Smart meter technology is relatively new and untested. We are being used as the guinea pigs. Fortunately there are many people researching and providing information about their effects on us. This blog is an attempt to provide resources about the meters as well as information specific to Pennsylvania. Use the links in the sidebars to find informative websites, videos, studies and articles that I have found to be helpful, as well as information specific to PA residents.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Man Chains Electric Meter To Prevent Utility From Installing Smart Meter





PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s obvious Norbert Sliwinski of Monroeville does not want Duquesne Light to install a so-called smart meter on his property.
A lock and chain secures his old analog meter with a clear notice: “Attention Do Not Install Smart Meter.”
The retired mechanical engineer says smart meters are dangerous.
“The smart meter is not safe for the following reasons. It emits high frequency radio waves. You don’t feel them. You don’t know about them, but they can penetrate your body and they can cause health problems later on,” Sliwinski told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Thursday.
Sliwinski says the radio waves go through concrete walls.
“My bedroom is right next door, and it will emit high frequency waves. I worry about my health and my children’s health.”

Read more and see video at this link... http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/09/01/man-chains-electric-meter-to-prevent-utility-from-installing-smart-meter/

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

KCMO smart meter fire sparks investigation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Nearly every home and business in the metro have one.
Kansas City Power & Light is at the tail end of a two and a half year project to install more than 700,000 smart meters across the metro.
It's a small part of the billions of dollars utilities have invested in smart meters across the U.S.
But there are serious concerns Waverly Galbreath experienced firsthand. The burn marks are visible on his KCMO home.
A burned-out circuit board is the only remaining part of the smart meter at Galbreath's home where the July fire started.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Philly July25-28th - Need Help Educating Wireless Health Effects

For anyone who is able to join Kevin at the DNC next week. I found some links that show who he is. Below that is his email. Please share this with anyone who might be interested.
From: "Kevin M" <kmottus@gmail.com>
Subject: Philly July25-28th - Need Help Educating Wireless Health Effects
Please make sure this email gets to activists who live in NY, NJ and PA.
Kevin will be at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week July 25-28th and he needs people to join him.
This week, Kevin and I are in the Republican Convention in Cleveland. What we noticed was that there are many groups with agendas demonstrating on the streets.Thousands of the convention visitors who are political activists and hundreds of media people taking pictures and making interviews. It's a huge happening and yesterday alone I did about 20 interviews and talked to countless other journalists. Our conclusion is that we must have presence on the streets of Philadelphia in the week of the Democratic convention. But for that to have any impact there must be a presence of more than just Kevin.We need to have a group of us there standing with signs, giving away material, talking to people about the topic, doing interviews etc. It will be a great way to make impact.
Kevin already got banners printed, got megaphones, and shirts. We need people to be there to hold the sign, wear the shirt and make an impact.
If you plan to attend, email Kevin atkeephealthyfamilies@gmail.com with all your contact information (names, emails and phone numbers). We will coordinate with you the time and location.
Please forward this message to everyone you know!!!
Thank You Always,
Kevin keephealthyfamilies@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ontario Pulls Plug on 36,000 Rural ‘Smart’ Meters: Is Big Energy Imploding?

January 20, 2016 by Josh del Sol

Last night I watched The Big Short — maybe the most important Hollywood film in years. This true story is a powerful and eloquent invitation to wake up to the sheer depravity at the core of the system of commerce.

The fact that the film got nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture is a huge sign that there are way more people waking up than we ever thought. The wrongs may not be getting righted as quickly as we’d like, but it is happening.

The reality of this shift is clearly evidenced by this news last week from Ontario. After years of obvious problems, Hydro One finally admitted that rural ‘smart’ meters do not work, and has decided to pull the plug on 36,000 of them — to start. We will see more utilities begin to do likewise. [UPDATE: BC Hydro just announced plans to remove 88,000 meters suspected of failure.]

Costing ratepayers billions, smart meters are actually designed to unlawfully harvest detailed data of the in-home activities of occupants without their knowledge or consent.

 continue reading at this link

Thursday, September 24, 2015

PASMA SmartMeter Press Release #21

 Pennsylvania Smart Meter Awareness * PASMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9-8-15

Contact: Tom McCarey       
Telephone: 610-687-7607

 
CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIR GODSHALL HELD HEARINGS FOR ELECTRIC UTILITY DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES TO OPT-OUT FROM SMART METER ACT 129 REGULATIONS AS HE REFUSES TO RELEASE SMART METER RATEPAYER OPT-OUT BILLS FOR A COMMITTEE VOTE

September 1st, 2015, a true anomaly occurred in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding the right of redress for grievances before government, its legislature and regulating agencies. PA House of Representatives Consumer Affairs Committee Chair Robert W Godshall acquiesced to corporate demands by staging a hearing wherein testimony was presented by numerous vested corporate interests, i.e., EDCs (electric distribution companies) to air their grievances regarding relief from penalties ranging from $1 million to $20 million regardless of fault in not meeting energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates contained in Act 129 of 2008, AND their requests for opt-out privileges, which Godshall said the committee and the PA PUC would take under advisement.

The irony of the hearing that Representative Godshall chaired is that he REFUSES to allow committee voting for various opt-outs bills (past and present) for ratepayer consumers regarding Smart Meters (SMs) that 7 utilities are forcing on to them without regard for, nor concerns about, the problems AMI Smart Meters cause: fires, explosions, EMF/RF health problems due to non-thermal adverse reactions, plus consumers being liable for fire damage caused by SMs that insurance companies refuse coverage for and which utility companies blame on homeowners, when fires occurred after SM retrofits. 

Contrasting the two situations listed above, one has to wonder where Godshall’s interests are to be found: with consumers’ affairs or with vested corporate interests, especially since his son, Grey Godshall, works as a manager for PECO/Exelon, the largest electric and natural gas supplier in the USA.

An issue that seems paramount to utilities is that “Act 129 allows EDCs to recover only the costs of implementing energy efficiency and peak demand reduction requirements and caps the cost of the combined programs at 2% of the EDC’s total annual revenues as of December 31, 2006. The law specifically precludes EDCs from recovering the revenue they lose due to customer usage reductions,” as the Energy of Pennsylvania Association president testified. 

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Manager of Government Affairs dropped this little hint as to what ratepayers can expect: “It can then be reasonably projected that over the next three years, utilities will spend roughly an additional $735 million to comply with the new targets – all of which will be borne by ratepayers [consumers].” 

Representative Evankovich, a member of the Consumer Affairs Committee, questioned the inequity in the system for business customers—not homeowner customers’ inequities—and how businesses that were energy efficient in the first place are now penalized under Act 129. Nothing was questioned regarding how consumers/ratepayers, who dramatically and negatively are impacted by SMs under Act 129, was ever addressed. It was all about corporate interests and “follow the money.”

Newly-appointed PA PUC Chairman, Gladys M Brown, testified that there are five changes coming to Act 129, all of which seemingly may have favorable impacts for Pennsylvania utilities and EDCs. However, nothing was said about favorably impacting ratepayers/consumers. Why?

The Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs for EnerNOC testified that “While EDCs can recover the direct costs of the Act 129 programs [apparently from grants and ratepayer rate hikes], they are not able to recover the lost revenue that results from less energy being used.” He went on to say, “If utilities can’t earn a return on this technology, they will be less likely to deploy it relative to traditional infrastructure investments for which they can earn a return.” What about ratepayers?

The Director of PennFuture Energy Center pointed to “Protect our existing gains—Any action that lowers the Act 129 budgets or lowers the EDC’s targets means that another program will have to do more. At a minimum, we should avoid weakening the program.” With regard to “Rethink our rate designs—In our restructured market, our electric utilities are in the business of selling electric distribution services, not electricity itself. They should be paid a fair price for the service they provide, but the rate design should encourage energy efficiency not waste.”

However, it was the testimony of the Industrial Energy Consumers of Pennsylvania (IECPA) that delineated what’s involved when he presented Slide 6 of his PowerPoint presentation regarding “Concerns and Facts About the Opt-Out,” which applies to power company suppliers, not ratepayer consumers—a BIG difference regarding the word “consumers.” Those Opt-Out Concerns, as appeared in the PP presentation, include:
 • “Opt-Out reduces Residential & Small Business Participation
 • Opt-Out will reduce large consumer energy efficiency
 • Opt-Out allows consumers to collect grants & leave the Program without paying
 • Opt-Out reduces energy industry jobs in the Commonwealth
 • Opt-Out reduces funding to large consumer market segment
 • Opt-Out allows large consumers to avoid investment in PA or energy efficiency”

How can EDCs present their grievances and be taken seriously regarding the impacts of Act 129 of 2008 when homeowners/ratepayers/
consumers have been trying to get relief from the problems Act 129 creates for thousands upon thousands of Pennsylvanians and Committee Chair Godshall refuses to call opt-out bills for a vote, plus his staffers are very rude to every ratepayer/consumer who calls Godshall’s office to register their comments? However, Godshall was very cordial to all EDC representatives who testified.\

PASMA respectfully asks the Pennsylvania legislature to enforce Robert W Godshall’s recusing himself, as he apparently is playing favorites in not allowing Smart Meter Opt-out Bills to be called for a vote and also has a conflict of interest in his son’s employment with PECO/Exelon. Should there be a recall referendum instituted against Godshall?

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with a member of PASMA, please call Tom McCarey at 610-687-7607.