most of us have heard, doing the same thing and expecting a different result?

“Smart” meters simply do not last. Because actual metering is only one fifth of what a “smart” meter does, the I.R.S. classifies them as a computer with only a 6 year life. Indeed, a utility executive testifying before the U.S. Congress said they only last 5 to 7 years. You can read about that as well as details of tens of thousands of other APS “smart” meter failures, as well as the 140,000 that went obsolete after less than 10 years, at pages 40 to 46 of this testimony: http://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000178628.pdf .

Undaunted, and as such reminding me very much of the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Navopache claims at its website [1] (and in ALL CAPS to make certain we are persuaded) that “smart” meters offer “improved EFFICIENCY,” “improved RELIABILITY,” and “improved AFFORDABILITY.” Sure. Except when they don’t.

By the way, this is the same Navopache Electric Co-op that said their “smart” meters transmit only once every four hours. “Navopache Caught Lying” [2] is a YouTube I did 3 years ago of a Navopache “smart” meter shortly after it was installed. I guess no one told it that it was only supposed to transmit once every four hours because, like utility lying about “smart” meters, it never stops.

[1] http://w ww.navopache.org/content/ami-0

[2]

http://www.sedona.biz/wp-content/uploads/20170420_woodward_NavopacheElectricCoop.pdf

http://www.sedona.biz/editorial-and-opinion/letter-to-the-editor/letter-to-the-editor-epic%20-fail-navopache-electric-coop-replacing-all-40000-smart-meters-afterjustafewyears/

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In 1976 classified memo, U.S. govt said 1-15 microW/cm2 a potential health hazard and unacceptable: FCC exposure limits are 1000 microW/cm2

Wikileaks released a 1976 memo (below) to the U.S. Secretary of State regarding microwave radiation levels measured inside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. It is titled: MOSCOW SIGNAL – APPROACH TO GROMYKO. It was classified “SECRET” until 2006. It was written by Ambassador Walter Stoessel to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and marked NODIS — No Distribution (other than to persons indicated) . More information on the memo is on the Wikileaks website. Stoessel died of leukemia at age 66 in 1986. He was stationed at the embassy on three different occasions. [1]

Main points:

Frequency detected: above 1 GHz 
Daily duration of exposure: 18 hours per day
Levels detected in the embassy: 1-15 microW per cm2
Levels in comparison to typical background levels in U.S. cities: several orders of magntitude above = 1000s to 100s of thousands times greater, or more, than 1976 U.S. background levels

U.S. medical experts’ “considered opinion” was that prolonged exposure to 1-15 microwatts  per cm2 constitute a potential health hazard.

U.S. officials said, “No level of radiation in the U.S. Embassy which is significantly above the typical background level in residential areas of large industrial cities is acceptable to us.”

Why are FCC exposure limits 1000 microW per cm2 — 100s of times greater than U.S. medical experts’ “considered opinion” of a potential health hazard in 1976 and tens of millions of times greater than what U.S. officials deemed acceptable?

There were U.S. conferences in the 1950s and 1960s on the biological effects of microwave radiation,[2] and the Canadian National Research Council paper of 1973 warned about increasing public exposure to microwave radiation through commercial uses.

Then, commercial and military uses ramped up, the U.S. EPA’s EMF lab was defunded and shut down, a draft federal report on RF was gutted, and the state of California’s EMF lab was shut down. Tom Wheeler (CTIA), Reed Hundt (FCC), and Al Gore (Congress) effectively stopped public. medical, and scientific opposition through the 1996 Telecom Act prohibiting state and local governments from regulating RF from cell towers.

And reports have found —
Cell towers often exceed FCC limits.
Wireless devices (cell phones, iPads, etc.) exceed FCC limits as commonly used.
Wi-Fi’d classrooms can exceed FCC limits when students are using computers.

Excerpts from the 1976 memo:

–THE LEVELS OF RADIATION IN THE EMBASSY BUILDING MEASURED OVER TIME BY U.S. TECHNICIANS, AND THOSE MEASURED JOINTLY WITH SOVIET TECHNICIANS, ARE SEVERAL ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE ABOVE THE TYPICAL BACKGROUND LEVEL IN U.S. CITIES, AND ALSO ABOVE THE BACKGROUND LEVEL MEASURED IN U.S. RESIDENCES IN MOSCOW WHICH ARE AWAY FROM THE CHANCERY BUILDING.

–OUR MEDICAL EXPERTS ARE OF THE CONSIDERED OPINION THAT PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO MICROWAVE RADIATION AT THE LEVELS MEASURED IN THE U.S. EMBASSYCONSTITUTE A POTENTIAL HEALTH HAZARD.

–NO LEVEL OF RADIATION IN THE U.S. EMBASSY WHICH IS SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE THE TYPICAL BACKGROUND LEVEL IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF LARGE INDUSTRIAL CITIES IS ACCEPTABLE TO US.
———————————————-

From Wikileaks

1. FOLLOWING IS TEXT OF INFORMAL PAPER LEFT WITH GROMYKO, AS MENTIONED IN PARA ONE REFTEL.

BEGIN QUOTE

PRINCIPAL CONCLUSIONS OF U.S. EXPERTS

MEASUREMENTS OF RADIATION LEVELS TAKEN BY US SPECIALISTS IN U.S. EMBASSY MOSCOW OVER PERIOD OF SEVERAL MONTHS INDICATE THAT EMBASSY IS RECEIVING TWO RADIATION BEAMS OF MICROWAVE ENERGY IN THE FREQUENCY RANGE ABOVE ONE GIGAHERZ. ONE COMES FROM A POINT TO THE EAST OF THE CHANCERY AND THE OTHER FROM A POINT TO THE SOUTH.

–THESE EMANATIONS ARE PRESENT, EITHER ALTERNATELY OR OCCASIONALLY SIMULTANEOUSLY, FOR PERIODS APPROXIMATING 18 HOURS PER DAY.

–THESE BEAMS HAVE RESULTED IN RADIATION DENSITIES WITHIN CHANCERY OFFICES AND SOME APARTMENTS OF PERSONNEL RANGING FROM 1 TO 15 MICROWATTS PER SQUARE CENTIMETER.

–JOINT MEASUREMENTS CONDUCTED WITH SOVIET EXPERTS ON JANUAYR 28,

SECRET

SECRET

PAGE 02 MOSCOW 01437 311559Z

WHEN ONLY ONE OF THE PREVIOUSLY DETECTED SOURCES WAS EMITTING IN THE LOWER ENERGY RANGE OBSERVED PREVIOUSLY, WERE CONSISTENT WITH PREVIOUS U.S. MEASUREMENTS. IN PARTICULAR THEY CLEARLY REVEALED THE DIRECTIONALITY OF THE BEAM FROM THE EAST.

–THE LEVELS OF RADIATION IN THE EMBASSY BUILDING MEASURED OVER TIME BY U.S. TECHNICIANS, AND THOSE MEASURED JOINTLY WITH SOVIET TECHNICIANS, ARE SEVERAL ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE ABOVE THE TYPICAL BACKGROUND LEVEL IN U.S. CITIES, AND ALSO ABOVE THE BACKGROUND LEVEL MEASURED IN U.S. RESIDENCES IN MOSCOW WHICH ARE AWAY FROM THE CHANCERY BUILDING.

OUR MEDICAL EXPERTS ARE OF THE CONSIDERED OPINION THAT PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO MICROWAVE RADIATION AT THE LEVELS MEASURED IN THE U.S. EMBASSYCONSTITUTE A POTENTIAL HEALTH HAZARD.

NO LEVEL OF RADIATION IN THE U.S. EMBASSY WHICH IS SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE THE TYPICAL BACKGROUND LEVEL IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF LARGE INDUSTRIAL CITIES IS ACCEPTABLE TO US.

END QUOTE.

2. SUMMARY OF FULL REPORT WILL BE TRANSMITTED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE, HOPEFULLY TODAY, AND TEXT FULL REPORT WILL BE SENT SO AS TO BE AVAILABLE IN WASHINGTON BY OPENING OF BUSINESS FEB. 2. STOESSEL

SECRET

NNN


[1] http://www.nytimes.com/1986/12/11/obituaries/walter-j-stoessel-jr-dies-at-66-a-former-ambassador-to-moscow.html

[2] http://kompetenzinitiative.net/KIT/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/KI_Brochure-6_K_Hecht_web.pdf
Russian research compiled for the German government in 1997, released in 2012 (English, 2016)

https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1976MOSCOW01437_b.html

https://wikileaks.org/plusd/pressrelease/#1976 scroll down to Wikileaks Special Project K from April, 2013

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