- EMF Consultant & Regulatory Advisor David Wilner
of Novato California filed a lawsuit against utility provider PG&E concerning
SmartMeters that have been deployed to over 8 million homes, at a cost
of $2.2 billion. PG&E contends that SmartMeters are safe, yet
they have asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to give
customers an opt-out choice of radio-free SmartMeters or returning to analog
meters. The CPUC's decision is still pending.
- It is hard to imagine how PG&E could defend itself
against the following causes of action in Wilner's lawsuit:
- · SmartMeters emit radio frequency (RF)
radiation which is a health danger.
- · PG&E said that their SmartMeters emit
only 1 watt of RF radiation, but they really emit more than 2 watts, so
the radiation cloud in the entire network area is more than 16 million
watts of RF pulsed radiation! Wilner's lawsuit seeks to reduce the
radiation down to PG&E's stated level of 1 watt.
- · The mesh network is a 2-way data collection
system with collection points on some homes that may serve up to 5000 customers'
meters. The collection points are assigned to certain homes without
customers' knowledge or consent; the customer is exposed to higher levels
of continuous radiation. Additionally, it is unlawful to use one
customer's premises to service another customer.
- · Some customers who complained on
video at PG&E meetings were offered replacement analog meters
while others were discriminated against and refused a return to analog
- · PG&E failed to consider the health
risks and complaints against their SmartMeters.
- · SmartMeters pose other dangers that include
dirty electricity that can interfere with home wiring, some of the meters
were defective and some were not registered with the Underwriters Laboratory
to ensure safety and reliability.
- · The Home Area Network (HAN) is an option
that allows appliances enabled to communicate with SmartMeters to shut
down remotely to save energy during peak energy use times. The HAN
duty cycle is 100 times greater than the SmartMeter duty cycle because
it is on 100% of the time. PG&E has failed to warn people about
the additional radiation.
- PG&E has offered to replace SmartMeters with analog
meters as an opt-out if the CPUC approves it.
- PG&E may have made the offer because they would have
trouble defending their actions listed above and the lawsuit threatens
other monopolies like cell phone communications towers and the Wi-Fi industry
that also emit RF radiation.
- PG&E has also run into opposition from local governments
that have banned SmartMeters, which are supposedly voluntary. The
PUC in Maine backed down from forcing SmartMeters on citizens because they
have not been proven safe, so they offered an opt-out (for a price) to
limit avoid liability.
- PG&E does not want to admit any liability as there
will likely be future injury claims from the radiation, so the opt-out
is a way around assuming responsibility.
- Even if analog meters are offered as an opt-out, Mr.
Wilner will still pursue the reduction of RF emissions to 1 watt.
- The analog meter option may cost customers a $90 fee
and monthly charge of $15, which is a form of extortion. Analog
meters were safe and perfectly efficient in billing customers, so why should
the customer assume the cost of PG&E's mess?
- The big picture threat of SmartMeters is that they are
planned for electricity, gas and water with a remote shut off feature designed
for power over resources. Imagine a utility company and the government
rationing your water, which is a stated strategy/goal for control under
UN Agenda 21.