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SMART METERS and GRIDS OVERVIEW

WEBSITE for the COALITION TO STOP SMART METERS IN BC

MAILING ADDRESS for BC HYDRO SMART METER CLASS ACTION: 

Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
PO Box 52061
Beacon Ave. RPO
Sidney, BC V8L 5V9

EMAIL address for Greg Reimer, BC HYDRO:  greg.reimer@bchydro.com



Dec 13
2014

The Next Stage of Smart Meter Extortion

Richard Caniell in The Valley Voice

"Immoral and dangerous contradictions plague BC Hydro and the BC government's claims and actions. They are now, in winter, shutting off the electricity of anyone who refuses to pay the exorbitant fee charged to those who refuse a Smart Meter. Even the elderly, poor and sick are left to sit in the frigid dark while BC Hydro executives take home up to $89,000 a month. . .

"Bennett said he expects, once smart-meter opponents are forced to pay the extra fee, that many will drop their objections. 'If you really believe having a smart meter is going to make you sick, maybe you'll pay the [extra fee],' he said. 'I do think there will be lots of people who will say: 'It's not that big a deal, I'll take a smart meter.'"

"In service to this aim, the Liberal government levied on BC residents some of the highest opt-out fees in North America, at $32.50 per month. BC Hydro claims this is required to recover the cost of paying workers to read the old analogue meters. But this was shown to be a ruse when the public learned that 46,000 Smart Meter owners were still having their meters manually read, but not being charged for it; while those who didn't accept Smart Meters were being charged for this same service. . . .




Dec 11
2014

Auditor General finds failures in smart meter program (Ontario)

Video / Excerpts from Auditor General's Report

Bonnie Lysyk [Ontario's Auditor General] says the program has failed to meet targets for reducing peak electricity demand, hasn't changed Ontarians' consumption patterns and hasn't affected hydro bills in a positive way. CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan has more on how much more Ontarians have been paying for electricity.

Excerpts from the report, the $$meter section is at http://www.auditor.on.ca/en/reports_en/en14/311en14.pdf pages 362-404.

i) As well, the benefits of Smart Metering in reducing distribution companies' operating costs and reducing electricity bills to ratepayers were so far limited: Of the distri­bution companies we consulted, 95% said they real­ized no savings and their operating costs actually rose, and over half said they received a high volume of ratepayer complaints about "increased bills with no savings."

ii) In 2013, separate studies released by the Ontario Power Authority and the OEB indicated that TOU pricing had a modest impact on residential ratepay­ers, reducing their peak demand by only about 3%, but a limited or unclear effect on small businesses, and none at all on energy conservation.

iii) Those distribution companies that did track complaints found that most ratepayers were upset about TOU pricing, which they believed resulted in higher electricity bills than previously.

iv) The IESO has exclusive authority to develop and operate a provincial data centre in which to process smart-meter data for the province. However, the goal of operating the provincial data centre as a central system to ensure standard and cost-effective data processing has not been met because most dis­tribution companies have used their own systems to process smart-meter data (before transmitting it to, or after receiving it from, the provincial data cen­tre) for billing purposes.

v) There are 73 distribution companies across Ontario, each responsible for procuring, installing and operating smart-meter systems. Each distribution company negotiated with different vendors to procure sys­tems for their regions. As a result of the different costs incurred by distribution companies, we noted that the average cost per meter was about $190, but varied significantly, ranging from $81 per meter at one distribution company to $544 per meter at another.

vi) The installation of about 4.8 million smart meters in Ontario rendered millions of conven­tional analog meters obsolete, making it necessary to retire and dispose of them sooner than planned. The distribution companies we consulted said the analog meters they had to scrap were still in good shape and could have been used for another five to 16 more years.

vii) another additional cost is related to the replacement of smart meters, which will likely further increase the Delivery Charge on electricity bills because smart meters would be subject to earlier and more frequent replacement than analog meters.

The estimated useful life for a typical smart meter is 15 years, compared to 40 years for an analog meter. The dis­tribution companies we consulted said the 15-year estimate is overly optimistic because smart meters:

• are subject to significant technological chan­ges, making it difficult to maintain hardware and software for the first-generation meters, which do not have the advanced functions of newer models;

• have complex features, such as radio com­munications and digital displays, which are subject to higher malfunction and failure rates;

• are similar to other types of information tech­nology, computer equipment and electronic devices in that they are backed by short war­ranty periods and require significant upgrades or more frequent replacements as the technol­ogy matures; and

• will likely be obsolete by the time they are re-verified as required by the federal agency Measurement Canada every six to 10 years

viii) About 4.8 million smart meters have been installed by distribution companies across Ontario, but approximately 812,000 of them, or about one in six, have not transmitted any data to the prov­incial data centre for processing. (Note: 812,000 being manually read)

ix) Smart meters enable the collec­tion of massive amounts of personal electricity-use data, allowing ratepayers and distribution com­panies--as well as anyone else with access to the data--to see exactly what makes up a ratepayer's electricity use. The smart-meter data could reveal when people are out, daily routines and changes in those routines. As a result, electricity-use patterns could be mined, for example, for marketing and advertising purposes.

x) Therefore, there could be security risks at the distribution-company level that the IESO was not aware of and over which it had no control.

xi) The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), Ontario's principal adviser on fire protec­tion policy and safety issues, indicated that it is aware of fires involving smart meters in Ontario, elsewhere in Canada, and in the United States. However, some distribution companies and fire departments do not report such cases to the OFM, so more information is needed to assess the extent of the problem in Ontario.

xii) From May 2011 to March 2013, for example, the OFM recorded 14 fires involving either meters or the bases on which they were mounted. Based on anecdotal evidence, the OFM identified three possible root causes for the fires:

  • old meter base connections may have been loose or otherwise unfit for a seamless exchange to a new smart meter; 
  • new smart meters may have been improperly installed; or 
  • new smart meters may have had defects that caused electrical failures or misalign­ment with the old meter base 

xiii) In February 2007, and again in Octo­ber 2012, the ESA indicated that it has been aware of potential fire risks in smart meters, and incidents of property damage involv­ing smart meters and/or meter bases. To address these concerns, the ESA surveyed the distribution companies, asking them to provide information on such incidents. However, the ESA indicated that it has not received sufficient information to conclude on the severity of the issue or the types of meters causing problems.

xiv) Insufficient tracking and monitoring of smart meters-related fire incidents has made it difficult to determine the scope and extent of the problem across the province as well as to address the prob­lem accordingly, creating safety risks in Ontario. 

NB this amazing revelation in the last line of the article:

"Nevertheless, the ministry promised not to take on any more $2-billion projects without thinking them through.  "In line with best practice, the Ministry will ensure that the proper analysis is completed ahead of implementing major initiatives," it said in its formal written reply, included in the report.

Reevely: Smart meters failing to political decisions, auditor general finds (with video)
NEWS: Ontarians paying billions extra for electricity, auditor general finds (Canadian Press)




Dec 5
2014

A discussion regarding state policies on electric metering, including advanced/smart meters. 

PART 1


PART 2




Nov 30
2014

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

CLICK LINK to view FULL REPORT




Nov 29
2014

"The time is finally here: FortisBC will begin replacing electricity meters in the Kelowna area next week.

"Corporate Communications Advisor David Wylie says they will start installing the smart meters in Joe Rich, Black Mountain and parts of Rutland.

"The first contact would actually be a piece of mail that was sent directly to customers, letting them know a few weeks in advance that we're going to be exchanging their meter at the property," explains Wylie.

"On the day of the exchange, they'll see one of our meter installers from our authorized contractor Corix Utilities. The meter installer will knock on the door to let the customer know we're there and what we're doing."

"Those homes can expect a brief power outage - expected to last a few minutes - while the old meters are replaced with the new, controversial advanced metering systems. . . .

"Following the installment of smart meters in Kelowna, Fortis crews will begin work in the South Okanagan with a projected start date in May 2015. . . .

OPT-OUT PACKAGE




Nov 22
2014

Why Are Smart Meters So Dangerous? Don Maisch PhD

Take Back Your Power Seminar - New Zealand (December 10, 2013) -Stop Smart Meters NZ




Nov 18
2014

BC Hydro: energy mafia lose the plot... and their conscience

Tale Back Your Power - November 17, 2014

" . . . I can't help feeling discouraged by how lost British Columbia has become -- or should I say, how lost those who run BRITISH COLUMBIA, the for-profit corporation masquerading as government, have become.

"It appears the management in my home province has now completed its descent into the slimy waiting hands of mafioso. And BC Hydro is all-in, now autocratically committing crimes against everyone in the province. . .

Read on to view VIDEO: Senior in the dark over hydro smart meter dispute (CTC News)

Reality check: what this means
Remembrance of Purpose


Read on to view VIDEO "Judgment at Nuremburg"
Read on to view VIDEO City Council Meeting: Smart Meter Harm in Port St. Lucie Florida



Read on to view VIDEO: Mike Mitcham's presentation at the 2014 AV5 conference - The Smart Meter Agenda




Nov 16
2014

OPT OUT PACKAGE for FORTIS BC customers

Registration Notice, instructions and background information (updated)

FOR FortisBC Customers

As yet there is no Class Action Lawsuit in motion in the FortisBC Electric service area.
In the meantime, we encourage FortisBC customers to register their refusal of a smart meter with FortisBC using the following "No-Fee Opt-Out Registration Notice" form.

Smart Meter NO-FEE OPT OUT Registration Notice   FortisBC
FortisBC No Trespassing Sign  
FortisBC confirmation of application


September 18, 2013:  FortisBC Inc Radio-Off AMI Meter Option Application to BCUC  




Nov 16
2014

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (updated November 7, 2014)

Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program

CLASS ACTION

COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:

Residential PARTICIPATION FORM 

Commercial PARTICIPATION FORM


Questions and Answers relating to Participation Forms


Opt-Out Sign for Analog (Option 1)

Opt-Out Sign for Analog (Option 2) (Class Action Version)


WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

Notice of Application November 7, 2014

* Check out the postings under BCUC/BC Hydro Class Action on this website for ongoing news and updates.  

TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY:

FLYER

Mini Class Action Participation Form

Mini Q&A






Nov 7
2014

Notice of Application to BC Hydro, November 2014

Certified Class Proceedings - Applicants: Nomi Davis (Residential) and Jessica Klein (Commercial)

Part 1: ORDERS SOUGHT
Part 2: FACTUAL BASIS
Part 3: LEGAL BASIS
Part 4: MATERIAL TO BE RELIED ON

SCHEDULE "A"
RESIDENTIAL CLASS DESCRIPTION

SCHEDULE "B"
COMMERCIAL CLASS DESCRIPTION

SCHEDULE "C"
COMMON ISSUES
Emissions
Rights claimed
Rights violated
Government authorization
Contract
Commercial Premises
Remedy

SCHEDULE "D"
PLAINTIFFS' PROPOSED LITIGATION PLAN
Introduction
Notice and op-out / opt-in
Litigation relating to the common issues
Case Management and Interlocutory Applications
Judgment
Individual Issues Determination

SCHEDULE "A" to PLAINTIFFS' PROPOSED LITIGATION PLAN  

NOTICE TO BC HYDRO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS  
CERTIFICATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CLASS ACTION

REGARDING "SMART METERS"  


THE CLASS ACTION
THE CERTIFICATION ORDER
YOU MAY STILL OBJECT
WHAT TO DO IF YOU MEET THE CLASS DEFINITION
FEES
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
INTERPRETATION

NOTICE TO BC HYDRO COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS  
CERTIFICATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CLASS ACTION

REGARDING "SMART METERS"


THE CLASS ACTION
THE CERTIFICATION ORDER
YOU MAY STILL OBJECT
WHAT TO DO IF YOU MEET THE CLASS DEFINITION
FEES
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
INTERPRETATION

Appendix




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