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CPUC RULES SDG&E RATEPAYERS CAN DELAY INSTALLATION OF SMART METERS




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September 26, 2011 (San Diego) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) president Michael Peevey has issued a ruling ordering San Diego Gas & Electric Company and two other utility companies to allow consumers who don’t want a “smart meter” installed to place their names on a delay list, pending the outcome of upcoming workshops on the issue.

 

The order applies only to homes that do not yet have a smart meter, and does not provide an option for people who want to have a smart meter removed.

 

The order came in response to complaints from numerous consumers alleging health problems that they believe are related to electromagnetic radiation emitted by smart meters at their homes, as well as to numerous communities that have taken formal actions to restrict or ban smart meters. The rule applies to Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison as well as San Diego Gas & Electric.
 

Susan Brinchman, a La Mesa resident and director of the center for Electrosmog Prevention, believes the order doesn’t go far enough. A doctor has issued an opinion that Brinchman’s recent health problems may be linked to installation of a smart meter at her home. SDG&E has insisted that the meters are safe.
 

“My choice is no smart meter. Can I get that? They still say no,” she has stated. Brinchman says an SDG&E representative has told her that her smart meter still cannot be removed, despite numerous requests. She added that the representative informed her that “it is only a delay as everybody is getting the smart meters in SDG&E territory in CA and other states.”
 

According to Brinchman, the vast majority of smart meters have already been installed in San Diego County, making the ruling's impact minimal. 

 

Peevey has drawn criticism for overly cozy relationships with the utiltiy industry he is assigned to regulate, as the San Francisco Bay Guardian detailed in a May 24, 2011 article titled The secret life of Michael Peevey:California's top energy regulator rolls with power company executives behind the scenes.

 

 

Brinchman also takes issue with SDG&E for making it hard for consumers who still have analog meters to learn of the delay list option. The CPUC ruling required that this information be displayed on the utility companies’ websites. The information is nowhere to be seen on SDG&E’s homepage, but appears instead on an inside section touting benefits of smart meters.  A link on the smart meter page titled "delay list" leads to information on how to opt off, though it seems unlikely that many utility consumers not already aware of the option would find it in this inconspicuous location. 
 

If you do not yet have a smart meter installed at your home and would like to be placed on the temporary installation delay list, e-mail info@sdge.com or call 1-(800)411-7344.
 

My option is no hurt meter.

My option is no hurt meter.

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SMART METER PRIVACY VIOLATIONS.
1. Must-See 4-minute youtube video on Smart meters:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdI

SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER.

2. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION on May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters (and some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List.

http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

3. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH months ago (Feb 2011) found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract

4. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed
(1) Human Cell Damage
(2) DNA Chain Breaks
(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier
 from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters.

http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/

5. INSURANCE COMPANIES Hired Independent Laboratory Scientists and these scientists also observed Cell Damage and DNA Chain Breaks and now the Insurance Companies will NOT Insure Liability damage from Wireless Smart meters and other wireless devices.
 TV Video (3 minutes)
http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382


So shouldn’t installation of Wireless smart meters on people's homes Stop?

Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user’s discretion, but Smart meters are emitting radiation 24/7 and can not be shut off.


6. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
 Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes)
http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/


7. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS. 
Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes)
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946

8. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.
 2-page Press Release

http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

9. RADIATION MEASURED FROM SMART METER MOUNTED ON A HOME (once active in the utility system) SHOWS RADIATION TRANSMISSION PULSES APPROXIMATELY ONCE EVERY FOUR SECONDS 24 HOURS PER DAY traveling through the bodies and brains of the inhabitants of that home. 
Youtube Video (6 minutes, 1st minute is sufficient)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OE

NOTE: many of the tests on non-ionizing radiation (the type of radiation emitted by smart meters) have been done using instruments other than smart meters because smart meters have only been in people’s homes for a very short time.

But as a Wireless smart meter emits 100 times more radiation than a cell phone, it is not difficult to project. If a machine gun (smart meter) fires 100 bullets in the same time that a pistol (cell phone) fires one bullet, it is not difficult to project the harm that the machine gun can inflict, even if the tests were done with the pistol.

CUSTOMER UTILITY BILLS AFTER SMART METERS INSTALLED.

10. Skyrocketing Utility Bills after installation
TV News Video (3 minutes)
http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.html?tab=video

11. Systemic Smart Meter Billing Errors Over 200% Uncovered in Australia
TV News Video (7 minutes)
http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/money/article/-/10241945/power-sc... - video

NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS DUE TO SMART METERS.

12. CIA Director James Woolsey calls Smart grid “Stupid” due to National Security problems caused by so-called smart meters.
News Video (1 minute)
http://www.energynow.com/video/2011/08/10/preview-mix-james-woolsey

Call in and report here, if possible. Be sure to document well!

MANY thanks to East County Magazine for its excellent coverage of the smart meter debacle in our county. Regarding the delay list: if people wish to call SDG&E to test out the delay system and report back, herein, that would be helpful. Remember to challenge the request if they insist on knowing WHY you wish to delay. You can say, "personal reasons", or "I decline to say why". The Administrative Law Judge, Amy Yip-Kikugawa, on Sept. 14th, explicitly told the utility executives required to attend the CPUC Smart Meter Opt-Out Workshop in San Francisco that this wasn't about why. If one has a concern of any type, that is enough. You can also tell them that. I recommend writing down every word they say and the person you spoke to, then following it up with an email or certified return receipt letter with Proof of Service, if you want to be sure, telling SDG&E you want to immediately be put on the smart meter delay list, if you still have an analog meter. The electric analogs have dials, the smart meters have digits that turn. The gas smart meters have a brand new module with dials that fits on the gas fixture. Many people in other parts of CA have protected their old, safe analogs with locks and chains, with boxes built over them so you can only see the face, even with fences and dogs, you name it. The reason? They didn't want a smart meter due to health and other concerns and the utilities were refusing to allow opting out. 47 California municipalities including 10 counties (like Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Marin County) have taken a firm stand against smart meters for a variety of very good reasons. A veritable war is being waged statewide on this topic. View Taming the Microwave Dragon by Dr. Magda Havas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT1POQuyw50
Dr. Havas is presenting on Oct. 1-2 in San Diego, CA, (La Jolla). See www.magdahavas.com, www.electrosmogprevention.org, www.smartmeterdangers.org, www.stopsmartmeters.org, www.emfsafetynetwork.org, www.refusesmartmeters.com

Smart Meters

Must-See 4-minute youtube video on Smart meters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdI

Let's see if they respond?

I sent them an email. Let's see if they respond.

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