• 01 JUN 14

    Useful sites on Smart Meter Studies and Information

    Smart Meter Studies and Information


    Currently, specific studies involving Smart Meters are few and far between (something that should be of some concern in itself in a new and untested technology). We will add to this page, as and when more information becomes available. Currently available on the website: Smart meter case series document from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine – AND: Preliminary survey of people affected by smart meters – by Richard Conrad, PhD, the principal of the consulting service Conrad Biologic. A comprehensive round-up of smart meter information can be found here. More information on smart meters can be found on our Other Flyers page.

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    • 30 APR 14

    Even wi-fi baby monitors can be hacked

    Mother Heather Schreck said she only discovered an intruder had hacked into her baby monitor when she was awoken in the middle of night by the sound of a voice. “I was just absolutely shocked to see that somebody could get into my house so easily,” she said. Picking up her mobile phone, which was streaming the baby monitor, she noticed the images were moving erratically as if someone was changing the viewing position of the camera. “About the time I saw it moving, I also heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter. He was screaming ‘wake up baby, wake up baby’,” Ms Schreck said. Her partner, Adam Schreck, said he was deeply disturbed by the discovery. “You kind of do feel violated in a way,” he said.


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    • 21 APR 14

    The Health Argument Against Wireless Smart Meters

    From SkyVision Solutions:


    [Editor Note: This blog article highlights a document authored by Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. The document makes a strong case against the use of wireless smart meters and for replacing them with safe metering technology. Although specific mention is made in this well-written document to the state of Maryland, reference to any state or province could easily be substituted, as applicable, when electric or other utility companies have been allowed to move forward with wireless smart meter deployments.]

    The Health Argument for Replacing Wireless Smart Meters with a Safe Metering Technology in Maryland

    by Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. [1], April 16, 2014

    “The electric power companies of Maryland made a dreadful mistake when they elected to install Wireless Smart Meters to measure electrical power. Wherever these meters are installed, they threaten the health of all residents in the community, violate their privacy, increase the cyber vulnerability of the supply of electricity to their homes, decrease their personal security and safety, and threaten property values in the community. And Wireless Smart Meters do all of this without any persuasive evidence of any financial benefit to the customers.”

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    • 20 APR 14

    Nine Reasons Why Today’s Smart Meter Systems Are a Mistake

    Posted on SkyVision Solutions, April 18, 2014.

    [Editor Note: This blog article consists of a document authored by Richard H. Conrad, Ph.D., intended as a letter addressed to a utility company that may be considering the installation of smart meters.]


    by Richard H. Conrad, Ph.D. biochemist



    Smart electric meters and smart grid systems track and record details of customers’ energy usage, and transmit the information to utilities wirelessly at microwave frequencies. Authorities are attempting to make smart meters mandatory. They are usually installed without permission and sometimes against the wishes of homeowners. Smart meters fill homes with pulsed microwave radiation 24/7 without consent, and infringe on the privacy, security, safety and health of residents.

    For the above reasons there is world-wide opposition to smart meters. Fifty-seven jurisdictions in the US are opposed to mandatory smart meters. Fifteen jurisdictions in California have made smart meter installations illegal. More than half of the States in the US have wireless smart meter opposition groups. The opposition is growing and is persistent.


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    • 31 MAR 14

    Five reasons disconnecting ain’t so dumb

    Tosh Szatow & Damien Moyse

    *This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part – When will people unplug? – was published Friday.

    In part one of our series, we outlined findings from research released in January by the clean energy social enterprise Energy for the People and the not-for-profit Alternative Technology Association. Entitled What Happens When We Un-Plug: Exploring the Consumer and Market Implications of Viable Off-Grid Energy Supply, the research found that many Victorians could unplug from the grid by 2020 – using stand-alone power systems combining the use of solar power and battery storage technologies.

    Here, we offer our take on the common arguments for why unplugging from the grid is a dumb idea.

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    • 28 MAR 14

    Unplugging from the smart grid soon to be a viable option for some

    While plans are well underway for a global smart grid which will be controlled by a few mega-corporations the continuing advances in solar power and storage battery technology are emerging as a significant threat to their plans for, rather than centralization, solar power fosters decentralization and local community control over their energy.

    While Energy distributers in Victoria, Aust, , Canada, the US and elsewhere are doing their worst by forcing smart meters on an unwilling populace, there may soon be a consumer counter-revolution underway. This is when it will soon be technically feasible to cut off from a centralised electricity grid althogether but still enjoy all the benefits of electrical power by using new technology solar energy. The following article is from the Climate Spectator, an Australian site and part of the Business Spectator.

    From the Climate Spectator

    When will people unplug?
    Tosh Szatow & Damien Moyse3 hours ago 1

    Research released in January by the energy services company Energy for the People and the not-for-profit Alternative Technology Association found that regional towns and new housing estates in Victoria could function viably without connecting to centralised electricity and, in some scenarios, centralised gas grids by 2020.

    Entitled What Happens When We Un-Plug: Exploring the Consumer and Market Implications of Viable Off-Grid Energy Supply, the research sits with a growing body of evidence, validating the hypothesis that viable stand-alone energy supply will be with us before 2020, including The Economics of Grid Defection by the Rocky Mountain Institute, research by Morgan Stanley into off-grid tipping points and, most recently, the views of the Independent Market Operator in Western Australia.


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    • 28 MAR 14

    Maine Releases Seriously Flawed and Biased Report on Smart Meter Health and Safety Issues

    From SkyVision Solutions

    Posted on March 27, 2014 by SkyVision Solutions

    On March 26, 2014, three (3) hearing examiners for the state of Maine Public Utilities Commission released a seriously flawed and biased report (and Appendix) concluding that the “installation and operation of … smart meters and related devices and systems are consistent with [the utility’s] statutory obligation to furnish … safe, reasonable, and adequate service.” The report was issued in the form a draft Commission order. Affected parties have until April 11 to file comments or exceptions to the report.

    The hearing examiners expressed in the summary portion of the report that their conclusion regarding health and safety issues was based upon seven (7) findings. For purposes of this blog article, each finding will be listed and then an alternative finding (or counterpoint) will be provided that would more correctly and objectively describe a conclusion based upon the facts.

    Finding: “The radio frequency (RF) emissions from CMP’s smart meters and other AMI components comply with duly promulgated federal safety regulations and other RF emission standards;”

    Counterpoint: Current Federal RF exposure guidelines were never formulated to fully protect human health. In fact, they are only believed to protect against injury that may be caused by acute exposures that result in tissue heating or electric shock and burn. FCC exposure guidelines have no biological relevance to protect humans from chronic exposure to pulsed radiofrequency radiation emitted by devices such as smart meters. Therefore, RF emissions from installed smart meters are simply unregulated. As stated by the U.S. Department of Interior in a letter dated, February 7, 2014, “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.”

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    • 14 MAR 14

    AAEM on Australian smart meter case studies paper

    Excerpt (From October 2013 AAEM press release)

    Founded in 1965 as a non-profit medical association, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) is an international organization of physician and scientists interested in the complex relationship between the environment and health.

    AAEM physicians and physicians world-wide are treating patients who report adverse, debilitating health effects following the installation of smart meters,
    which emit electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and radiofrequencies (RF). The peer reviewed, scientific literature demonstrates the correlation between EMF/RF exposure and neurological, cardiac, and pulmonary disease as well as reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, cancer and other health conditions.

    The evidence is irrefutable. Despite this research, claims have been made that studies correlating smart meter emissions with adverse health effects do not exist. The AAEM has received a case series submitted by Dr. Federica Lamech, MBBS, Self-Reporting of Symptom Development from Exposure to Wireless Smart Meters’ Radiofrequency Fields in Victoria. AAEM supports this research. It is a well documented 92 case series that is scientifically valid. It clearly demonstrates adverse health effects in the human population from smart meter emissions. The symptoms reported in this case series closely correlate not only with the clinical findings of environmental physicians, but also with the scientific literature.

    Many of the symptoms reported including fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations, dizziness and other symptoms have been shown to be triggered by electromagnetic field exposure under double blind, placebo controlled conditions. Symptoms in this case series also correlate with the Austrian Medical Association’s Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF Related Health Problems.

    It is critically important to note that the data in this case series indicates that the “vast majority of cases” were not electromagnetically hypersensitive until after installation of smart meters. Dr. Lamech concludes that smart meters “may have unique characteristics that lower people’s threshold for symptom development”.


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    • 05 MAR 14

    A critique of the New Zealand report: “Health and Safety Aspects of Electricity Smart Meters”

    During a trip to New Zealand in November 2013 for a series of public presentations on issues raised by the introduction of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (Smart Meters) I was given two pieces of literature on smart meters in New Zealand.

    The first was copy of a statement titled “Smart Meters” issued by the Ministry of Health NZ in 2013. This statement claimed, among other things, that smart meter emissions are low, when compared to the New Zealand radiofrequency standard (NZS 2772.1:1999) and that smart meters ”only transmit periodically, using very brief signals.” This second claim is patently incorrect and is of concern that the Ministry of Health could get this fact so wrong as even a brief look at the available information on how smart meters work clearly shows that they do emit “very brief signals” but that they are emitted constantly throughout a 24 hour cycle. This will be discussed later in this paper.

    The second was a widely circulated report: Health and Safety Aspects of Electricity Smart Meters produced by New Zealand’s Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPEC) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch in 2012. This report is now being circulated in New Zealand as evidence of the safety of smart meter technology. As the EPEC report claims to be addressing the health aspects of smart meter deployment in relation to the official radiofrequency exposure standard I address the following points:


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    • 27 FEB 14

    Greenwashing the Smart Grid: simply call it the EcoGrid

    At the forthcoming Smart Grid Australia (SGA) Conference, Parliament House, Canberra, 5th March 2014, a presentation is to be given about the EcoGrid project. Clever move on part of the European spin doctors. Greens leader Christine Milne is keynote speaker at the conference and she will be sure to like the concept of an environmentally friendly EcoGrid. However there is no difference between the EcoGrid and the Smart Grid except for the spelling. Its called Greenwashing.

    Here is an excerpt from the conference web site.

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    • 21 FEB 14

    Electricity privatisation in Australia: A record of failure

    Press release from the New South Wales Electrical Trade Union (ETU):

    New report lays bare electricity privatisation’s “record of failure”

    Posted on 20-2-2014

    Prominent Australian economist Professor John Quiggin has launched a scathing attack on energy sector privatisation, concluding that it has failed to deliver promised benefits for consumers. Professor Quiggin examined 20 years of pro-privatisation reform in his report, “Electricity Privatisation in Australia: A Record of Failure”, which included a detailed economic examination of the outcomes of power sales in Victoria and South Australia.His research has revealed that many of the claimed benefits of privatisation have not been supported, with key findings including:

    * price rises have been highest in States with privatised electricity networks;
    * customer dissatisfaction jumped, with complaints to the energy ombudsman in privatised States leaping from 500 to over 50,000 per annum;
    * resources have been diverted away from operational functions to management and marketing, resulting in higher costs and poorer service;
    * reliability has declined across a wide range of measures in Victoria;
    * promised increases to investment efficiency have not occurred;
    * real labour productivity has reduced as employment and training of tradespeople was gutted and numbers of managerial and sales staff exploded;
    * private owners are receiving unjustifiably high rates of return based on the low investment risk; and
    * consumers in privatised states bear the cost of approximately 10 per cent per annum interest on private owners’ debt, compared to substantially lower government borrowing
    costs of three per cent.


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    • 18 FEB 14

    Smart Meter “Malfunction” Causes Pennsylvania Apartment Building Fire

    From Kit Weaver

    I am writing you about a probable un-reported or under-reported story about an apartment building fire. I have concluded based upon my review that the fire was definitely caused by a smart meter.

    This is probably one of the more serious smart-related fires on record in that it does not just involve flames going up the side of a home. There is
    significant involvement of an apartment building plus there is quite a bit of video to go with it.

    This event is somewhat unique because once the smart meter blew, it was in an enclosed wooden shed attached to an apartment building, unfortunately an
    ideal situation for the fire to then take off rapidly involving the entire structure.

    There are even relevant videos now in the “comment” section.


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    • 14 FEB 14

    The IEEE’s Forum on Very Bad Ideas

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), that venerable organization responsible for our thermally based RF standards, likes to take the lead on promoting new technology. In a few weeks time they will be hosting a Forum on the Internet of Things (IoT). (I would like to see “di” inserted between the I and oT).

    Will the conference bring up the down-side of the IdioT concept (everything will be RF connected-even baby’s nappies). Of course not, its all about promoting the technology and any problems will have to be worked-out later by someone else. See below article on one of those problems.


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    • 12 FEB 14

    Should People Be Allowed to Drive Cars?

    Posted on February 11, 2014 by SkyVision Solutions


    As a follow-up to a blog posting entitled, U.S. Proceeding with Mandatory Wireless ‘Vehicle to Vehicle’ Communications, additional information has been uncovered that would support the assertion that the ultimate goal of government technocrats would be to build an infrastructure to support “smart” self-driving vehicles. For their own safety, people would not be allowed to drive cars since they are too easily distracted and error-prone. In addition, self-driving vehicles could be programmed for maximum fuel efficiency.

    According a Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning Automated Vehicles released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

    “NHTSA finds that it is helpful to think of these emerging technologies [such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications] as part of a continuum of vehicle control automation. The continuum, discussed below, runs from vehicles with no active control systems all the way to full automation and self-driving. While the agency is conducting research along the entire automation continuum, our emphasis initially is on determining whether those crash avoidance and mitigation technologies that are currently available (or soon to be available) are not only safe, but effective. However, because these same technologies are the building blocks for what may one day lead to a driverless vehicle, we have also begun research focused on safety principles that may apply to even higher levels of automation, such as driver behavior in the context of highly automated vehicle safety systems. [emphasis added]


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    • 11 FEB 14

    U.S. Proceeding with Mandatory Wireless ‘Vehicle to Vehicle’ Communications

    Don’s comment: And there are plans underway to one day have driver-less smart cars. While all this looks like being an emerging public health nightmare it may well turn out to be a Hacker’s wet dream. Imagine hacking in and controlling city traffic. Even more fun than Grand Theft Auto and the blood will be real….

    From: SkyVision Solutions … Raising Public Awareness and Finding Solutions to Smart Grid, Smart Meter, and Radiofrequency (RF) Radiation Concerns


    “The vision of ‘talking’ cars that avoid crashes is well on the way to becoming a reality. And we’re not just talking about cars talking to cars, but about cars talking to bikes, trucks talking to motorcycles, and even buses talking to pedestrians. This promises to significantly reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our nation’s roads while unleashing a new wave of innovation from advanced traffic management systems and smart mobility apps to real-time traffic, transit and parking information.” – Scott Belcher, President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America

    The geniuses at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are so concerned about your “safety,” they have decided to take it into their own hands and make it mandatory that your car wirelessly communicate with other vehicles on the road.

    As with so many other aspects of life, there is a top down push to remove control from the individual and transfer it to the “collective,” typically justified within the context of the “war on terror” or “it’s for your own good.”


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    • 09 FEB 14

    Harvard Medical Doctor Warns Against Smart Meters

    Dr. David Carpenter MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a physician who has worked in the area of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and public health for over 18 years, has a few choice words for power companies that are forcing smart meters down the throats of their customers all over the United States.

    Dr. Carpenter adamantly insists that there is no evidence whatsoever that smart meters are in any way safe for human beings. He goes on to say that there is, in fact, ample evidence that demonstrates “convincingly and consistently” that exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) at elevated levels for long periods of time increases the risk of cancer, damages the nervous system, and adversely affects the reproductive organs. Dr. Carpenter says that an informed person should demand that they be allowed to keep their analog meter. The two minute video interview with Dr. Carpenter below is well worth watching.

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    • 06 FEB 14

    Greens leader Christine Milne a Keynote speaker at Smart Grid Australia conference

    From Smart Grid Australia

    SGA Conference, Parliament House, Canberra, 5th March 2014

    SGA’s first conference for 2014 will concentrate on our smart grid future and what is needed to make it happen. We have an opportunity to discuss this with key politicians, both within the conference setting as well as in an informal way, during cocktails and the diner.

    We have keynote speaker confirmations from:

    Hon Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry
    Hon Gary Gray, Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy
    Hon Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens


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    • 06 FEB 14

    Towards the Smart Survellance State.

    The recent launch of the EU Metis Project, which stands for Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty Information Society, will be part of a new communication and surveillance system, i.a. enabling the police to ‘remote stopping’ your car, as well as constantly tracing it’s whereabouts. This capability is to be built in as ‘standard’ for all new cars in the region…. Introducing SmartBand – keep track of everything in your daily life, from how well you slept to how many calories you’ve burned. This innovative wristband from Sony comes with the Lifelog Android app to record how you interact with your world every day – all your calls, special moments, pictures, social activities, workouts, entertainment, and more, remembered forever. Stylish, discreet, and waterproof, SmartBand lets you see your life as you live it. Watch how the Lifelog app helps you log your day, every day….. (and makes life easier for the NSA)

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    • 06 FEB 14

    ‘Take Back Your Power’ Wins Transformational Film of the Year Award

    Press Release


    5 February 2014

    ‘Take Back Your Power’ Wins Transformational Film of the Year Award

    SEATTLE, Washington (February 5, 2014) – The hard-hitting documentary ‘Take Back Your Power’ has been named winner of the AwareGuide Transformational Film of the Year. The crowdfunded film exposes in-home surveillance issues, customer billing corruption, potential health risks and other problems associated with utilites’ plans for upgrading to a centralized “smart” energy grid. It finished atop the list of 33 worldwide finalists along with ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’, co-winner of the award. “This is a victory for a growing majority who want to restore sanity to the roles played by technology and government,” said Josh del Sol, producer and director of Take Back Your Power. “The issues unveiled in our film leave viewers rocked and inspired to see solutions. Winning this award means people are ready for a positive transformation. ” “A Transformational film,” according to AwareGuide founder and CEO Gary Tomchuk, “seeks to inspire the movement of society towards ideals, values and practices that create a better world for everyone. They focus on solutions for subjects such as consciousness, environment, health, and social issues.”


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    • 02 FEB 14

    Half of users abandon Australian smart meter trial

    Half of users abandon smart meter trial
    By Andrew Colley on Jan 30, 2014 6:14 AM (2 days ago)

    Audit questions price tag for under-subscribed retail program.

    The Australian Government’s $100 million intelligent energy grid trial has blown its budget and failed to meet key objectives, the national auditor has found. The Smart Grid, Smart City Program, which has been shuffled among no less than four administrative departments since its establishment in 2009, is due to publish its findings within months. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has discovered that the program did not attract and retain enough household participants to its retail trial – the largest in the program – to produce “statistically useful” results. Furthermore, while the retail trial attracted less than half the optimal number of participants proposed by the consortium that won the grant for the program, AusGrid, it nonetheless cost the full $20 million budgeted for the program due to “increased implementation costs”.

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