Report on Smart Meter Problems

Updated May 1, 2017

The report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is available free to the public for downloading and printing. 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.

Signed printed copies are available for a $75. donation each (within the U.S.; add $20. for shipping outside the U.S.).

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Testimony in Michigan: “They treated me as if I was a criminal…terrorized me…they cut me off” – what Consumers Energy did to one disabled customer with five doctors’ letters who asked to keep her analog meter (VIDEO)

Jaime Chimner testimony to Michigan House Energy Policy Committee
January 16, 2018

 

Excerpts:

Jaime Chimner: I was cut off on September 11 of 2015 because I had 5 doctors’ letters saying that a Smart Meter or digital meter would severely harm me healthwise…And it’s still shut off. ..They cut me off because I couldn’t, for my life, have a Smart Meter or a digital meter. I was given 13 hours notice that they were going to cut our power because I couldn’t, I would not accept a digital or Smart Meter.

…What gives them the right to do that? Where do we live in a world where this Smart Meter program was supposed to be voluntary when it first started, we were supposed to volunteer to get it? We didn’t have to get it. Well, now I’m proof that you have to get it, or they’ll cut your power.

It doesn’t matter what you have, what reasons, they just smile at you and terrorize you. And he terrorized me that day when he came to shut of our power. I begged him , I begged this man not to shut my power off. I have machines I have to use to live…

…they treated me as if I was a criminal….

…Please do the right thing and pass the Meter Choice bill or I’m not going to have a choice and I won’t be here much longer if that goes on my house. Thank you very much….

Rep. Lower: …What’s wrong with the digital opt-out meter? What problems does it cause? Or could you have that meter?

Jaime Chimner: No, that was the meter that was on my house actually for 6 years, and I, we didn’t realize it. It affects my health.

Rep. Lower: In what way?

Jaime Chimner: It paralyzed me. After 6 years and finally figuring out what was on our house, when the Smart Meters were coming. I was paralyzed from the waist down most days. I was homebound in a wheelchair by that point and not given a whole lot of time left to live. We couldn’t find what was causing my problem.

NOTE: Jaime Chimner was given disabled accommodation by the Michigan legislature. She is disabled by electromagnetic sensitivities (EMS). The legislature allowed her to testify first so that she could limit her time in the hearing room, which has wireless internet (Wi-Fi).

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Michigan: DTE threatened to shut off electricity to village including water and sewer system for refusing Smart Meters (VIDEO)

Testimony to the Michigan Energy Policy Committee, January 16, 2018

DTE threatened to shut off the Village of Columbiaville for refusing to allow a Smart Meter to be installed on the office and Department of Public Utilities building. The DPU building contains controls for the village water and sewer systems,

“DTE did not care about the village and our residents and the extent of damage they could have caused by shutting off our power.”

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Michigan House of Representatives hearing on utility companies cutting off electricity to customers refusing Smart Meters, 2nd hearing scheduled Jan. 30 to hear more customer testimony (VIDEO)

Michigan House Energy Policy Committee hearing January 16, 2018

From WLNS 6

Skubick: Customers come to Capitol to speak out against DTE

By Tim Skubick
January 16, 2018

Skubick: Customers come to Capitol to speak out against against DTE

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – They were using words such as “bullies, terrorists, and monsters” to describe the conduct of DTE energy regarding the installation of smart meters to measure your energy consumption.

One person described DTE’s conduct as “terrorists” while another said they were “malicious, aggressive, unfair”.

DTE lobbyist Rodney Cole, Jr said he believes the utilities are doing the best job they can right now.

The House Energy Committee took testimony from disgruntled DTE customers regarding the utilities behavior on installing smart meters.

Many consumers don’t want them.

Customer Dan Schulte agreed to the meter and describes what happened then. “I allowed them to put the meter in and then they cut the power and laughed about it.”

Schulte called the utility “monsters”.

Senator Patrick Colbeck accuses the utilities of bullying. “It is. They bring out four trucks and try to intimidate these people. It’s not right.”

State Rep. Gary Glenn said “after the kind of testimony I heard today and I have no reason not to believe them. I don’t understand why DTE and Consumers would continue to allow this to happen.”

“We take customer complaints very seriously,” insisted Rodney Cole, Jr., the DTE lobbyist.

The utility is preparing a report on this issue.

So when this reporter asked if these people are over-reacting, Cole answered, “there’s some additional information that we’ll be able to provide. This is something we’ve tried to educate the public on.”

The committee will consider a measure to give consumers a choice to use the meters or not.

Skubick: Customers come to Capitol to speak out against against DTE

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Kentucky utilities try again to get approval for Smart Meter roll-out; Attorney General calls proposal “premature”

Last March, [Attorney General Andy] Beshear successfully fought to get smart meters cleaved from a plan to increases rates as too expensive. “After careful review of the filings in this case, we find little support that smart meter deployment will benefit the ratepayers in any way,”  Beshear said at the time.

From Louisville Courier Journal

Rejecting smart utility meters could cost you $260-$540 a year in LG&E and KU rate plan

January 3, 2018
By James Bruggers

For the second time, two big Kentucky utilities have asked regulators for permission to install 1.3 million smart meters on their customers’ homes and businesses.

This time, Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are offering to let customers who reject the new technology to opt out but at a substantial cost.

Chris Whelan, the spokeswoman for both, broke it down like this:

  • For KU customers, the proposed opt-out charge would consist of a one-time fee of $72.71 and $32.45 per month.
  • For LG&E electric customers, a $57.86 fee and $22.70 recurring monthly charge.
  • For LG&E natural gas customers, the proposed costs are $57.86 followed by a $21.80 recurring monthly fee.

The companies say the meters save money and allow them to respond more quickly to restore power during outages, such as big storms.

They had proposed, and pulled, what they call “advanced meters” from a rate increase proposal last year, amid various controversies and concerns about cost. Whelan said that for customers who get the new meters, there would be no immediate change in rates despite the $350 million in installation costs.

In a news release, the company said those costs would be “more than offset by the savings and benefits advanced meters provide over their lifetime and is comparable to the amount other utilities have invested.”

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear isn’t buying it.

“This move is premature, and this office continues to have serious concerns with smart meter applications,” he said in a written statement Wednesday. “In a settlement … just last year, the companies’ agreed to withdraw a similar smart meter application.

“In return, our office agreed to participate in a process to voice our concerns, but not to support a new application less than a year later.”

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will scrutinize the proposed Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity filed by the companies over the next few months, said Andrew Melnykovych, the commission spokesman. The PCS approved a Duke Energy plan for smart meters in Northern Kentucky last year. There, the opt-out fee was $100, plus $25 a month.

Nationally, tens of millions of the advanced meters have been installed, <https://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/watchdog-earth/2016/11/2 3/lge-and-smart-meters-get-tin-foil-hats/94335358/> sometimes controversially with concerns about health effects from radio frequency waves, privacy and security. Duke tells its customers that the radio signals are far below the levels emitted by common household appliances and electronics, including cellphones and microwave ovens, and that their customers’ data is secure.

At least one public interest group opposes the meters, which would replace those that need to be read in person monthly by LG&E personnel.

Too much is unknown in terms of reward, while cost is very high,” said Cathy Hinko the executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, which participated in meetings with the utilities and other groups in recent months. “I find the lack of specificity of savings from other areas that have used smart meters to be unnecessarily elusive and, therefore, unreliable.”

Advanced meters will offer customers near-real-time energy-use information through an online dashboard that can help them better manage their power usage and save money, the companies said. Whelan said a current dashboard used in a pilot program would be replaced with one that’s easier to use.

Advanced meters also allow utilities to better determine where outages are occurring, quickly diagnose the cause of the outage and, at times, respond more efficiently, the news release said.

“We’ve learned a great deal about advanced meters through the pilot programs we’ve offered over the years,” said David Huff, director of energy efficiency and emerging technologies for the companies. “Today’s advanced meters are much more sophisticated than those 10 years ago, and we are receiving positive feedback from customers who participate in our current early adopter program.”

Last March, Beshear successfully fought to get smart meters cleaved from a plan to increases rates as too expensive. “After careful review of the filings in this case, we find little support that smart meter deployment will benefit the ratepayers in any way,” <https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2017/03/09/ag-beshear-want s-big-cut-lge-ku-rate-plan/98960212/> Beshear said at the time.

Whelan said the meters would be installed over three years, possibly starting later in 2018, for a program that would be completed in five.

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2018/01/03/opting-out-smart-meters-would-cost/1000201001/

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Cell phone and cordless phone use causes brain cancer: a new review

From Safer EMR
December 4, 2017

Increased Brain Tumor Risk from Wireless Phone Use:

2017 Supplement to the BioInitiative Report

Radio frequency radiation should be classified as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1).

In May, 2011, radio frequency radiation (RFR) was classified as a ”possible” human carcinogen (Group 2B) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) based upon an increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma observed in human epidemiological studies.

Since then, RFR exposure has increased in most countries as few countries took any precautionary actions due to confusion sowed by the wireless industry. The emerging fifth generation of wireless technology, known as 5G, will further increase RFR exposure.

The RFR exposure limits adopted by most countries were established in 1998 by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). The limits were based on short-term thermal (heating) effects from RFR and ignored non-thermal biological effects.

Although the ICNIRP guidelines were updated in 2009, they still do not cover long-term health risks from non-thermal exposures. ICNIRP’s current RFR exposure limits are 2 to 10 W/m2 depending on frequency. ICNIRP has 14 members; many have ties to industries that want to maintain these permissive guidelines.

In contrast to ICNIRP, in 2007 27 RFR scientists reviewed the literature on non-thermal health effects and released the BioInitiative Report. In 2012 when the report was updated, the authors concluded that health risks can be observed with an RFR exposure of 30 to 60 μW/m2. Applying a safety factor of 10, they proposed a precautionary target level of 3–6 μW/m2which corresponds to three hundred thousand to three million times less exposure than the ICNIRP limits allow.

This supplement to the BioInitiative Report written by Lennart Hardell and Michael Carlberg examines the case-control research on brain tumor risk published since 2011 when IARC classified RFR as “possibly carcinogenic.”

The report finds consistent evidence of increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma associated with mobile phone and cordless phone use. These results are supported by results from animal studies showing genotoxic, co-carcinogenic, and tumor-promoting effects from RFR. Animal research finds evidence for an indirect mechanism for RFR-induced cancer, namely, oxidative stress on the cells leading to free radical production and DNA damage.

The supplement concludes that RFR should now be classified as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1) based on the IARC definition for this category:

an agent may be placed in this category when evidence of carcinogenicity in humans is less than sufficient but there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals and strong evidence in exposed humans that the agent acts through a relevant mechanism of carcinogenicity.”

Lennart Hardell, Michael Carlberg. Use of Wireless Phones and Evidence for Increased Risk of Brain Tumors: 2017 Supplement. BioInitiative Working Group, November, 2017.

The supplement to the BioInitiative Report is available at: http://bit.ly/bioinitbrain2017.

Bioinitiative Report: www.bioinitiative.org

http://www.saferemr.com/2017/04/cell-phone-and-cordless-phone-use.html

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Retired U.S. government physicist warns Maryland legislature about Smart Meters and wireless exposure

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January 13, 2018

In this letter, Ronald M. Powell Ph.D. urges Maryland State Legislators to protect the health of the people of Maryland from the onslaught of wireless radiation. This document addresses the health impacts of radiation from smart meters, cell towers, WiFi in schools, and 5G small cells.

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Dear Maryland Legislators,

Kindly consider these questions:

  • Do you care about the health of children?
  • Do you care about the health of adults?
  • Do you care about the exploding costs of health care?

If your answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, then PLEASE LISTEN to the scientists and the physicians of the international biomedical research community. They are trying to warn everyone about the adverse health effects of the radiofrequency radiation that is employed by wireless devices. Simply stated:

Radiofrequency radiation is harmful to health.

Why so?

The levels of manmade radiofrequency radiation in our environment, including right here in Maryland, are increasing. This increase is caused by the introduction of more and more wireless devices, without an understanding of the health consequences. These consequences can manifest differently in different individuals. Examples include sleep disruption; stress, anxiety, or irritability; headaches; ringing in the ears; concentration, memory, or learning problems; fatigue; loss of balance; eye problems; heart palpitations or arrhythmia; nerve pain; cancer; and many more.

These problems arise because all living things are bioelectrical in nature, including human beings. That is why electroencephalograms and electrocardiograms work; they measure the tiny electrical voltages that operate the brain and the heart. Unfortunately, the radiofrequency radiation from wireless devices is strong enough to disrupt many natural biological processes. That disruption can cause, or exacerbate, a host of chronic illnesses, leading even to death.

Yet such illnesses can go unexplained for several reasons:

  • Many of the symptoms caused by exposure to radiofrequency radiation can have other causes, too, complicating diagnosis.
  • The public does not yet know which symptoms can be caused by exposure to radiofrequency radiation and thus may not recognize the possible cause.
  • Physicians are not yet trained to recognize the symptoms of exposure to radiofrequency radiation and to recommend remediation.

No one is immune to harm from radiofrequency radiation. So you may already know someone who is showing the symptoms of overexposure, perhaps even someone in your own extended family. But the connection to radiofrequency radiation may not yet have been made. The result can be continued suffering and a lost opportunity for recovery.

What are examples of the sources of radiation?

For the remainder of the letter:

http://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Protecting-the-Maryland-Public-from-Harm-by-Wireless-Technology.pdf

http://whatis5g.info/5g/2018/01/protecting-maryland-public-harm-wireless-technology/

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Cancers in the head and neck are increasing in Sweden; immediate action is necessary

Sweden was an early adopter of wireless technology. These statistics show that latency periods are ending.

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and some experts with ties to industry have argued during the last years that there are no health risks from mobile phone use since there are no increased incidence in brain tumours in Swedish and other cancer registries. These new data shows that the argument is not only wrong from an ethical point, it is also not in line with the data.

How bad will the rates of cancer ultimately be as Sweden and other governments do nothing?

From Strålskyddsstiftelsen
(Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation)

January 10, 2018

Cancers in the head and the neck are increasing in Sweden according to the latest cancer incidence data from the Swedish Cancer Registry. Cancers in the thyroid and the mouth are among the cancers that have seen the sharpest rise during the last decade but also the trend for cancers of the pituitary are on the rise. Among men aged 50 -79 years malignant brain tumours, grade 3-4 are also increasing visibly. The increase of these cancers has coincided with increasing use of mobile phones during the same time period while the increasing trend of malignant brain tumours, gliomas, might be an effect of long term use of mobile phones. 

Thyroid cancer

The diagram below shows the standardised incidence of thyroid cancers in Sweden 1970-2016. Women  are more hit by this cancer than men. The increase among women since 2008 is over 150%. The thyroid is more exposed to mobile phone radiation since the introduction of the so called ”smart phones”, that have antennas also at the bottom of the phone.

For a numbers of new cases per year of thyroid cancer please see this diagram (in Swedish).

Cancers in the mouth

Cancers in the mouth, pharynx and of the tongue are also increasing. Men have a higher incidence than women. There is an obvious shift in the trend around ten years ago. The diagram shows age standardised incidence per 100 000 inhabitants  of cases for all ages from 1970 to 2016 for men and women .

For numbers of new cases diagnosed each year, please see this diagram (in Swedish).

Pituitary cancer

The number of patients diagnosed whith cancers of the pituitary are also on the rise. The incidence is lower than for thyroid and mouth cancers. The pituitary is also in the area that is exposed to radiation from mobile phones. The diagram below shows the age standardised incidence per 100 000 inhabitants 1970-2016 for men and women.

For total number of new cases please see this diagram (in Swedish)

Malignant brain tumour, glioma

Repeated epidemiological studies have reported an increased risk for glioma related to mobile phone use. There are four grades of glioma, 1-4. Grades 3 to 4 are the most malignant.

The diagram below shows the age standardised incidence of glioma grade 3 or 4 per 100 000 inhabitants from 1970 to 2016. From a relatively stable incidence among men and women, the number of new cases started to increase slightly among men around 2010 .

In contrast to gliomas grade 3-4, lower grade gliomas, grade 1-2, ar not increasing.. The incidence per 100 inhabitants is also much lower, see this Diagram. For total number of new cases please see this diagram

Clear increase of glioma grade 3-4 among men 50-79 years

Among men aged 50-79 years the increase of malignant glioma grade 3-4 is more pronounced. This is the age group that supposedly include the longest mobile phone users, those who were 25-55 years in the beginning of the 1990:ies. Men have a higher incidence than women.

The diagram below shows the age standardized incidence per 100 000 inhabitants of glioma grade 3 or 4 for individuals aged 50-79 years.

IN contrast to the recent increase in glioma grade 3–4 among men aged 50-79 years, less malignant gliomas, grade 1-2, are not on the rise, see diagram. For total number of new cases of glioma grade 3-4 for ages 50-79 please see this diagram

Immediate action to inform the public necessary

In summary the latest cancer data from the Swedish Cancer Registry shows that several cancer types in the head and neck area have increased during the last decade. Cancers of the thyroid, in the mouth and pharynx and the pituitary. Also malignant gliomas grade 3-4 are increasing, mostly among men aged 50-79 years.

The rise in the incidence of these cancers might be due to the increasing use of mobile phones, since they are in the most exposed area (the head and neck) when mobile phones are used against the head.

The increase in malignant glioma grade 3-4 among men aged 50-79 years might be an effect of prolonged use of mobile phones.

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and some experts with ties to industry have argued during the last years that there are no health risks from mobile phone use since there are no increased incidence in brain tumours in Swedish and other cancer registries. These new data shows that the argument is not only wrong from an ethical point, it is also not in line with the data.

The Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation urges that the public is broadly informed about the health risks and that urgent measures to protect children and adults from health risks from mobile phone radiation are put in place, in line with the demand from over 230 scientists in EMF Scientists appeal, signed by 236 scientists.

http://www.stralskyddsstiftelsen.se/2018/01/cancers-in-the-head-and-neck-are-increasing-in-sweden/

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