The following newsletter is being distributed by StopSmeters.org, a Vermont organization with a mission “to educate the general public about the adverse health effects of microwave radiation and the health and privacy impacts of wireless smart meters.”
StopSmeters: Nightmare in Maine, Electrosmog, WiFi
To follow up on the outrageous news from Maine; Central Maine Power’s (CMP) “Smart” Meter project calculations were a tad off. Instead of $25 million in projected savings, through “efficiencies” etc… there’s a deficit of approximately $80 million (that’s the low estimate…) Maine’s PUC is initiating an audit to get to the bottom of this debacle. CMP would like to pass the buck to customers with an 8% + hike in rates each year for the next five years.
From DEBORAH RUBIN Jun 19 01:22PM -0500
According to the order docket, in its 2010 application CMP projected that the AMI project would provide approximately $25 million in net savings to ratepayers over 20 years, not including the benefits from demand response and other supply side programs that would be available to customers once the project is in place.However, in May 2013, the updated AMI revenue requirement had shifted from a net saving to a net cost, estimated by the PUC at approximately $80 million.
“While this calculation is only a preliminary estimate, this apparent shift from a net ratepayer benefit at the time AMI was authorized to a substantial net increase in costs now that the project has been completed and CMP is seeking to reflect AMI costs in rates, is of great concern to the Commission,” states the docket.
In addition the docket refers to concern about the lack of capability to deliver customer benefits on the electricity supply side, stating that these are not being realized, in part, because programs cannot currently be accommodated by CMP’s AMI and related systems.
According to the PUC order, a competitive RFP process which will be initiated to select an auditor. The target date for completion of the audit is December 31, 2013.
In Vermont, the sales pitch included customer savings and emphasized knowledge gleaned from electricity consumption data. We were told our rates would not go up as fast as they would otherwise. Hardly a glowing endorsement but justification for utilities to grab the money and run.
Even in areas of low population density, which tends to be most of Vermont, recorded RF radiation measurements are exceedingly high. In utility speak the emissions are “robust” which translates into a big blanket of toxic electrosmog.
As mentioned before, the Elster meters deployed by GMP have two transmitters. One transmits continuously, including data, from meter to meter and thence to utility. The other is a two-way communication ZigBee component that allows remote control of appliances, electricity shut offs etc.. According to GMP’s Brian Otley, the ZigBee transmitters will be turned off by the end of June. They weren’t supposed to be on to begin with. Oops. All that gratuitous radiation spewed into our environment…
If a customer buys “smart” appliances (in time, everything may be “smart”, creating a secondary market for “dumb” appliances), the ZigBee chip is designed to interact with these new appliances. Ultimately, utilities want to control your major appliances; thermostats, refrigerators… This is about energy harvesting, skimming, dimming, trimming, controlling, with the aim to reduce peak load. At what price? Our health, privacy, and, if Maine’s any indication, our pocketbook.
Speaking of electrosmog, take the time to listen to Blake Levitt on the subject. In her words:
“Below is a link to a 1/2 hour radio interview on the Living Well show in Colorado. (I appear to have unconsciously decided to become a Valley Girl and talk in question-mark sentences — not my normal speaking style). Part 2 of the interview will air next week. Devra Davis was also interviewed there and a link is available at their website.”
Also, the dangers of WiFi, as illustrated in this short video. Heads up, customers of Vtel. Vtel is installing new fiber optic connections and providing new modems. The modems are installed with the wireless function on. Many people don’t want wireless and prefer to use ethernet cables. Customers need to notify Vtel to have the wireless disabled.
One Vtel customer said:
“A Vtel tech came to my house yesterday and turned off the wifi part of my new fiber optic modem. He was not the guy who installed the modem, who didn’t know that the wifi could be turned off. The woman in the business office was similarly clueless, saying something like, “if you turn off the wifi you won’t be ableto get internet”, apparently not realizing that you can hard-wire your connection.
I think Vtel should be required (by the PSD?) to notify people that they can opt out of the wifi. Many people who already have wifi don’t need it (and could benefit by unplugging their wifi personal systems when not using them). Other folks, like my elderly neighbors, have no use for 24/7 wifi because the don’t even have a computer!”
The Dangers of WiFi Radiation: See It Measured
We continue to get reports of health problems linked to smart meters. I’m including two flyers you can print for hand outs. “Reasons to Opt-Out” includes utility #’s and both include common health complaints associated with smart meter radiation. The 2nd flyer list contact #’s to report complaints. Also included is a comparison chart of wireless devices.
Unfortunately, many people experiencing health problems may not connect their symptoms to smart meter emissions. It’s time to step up our efforts to reach all Vermonters – let’s aim for the next 5% opt-out!