Smart Meters and how they work.

Vatic Note: I apologize for these blogs tonight.  I did not have time to do vatic notes for them as they were a result of me working on a project for tomorrow.  We are asking our city council at 5 pm meeting, to ban smart meters from being installed in the county and town, due to danger to our health and spying capabilities in violation of our 4th amendment right to privacy under our governing document, the Constitution of the United States.  

Since I could not do both and do justice to them, I decided to use some of the research we had done for the meeting, as blogs since this issue is coming to your towns around the globe.  This is serious business.  The G20 met back in 2007 and agreed that they needed a global spying system that would allow them to control resistance to their proposed New  World Order.   This is the results of that meeting.  

They also proposed RFID chipping us which would also fit in with the science and technology of the massive smart meter grid that is being proposed.  Add to the spying, the fact that they want to maintain a population world wide of only a half a billion citizens.   The RFID chip would accomplish that with the radiation slowly killing off those over 40 years old so the powers that be would not have to deal with seniors who retire or are unable to do their share of slavery until they die.   Lets also remember that scientists have confirmed that the smart meter can be hacked.  NSA anyone? 

It would keep the population at around the half billion mark with no life for those caught up in the serfdom planned for them. I will let you know how it turns out.  Thank you for your patience and I might suggest everyone watch the  comprehensive documentary entitled "TAKE BACK YOUR POWER".  It is the most comprehensive treatment of this issue and will make it clear just how dangerous this is to our citizens.  Please fight this issue within your community if it arises, which it will.
Smart Meters and How They work
by admin of EMF Safety Network

Electric smart meter
Electric smart meter

Gas smart meters
Gas smart meters
Utility companies around the world are replacing electric, gas and water analog meters with pulsed radiation smart meter networks, which are costing us money, privacy, and our health and safety.

Smart Meters, (also called AMI, or AMR) eliminate meter reader jobs and are part of the “Smart Grid”, which is an expensive wireless system installed on our homes, businesses, and in our environment that customers pay for.  It’s being installed without informed consent and without full disclosure of how they work, and what they can do with the personal data they collect.  Customers and the media report serious complaints about Smart Meters for the following reasons:

Cybersecurity threat

Former CIA director James Woolsey says the hacking vulnerabilities of the Smart Grid render it “a really really stupid grid”.  Cyber security expert David Chalk says: “There is not a power meter or device on the grid that is protected from hacking – if not already infected – with some kind of Trojan horse that can cause the grid to be shut down or completely annihilated.”

Privacy invasion

Smart Meters are a surveillance device. They are a search without a warrant. They collect detailed energy usage, for instance:  when you cook, watch TV, whether you are home or not, when you turn on a light, or if you have guests.  This data is very valuable because it can reveal patterns about what you do and when. California utility companies admitted they are providing smart meter data to the government and third parties.  More on smart grid privacy: Electronic Privacy Information Center

Health hazard

The World Health Organization classifies RF as a 2B carcinogen, same as DDT and lead.  Military studies here and here show pulsed radiation can cause serious health problems, including tinnitus, memory loss and seizures.

Thousands of studies link biological effects to RF radiation exposure, including increased cancer risk, damage to the nervous system, adverse reproductive effects, DNA damage, and more.   The top public health official in Santa Cruz County California prepared this report, confirming Smart Meters pose a health risk.  The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) sent this letter to the CPUC calling for a halt to wireless smart meters.

Read about customers smart meter health complaints, which include sleep problems, headaches, nausea, anxiety, heart palpitations, tinnitus and ear pain, concentration and memory problems, dizziness, immune, nervous and hormonal system impacts.

Vulnerable groups include people with EMF sensitivities, medical implants, compromised immune systems, children, pregnant women, seniors and the environment!  If you have a pacemaker PG&E warns you to stay 6 inches away from a Smart Meter.

Fires, explosions and burnt out appliances

Smart meter installations are causing fires, explosions and burnt out appliances in homes across the US Canada and Australia. See the shocking compilation of reports: Smart Meter Fires and Explosions

Cost increases

There have beenwidespread reports of smart meter billing overcharges.  Smart meters are also failing and needing to be replaced.  In 2010, PG&E reported over 43,000 Smart Meter problems of one kind or another. A lawsuit filed was against PG&E in California.

Read customers Smart Meter Complaints about cost and other problems including interference. Time of use metering raises many concerns: The Need for Essential Consumer Protections

How they work

Utility companies are using our homes and businesses for their microwave networks! The electric meter operates around 900 mhz and 2.4Ghz. It constantly transmits and repeats data from 500 +/- homes in a mesh network, which includes collectors which repeat signals back to the utility via cell towers.

Depending on where your home is located within the mesh network will determine how much radiation your meter transmits. PG&E finally admitted that the electric meters send an average of 10,000 pulses per meter per day, at a peak power of 2 1/2 watts and a maximum of 190,000 per day! You can hear the constant pulses in this video below, and see the damage to the environment.

Smart Grid proponents are expecting consumers will install a Home Area Network (HAN) and new smart appliances.  Installing the HAN will allow the utility company to further monitor your electric usage and control the grid, by turning off certain appliances during peak use time, as they need.

FCC Protection?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) RF radiation safety standards are for short term thermal effects (5 and 30 minutes), and are configured for a 6 ft 2″ 200 pound male.  The meters are assessed for safety compliance in isolation, not in a mesh network, in which they are designed to operate, or in combination with multiple meters, or other sources of RF, such as wi-fi, DECT phones, cell phones, cell towers, baby monitor etc.   Sage Associates study found the meters can violate FCC safety guidelines in the manner deployed and operated.  In addition the meters can also violate FCC safety conditions.  The new FCC chairman is a wireless industry leader, Tom Wheeler.

Legal Efforts in California

The EMF Safety Network filed a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Application in April of 2010 asking for a moratorium on the deployment, public health hearings and an RF emissions study.  In December of 2010 the CPUC dismissed the application even though no hearings were held in case. 

An appeal was filed in January of 2011. The CPUC denied the appeal and on July 11, 2012 we filed a lawsuit against the CPUC.  In 2012 the CA court denied the lawsuit, without comment. The CPUC and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have rubber stamped utility  safety claims that the meters transmit a few times a day at 1 watt.

The CPUC finally ordered Investor Owned Utilities (IOU’s) to allow customers to opt out of Smart Meters in 2012.  However they are charging customers fees, calling the opt-out program a service.  In Vermont customers can keep analog meters at no cost, and so can customers in Los Angeles, CA.  The EMF Safety Network is fully participating in the CPUC opt out proceeding.  The most current filing can be read here.

Take Back Your Power
is a full length documentary film on Smart Meters. You can watch it online (72 hour rental or purchase it).  Click here to watch the film and/or see more film trailers.


The following is a partial list of California groups, lawmakers, counties and cities who have called for a moratorium, the right for consumers to opt out, adopted an ordinance banning meters, requested more research on health and safety impacts, or are opposing Smart Meters:

Those listed in red banned the metersThe Utility Reform Network, CA State Senator Dean Florez, CA State Assembly members Jared Huffman and Bill Monning, the County Board of Superviors of Humboldt, Lake. Marin, Mendocino, Monterey San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Tehama , Ventura, and the cities of Arcata, BelvedereBerkeley, Blue Lake, Bolinas, Buelton, Calabasas, Camp Meeker, Capitola, Clearlake, Cotati, Fairfax, Fort Bragg, Goleta, Grover Beach, Lakeport, Marina, Mill Valley, Monte Sereno, Monterey, Morro Bay, Mt. Shasta, Novato, Ojai, Pacific Grove, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Richmond,Rio Dell, Ross, San AnselmoSan Luis Obispo ,San Rafael, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sausalito,  Scotts Valley, Seaside, Sebastopol, Simi Valley, Solvang, Thousand OaksWatsonville, Willits, and the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians, the Peace and Freedom Party, the Marin Association of Realtors, the Sonoma County Republican Central Committee, the SF Sierra Club, the Monterrey Green Party, the Alameda Greens, and the EMF Safety Network.  In addition cities in the State of Maine and British Columbia Canada have passed resolutions calling for a moratorium on Smart Meters.

This 173-page report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” by activist Nina Beety has extensive referenced information about many of the problems and risks of the Smart Meter program, with information from state, national, and international resources. Supplemental documents can be downloaded here.

Apartment owners and managers: AOA Why “Smart Meters” Are Not Smart For You!   Ellen and Tobie Cecil
Vermont Smart Meter Briefing 2012- Cindy Sage and Dr. Carpenter
The Dark Side of “Smart” Meters engineer Rob States
Smart Meter videos byEcological Options Network
Wireless smart meters and public acceptance: The environment, limited choices, and precautionary politics by David J. Hess and Jonathan S. Coley, Vanderbilt University, USA

Southern California Edison briefing by the co-editor of the Bioinitiative Report, RF expert Cindy Sage: Briefing Letter on Electric Utility Smart Meters
The Problems with Smart Grids: Dumb and Dangerous by Levitt and Glendinning.

Joint Comments of the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Commentary by Powerwatch
Energy Investment Forum, Building Green: Consumer Viewpoints on the Smart Grid PUBLIC CITIZEN
13 Fatal Flaws Sage Associates
“Smart” Meters Exposed Part 1 of 4: Monterey Green party meeting, video with Josh Hart and Nina Beety.

Legal Challenge to Smart Meters by Judy Vick
How Smart Is Brain Cancer? by Josh Hart
Smart to Worry about Smart Meters by David Wientjes
Smart Meters and Smart Regulation by Steven Weissman UC Berkeley Law
Public Policy and Those Pesky Smart Meters by Steven Weissman UC Berkeley Law

Harmful Radio Waves- The Invisible Health Threat Of Wireless SmartMeters by Kate Bernier 
When an Assurance is a Lie” Dr. Jeffry Fawcet
NO Thanks PG&E , by Sandi Maurer
Smart Meter Primer by Sierra Salin
SMART METER Moratorium KRCB Interview with Sandi Maurer
EMF Safety Network Smart Meter Questions
PG&E Answers to EMF Safety Network’s Smart Meter Questions
More Q and A with PG&E (this document includes PG&E’s responses regarding how often meters transmit RF, in 2-20 millisecond pulses, 45 seconds a day – (a second is 1000 milliseconds)

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