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Smart Meters and Grids
SMART METERS and GRIDS OVERVIEW
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: email@example.com
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Review said Crown utility didn't adequately look after safety concerns
July 15, 2014 Smart meter installations on hold as SaskPower probes fires.
July 30, 2014 SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters following fires
July 31, 2014 SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters following fires
July 31, 2014 Smart meter recall cost balloons to $47 M, SaskPower says
July 29, 2014 Saskatoon Light and Power sticking with smart meters
August 6, 2014 SaskPower CEO apologizes for smart meters
August 11, 2014 10th "smart" meter fire hits home in Regina
August 15,2014 Sask. let "unqualified" workers install meters, NDP says
October 24, 2014 Trial period incidents should have halted smart meter program: NDP
October 27, 2014 SaskPowerCEO out after report: 'consumer safety not a priority"
October 27, 2014 Smart meter safety not enough of a priority for SaskPower: Review
October 27, 2014 SaskPower CEO Watson resigns after release of scathing smart meter report / VIDEOS
SaskPower CEO Robert Watson has resigned following release of a report on the smart meter program.
"The potential for catastrophic meter failure was never identified as a possible risk." CIC Smart Meter Review
Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower, said Watson submitted his resignation on the weekend and it was accepted.
The smart meter review released Monday faulted the Crown corporation for not doing a better job looking after customer safety. During the summer, there were eight smart meter fires.
Watson was appointed to the top job at the provincially owned power utility in 2010 after six years as CEO at SaskTel, the government's phone company.
He will not receive severance, said Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower.
SaskPower sent out a press release Monday afternoon, stating it will be examining the review, and "take recommendations forward as planning for new smart meters continues in the next several years."
"SaskPower employees are working hard to address the challenges faced with the smart meter program," said Boyd in the release.
"This report provides valuable insight as to where gaps existed. We will be implementing changes accordingly over the next few days."
SaskPower is the province's biggest Crown corporation, with assets of $7 billion and revenues in 2012 of $1.8 billion.
Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program
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Questions and Answers relating to Participation Forms
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Opinion piece: A rebuttal to BC Hydro's press release of August 25, 2014
In response to the recent Fire Report sent to media outlets in BC, Hydro released a press release in an attempt to refute it, without directly addressing it, saying that the smart meters are improving the safety of the $$mart grid.
Please note that Hydro does not deny that fires have occurred:
Attached is a rebuttal that Sharon Noble, Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC, has sent out to every media outlet and newspaper.
Please circulate it to your newspapers, and your contacts, too. Thank you!
For customers who have chosen #3 on Hydro's List of "options"
FOR THOSE OF US WITH ANALOG METERS:
To be displayed on analog meter to ensure that BC Hydro's installers are aware of your "choice" to retain your analog and to accept no other.
Make sure to include the date, and provide the information at the bottom of the sign. This replaces the more generic "NO TRESPASSING" sign that was previously available.
PRESS RELEASE: Coalition to Stop "Smart" Meters - July 30, 2014
JULY 30, 2014 For immediate release
BC's energy minister admits smart meter FIRES
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??"
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
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.
Letter to Governments - Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in B.C.
We need to put pressure on our provincial health authorities to help protect us and our families from the RF proliferation and to stop misleading us by saying that everything is fine.
" . . . This is outrageous. The public is being lulled into believing that the wireless gadgets they love and that they give their toddlers are safe. This is wrong - both in fact and morally.
"It is time for the provincial government to take responsibility for stopping this exposure. It has the duty to protect our health and it has the right to establish exposure limits that are precautionary.
"I ask our elected officials to review this information and join together to demand that correct information be given to the public. Demand that our health authorities do their jobs, tell the truth, and stop misleading the public.
"For additional reference please consider a letter signed 52 world renowned experts, asking for Health Canada to finally acknowledge the evidence that many other countries have based their guidelines on: http://c4st.org/images/documents/hc-resolutions/scientific-declaration-to-health-canada-english.pdf
two half-size pages back to back for easy distribution. Uses less paper than the full-size sheet.
Download and copy this two-sided "mini" Q and A (Question and Answer) flyer. Please give to those who may be interested in learning more about the criteria for the Class Action Lawsuit launched against BC Hydro and their smart metering program.
FULL SIZE Q AND A INFO SHEET
Necessary to JOIN CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against BC Hydro. Download, fill it in, and send it by Canada Post.
COMPLETE THIS FORM to join the BC HYDRO CLASS ACTION
PARTICIPATION FORM (Residential) to download
Mailing address if different_________________________________
E-mail address ____________________ phone number ____________
BC Hydro account number, if you have one ____________
Suggested contribution towards class action legal services (circle one):
$10 $20 $30 $50 $100 OTHER: ______
Additional donation for administration gratefully accepted $ _______
Please make cheque payable to "Coalition to Stop Smart Meters"
Printed name: ________________________
Mail to: Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
PO Box 52061
Beacon Ave., RPO
Sidney, BC V8L 5V9
NB The PARTICIPATION FORM (downloadable below) is not an email form. We need your correspondence with us to be in writing.
Please complete this Class Action Participation Form by printing out the form, filling in each section carefully, and mailing it to the address given at the bottom of the form, with your donation by cheque payable to "Coalition to Stop Smart Meters."
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