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Smart Meters and Grids


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



Apr 7
2015

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (updated April 7, 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, April 7, 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






Apr 7
2015

" . . . Direction 4 allowed opt out choice ONLY for residential customers who had thus far managed to avoid the installation of a microwave smart meter up until December 1, 2013. No commercial customers were allowed an opt out choice.

"After more than 2 years of forced installations, and two months after commencement of this legal action against BC Hydro, the Liberals used Direction 4 to deny opt out choice for 96% of BC Hydro customers, allowing opt out choice ONLY for those customers who had successfully refused a smart meter of any kind up to December 1, 2013. Out of 1.8 million customers, only 4% were deemed eligible for choice. Direction 4 only allowed customers to opt out if they had residential accounts (no business), and no RF smart meter had yet been installed by December 1, 2013. In short, Direction 4 closed any loopholes left out of the Clean Energy Act and determined the different ways in which individual customers may suffer under the heavy hand of BC Hydro's smart meter rollout.

"It was an amazing moment to realize the Liberals had imposed an act which made legal severe restriction of civil liberties without any kind of parliamentary discussion. . . .




Apr 2
2015

Joint Letter to Minister of Energy and Mines - Alex Atamanenko (MP) and Katrine Conroy (MLA)

re smart meter program opt-out fee and disconnection issues

". . . A number of our constituents in the Slocan Valley have had their power shut off even in the middle of winter. As a public policy we find this to totally unacceptable and inhumane. We feel that resolution can be found to accommodate those who are resisting this program because of health concerns.

 ". . . We urge to ensure that:

  • BC Hydro immediately re-connect electricity to those affected homes at no cost 
  • BC Hydro adopt a fee structure more consistent with jurisdictions elsewhere in North America and is no greater than that of Quebec. 




Mar 31
2015

California knew smart meters were dangerous (Quebec)

La Maison du 21e siecle magazine - By Andre Fauteux, Editor

" . . . Counselled by the same physician who used to head radiation studies at the World Health Organization (WHO) and at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), California's Opt-Out Program offers non-emitting analog meters Hydro-Quebec claims are no longer available.  

"There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF, etc., and rather than have them becoming hysterical, etc., I would quietly leave them alone », wrote former CPUC president Michael Peevey in a private email seized by California authorities."

"People who have become intolerant to electromagnetic fields (EMF) should be allowed to keep their electromechanical (analog) meter rather than be imposed a "smart" electronic (digital) meter emitting radiofrequencies (RFs), the former President of the the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) admitted in a 2010 email recently seized by authorities thanks to a search warrant. Michael Peevey's email was sent to none other than Brian Cherry, Vice President of the big energy supplier Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), based in San Francisco. In January 2015, investigators from the Office of the California Attorney General seized their computers as part of a criminal investigation on possible collusion and corruption in the appointment of a judge favorable to a rate increase request generating PG&E $1.3 billion in extra revenues.

"Since the beginning of their deployment in 2006 around the world, governments and water, gas and electric utilities have always claimed that smart meters posed no danger to public health. This despite thousands of complaints from users and doctors who reported a host of symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) which appeared or were aggravated after installation of these emitters of pulsed microwaves . . . However, on 6 September 2010, Peevey wrote to Cherry: "There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF, etc., and rather than have them becoming hysterical, etc., I would quietly leave them alone." 

"At the beginning of his message, Peevey confided: "If it were my decision I would let anyone who wants to keep their old analog meter keep it, if they claim they suffer from EMF and/or related electronic-related illnesses and they can produce a doctor's letter saying so (or expressing concern about the likelihood of suffering same). I would institute such a policy quitely and solely on an individual basis."  

"Told about this confession, the President of the Association quebecoise de lutte contre la pollution atmospherique (Quebec Association Against Air Pollution or AQLPA), Andre Belisle, "insistently demands once again that an independent public health inquiry be launched based on these new facts and revelations".  . . .

"But at the office of the Quebec Minister responsible for Public Health, Lucie Charlebois, nothing has changed. "Our position on smart meters remains the same," said spokesperson Alexandra Bernier. She said the opt-out program offered by Hydro-Quebec (featuring a non-communicating digital meter) is enough. Yet it does not help people living in apartment buildings close to several smart meters because they have to convince their neighbors to pay withdrawal fees. . . .

  • WHO partnership with electric utilities 
  • An expert debunks the supposed benefits of smart meters




Mar 30
2015

Smart Meter - What We Know (2011)

Measurement Challenges and Complexities - EMF & RF Solutions (updated March 2015)

A Technical Paper to Clarify RF Radiation Emissions and Measurement Methodologies

EMF&RF Solutions




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  




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