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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



Mar 19
2015

Enough is Enough - Hydro One Peaceful Protest in Toronto 5/13/2015

Take Back Your Power in Queen's Park, Toronto Ontario - Noon, May 13, 2015




Mar 15
2015

Run-Around re Smart Meter Fires - BC Hydro

Sampling of official letters to and from Sharon Noble, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC (updated March 15)

Ontario's Hydro One is threatening to shut off power to customers.  BC Hydro IS cutting power and stranding families who are paying huge bills already for their essential service, often for protesting the extortion fee. 

The Ontario Ombudsman continues to receive 1000s of complaints about Hydro One, and is preparing a report. From the comments, it will be as blistering as the Ontario Auditor General's report.  

Where is BC's Ombudsperson? 

We must keep sending our complaints to our BC ombudsperson and Auditor General even though it seems that the government has put pressure through budget cuts, etc to prevent these offices from addressing BC Hydro's egregious actions. Online Complaint Form 

Video: Ontario Ombudsman details 'shocking' billing practices at Hydro One by James Armstrong - Global News - March 11, 2015

Video:  Toronto Sun




Mar 15
2015

Who needs Hydro? Not Rotraut.

Comox Vally Record

" . . . Rotraut Knopp made headlines last year by refusing to pay her BC Hydro legacy fee. She made it through the entire winter without BC Hydro power and she says she'll never go back.

"Rotraut Knopp is looking forward to sunnier skies -- literally.

"The 71-year-old Ships Point resident had been living without electricity since Oct. 30 when BC Hydro cut off power to her trailer after she stopped paying her monthly legacy meter fee for her analog meter.

"Following a month of propane heat, oil lamps and making soup on her Coleman stove, Knopp installed solar panels in December. While she admits it is not as convenient as electric power, she said "it's been really worthwhile.

"It's going really well. The way I do things have changed; I'm more aware of what needs to be done. I don't need to do laundry when it's dark for days."

"Because of health implications, Knopp refused to have a smart meter installed, and had been paying the usage portion of her hydro bill, but refused the monthly fee. . . .

"Knopp hopes her switch to solar electricity will inspire others to think about their power use. As a result of her conversion, she has neighbours considering the switch.

"Using solar allows me to think more about what nature is doing and act accordingly. I'm glad -- it teaches me things about what I haven't paid attention to before."




Mar 8
2015

BC emails for letters re smart meter issues (updated March 7, 2015)

BC Hydro, government members and contacts, Federal MP's, media

Letters are needed from BC citizens. Please send your concerns and insights to the following addresses, and ask others to do the same:




Mar 8
2015

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  




Mar 4
2015

"Initially, Montrealer Pierre Lepage was glad to receive the letter Hydro-Québec mailed him in 2011. It announced the upcoming replacement of the six electric meters located in his basement appartment's kitchen, by wireless "smart" meters that communicate with radiofrequency microwaves (RF/MWs). "I told myself, thanks to remote metering, I won't have to fill out meter-reading cards anymore. But I was ignorant", Lepage said in a 2012 interview after writing Quebec's Energy Board to complain that those meters harmed his family's health. About two weeks after they were installed, Lepage, his wife, father and teenage son all developed flue-like symptoms : dizziness, headaches, fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite. "We thought we caught a virus, but the symptoms lasted for weeks. Later, I developed heart palpitations and high blood pressure for the first time in my life", the 36-year-old man said. He later covered the meters' glass globes with four layers of aluminum foil to reduce their RF/MW emissions, as recommended by Villeray Refuse, the first citizen's group to oppose mandatory installation of smart meters. "Three days later we felt much better", Lepage wrote in his letter to the Energy Board.  

"Health authorities say smart meters are safe because their average RF/MW emissions are thousands of times weaker than those from cellphones. But experts in electromagnetic fields (EMFs) health effects say research is needed because it seems that smart meters' 24/7, intermittent and unpredictable pulses may be disrupting the synchronized electrical impulses in body cells. Evidence submitted in 2013 to the British Parliament stated smart meters "have triggered thousands of complaints of ill health and disabling symptoms worldwide", according to the first study on smart meter health complaints published this week in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Its author, Dr Frederica Lamech, found that the main symptoms reported by some people exposed meters are the same as those related to other wireless devices for more than 60 years. . . .




Mar 1
2015

Global Smart Meters Roll-Out And Serfdom Of Humanity

SMART METERS AND WOLVES' SHEEP PEN - By Mario Dufour and Esse Nemo

Mario Dufour is a Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Uruguay. He worked in Canada, Honduras, Haïti, Cambodia and in Nunavik in 90's and 2000's. Occasionally, he writes articles or editorials published in alternative monthly magazine Le Couac.

PART ONE: Global Smart Meters Roll-Out And Serfdom of Humanity

PART TWO: Smart Meters, The Meshed Network




Feb 17
2015

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION re BC Hydro Meter Related Fires

Bc Hydro's response to request for records - June 2014 (includes list of 26 incidents)

" . . . Please note that although the incidents listed in the attached table do record electrical incidents which occurred during, or relatively soon after, the installation of a smart meter, none of the incidents included in the table have been 'attributed' to the presence of a smart meter, or to the installation of a smart meter as distinct fro any other type of meter. . . .

" . . . BC Hydro does not track the occurrence of power surges in relation to the presence, or absence, of smart meters and so has no records to provide in that regard. . . .




Feb 16
2015

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (updated February 16, 2015)

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

CLASS ACTION

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

Status of Class Action, January 1, 2015
  
Notice of Application, November 7, 2014


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


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)


TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY:

FLYER

Mini Class Action Participation Form

Mini Q&A

FORTIS BC INFO






Feb 15
2015

Power versus privacy: The debate over smart grid technology (CBS)

In neighborhoods across the country, battle lines have been drawn.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 9, 2015)  In Indiana, a news broadcast about privacy, invasion of it, and the "grid".




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