Citizens for Safe Technology
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and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
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
ADDRESS for registration or letters to BCUC: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Farren Lander at Choices Public Market in South Surrey
Farren Lander is an electrodermal screening health practitioner with extensive knowledge in understanding the underlying environmental causes of degenerative diseases, specifically cancer, and what can be done to prevent them. He has been fortunate to work and train alongside numerous naturopathic and medical practitioners, and has been affiliated as an advocate and educator with the Cancer Prevention Coalition and Citizens for Safe Technology.
House Bill No. 7343 - re smart meters
March 4, 2014
a sampling of many letters sent to BCUC, BC Hydro and the media re BC Hydro's "Meter Choices Program"
Response to Questions re Method of BC Hydro Smart Meter Refusal - Updated December 16, 2013
"A question we are asked frequently is whether people can still participate in the civil lawsuit against BC Hydro if they are using other forms and processes of smart meter resistance. The answer is simply, yes, you can participate and use any of our forms and letters, as nothing a person can do individually with regard to such choices could affect the lawsuit one way or another. It is important to note that all civil lawsuit participants registered with CST remain completely anonymous to BC Hydro and the Court, unless specifically identified with a personal Affidavit. . . .
Updated Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program
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2. IMMEDIATE ACTION:
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4. TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY
This update contains recent articles and links re smart meters (applicable outside Maryland as well)
REMINDER: " . . . we have two Opt out bills, one in the House and one in the Senate. We urge you to write to your elected officials especially if one or more of them are on the Committees that will hear the bills, i.e. the Senate Finance Committee and the Economic Matters Committee. The following two links are to the Legislative Guide on the MSMA website and to the model letters . . . .
re: British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority Application for Approval of Charges Related to Meter Choices Program ~ Project No.3698760
On Feb. 7 the interveners submitted to BCUC their final arguments against BC Hydro's "meter choices" (aka opt out fees) proposal. There are some excellent ones that can be read here.
BC Hydro has until Friday, February 14, to submit their response, and then it will be up to BCUC to deliberate and to reach a decision. Then BCUC will have to decide if it's going to pay attention to all the ideas, suggestions and concerns raised by the interveners and those who cared enough to submit letters of interest and concern, to do what it's mandated to do by legislation - to safeguard our welfare - or if it will bow down to a government which has ignored our civil rights.
NB: On February 11, the following extension was announced:
"NOW THEREFORE the Commission approves an extension to the Reply date on the Reconsideration application to Friday, February 28, 2014."
Following are LINKS on the BCUC Website to Final Submissions and Arguments to the BCUC re BC Hydro's Application for Approval of charges related to their Meter Choices Program.
ALSO, there are links to exhibits -
CST's response re latest billing (2014)
CST's Response re Latest 2014 Billing From BC Hydro
After a time of non-communication re electrical billing, many people with analogue meters are now receiving their BC Hydro bill for January. Some are being billed for only a partial month, some for very high estimates, some with no extortion fee, many with pro-rated ones . . .
Any of these are valid reasons to question Hydro. To do so, call the customer service number on your bill. If possible, provide your own readings, and demand that those be acknowledged and used.
Reading your analogue:
Hydro has said it will turn unpaid fees over to a collection agency, and could turn off power. Will they? Who knows if they will take such draconian measures, but they are bullies and desperate to get these meters on our homes. It is our assertion that we cannot trust them.
We cannot tell customers what to do about paying or not paying the "fee", as ultimately that is up to them. Some are comfortable withholding the fee and are prepared to deal what may result.
A reasonable compromise, if there is such a thing in a situation such as this, would be to pay Hydro's fee via separate cheque with something like "paid under duress", "blackmail payment" or "extortion fee demand" in the memo section to prevent Hydro from saying you paid willingly. Remember, these fees are not yet final, and the BCUC must decide what the fees will be. We expect there to be a refund once BCUC finalizes its hearing on the fees.
The BCUC recently decided to require FortisBC to limit their opt-out charges to $9 per month. We have reason to believe that the BCUC will lower opt-out charges for BC Hydro as well. It will be important for each of us to keep a record of current extortion fee payments to make sure we are adequately recompensed once this next level of intervening at the BCUC is completed.
Some of our members have lodged a complaint with the Auditor General about BC Hydro's actions. There are many things Hydro is doing which deserve scrutiny. For example, how can Hydro not read meters for months, sending out estimated bills (often not marked as estimated) with consumption estimates based on nothing? Not historical usage, not reasonable projected usage. Who knows how "adjustments" are done when the meter is actually read, and how the tiers are handled. Are excess usage figures calculated at the higher rate or the lower rate? And why should Hydro have our money for free to use all of that time? Perhaps these are questions for the BCUC.
We must argue our case strongly before the BCUC email@example.com, and show how we feel about how we've been and are being treated.
From: John Mansell registered Intervener in BCH application for approval of charges in the Meter Choices Program.
"I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the BCH final submissions of January 24, 2014. It is my intention to bring to the attention of the Commission my understanding of certain arguments put forward by BCH. It is my hope that the commission will have preceded me in similar understandings and my letter will serve, as a member of the public and BCH customer, to reinforce the commissions resolve in representing the public's best interest. . . .
VIEWER'S CHOICE AWARDS: AwareGuide 2013 Transformational Film of the Year
Here is the PRESS RELEASE from Take Back Your Power.
We are happy to let you know that the made-in-BC documentary film Take Back Your Power has tied for first place as AwareGuide's 2013 Transformational Film of the Year. It's a viewer's choice from a lineup of 33 films this year.
We are very proud of Josh for creating this film and hope that, if you haven't already had a chance to see it, you will take advantage of any opportunity to do so.
Lineup of venues (B.C. ongoing and open to additions)
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