I first want to thank all for your patience and continued support as
we move toward completing our film, Take Back Your Power.
Let me admit that I had under-estimated the time, resources and money
that would be required to do a proper job of this very complex story
on smart meters, combining the fine-point details and facts with some
of the "story behind the story".
The breadth of technical and personal challenges I've experienced has
been considerable indeed, though this can be expected with the nature
of the project. I sincerely do appreciate all of the support and
positive energy coming our way.
We're gearing up for an announcement forthcoming in the next few days...
stay tuned! In the meantime, below are some key updates.
This movement we're all in - of taking a stand for basic rights in the
face of seemingly perplexing unconsiousness - our movement is in fact
growing worldwide. In US alone, there are now opt-outs in 16+
states and this number is growing as more public officials are being
educated. In my province of BC, it's been reported that 250,000+
households are not on board with the smart meter program here.
This is the tip of the tip of the iceberg.
I want to encourage you all to continue to stand your ground, and share
and encourage the friends, family and colleagues in your circle of influence.
Lock your meter, post signs, write your utility and - if you have a
smart meter - you can have it removed.
Do not let yourself be bullied into submission, and always require any
correspondence to be made in writing, from the "smart meter authorities"...
whomever happens to making this claim. As the awareness grows,
help and strength will multiply.
We are all "waking up" together and coming to the awareness that this
is about much more than just new wireless utility meters on your home.
Please enjoy and share these resources below.
Josh del Sol
Producer & Director,
Take Back Your Power
2) PECO Energy suspends installations of smart meters
PECO Energy announced that it will immediately suspend installation
of its new “smart” electric meters after some local fire officials attributed
them to the cause of a handful of recent house fires.
In response to the safety concerns, PECO will also begin replacing some
of the installed Sensus model meters with an L&G model starting
Saturday to see if it performs differently, spokeswoman Cathy Engel
Menendez said Wednesday. An extensive analysis of the meter data collected
so far will be completed before the replacement work begins, she added.
Full article: http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times_news/peco-energy-suspends-installations-of-smart-meters/article_77a2f97c-2e21-590a-b9bb-5468b487b008.html
Watch video (Fox29 TV): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Repkcytdk-Q
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3) News: Smart meters' lack of UL or CSA approval; lack of safety testing
Research has been ongoing to try to get to the bottom of what appears
to be a complete lack of both UL (or equivalent) certification, and
lack of safety testing in all regions throughout North America, and
In an email, a UL engineer said:
"Today utilities have to make sure the meter itself is being type-tested
under ANSI C12.1, 10 and 20 of which UL can also offer the testing certificate
service without UL mark as other lab doing. ... UL has developed a standardized
set of safety requirements for utility meters, including “smart” meters."
However, even though there are standards, and even though UL says utilities
need to ensure testing, no utility to date (that we know of) has been
able to provide evidence of any UL or CSA certification, or accredited
safety testing whatsoever.
That utilities are installing a untested, unapproved device as significant
as a utility meter governing all electrical usage is a major, massive
safety concern to all citizens. Further, there appears to be obfuscations
and witholding of truths going on with or between UL, ANSI and each
During filming, I interviewed John Horgan, NDP Energy Critic in BC,
and asked him how it is remotely possible that BC Hydro is getting away
with installing unapproved devices. He responded, "I don't know...
I don't know. It's mind-numbing, isn't it?"
If anyone has further information on the current status of the lack
of certification or safety testing of smart meters or other smart grid
devices, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
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4) Smart-Meter Defiance Slows $29 Billion U.S. Grid Upgrade
(From May, this Bloomberg article outlines the start of the first wave
of the no-smart-meter revolution, albeit in a somewhat biased way.)
Full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-08/smart-meter-defiance-slows-adoption-of-29-billion-grid.html
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5) Hawaii: Actual Smart Meter Microwave Exposure Videotaped and Measured
at More Than 1300% of KIUC Claims
An electrical contractor in Kauai, HI recorded a Smart Meter pulse at
a business in Kaua and shows that the microwave emissions are more than
1300% greater than KIUC's claim. In addition, over a 24 hour period
its total emissions amount to 3.2 hours of exposure to pulsed modulated
microwave frequency radiation at over 2 milliwatts per square meter
(mW/m2) which is 240 times greater than what the utility company claims.
Full article and video: http://stopkiuc.com/2012/06/actual-smart-meter-microwave-exposure-video-taped-kapaa-kauai/
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6) Maine Supreme Court update (July 12): Court says PUC didn't resolve
smart-meter health issues
PORTLAND — The Maine Public Utilities Commission failed to resolve health
and safety issues related to Central Maine Power Co.’s installation
of smart meters and should now do so, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court
In a decision released today, the court sided with smart-meter opponents,
who argued that utility regulators ignored their legal mandate to ensure
the delivery of safe and reasonable utility services.
Full article: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Law-Court-sides-with-smart-meter-health-issues.html
Naperville legal update (Aug 21): Video
(Note: The next hearing in the Federal Court case launched by the Naperville
Smart Meter Awareness group was scheduled for August 28.
However, in the late-evening hours of August 27, Judge Lee postponed
the hearing to October 2. This is the second time in two weeks
that Judge Lee postponed a hearing the night before it was scheduled
to take place, causing considerable questions to be raised as to the
nature of this process of supposed justice.)
Video update: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIXTj1KjfTE&list=UU7yO2I_xP6ZSdlomJBY5nYQ
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7) Heart and Pacemaker Disruption from Electric Meter
Louis Donovan of Carson, CA relies on both a cardiac pacemaker and a
defibrillator to keep him alive. In this video, he tells of his
experience of EMR from his smart meter stopping his heart 4 times.
With the untested, unthinking installation of smart meters worldwide,
people everywhere with common medical equipment such as pacemakers,
defibrillators, and many other devices are actually being forced to
directly contravene the strict usage guidelines (to stay out of EM fields).
This is costing an untold numbers of human lives.
Video interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRDhogkdxW4&list=UUklG6ilxW_PeYeDSpKSRGZQ
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8) List of hundreds of studies w/ links: Adverse Health Effects from
(Note: More than 6,000 published scientific studies dating all the way
back to the 1930's have proven that low-level microwave radiation (and
other frequency ranges of radiation) clearly cause significant harmful
biological effects. Below are several hundred of these studies,
with abstracts linked.)
Full article: http://articlesofhealth.blogspot.ca/2012/01/adverse-health-effects-from.html
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9) Papers: EMF Exposures in Womb Can Lead To Childhood Obesity, Asthma
De-Kun Li is the last man standing. Not long ago, many of the leading
environmental epidemiologists in the U.S. were working on EMFs of one
kind or another. They've all moved on —all except De-Kun Li, and he
continues to break new ground in one study after another.
Li, a senior researcher at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, has now
shown that EMF exposures in the womb are linked to an increased risk
of childhood obesity.
Full article: http://microwavenews.com/news-center/emf-exposures-womb-can-lead-childhood-obesity