PG&E Smart Meters
CALIFORNIA PG&E SMART METER REBELLION
Pacific Gas & Electric Company has been installing SMART METERS in California for some time replacing existing analog meters. In California the dramatic increases in monthly charges for electricity has skyrocketed (in some cases), leading to lawsuits and protests against the installation of smart meters.
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Many PG&E customers have questioned the meters' accuracy and question remain about electricity theft and privacy issues. With many increases in monthly PG&E bills, and with PG&E granted a rate hike on January 1, 2011, by the Public Utilities Commission, the installation of the SMART Meters looks like an added windfall profits tax on electricity consumers by PG&E. More rate hike increases are constantly being pushed forward by PG&E each year as the California Public Utilities Commission approves them.
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But the accuracy of smart meters - in particular, the ones used by PG&E's - has been called into
question. Many angry homeowners have complained that their utility bills soared after the new meters
were installed. San Francisco's city attorney has asked the commission to halt PG&E's meter installations program until a questionable PUC investigation is final. Other communities are holding public hearings with regard to this issue and requesting moratoriums on further installations until lawsuits and investigations are completed.
San Anselmo and Fairfax, California State Assemblyman Jared Huffman wants an independent agency to study the health effects of Smart Meters, the electronic monitoring devices that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is installing statewide to measure the electricity output from each household and business.
Critics also argue that the health effects of the electro-magnetic frequencies and radio frequencies are unknown. Investigations into the long-term effects of such frequencies are still on-going. A number of additional concerns have been raised about PG&E's Smart Meters, citing privacy, security, accuracy, theft of electricity, and health problems. KGO Radio in San Francisco, Michael Finney, has been investigating the problems associated with SMART Meters and their investigation has rasied additional questions. ( It has been reported that AM Radio signals may also be effected by the installation of SMART Meters.)
The PDF files below are provided as additional information on this issue. This information will be updated as new information becomes available each week.
It should be noted that PG&E has started a newspaper, radio, and television blitz costing PG&E ratepayers $Millions to convince California residents that SMART Meters are good for us. They should save their money and reduce our rates instead. (PG&E should be more interested in natural gas pipeline upgrades and public safety rather than the installation of SMART Meters at this time.)
(Note: PG&E also conducts Weather Modification Programs in California. Visit the Weather Modification Section of this website for more information. http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/?q=weather-modifications )
Smart Meter Fire Risks - Television Report March 14, 2012 - Homes at risk from Smart Meter Fires-Special Report - Today Tonight News
EPA & California Department of Toxic Substances Control Final Report on Mercury August 2002
Note: Energy Efficient Light Bulb Hazards include Mercury, Arsenic, Lead & Possible PCBs in older ballasts.
See California EPA Website for more information: http://www.calepa.ca.gov
1) PG&E Acknowledges SmartMeter Problems
by Michael Finney ABC7 New "On Your Side"
April 26, 2010 - SACRAMENTO, CA (KGO) -- There is a startling admission from PG&E about the controversial SmartMeters. The utility has insisted its new meters are accurate, but on Monday they admitted to some problems at a state Senate committee hearing. PG&E confirmed on Monday that more than 43,000 of its SmartMeters have suffered from various problems. The utility remains insistent however that these problems have had little impact on customers' bills.
Video - Texas Utilities Admit Billing Errors With Smart Meters - April 14, 2010
Video - Are Smart Meters Easy Targets for Hackers? ABC7 "On Your Side" March 26, 2010
This is a commercial about E-Meters by IBM. Please note that they want this information. It is not designed to help the public - it is designed to provide second by second information on what is taking place in our homes. It is not designed to benefit the public it is designed to give PG&E more information and also to cut their expenses by putting meter-readers out of work...thus, increasing their profits.
June 2, 2011 - Should Cell Phone Radiation be Cause for Alarm
3New.co.nz New Zealand
"...Right now you are being exposed to electro magnetic fields, or EMFs. Whether that should alarm you or not is the subject of worldwide scientific debate. Yesterday the World Health Organisation ramped up its concern, declaring cell phone use as a "possible cancer risk". But experts are divided about the risks. Ingrid Hipkiss shares some of the findings from an Inside New Zealand investigation. Watch the video here.
Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Should-cell-phone-radiation-be-cause-for-alarm/tabid/817/articleID/213666/Default.aspx#ixzz1ZEc80baA
PG&E Smart Meters - California
Video Clip of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Business Meeting, on Thursday September 22, 2011. President Michael Peevey did a topsy-turvy about-face, and declared that a man suffering from headaches from his "smart" meter, can have his analog meter back from PG&E. This is a remarkable change from previous total lack of relief that the CPUC has offered the hundreds of people who have come before it, and the thousands who have sent in complaints, over the last year or so, begging to have their "smart" meters removed. What exactly prompted this change in the commission's response may remain obscure, but there many, many people all over the state that will be relieved and pleased. Not addressed by this turn of events is what will be the fate of communities and municipalities who have declared clear opposition to the new Smart Meters. Who, or what, will be allowed to "go back to the analog meter"? Will a doctor's note about a headache be necessary? The whole meeting on video: http://www.californiaadmin.com/cpuc.shtml
U.S. Air Force Develops Method to Steal or Harvest Electricity from Power Lines Without Paying for the Electricity Used. With this technology anyone can steal electricity. "...Written on June 29, 2010 John Ohab. The Bat Hook: Harvesting Energy from Power Lines LABTV- Power lines crisscross the skies, delivering electricity with the flip of a switch. But what happens when a soldier is outside, away from an electrical outlet, and unable to access electricity to power equipment or recharge batteries? An engineer at an Air Force research lab in Dayton, Ohio, has figured out how to harness electricity from power lines via a system called RAPS. RAPS is a connecting device that’s attached to the end of a long cable. When the device is thrown over a power line, a blade at the end pierces the power line and completes the circuit that brings electricity down to the soldier. And that can mean a lot in the desert or jungle. “Research and development is an amazing field to work in and yes, it’s fun,” says mechanical designer Dave Coates. “Especially when you have a lot of people saying the task you’ve been given is impossible, and then you produce something like this.” Special thanks to the National Defense Educational Program for providing this insider’s view of every day work undertaken by Defense Department scientists and engineers..."