Electrical engineer: The meter itself is the “hazardous” condition

From Michigan Stop Smart Meters

By William Bathgate, Electrical Engineer
October 12th, 2016
Revised October 13th, 2016

Editor’s Note: In the following article, originally written as a public comment to the Michigan Public Service Commission, Mr. Bathgate considers safety issues with the new electric meters as related to our current discussion of a proposed rule change concerning emergency shutoffs for “hazardous conditions.” Revisions to this article are indicated in blue and consist mainly in the addition of a section dealing with the lack of lightning arrestors in the AMI meters.

Case No. U-18120
Proposed Rule 460.137 — 37(1)(a) & 37(1)(i)

 A utility may shut off or deny service to a customer “without notice, if a condition on the customer’s premises is determined by the utility or a governmental agency to be hazardous.”

I hold an electrical engineering and mechanical engineering degree and previously was employed through late 2015 for 8 years at the Emerson Electric Company. While at Emerson Electric I was the Senior Program Manager for Power Distribution Systems and in charge of an RF and IP based digitally controlled high power AC power switching system product line in use in over 100 countries and I was also directly responsible for product certifications such as UL, CE and many other countries electrical certification bodies. I am very familiar with the electrical and electronic design of the AMI meters in use because I was responsible for very similar products with over 1 Million units installed across the world.

I have just reviewed the transcripts of the hearing held in Lansing on this subject and came to realize there were many comments regarding the issues identified from the effects of both the RF emitting AMI meter and the non RF emitting AMI Opt-Out Meter. I have personally tested the RF emissions from the AMI meter and measured that the meter does not send data just a few times a day as the utilities publish. It actually sends an RF pulse about every 4-5 seconds constantly and a longer duration RF emission after midnight running about 3-5 minutes. There is no need for the AMI meter to send a pulse every 4-5 seconds all day just to synchronize and time stamp the clock inside the meter, the meter only needs to send data once a day for 3-5 minutes. All these pulse transmissions the AMI meter is doing is a complete waste of energy and because it is a short but frequently pulsing signal that is not needed to measure power consumption, it is creating needless health effects and is impacting consumers as evidenced in the testimony. Some consumers have been affected to the point of near death experiences. The Mesh Network design is saturating the environment with RF transmissions mostly for the purpose of the network synchronization not the consumption measurement of power. I could not think of a worse network design for a power measurement device.

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Report – “British Columbia Utility Commission and Smart Meter Fires: The Failure to Protect”

This is an international problem.

From the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in British Columbia:

1)   No agency is tracking fires;

2)   Regulations and laws are being broken with impunity, e.g. meters are being removed from the fire scene, electrical inspections are not being done;

3)   Reporting is haphazard at best;

4)   The meter is combustible, poorly designed, and not certified by any agency to be safe;

5)   BC Hydro did not perform its due diligence by having an independent Electrical Engineer inspect the meter prior to signing the contract. Rather, it accepted ITRON’s assurances;

6)   Smart meters have burned, melted and caused homes to burn. BC Hydro and BCUC both deny this is happening.

…Consumer Affairs recalls defective devices, e.g. cars, electrical appliances. But because a utility owns the smart meters, they are not considered consumer goods and Consumer Affairs has no jurisdiction. Who is watching out for us, ensuring that these devices that are being put on our homes without our permission, mandated by law, are safe?  No one. This is in our hands and this report provides the means by which we can and must demand a recall.

The files are all large, so please be patient when downloading them – it will take time.

1) http://tinyurl.com/SMFireReport

2) http://tinyurl.com/AppendixWSpreadsheet

3) http://tinyurl.com/SuperReportDataVol-I – Supporting Documentation (cont’d)  (N-W)

4) http://tinyurl.com/SuperReportDataVol-II – Supporting Documentation (A-M)

Addenda and the full post about this report:

BCUC & Smart Meter Fires: The Failure to Protect

Additional important information & links re smart meter fires:

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Elon Musk / SpaceX launched 60 satellites for global 4G / 5G / Wi-Fi on May 23

UPDATE: The launch took place May 23, 2019 10:30 EDT at Cape Canaveral.



UPDATE: The May 16 launch has been postponed. A new date has not been set according to Space Flight Now.

Original post:

Today, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX will launch the first 60 of 12,000 satellites planned to blanket the Earth in 4G/5G/Wi-Fi.

Other companies have been approved or are applying to launch similar universal coverage projects, including Google, Amazon, and OneWeb (which launched its first batch this year).

Musk ignored experts who warned of a range of serious impacts from this deployment, including the health and environmental consequences, interference with electronics, medical devices, and aviation, etc.. The FCC approved these launches over these objections.

Then last month, the FCC approved a much lower Earth orbit for Musk’s satellites than previously approved, allowing even greater exposure to everyone from this pulsed microwave radiation.[1]

There was no safety testing.

The satellites will launch at 22:30 Eastern Daylight Time on May 16, 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The countdown webpage is here:

These satellites only last 5 years, needing frequent replacement at great cost to the atmosphere from the pollution and ozone depletion of the repeated rocket launches as well as the burning retired satellites  containing toxic materials and chemicals.

For in-depth information on the impacts and hazards from Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the other companies:


For health, environment, and other impacts:

Stop 4G and 5G from space.

[1] spaceflightnow.com/2019/04/30/fcc-approves-spacexs-plan-to-operate-starlink-satellites-at-lower-altitude/

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Toulouse, France: Un juge toulousain autorise des personnes électrosensibles à refuser le compteur Linky

France Bleu

Par Olivier LebrunFrance Bleu Occitanie et France Bleu

Mercredi 20 mars 2019

C’est une première en France, un juge des référés de Toulouse a donné raison ce lundi à 13 plaignants qui refusaient l’installation du compteur Linky pour raisons médicales. Enedis ne pourra pas installer le nouveau compteur chez ces personnes électro-hypersensibles.

Toulouse, France

C’est une victoire pour les opposants au compteur Linky. Pour la première fois, un juge des référés du tribunal de grande instance de Toulouse a entendu les plaintes des personnes ne supportant pas le compteur Linky pour des raisons médicales. Prenant appui sur des certificats médicaux versés aux débats, le juge a ordonné ce lundi à Enedis de ne pas installer le Linky chez 13 particuliers de Haute-Garonne et oblige la distribution de courant électrique “propre” sans CPL (courant porteur en ligne, courant à haute fréquence injecté dans les installations par Linky). 

Une première brèche pour les anti-Linky

“C’est plus qu’une pierre dans le jardin d’Enedis, cette ordonnance confirme que l’installation du Linky n’est pas obligatoire pour le consommateur qui peut refuser une telle installation, explique Me Christophe Lèguevaques, l’un des deux avocats représentant ces plaignants sensibles aux ondes émises par les compteurs. “Certes, il nous reste encore du chemin à parcourir pour convaincre la justice de l’urgence d’agir. Mais rappelons-nous que les dangers de l’amiante ont été révélés dès 1906 et qu’il a fallu attendre 1996 pour que ce produit soit interdit, tant les intérêts financiers et industriels prévalaient sur la santé des populations“, estime-t-il.

“Certains demandeurs ne pouvaient plus vivre chez eux”

“C’est une étape importante”, ajoute Me Arnaud Durand, “Certains demandeurs ne pouvaient plus vivre chez eux car leur domicile était devenu insupportable. Cette décision respecte leur dignité de malade.””Jusqu’à présent, les juges des référés refusaient de trancher, et préféraient rejeter les demandes, laissant le juge du fond statuer, ce qui laisse les mains libres à Enedis dans sa pose forcée des Linky”, expliquent les avocats.

Depuis plusieurs mois, l’avocat Toulousain Me Christophe Léguevaques et son collègue parisien Me Arnaud Durand ont engagé des procédures pour le compte de 5.500 particuliers auprès de 22 tribunaux en France. Le combat des anti-compteur Linky se poursuit, avec de nouvelles audiences prochainement à Versailles, Nanterre, Grenoble, Evry, Narbonne, Nevers et Tours. Enedis aurait déjà fait appel de la décision du juge toulousain.


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France: Toulouse judge rules against Enedis, allows electromagnetically sensitive people to refuse Smart Meters

Smart Meters are called Linky meters in France.

from FranceBleu
[Rough translation]

A Toulouse judge allows electrosensitive people to refuse the Linky meter

by Olivier Lebrun

March 20, 2019

This is a first in France, an appeals court judge in Toulouse on Monday ruled in favor of 13 plaintiffs who refused the installation of Linky meter for medical reasons. Enedis will not be able to install the new meter on the homes of these electro-hypersensitive people.

Toulouse, France

 This is a victory for the opponents of the Linky meter. For the first time, a judge of the Toulouse High Court hearing hears complaints from people who do not support the Linky meter for medical reasons. Based on medical certificates about the disputes, the judge ordered Enedis on Monday not to install the Linky at 13 individuals in Haute-Garonne and requires the distribution of “clean” electrical power without CPL (powerline current with high frequency current injected by the Linky installations).

A first breach for anti-Linky

“This is more than a stone into the garden of Enedis, this order confirms that the installation of the Linky is not mandatory for the consumer, who can refuse this installation, says Christophe Lèguevaques, one of the two lawyers representing these complainants sensitive to the waves emitted by the meters. “Of course, we still have some way to go to convince the courts of the urgency to act. But remember that the dangers of asbestos were revealed as early as 1906 and that it was not until 1996 that this product was banned, as the financial and industrial interests prevailed over the health of populations, “he said. .

“Some applicants could no longer live at home”

“This is an important step,” says Arnaud Durand, “Some applicants could no longer live at home because their home had become unbearable.This decision respects their dignity as a patient.” “Until now, the judges of the appeals court refused to decide, and preferred to reject the requests, leaving the trial judge to rule, leaving Enedis free to force Linky meters [on customers] “, explain the lawyers.

For several months, Toulouse lawyer Christophe Léguevaques and his Paris colleague Me Arnaud Durand have initiated proceedings on behalf of 5,500 individuals in 22 courts in France. The anti-Linky meter fight continues, with new hearings soon in Versailles, Nanterre, Grenoble, Evry, Narbonne, Nevers and Tours. Enedis has already appealed the decision of the Toulouse judge.


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Video: Unprotected smart home cameras and how hackers can use smart home devices to compromise your home

From CBC Canada, Marketplace

September 18, 2018

Smart home devices are supposed to increase convenience and security, but Marketplace reveals they could actually be making your home, your family and your data more vulnerable, and putting your privacy at risk.


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2017 report finds 66% of U.S. cities investing in “smart city” technology. ‘Blurring’ public-private boundaries leads to company towns.

“My big takeaway from this report is the way technology is influencing cities and almost blurring the lines between public and private. …”  DuPuis said.

From Tech Republic
by Teena Maddox
November 6, 2017

A report from the National League of Cities shows that US cities are incubators for new technology, and a sharing economy is a major part of the plan for many municipalities.
[Sharing economy is an inaccurate buzz word for powerful companies such as Uber and AirBnB that have horrific economic, housing, and traffic impacts on cities and counties, and whose political power pressures local policymaking.]

Smart city growth continues to expand, with 66% of cities reporting that they are investing in smart city technology, and 25% of those without any smart city systems are exploring how to implement it, according to a new report from the National League of Cities (NLC).

The report, an update to a similar NLC study in 2015, was the result of a survey of elected city officials across the US. This report dove in deeper on smart city topics than the previous report.

“It’s exciting to see that 66% of cities have invested in smart city technology for municipal operations or services, but I do still feel like there’s a definitional issue at play on what truly is a smart city. There’s so many different voices, from the business sector to non-profit to cities themselves that are trying to define what a smart city is. And until we can really fully encapsulate what it means to be a smart city, I think that we still have some movement ahead within that space,” said Brooks Rainwater, co-author of the report and senior executive and director of the Center for City Solutions at NLC.

Nicole DuPuis, who co-authored the report with Rainwater and is the principal associate for Urban Innovation in the Center for City Solutions at NLC, said, “I was a little surprised by that number [66%]. I think that it was a little higher than I anticipated, but again there’s a wide range of what we’re calling smart city technology. It could be everything from smart parking meters to sensor networks to governance applications. So, there’s kind of a wide breadth in terms of what we’re talking about.”

Of those cities that have invested in smart city technology, the top applications include:

  • Smart meters for utilities

  • Intelligent traffic signals

  • E-governance applications

  • Wi-Fi kiosks

  • Radio frequency identification (RFID) sensors in pavement

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