Nearly five years ago, the webmaster of LifeEnergies.com sent two letters to the editor of the Sounder in Random Lake warning about the new radiofrequency transmitter meters that WE-Energies was installing.
People who had these meters installed WITH NO WARNINGS five or more years ago would simply not have known enough to attribute new symptoms, illnesses and unexpected deaths to the new source of (involuntary) radiation on their homes. MOST WE-Energies (and other utility) customers never saw these warnings in the small paper, nor had the opportunity to hear about the serious risks these radiofrequency emitting device would bring to their families. Therefore, I am posting them here to expose the truth, and to honor the writer, a true pioneer of awareness about dangers of smart meters.
Today’s WE-Energies meters in some areas transmit bursts of microwave energy every few seconds, 24-7. (See “Reject Smart Meters in Wisconsin” at YouTube for recent clip)
How many more pioneers of smart meter awareness will we need to wake up the sleeping population?
How many more illnesses? How many years of a rise in unexpected or unexplained deaths of people, and animals?
SkyVision Solutions has just released a new report entitled, “A Perspective on How Smart Meters Invade Individual Privacy.” Folks, there is no question about it. The question is, are you going to lay down and take it, or rally to opt out?
The most important thing is to put pressure on lawmakers to revive a bill that allows you to opt out of meters, which should have been OPT IN to start with. The next most important thing is to spread the word to have other people join the push for this most basic freedom: the protection of what you are doing in your own home and on your property.
The “smart” grid remote reporting will also allow updates to software that enable things you cannot even dream of, and without your consent. The best thing is to NOT have these invasive devices in the first place.
The WI laws allowing utilities to “select their equipment” without any customer input were created before remote data-collecting, radiation-producing meters were created or used as a new “routine.” Wisconsin law needs to be updated to give utility consumers the power to say no to this different class of equipment.
Are we going to accept this insult to your privacy or fight it by spreading the word and working with lawmakers? That is the important question we must ask.
Eugene Oregon decided to make its smart meter program “opt in” only because area doctors compiled a report that showed all the health damage potential of individual meters and the system. While the utility was not probably concerned about public health, they realized the liability issues were very real.
The doctors’ reports refer to Sensus FlexNet electric metering – the same as Alliant is using in Wisconsin. Alliant (and other electric, gas and water utilities) never offered an “opt in” to smart meters in Wisconsin. Alliant and most WI utilities refuse to people “opt out” for any reason. But these utilities will face liability as more people become educated about the truth: that transmitting radiofrequency/microwave meters and network emissions add up to cancers and other negative health impacts.
Below you will find the well-researched documents prepared by Dr. Paul Dart, M.D., and other medical professionals for the utility. Dr. Dart also submitted these as testimony to the FCC to encourage the federal regulators to adopt biologically protective radiofrequency/microwave limits to protect the population.
TELL lawmakers to get on the ball and push AB 345 – the smart meter opt out bill - FORWARD. This bill would save the utilities from inevitable lawsuits, and allow individuals to ability to REJECT chronic radiation-emitting meters on their homes and in their neighborhoods.
AB 345, the Wisconsin smart meter opt out bill, is resting quietly for the moment in the utilities committee. But this new baby lives and breathes, and is a wonderful beginning towards justice on this consumer issue.
Clearly, lawmakers do not yet understand the serious dangers of transmitting utility meters to residents. So we must continue to educate them about the health, security and privacy impacts. We need to remind them that America is supposed to be a place where individuals have control of their own living spaces and homes.
Let’s continue to work to educate and convince state lawmakers to support this basic consumer right – to reject radiation producing devices on our own homes, which also pose security and privacy risks.
For hope and inspiration, see the recent interaction with Chairman of the FCC Thomas Wheeler as Stop Smart Meters (CA) stood up for us all, speaking truth to power.
Happy New Year. The most important thing to do in Wisconsin is still to put pressure on lawmakers to give the existing Smart Meter Opt Out bill, AB 345, a public hearing. The bill is sitting in the utilities committee, not a friendly place. It needs our continued and growing support and voices to move forward towards citizen justice.
After doing that, here is Action Alert #4:
Let’s give lawmakers and the governor notice that they will be held responsible for the damages and harm to the people of Wisconsin from forcing the “smart” grid system on all by failing to ACT NOW to protect people.
Opt outs are the bare minimum. A smart meter roll-back is the deeper solution. For the smart grid has teeth. It is not a tame little animal that will stay as it is. Next up are appliances that communicate with and are controlled by the meters, layering even more daily radiation into homes and neighborhoods. As for your privacy and security, the grid can and will most likely morph into a monstrous network that enables monitoring and control of many things, not just utility usage. (research these topics for the details: The Internet of Things; the capabilities of drones to communicate and collect remote information; RFID chip developments, etc.)
HERE is a sample letter from Maine to edit and sent to Wisconsin lawmakers and the governor so they know we will not forget, we will never forget, their role in implementing – and FORCING – the smart grid and the devastation to privacy, security and health it brings our state:
LETTER TEMPLATE: (copy, paste, edit & mail) _____________________________________________
Deval L. Patrick Massachusetts State House Office of the Governor Room 280 Boston, MA 02133
NOTICE OF INDIVIDUAL LIABILITY
To Governor Deval L. Patrick,
Please understand that you have firm and widespread opposition to your careless, harmful and corrupt “smart grid” proposals.
We do not want to be spied on through our utility use. We do not want a radiation-saturated environment from over-deployment of wireless devices. We do not want to pay different rates for the same electricity and have our “energy consumption behavior” manipulated by unfair and unjustified taxes, penalties, “flexible rates” and “tiered rates”.
It is clear that, to utility customers, there are and will be no “savings” of any kind, there will be no “choices” that are not available with analog metering and the “smart grid” only serves to enrich utility companies and public agencies at huge and unfair expense to the public.
There are absolutely no benefits to consumers in this deceptive program of “modernization” and you have apparently been diverted in your loyalties to power industry and government elites.
Unless you reverse your positions and support health, safety and privacy with traditional and safe analog meters you will be thought of, and represented as, an enemy of the public by all those who suffer the consequences of your proposed radiation-surveillance rate-gouging Orwellian nightmare.
You are hereby notified that you will now be held personally liable, as an individual, for any and all damages relating to “smart” meter or grid technology in your state, and this liability extends to any successors of your office. Any reply, other than taking the appropriate action and preserving the rights of your constituents by preventing “smart” metering/grid technology deployment in your state, will be deemed as your full acceptance of this liability, both commercially and, where applicable, criminally.
By: [Your Signature] [Your Name] [Your Mailing Address]
If your utility refuses to allow you to opt out of a transmitting radiofrequency meter, it is time to give them notice for your future lawsuit.
Find out the name of the utility contact person to send formal documents to.
Research to collect studies, expert reports and medical information that shows radiofrequency/microwave radiation can cause or make worse CANCER, HEART PROBLEMS and other health impacts. Plenty are out there and the number of these continues to grow.
Write a brief letter or form to include with each individual study or paper you will send your utility in a stream of informational health notices.
The note should say you want them to remove their smart meter because it is it is causing the risks of developing cancer, heart problems, etc., for you and your family in your own home and yard.
Get a formal utility acknowledgement of your notice and information in the event that you or a family member develops cancer, heart problems or another impact from having their meter forced on your living space and yard. Tell the utility you need it for your records and to share with your lawyer in event someone becomes ill from the meter.
Send a copy of each notice to your state lawmakers. Keep records of all utility responses acknowledging your notices with your original notice.
Send one study or paper at a time to help you and the utility pinpoint future damages by narrowing down the type of injury that may occur.
Keep the stream coming, one per week or more often, if you like. Once I get this going myself, will post possible studies and sources, but plenty are out there.
Hold utilities accountable for forcing radiation-producing meters. They need to know you mean business.
* Request your complete data in charts or lists. Make sure you ask for every measurement they take down to the second. Some utilities collect hourly (Alliant), some every few seconds (WE-Energies). If you don’t ask for this detail they will send you summaries by day, week or month. Ask for at least the past 2 years to get a good picture of things.
* Analyze your data. Look for patterns relating to appliance use, home vacancy periods, etc. Compare to these kWH charts, where usage data can reveal patterns within a home, when a family is away, when they get up, etc. No one asked your permission to gather all this detailed data about your utility use.
* Ask the utility if your meter communicates or sends/receives data with other meters. For example, Alliant electric meters, the Sensus Flexnet iCon type, constantly “listen” to each other and take turns sending your data to the cell towers. The neighborhood meter with the best connection to the tower at the moment sends each meter’s data. So, your private usage data readings might go to your neighbor’s meter on his home and property. Or maybe your neighbors’ private data might come to YOUR meter to be sent. Alliant encrypts it, but it is sent around, nonetheless.
But sending a customer’s data to other customer locations is prohibited by state code. PSC 113.0611 says the PSC “shall keep a record of employees authorized…to enter customers’ premises.” There is no such record of people receiving your data in your network. The law does not authorize other customers to receive YOUR private usage information sent to their properties, whether encrypted or not. This never happened when one meter reader would read your meter directly.
PSC 113.0302(2)(d) discusses Refusal or failure to permit authorized utility personnel to read the meter at least once every 6 month in order to determine actual usage. Again, only authorized utility personnel are supposed to have access to your data on your property from your meter.
*Tell your utility that you never gave them permission to pass your usage data among other customers’ meters. The private transaction between you and the utility should not involve other customer locations and devices. State code does not allow it. Give them notice to stop doing this, by law.
*Tell your utility you never gave them permission to obsessively collect your usage other than for monthly billing. Demand that they only take a reading once a month to bill you.
*Give state lawmakers copies of your requests made to the utilities and their answers.
*Tell lawmakers you never gave permission for the utility to obsessively collect your usage data beyond monthly billing reads, and you never gave permission for the utilities to send your data to via other customer meters. Mention state law that says only authorized persons may get your meter’s readings.
*Ask lawmakers to sign on to AB 345 to let you get a non-transmitting analog meter to be read once a month by you or the utility for billing purposes only. Remember, smart meters such as the Alliant iCon can be remotely updated and have endless data and networking capabilities. They can be changed without any notice to you, the consumer. In fact, they were installed without any notice to YOU, the customer. You were never given a choice about having a meter that obsessively collects and sends your hourly usage.
Updates could happen at any time with NO notice to YOU the customer. For example, the Integrated FlexNet SmartPoint meters can be programmed to report daily, hourly, 15- and 5- minute read intervals. We never gave these utilities permission to monitor and report our usage like this. Act now to push back.
The key word here is PERMISSION. We never had a choice about these new types of meters, which obsessively collect our data and expose our families to extra radiation involuntarily. Period.