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Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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EMAIL address for Greg Reimer, BC HYDRO:  greg.reimer@bchydro.com

Aug 21

Two Smart Meter Fires, Appliances all blown

Vancouver Sun report (with links to other incidents in BC and beyond) First posted August, 2012

Published on Aug 21, 2012 They replaced the old meter with a smart meter, had a fire. Then, they replaced the smart meter with new analog. Then, without permission they removed the new analog and replaced it with a smart meter. Then ANOTHER fire started in the kitchen. Many appliances were damaged.

Aug 20

The Truth About Smart Meter Fires and Failures in British Columbia - INTRODUCTION

Executive Summary (ES) for distribution - Click link to view the FULL REPORT

"It is vital that all of you help to get this smart metering program stopped NOW, not next year, NOW. Here is proof that smart meters are fire hazards. We must demand that they be removed from all homes. Even if you don't have one on your home, in all likelihood there is one near you. Fires spread.

"Why has there been denial that this risk exists? Profit, greed, corporate pressure, incompetence?

"Once we give this evidence to our MLAs, they cannot say they didn't know. They have a duty to do all they can to get these things off homes immediately, or else they become as guilty as Bill Bennett and Hydro.

  • Please, print off a copy of the Executive Summary (ES) and write your covering letter. 
  • Please, take the time to hand deliver this to your MLA - hopefully handing it directly to him/her. 
  • Please take a second copy of the ES and ask him (or the person taking delivery) to sign, as proof that they did receive it. 
"Share this information widely. We can't allow the cover-up to continue.

 Sharon Noble


Aug 20

 Introductory Letter

B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett and BC Hydro state that there have been no fires or dangerous incidents involving smart meters. Are they deceitful or just incompetent? 

  • Introduction 
  • Reports of Fires 
  • Tracking of Smart Meter Fires or Failures 
  • Unreliable Sources 
  • Violations of Procedure 
  • Conclusion 
  • Emails

Aug 13

ISSUE - FIRES (includes links)


This posting contains information and details about smart meter and AMI fires. 

Regardless of jurisdictions and electrical providers (B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, California, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Australia to name a few) and regardless of meter models and manufacturers such as Landis Gyr, Itron, General Electric, ComED, Sensus . . .  a mounting number of fires have been attributed to Smart Meters.  

Aug 12

10th 'smart' meter fire hits home in Regina

Another Saskatchewan home has been hit by fire involving a "smart" power meter.

" . . . A Medicine Hat official has noted it's getting more and more calls for service due to overheating meters -- which tends to happen when the main socket on a house is old.

"City spokesperson Wilbur McLean said the old sockets may malfunction after being disturbed.

"As soon as you disturb that socket by removing a meter and put a new meter on it, it kind of awakens that issue," he said. "It doesn't matter what meter's going on that house." . . .

Aug 12

An excellent article with some of the technical reasons for smart meter fires.

All smart meters have design flaws that could, have, and will result in fires.

Please send this information to your MLA, asking him/her to get these fire risks off our homes and out of our neighbourhoods. Just because you don't have one doesn't mean you are safe from a fire that could begin at your neighbour's home.

"Thought you knew the full story on the latest barrage of smart meter fires? Think again...

  • The shift-the-blame game 
  • Fake plastic meters 
  • Safety testing? 
  • Who is managing the recall? 
  • This is what we warned about . . . 
  • Arcing, corrosion 
  • "Over voltage in the distribution system" 
  • Is there a connection between smart meter fires, billing increases, transients? 
  • From lie-ability to liability 
  • We want answers . . . NOT FIRES 
  • Redefine what is acceptable 
  • The way forward 
  • What do you think?

Aug 5

Smart Meters Increase the Risk of Fires

REPORTS and VIDEOS - SkyVision Solutions ... Raising Public Awareness and Finding Solutions to Smart Grid, Smart Meter, and Radiofrequency (RF) Radiation Concerns

Fire after fire after fire.  How much risk is finally too much when the results of failure can be catastrophic?

  • The Saskatchewan Smart Meter Fiasco 
  • Smart Meter Fires Outside Saskatchewan 
  • What Causes the Smart Meter Fires? 
  • No More Inspections by Meter Readers 
  • Concerns Over Transparency and Willingness to Acknowledge Problems 
  • Conclusions

Aug 3

Resisting Technocracy and "Smart Grid" Ultimatums

Josh Hart Interview on Checkin' It Out with Dr. James Tracy

Josh Hart is founder and director of www.StopSmartMeters.org, one of the foremost organizations raising public awareness on the rollout of wireless technology and the "smart grid." Hart is a journalist and researcher, having completed graduate work at the University of West England at Bristol on the relationship between transportation, roadway activity and quality of community life. In 2008 his scholarship was covered in over 100 international media outlets including the BBC, the Guardian, Tehran Times, and the Daily Mail.

Aug 3

When Will the Smart Meter Insanity End?

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

 " . . . Despite the risks and the almost daily revelations of danger and harm, the utilities blindly move forward deploying smart meters like mindless robots sowing the seeds of our own destruction. That may sound a bit melodramatic but yet one needs to ask: "What would it take to stop this ill-fated and irrational exercise in wasted resources?"

"Furthermore, SmartGridNews.com in another story on July 1st acknowledged that smart meters are effectively of no value to our electrical grid when it stated:

"... thus far, spending on the smart grid has been dominated by smart meters that allow more granular and frequent readings and the transmission of that data to the utility, eliminating the old-fashioned meter reader. But just adding a communications feature to the meters is not deeply game-changing; it is the equivalent of installing a speedometer and gas gauge without a steering wheel and brakes." . . .

Aug 3

BC's energy minister admits smart meter FIRES ... but will do nothing

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition to Stop "Smart" Meters - July 30, 2014

JULY 30, 2014    For immediate release

BC's energy minister admits smart meter FIRES

... but will do nothing

Energy Minister Bill Bennett admits to smart meter fires in British Columbia, but rather than do anything, he expresses disappointment that Saskatchewan is taking action to protect its citizens.

On July 30 Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bill Boyd called a halt to the smart meter program, demanding removal of 105,000 meters after 8 "failures", that include fires and exploding meters. www.globalnews.ca/news/1483134/saskpower-ordered-to-remove-all-smart-meters-in-the-province/

"I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that's why we've directed SaskPower accordingly," said Minister Boyd.

In British Columbia, where we've had more "failures", which have also included fires and exploding meters, Bill Bennett and BC Hydro consistently have refused to acknowledge the danger and, instead, put the blame on homeowners' meter bases and wiring. It doesn't matter why a home burns after a smart meter has been installed - whether it was because the inexperienced installer damaged the base or that the meter heated up due to design flaws. The fact is that property and lives have been put at risk and our government is refusing to protect us.

Bennett is sorry that Saskatchewan is taking this action. ""It's unfortunate that Saskatchewan is doing what it's doing..." Why? Because it shows that some provincial governments are more concerned about their citizens than others. It puts BC to shame. www.cknw.com/2014/07/30/while-saskatchewan-yanks-its-smart-meters-bc-wont-do-the-same/  

Finally Bennett is admitting there have been fires due to smart meters in BC. This is a first, but it's way too late. Fires have been occurring for the last 3 years, and Hydro and Liberals have denied it. The evidence has been hidden and people have been living with a fire hazard on their bedroom walls. He's told Hydro to find out how many have occurred. That may be difficult because no agency is tracking them.

Why is Bennett asking for a count? Is it just because he feels he must do something? Saskatchewan doesn't know why the meters have caused fires - they are taking action because fires have occurred. We have had many fires and incidents in BC, and nothing has been done to protect us. Instead the program has been protected with lies and cover-ups. Do we not deserve the same precautionary action as Saskatchewan?

The Coalition to Stop Smart Meters asks, "Please tell us, Mr. Bennett, what is the right number, how many homes must burn before you will stop this dangerous program??"

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