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  • Smart-meter foes voice their outrage [ Durango, Colorado ]

    10/11/2014 9:12:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | October 10, 2014 | Dale Rodebaugh
    LPEA customers oppose upcharge for visiting homes.. La Plata Electric Association ... A frequent comment was the impression that the switch from analog to Advanced Metering Infrastructure – or so-called smart meters – that started in late 2013 was done without informing customers. Several people said they learned about smart meters from neighbors or only because they were at home when an LPEA technician arrived to switch out the analog meter. The alleged secrecy eroded public trust, they said. About 300 LPEA customers have chosen not to have the latest meter-reading technology installed. A number of speakers cited health problems,...
  • Smart Meters at your local shopping mall

    07/09/2014 6:16:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/8/2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    I went shopping today for a pair of pants. I was hoping it would only take a few minutes. How difficult could that be in the land of plenty? As I entered the large department store, I was greeted by stifling heat and humidity. This particular department store chain uses smart meters, cycled and controlled by the power company from a remote location in order to “save” them money. Customers and employees suffer because a small group of elites have managed to convince and bribe bureaucrats and politicians into pushing the agenda of non-existent global warming.
  • Illinois Electricity Customers Forced to Get 'Smart Meters' or Pay Fine

    02/13/2014 7:53:19 AM PST · by libstripper · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | MICHAEL WARREN
    In the early days of the Obama administration, “smart power” was all the rage—and not just on the foreign policy scene. In April 2009, National Public Radio reported how one Allentown, Pennsylvania, mother was saving more than a hundred dollars each month on her electric bill. Tammy Yeakel’s power company, PPL Energy, had helpfully installed a “smart meter” on her home that could monitor her power usage in real time. The meter uploaded that information to PPL’s website, so she could identify peak usage times during the day
  • DOE Plugs Energy Rating for Homes, Similar to MPG Rating for Cars

    01/13/2014 8:14:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    CNS ^ | January 13, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Energy Department on Tuesday is rolling out new, improved software to help Americans measure the energy efficiency of their homes. DOE says its energy-scoring software -- called the Home Energy Scoring Tool -- is like a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating because it allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes' efficiency. The software is part of the government's effort to reduce the nation's energy consumption; but it's also billed as a way to keep home-retrofitting going, at a time when stimulus funds...
  • Smart Grid Technology, Now Spreading Across U.S., Will Raise Energy Prices to Reduce Demand

    12/25/2013 6:35:37 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 12/24/2013 | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration is spending billions of dollars to modernize the nation’s power grid, with the goal of changing the way Americans use energy. Your electric bill will go way up, unless you allow the utility to control your energy load at times of peak demand. “Smart grid” technology involves a wireless, two-way flow of information between individual homes and the power plant. This allows the utility to charge more for electricity, depending on when it is used; and it enables the utility to manage energy for the consumer, to reduce the impact on the grid.
  • Deborah Tavares - Smart Meters

    09/20/2013 12:50:42 PM PDT · by Southern by Grace · 16 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9-25-12 | Deborah Tarvares
    Smart Meter Shocks you into reality. One and a half hours but if you value your life and your liberty you should watch this. Down on your knees after, repenting and asking for forgiveness of our sins. Listen very carefully as this will be coming to America.
  • ‘Smart’ city shuts off great-grandma’s water

    07/10/2013 7:40:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-9-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON – Audrey Parker says she has paid her water bill on time for the past 20 years, but that didn’t stop the city of Baraboo from shutting off the great-grandmother’s water supply Tuesday. The reason? The 81-year-old Parker says it’s because she wouldn’t let the city replace her analog water meter with a new ‘smart meter’ – a battle she’s fought with City Hall for more than a year now. “(Monday) I went to see the Mayor (Mike Palm). The cutoff day was this (Tuesday) morning and I thought the city might relent,” Parker told Wisconsin Reporter. “Yesterday they...
  • EPA Wants Gov't To Control How Cold Your Beer Can Be

    07/05/2013 4:10:25 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 113 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 5, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Regulation: No longer the stuff of science fiction, a little-noticed change in energy-efficiency requirements for appliances could lead to government controlling the power used in your home and how you set your thermostat. In a seemingly innocuous revision of its Energy Star efficiency requirements announced June 27, the Environmental Protection Agency included an "optional" requirement for a "smart-grid" connection for customers to electronically connect their refrigerators or freezers with a utility provider. The feature lets the utility provider regulate the appliances' power consumption, "including curtailing operations during more expensive peak-demand times." So far, manufacturers are not required to include the...
  • Sedona Arizona- A Smart Meter Free Zone?

    06/26/2013 4:56:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    emfsafetynetwork.org ^ | June 21, 2013
    On Wednesday, June 19, the Sedona City Council held a special workshop regarding Arizona Public Service (APS) plans to deploy utility smart meters in Sedona. Sedona Smart Meter Awareness (SSMA) is raising awareness about the cost, privacy, health and safety hazards of utility smart meters. APS and SSMA presented information about smart meters. Both sides were given equal time. Only ten public speakers were allowed due to time constraints, however all spoke in opposition to Smart Meter deployment. The meeting was standing room only. The entire discussion, including the presentations and council discussion is available by video here, see part...
  • Honeywell introduces city-controlled thermostat system for homes

    06/12/2013 7:03:14 AM PDT · by biggerten · 119 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 06/11/2013 | Julio Ojeda-Zapata
    Honeywell has announced a new Wi-Fi-controlled thermostat that is intended to be distributed by municipalities instead of purchased at retail by consumers in order to better manage energy consumption across a town or city. South Sioux City, Neb., will be the first community to deploy the new thermostat to help its 13,000 residents manage electricity costs, which are said to have risen steadily there in the past three years. In the future, other municipalities will recruit residents to reduce energy consumption when demand spikes, a strategy known as automated demand response, or ADR. As part of this, the residents would...
  • As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters

    05/28/2013 7:21:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | Chris Hooks
    BRADY, Tex. — In October, the City Council of this Central Texas town voted unanimously to purchase advanced electric meters, known as smart meters, for the city-owned electric utility. But some residents resisted, and the smart meter vote played a large role in last weekend’s recall of the city’s mayor and the electoral defeat of two council members. Voters here passed a referendum last weekend to enshrine in the City Charter the right of residents to refuse the installation of smart meters on their property. Sheila Hemphill, an organizer of the effort, called the victory her “San Jacinto.” The reaction...
  • Smart Meters – Not a Smart Idea Health & Safety Risks of Wireless Utility Meters

    05/07/2013 4:05:52 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 28 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 7, 2013 | Rick Haymow
    There are now 322 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. and 4 billion worldwide with over 5 million cell towers and antennas scattered across the planet. 20 million Americans currently use wireless laptops, tablets, and routers, and according to the Wireless Association, that number has increased by 50% in just the last two years. Wireless devices emit radio frequency radiation (RFR) that consists of low intensity high frequency radio waves of non-ionizing radiation in the microwave range of approximately 900 MHz to 2.4 GHz. Wireless RFR now permeates most cities and rural areas and is spreading at lightning speed...
  • Call Your Texas Senator Ahead of 8 May Vote on Smart Meter bill

    05/06/2013 8:47:17 PM PDT · by Windflier · 54 replies
    email ^ | 6 May 2013 | A Texas Patriot
    Just got this in email tonight, and thought I'd pass it on to my fellow Texans. There's an important vote coming up on Wednesday, 8 May in the Texas Senate regarding smart meters. This is a call to contact your state Senator regarding this important vote. The email: To my Friends in Texas – I’m going to just ask you to trust me! Most of you on this list know that I’m not into “radical” stuff – and many know that although I have passed along a little info opposing Smart Meters in the past, it has definitely not been...
  • Fridges could be switched off without owner's consent to reduce strain on power stations

    05/06/2013 5:50:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | April 28, 2013 | Melanie Hall
    White goods such as electric ovens would be affected by the proposals to fit all new appliances with sensors that could shut them down when the UK's generators struggle to meet demand for power. The measures proposed by the UK’s National Grid, along with its counterparts in 34 European countries, to install the controversial devices are backed by one of the European Union's most influential energy bodies. They are pushing for the move because green energy sources such as wind farms are less predictable than traditional power stations, increasing the risk of blackouts The proposals are outlined in documents drawn...
  • Agenda 21: Mind Control And Smart Growth

    03/23/2013 7:32:05 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 37 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 23, 2013 | Kelleigh Nelson
    Do you cherish your God-given constitutional right to own property? UN Agenda 21′s Smart Growth is in full bloom across our nation. In East Tennessee the five county local “Regional” program is called Plan East Tennessee, (Regional Plan for Livable Communities), a plan which will eliminate private property rights in these five counties. Link It is a plan for Smart Growth. Rosa Koire, author of, “Behind the Green Mask,” defines Smart Growth on her website, as “Human habitation as it is referred to now is restricted to lands within the Urban Growth Boundaries of the city. Only certain building designs...
  • Nevada energy sends armed men to disconnect power – just for opting out (Smart Meter)

    10/06/2012 6:35:05 AM PDT · by Renfield · 26 replies
    The Watchers ^ | 9-21-2012 | Adonai
    Nevada is supposedly one of those states with a smart meter ‘opt out’ policy. On the ground, however, the reality is a little different. Mona Orkoulas lives in the mountains outside Las Vegas, Nevada, where she works in real estate. Like many Americans she has been impacted by the downturn in the economy and is struggling to make ends meet. Mona was born in the US and raised by an Egyptian/ Greek family. She has always paid her bills on time, and makes protecting her health a priority. For years Mona worked on humanitarian projects in the Middle East: drilling...
  • Agenda 21 Action Thread

    03/23/2012 4:34:41 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 216 replies · 2+ views
    A few days ago I realized that we who are participating on the Agenda 21 thread have amassed an impressive amount of data and links which are quite important for the educating of anyone who is wondering what “Agenda 21” is all about. There is absolutely no question in the minds of any of our participants at this stage that “Agenda 21” is real, and is NOT a tin-foil hat conspiracy. There are quite a number of people on this forum who were way ahead of us, and have been quite patient with us while some (like myself) have played...
  • 100% Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years

    04/26/2012 10:36:42 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 75 replies
    As smart grid metering systems expand across the developed world, many are starting to ask whether the threats posed by the new devices, which officials promise will save energy and reduce end user utility costs, outweigh their benefits. In addition to documented health concerns resulting from radiation emissions and no cost savings being apparent, opponents of the technology argue that smart meters are violative of basic privacy rights and give the government yet another digital node of unfettered access to monitor and control personal electricity consumption. Now, an alarming new documentary suggests that security problems with the inter-connected and seemingly...
  • Only 4,400 PG&E customers opt out of SmartMeters

    02/15/2012 5:03:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/15/12 | David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    In the two weeks since state regulators gave them the choice, about 4,400 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers have decided to opt out of the utility's SmartMeter program and stick with older, analog meters instead. The number, reported by PG&E today, is just a fraction of the 145,000 to 150,000 customers that PG&E predicted would eventually choose not to receive a wireless, digital SmartMeter. But many people may not yet realize that they have a choice. The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state's utilities, for years insisted that all PG&E customers would receive the new meters, which...
  • Lamb: The Transformation of Government

    10/10/2011 5:59:09 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 11 replies
    gopusa.com ^ | October 10, 2011 | Henry Lamb
    Where did governments – at every level – get the idea that they are supposed to manage the affairs of their citizens? Governments were first created in America to serve their citizens. Now, citizens must ask their government for permission to build a house, to drive a car, to open a business, or to buy a gun. The role and authority of government has changed over the years from an entity that serves the needs of its citizens to an entity that manages the affairs of its citizens. In recent years, especially since the emergence of 21_07.shtml>Agenda 21 in 1992,...
  • “Smart meters” insidious government encroachment into daily lives

    10/10/2011 12:25:31 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 34 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | OCTOBER 10TH, 2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    Homeowners must keep a heads up to any effort from their local power and light, gas company or water supplier to install “smart meters” as replacements for their present traditional meters. “Smart meters” are insidious devices that measure the amount of electricity, water or gas used by an individual consumer. They can and are used to regulate the amount of each commodity we are allowed to consume as decided by a corporate/governmental bureaucracy. Physical dangers Researchers point out these wireless meters will emit dangerous radio microwave frequencies throughout our homes every day. Additionally, these smart meters are an invasion of...
  • SMART METERS: THE NEW SILENT KILLERS (Part 1 of 2)

    09/02/2011 6:41:06 PM PDT · by yorkie · 71 replies
    Liberty News ^ | September 2, 2011 | Staff
    “The electromagnetic field is the perfect secret agent: you cannot see it, you cannot smell it, you cannot hear it, and its effects are slow but relentless.” -By Volter Hertenstein, MP Bavarian Parliament I ask NWVs to post this column on a Friday because it does require many hours of reading to fully understand the issue. By necessity, this new column is two parts as I'm trying, as I did in my first column, to put as much credible information all together in one place to make it easier for everyone fighting this new silent killer. We're all pressed for...
  • So Called Smart Meters Cause Health Problems, Invade Privacy

    05/11/2011 7:17:18 AM PDT · by GailA · 35 replies
    Eagle Forum morning update ^ | 5/25/11 | Megan Myers
    (Smart for Who? Big Brother Strikes Again) Generally speaking, people in California seem to accept new government programs with open arms, especially anything with the words 'green' or 'smart' attached to it. So Smart Meters seemed to be a no-brainer as they promised to make the planet greener and who doesn't want a smart electrical meter?
  • SmartMeters: PG&E wants to charge users to opt out

    03/25/2011 4:24:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 3/25/11 | David R. Baker
    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers afraid of the radiation from the company's wireless SmartMeter may soon have a choice: Accept the device as is. Or ask PG&E to turn off the meter's transmitter - and pay higher monthly bills as a result. As much as $20 more per month. (Snip) In a bid to defuse the controversy, the company suggested in November that it might offer customers a way to opt out of the $2.2 billion program. The president of the California Public Utilities Commission ordered PG&E this month to submit its plan by Thursday.
  • (vanity) Looking for personal anecdotes about the Smart Meter

    07/04/2010 8:52:29 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Teh Intartubez | 7/4/10 | marty_f
    Pacific Gas & Electric informs that it's going to install a "Smart Meter" on my house. There's no shortage of recent stories on FR about what a potential nightmare this Stimulus-funded boondoggle could be. So before I go out to celebrate the Fourth I wanted to hear from those FReepers who have already had one of these things put on their homes. Did your utility bills suddenly increase (decrease)? Was your service in any way affected by this new meter?
  • PG&E acknowledges technical problems with smart meters

    04/26/2010 6:53:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 823+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/26/10 | Dana Hull
    After months of denying any technical problems with its smart meter program, PG&E publicly acknowledged Monday a range of glitches affecting tens of thousands of the digital meters But the San Francisco-based utility said it had found just 8 meters that inaccurately reported a customer's energy use. It would not say how many of the 5.5 million meters installed so far have been tested for accuracy after installation. PG&E detailed 43,376 cases in which the meters were involved in other kinds of problems. It said 23,000 meters were installed improperly, 11,376 failed to retain consumer usage information and 9,000 had...
  • AP Exclusive: `Smart' meters have security holes

    03/28/2010 8:12:20 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 16 replies · 961+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | Fri Mar 26, 2:19 pm | By JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO – Computer-security researchers say new "smart" meters that are designed to help deliver electricity more efficiently also have flaws that could let hackers tamper with the power grid in previously impossible ways. At the very least, the vulnerabilities open the door for attackers to jack up strangers' power bills. These flaws also could get hackers a key step closer to exploiting one of the most dangerous capabilities of the new technology, which is the ability to remotely turn someone else's power on and off. The attacks could be pulled off by stealing meters — which can be situated...
  • FCC's Broadband Plan Sets Groundwork for National Smart Grid...

    03/25/2010 2:50:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 684+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Thursday, March 25, 2010 | By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
    "FCC’s Broadband Plan Sets Groundwork for National Smart Grid To Transition To More Green Energy Use: Electric Cars, Solar Panels" SNIPPET: "(CNSNews.com) – The National Broadband Plan, recently published by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), would lay the groundwork for the federal government to establish a nationwide “smart” electrical grid that would change how Americans use and pay for electricity, affecting such things as homes and transportation with battery-powered cars. The proposal, published March 16, outlines the federal government’s plan to use the nation’s broadband Internet infrastructure to further key national policy goals, including health care, education, and energy. The...
  • Smart energy meters in every UK home by 2020

    05/12/2009 9:15:30 AM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies · 579+ views
    Guardian ^ | May 11, 2009 | Adam Vaughan
    Consumers to benefit from savings achieved through increased awareness of energy use but householders likely to pick up some of the costs of the compulsory, nationwide scheme Every home in the UK must be fitted with a "smart meter" by 2020 to reduce energy use and pave the way for a low-carbon "smart grid", under plans unveiled by the government today. The new meters will send information on real-time electricity and gas use in households and small businesses direct to utility companies, eliminating the need for customers to stay at home for meter readings or to receive over-estimated bills. However,...