2011
02.09

Here’s Jeff and Jeremy discussing all the possible scenarios to come with the new smart meters.

PG&E is rolling out new digital “Smart Meters” to track electricity usage. This means that there will soon be no need for people to come check your meter and no more human error meaning you’ll pay for exactly what you use.  This could, however, lead to a huge increase in your bill.  It’s also possible that there will be a whole new load of technological and health hazards.  Check the audio above and let us know your opinion on the new meters by voting in our poll at kzoz.com.

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  1. Notice the heavy duty radiation protection gloves used to install smart meter in photo. These meters emit deadly radiation. DO NOT TOUCH OR READ the meters because you could get seriously injured or killed or you could have an explosion and fire, just like what happened in September, 2010 in San Bruno. Alan Horn (emfsafetynetwork.org)

  2. The Sage Associates Smart Meter RF Assessment provides the evidence that these wireless meters CAN violate FCC public safety limits in some cases (within a foot or a few feet); and in any case produce excessively high, chronic RF exposures for occupants. The FCC public safety limits do not protect against the kind of RF that smart meters produce. This is a monumentally ill-conceived technology (when wireless) and will expose millions of Californians to potential health risks, privacy and hacking risks, excessive billing charges, and electronic interference with medical implants, and medical devices used in the home (wireless pain pumps, wireless insulin pumps, etc). These meters rule out solar (the real energy conservation solution) because wireless meters can’t roll backward like the old analog meters, when you make your own electricity. Imagine, a billion-dollar boondoggle earning the utilities plenty, in the name of energy conservation, but pre-empting homes from going solar. What are they THINKING? Our regulators have been asleep on this one. The utilities make millo

    Cindy Sage, Sage Associates
    Co-Editor, BioInitiative Report
    Principal Investigator, Smart Meter RF Assessment
    Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, CA

  3. The utilities make millions, while the public gets the adverse impacts.

    Cindy Sage, Sage Associates
    Co-Editor, BioInitiative Report
    Principal Investigator, Smart Meter RF Assessment
    Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, CA

  4. There are many questions still unanswered as PG&E forces SmartMeters on ratepayers: 900 meter readers who represented ‘eyes in the street’ to protect customers from consequences of PG&E’s habitually deferred maintenance, for example. Defective meters or inept installations that cause fires and explosions as well as damages to household devices and appliances. Another problem has been substantially higher bills which receive no satisfactory resolution from PG&E. This gave cause for a class action suit in Bakersfield and has angered ratepayers throughout CA. Uncertainties about the effects of low level non-thermal radiation on human cells are admitted by study after study and even the CPUC’s Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) has urged more research to protect customers. When there is NO requirement that these meters be wireless, and when other areas are using alternative methods of smart grid rollout (fiber optic, for example) what justifies the rush to cram the wireless, problematic SmartMeters down our throats? PG&E refuses to answer and therein lies the true problem: hubris.
    Ratepayers and customers are nothing but revenue sources to this rogue utility.

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