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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



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 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




Nov 1
2014


Nov 1
2014

SaskPower's CEO resigns over dangerous smart meter program; should BC's Bennett be next?

Press Release from the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, October 28, 2014

Attached is a press release that went out October 28, 2014.  Please send it to your local newspapers, radio stations, etc. People need to be demanding an independent investigation of the ITRON meter failures in BC. The government and Hydro, are denying the failures have occurred, despite their own records to the contrary. This is profound negligence. No politician is willing to stand up and draw attention to this, no government agency has any authority for oversight. It's up to us to raise this to the level that the NDP in Saskatchewan did - and demand a full investigation.

" . . .  It's time for a full independent investigation into BC Hydro's smart meter program.

"There have been far more failures and fires associated with the Itron smart meter in BC than there have been in Saskatchewan, as found in official documents obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Yet BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett and the head of BC Hydro's smart meter program, Greg Reimer, continue to deny any have occurred. Mr. Bennett has tried to mislead the public by saying that the brand of smart meters used in BC are not the same as used in Saskatchewan. While this is true, the fact remains that fires and meter failures have occurred in BC.

"Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters believes this is not just a coincidence. "It appears as if the government did not want any oversight at all from any agency that has the duty and responsibility to protect the public's welfare. This lack of concern for the safety of the public is alarming."

"A Fire Report was sent to the government in August by the Coalition, with examples taken from FOI documents of "failures" as well as fires that were not tracked officially. Noble believes it is ludicrous for the government to deny that fires and failures have occurred when Hydro itself has reports to the contrary.

 "The Coalition believes that the lives and property of British Columbians are just as important as those of people living in Saskatchewan. It is time for the government to do the right thing and end this dangerous program until and unless it can be proven to be safe."




Oct 27
2014

SaskPower CEO Robert Watson resigns over smart meter controversy

Review said Crown utility didn't adequately look after safety concerns

BACKGROUND

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.






Oct 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






Oct 14
2014

B.C. Hydro Press Release Refuted (August 26, 2014)

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: 
http://www.bchydro.com/news/press_centre/news_releases/2014/new-meters-making-electricity-grid-safer.html
   
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!




Oct 13
2014

OPT-OUT SIGN for ANALOG- for BC Hydro Installers

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. 




Oct 13
2014

BC's energy minister admits smart meter FIRES ... but will do nothing

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition to Stop "Smart" Meters - July 30, 2014



JULY 30, 2014    For immediate release

BC's energy minister admits smart meter FIRES

... but will do nothing

Energy Minister Bill Bennett admits to smart meter fires in British Columbia, but rather than do anything, he expresses disappointment that Saskatchewan is taking action to protect its citizens.


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??"




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