Sample Letter to Utility

Note that we do not provide legal advice here at Stop Smart Meters!  However, others have used a similar letter to revoke permission for your utility to install a “Smart” Meter on your home or business. [Click for Word Doc of this letter.]

PG&E customers send to (page down for SCE address):

TO: Agent for Service @ PG&E
President Chris Johns,
Vice-President Greg Kiraly
77 Beale Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94105

Date

Re: your address
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS AND SURVEILLANCE, NOTICE OF LIABILITY

Sent By Certified Mail

Dear President Johns, Vice-President Kiraly , agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:

Be advised, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of any and all “Smart Meters” or any other surveillance and activity monitoring device, or devices, at the above property. Installation and use of any surveillance and activity monitoring device that sends and receives communications technology is hereby refused and prohibited. Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants. “Smart Meters” violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:

1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.

2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.

3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.

4. Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those whose activities were recorded.

5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.

6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.

7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.

8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, and physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.

9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.

10. Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.

11. Smart meters can be hacked and will be hacked. The small CPU in these meters cannot protect itself as good as a home PC can, and home PCs are well known for being compromised. By deploying these in the millions with the same exact software and hardware they become a huge target and will endanger the community if an attacker can switch the power on and off from remote in mass. This makes these Smart Meters dangerous and a liability to the ratepayers who would have to ultimately pay for any damage.

12. Smart meters are not protected from EMP attacks, large EMPs or localized EMPs as simple as a kid with a battery and a coil (Electro Magnetic Pulse).

13. Disabling the receiver will not prevent other forms of “hacks”. For example a malicious attacker could confuse the internal CPU, reset it, change random memory locations, change the KWH reading, force a power disconnect, or completely disable a smart meter with a simple coil of wire and a small battery. This can’t happen with a mechanical meter. It is well known that a wide EMP can take out car computers; smart meters will now make that possible on the city wide electric infrastructure.

14. A thief or burglar could the same EMP or hacking methods to turn off the house power even if the electrical switch box is locked.

15. Encryption of data is irrelevant due to well known “Tempest” attacks; see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TEMPEST where an attacker monitors internal electrical switching signals of a CPU or other internal components from a distance. Governments have developed standards covering this. Compromising emanations are defined as unintentional intelligence-bearing signals which, if intercepted and analyzed, may disclose the information transmitted, received, handled, or otherwise processed by any information-processing equipment, like in Smart Meters. This would violate customers’ privacy and any privacy policy the power company has at this time.

16. Turning off the RF transmitter is irrelevant due to the well-known “Tempest” attacks, the RF wireless transmitter is not needed in these attacks and disabling the RF transmitter completely negates any advantages of these Smart Meters or their costs anyway.

17. Data about an occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which can be accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those whose activities were recorded. This can be done by cyber-attacks or disgruntled employees and has been done before where the attacked company may not know of the intrusion for months.

18. The power company has not adequately disclosed the encryption or security methods to the public. The source code to any data encryption must be open source and peer reviewed by the security community at large in order to be as secure as is currently possible. Security by obscurity is no security at all.

19. Previously it was “fair” that the power company had to go to a lot of trouble to adjust the mechanical meter to read more than it should since they had to come out to do it manually. People can’t modify the mechanical meter because it’s locked up; the power company probably won’t do it because it’s just too costly, and so that was “fair enough”. Now with the smart meters they can change it anytime they wish by remote and with little risk that the customer will know. Why should customers trust a company that only has profits and stock price in mind? With possible modification of computer code or measurement values / ratios from remote, who will overlook them? Who will ever know? This is an unfair practice and a liability to the ratepayers.

20. The power company has misled the public and the Public Utility Commission by leaving out publicly available facts and information regarding smart meters. There are many downsides to this new technology that the power company has not presented to the general public or the Public Utility Commission. Information is slanted and doesn’t address the negative issues fully.

21. Smart meter installation is not mandatory. The Public Utilities Commission only gave permission to install the meters. There is no forced mandate. The PUC has no such delegated authority from the People to make a forced mandate. If they did make a forced mandate, it’s clearly null and void on its face. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 really only covers Federal areas within the limited jurisdiction of the CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED United States Government, even if it did apply, it also only mandates that a power company “offer” smart meters to the public, upon customer request. Any suggestion by the power company to customers that smart meters are mandatory is a false statement, fraudulent, and false commercial speech which is punishable by law and also opens the power company to liability via lawsuit.

22. The power company has no delegated authority from the People to install a security risking, privacy invading, health threatening, hackable, unfair billing, or wide power grid security threatening device on anyone’s property.

23. Smart meters by default are not programmed to “run backwards”, like the current mechanical meters do now. Making it harder for people to go “green” with solar panels or wind turbines using a low cost Grid Tie Inverter. The PUC has shown the intent over and over of encouraging the public to go “green”, the power company’s website and public disclosures show intent in this direction. The PUC allows the power company to charge an extra fee for “green projects”. Smart meters go against the PUC’s intent and the public interest by making it more difficult for people to install small solar or “green power” installations and gain KWH “credits” in power that they can use at a later time.

24. It is well known to electronic and computer engineers that a high voltage spike, such as a nearby lightning strike, or EMP can change memory bits in normal memory or EEPROM memory (Electronically Programmable Memory that is non-volatile) by adding extra electrons to the small memory cells. This can change internal smart meter settings like the KWH calibration data or other settings that may change the rate of power charged without the customer or power company ever knowing about it. This can’t happen with a mechanical meter.

25. Installation of a smart meter will lower this property’s value due to all the stated issues and controversy. This could subject ALL the ratepayers to higher rates due to lawsuit claims for value lost. The power company has no delegated authority from the People to use its easement or install equipment in a way that will lower property values or make a property less desirable to a buyer.

I demand an immediate stop to the installation of all Smart Meters until all issues are resolved, the Smart Meters to be removed at customers request with no extra charge, an opt-in only for customers who are properly and fully informed and that must have this technology for their own specific need. This is in the public’s best interest.

I demand an immediate investigation into these issues by the Public Utilities Commission.

I demand that the Public Utilities Commission immediately order the power company to fully inform all customers of ALL the known facts, including complaints and downsides of this technology within 30 days.

I reserve the right to amend this notice and complaint at any time, this is not a complete list of concerns since this technology is new and new information is being found every day. Concerns listed here are not in any particular order.
I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes “Smart Meters” and surveillance and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other occupants, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance and endangerment of health and safety, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by “law” or not..

This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of smart meters due to the criminal violations they represent.

Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved.

Your signature

Your name

Your address

(copies of these letters could also be sent to your local county and city representatives to educate them and update them on all the issues and concerns and ask them to ban the installations in their local community, like has been done in 47 places so far in CA, and also get local investigative media reporters up to speed.)

________________________________

Address for SCE customers:

Southern California Edison
P.O. Box 800
Rosemead, CA 91770

Theodore F. Craver, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edison International

Ronald L. Litzinger, President, Southern California Edison

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Then, talk to your neighbors:

You can use this tactic for houses that are vacant, or where people work during the day.  If there is someone who tends to stay home during the day, they can keep watch on the neighbors’ homes.  Residents give permission for neighbors to represent them.  So, if someone has these forms, they are authorized to tell the installer to get off the property.

This destroys the “is your name on the bill”  challenge by installers.

“Suggested wording for absent homeowner form:

I am the ratepayer responsible for utility services at _________.  I herewith authorize the undersigned to act on my behalf, representing my interests in declining installation of any “Smart Meter” or similar surveillance and activity monitoring device, or devices,  at the above address.

//signature//

________________________________

(add neighbors names and addresses below)

 

78 Responses to Sample Letter to Utility

  1. Mac says:

    I’d just like to add one thing that it seems like no one is taking into account. In a time where the unemployment rate is at an all time high, people aren’t taking notice of the amount of jobs that are being lost due to smart meters. I’ve worked for a utility company for over ten years. I’ve been in the meter reading department for all of that time. I’ve had chances to leave and take on other jobs but I’ve chosen to stay because of the fact that I enjoy what I do. The company that I work for has begun the process of installing smart meters (contracted to an outside company rather than its own employees), Lay-offs have already begun and I am forced to watch my crew wait on there termination. These men and women have families and are currently biding their time, continuing to perform their jobs, all the while waiting for the day that their job will be replaced by a less accurate means of reading/turning on-off our customers meters. No is taking into account the fact that most of the money for the smart meters is being funded by government grants. The people that we look to for leadership and suppport, the ones that say that their goal is to turn our economy around and get the unemployemnt rate down, are sponsoring a program that is doing the exact opposite. People work hard every day, some do it for a paycheck so that they can provide for themselves and/or their families, some do it because they enjoy the customer interaction, and some of us do it for both.

    • Spirit says:

      You had the opportunity to make changes, and you chose not to…whose fault is that? And why are you so concerned about your fellow workers? You cannot do anything about them except for showing them empathy when they get pink-slipped…

      • Charyl Zehfus says:

        Smart meter deployment IS killing meter reading jobs, which support families and can be fulfilling for the workers. Only a shill for smart meter technology would be as calloused as Spirit.

      • Joe Armstrong says:

        You are an uncompassionate ahole who probably installs these things. What a thing to say to not care for your fellow employees? You are what’s wrong with the world today. Only caring about yourself and always a nasty word for someone else’s pain. You must be a TROLL. Who else would be so uncaring?

      • Raymond Reines says:

        Clearly a heartless troll

    • Follow occupyMARINES and Law Enforcement is the 99% on Facebook…

    • Ed says:

      Spirit has obviously never had their company lay them off.

  2. Jim says:

    Extra example text: ( stopsmartmeters guys please add to above example )

    11. Smart meters can be hacked and will be hacked. The small CPU in these meters cannot protect itself as good as a home PC can, and home PCs are well known for being compromised. By deploying these in the millions with the same exact software and hardware they become a huge target and will endanger the community if an attacker can switch the power on and off from remote in mass. This makes these Smart Meters dangerous and a liability to the ratepayers who would have to ultimately pay for any damage.

    12. Smart meters are not protected from EMP attacks, large EMPs or localized EMPs as simple as a kid with a battery and a coil (Electro Magnetic Pulse).

    13. Disabling the receiver will not prevent other forms of “hacks”. For example a malicious attacker could confuse the internal CPU, reset it, change random memory locations, change the KWH reading, force a power disconnect, or completely disable a smart meter with a simple coil of wire and a small battery. This can’t happen with a mechanical meter. It is well known that a wide EMP can take out car computers, smart meters will now make that possible on the city wide electric infrastructure.

    14. A thief or burglar could the same EMP or hacking methods to turn off the house power even if the electrical switch box is locked.

    15. Encryption of data is irrelevant due to well known “Tempest” attacks, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TEMPEST where an attacker monitors internal electrical switching signals of a CPU or other internal components from a distance. Governments have developed standards covering this. Compromising emanations are defined as unintentional intelligence-bearing signals which, if intercepted and analyzed, may disclose the information transmitted, received, handled, or otherwise processed by any information-processing equipment, like in Smart Meters. This would violate customers privacy and any privacy policy the power company has.

    16. Turning off the RF transmitter is irrelevant due to the well known “Tempest” attacks, the RF wireless transmitter is not needed in these attacks and disabling the RF transmitter completely negates any advantages of these Smart Meters or their costs anyway.

    17. Data about a occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which can be accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those who’s activities were recorded. This can be done by cyber attacks or disgruntled employees and has been done before where the attacked company may not know of the intrusion for months.

    18. The power company has not adequately disclosed the encryption or security methods to the public. The source code to any data encryption must be open source and peer reviewed by the security community at large in order to be as secure as is currently possible. Security by obscurity is no security at all.

    19. Previously it was “fair” that the power company had to go to a lot of trouble to adjust the mechanical meter to read more than it should since they had to come out to do it manually. People can’t modify the mechanical meter because it’s locked up, the power company probably wont do it because it’s just too costly, so that was “fair enough”. Now with the smart meters they can change it anytime they wish by remote and with little risk that the customer will know. Why should customers trust a company that only has profits and stock price in mind? With possible modification of computer code or measurement values / ratios from remote, who will overlook them? Who will ever know? This is an unfair practice and a liability to the ratepayers.

    20. The power company has mislead the public and the Public Utility Commission by leaving out publicly available facts and information regarding smart meters. There are many downsides to this new technology that the power company has not presented to the general public or the Public Utility Commission. Information is slanted and doesn’t address the negative issues fully.

    I demand an immediate stop to the installation of all Smart Meters until all issues are resolved, the Smart Meters to be removed at customers request with no extra charge, a opt-in only for customers who are properly and fully informed and that must have this technology for their own specific need. This is in the public’s best interest.

    I demand an immediate investigation into these issues by the Public Utilities Commission.

    I demand that the Public Utilities Commission immediately order the power company to fully inform all customers of ALL the known facts, including complaints and downsides of this technology within 30 days.

    I reserve the right to amend this notice and complaint at any time, this is not a complete list of concerns since this technology is new and new information is being found every day. Concerns listed here are not in any particular order.

    NOTE: If you already sent out a letter, update it by sending out this one!

    • Deanna Munson says:

      thank u.awesome.im sharing these with others.is that ok?

      • Jim says:

        Please post this info far and wide! Stop the Smart Meters!

        Put them on notice and they can’t say they didn’t know. It also makes them PERSONALLY liable, since they don’t have delegated authority from the People to endanger the public’s safety, privacy or health.

        It’s all common sense, but it seems that when $$ are involved some CEOs lose the ability to reason.

    • Lauree says:

      what’s the difference here?

  3. Jim says:

    More example letter text for your enjoyment:

    21. Smart meter installation is not mandatory. The Public Utilities Commission only gave permission to install the meters. There is no forced mandate. The PUC has no such delegated authority from the People to make a forced mandate. If they did make a forced mandate, it’s clearly null and void on it’s face. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 really only covers Federal areas within the limited jurisdiction of the CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED United States Government, even if it did apply, it also only mandates that a power company “offer” smart meters to the public, upon customer request. Any suggestion by the power company to customers that smart meters are mandatory is a false statement, fraudulent, and false commercial speech which is punishable by law and also opens the power company to liability via lawsuit.

    22. The power company has no delegated authority from the People to install a security risking, privacy invading, health threatening, hackable, unfair billing, or wide power grid security threatening device on anyones property.

    23. Smart meters by default are not programmed to “run backwards”, like the current mechanical meters do now. Making it harder for people to go “green” with solar panels or wind turbines using a low cost Grid Tie Inverter. The PUC has shown the intent over and over of encouraging the public to go “green”, the power company’s website and public disclosures show an intent in this direction. The PUC allows the power company to charge a extra fee for “green projects”. Smart meters go against the PUC’s intent and the public interest by making it more difficult for people to install small solar or “green power” installations and gain KWH “credits” in power that they can use at a later time.

    • Redi Kilowatt says:

      Excellent piece Jim, and spot on too.
      It’s amazing how the corporations think that they can make up their own laws and mandates, and then pay their cronys at the Public Utilities Commissions all across the country to parrot the corporate BS.
      That is especially true about all this “going green” rhetoric. The simple new radio meters go against all this “going green”. Next they will be saying that all individual solar electric generating systems are the power grid, even if they are independent of the grid.
      It’s as if the corporations think that they are “whats in charge” of all things electric.
      I think that the corporations have overstepped their position and are going to soon have to be slapped silly with lawsuits and laws to reign them in. Right now the corporations are running rampant and going “hog wild”.

      • Eva says:

        To understand the real roots behind the creation of Smart Meters and other “green” technologies that have the effect of harming our health or invading our privacy, learn more about the United Nation’s “Agenda 21″ directives. This is an international body imposing its will at the local level inside sovereign nations.

        As a result, non-governmental organizations are becoming the governing agencies in our communities. They are not accountable to the people, their decisions are superceding those of elected local governments. The effect is that they’re actions are harming the people. Similar controversial actions are taking place all over the U.S. and in other countries. We haven’t been paying attention. This is no longer a government by and for the People. We’ve let our leaders run amok. Nothing is wrong with “going green”…except if the green movement is being used as a method to take control of people’s private lives.

        To learn more, type “Agenda 21″ into any search engine. You can also look at the video at .

        • thanks for the tip about Agenda 21. wow.

        • Leslie says:

          Agenda 21 is the most unconstitutional, un American, plan to enslave the common people of the entire planet (the ones that survive) you would never imagine.
          Africa in about 8 yrs I think now (it was 10 when first heard) will be 25% remaining population left w/o lifting a finger, a done deal.

          Life saving food charities have been set up to dominate the market and then the plan is to suddenly cut off the people who depend on them to survive.

          Monsanto is crippling our ability to grow non GM crops and many of the GM crops rely on new seeds for every crop. Why do you think Mr.. Bill Gates has a seed bank in the middle of frozen BFE that is completely untouchable? Do you know how invested this man is in Monsanto, Vaccines that have risen the autism rate of children to an all time high?

          Anyone who is not fully informed about Agenda 21, make it your #1 priority to become informed.

          I read this is actually the final phase of a project that has been in the works for quite some time and much more evil.

          If you value freedom, land ownership rights, privacy, control over anything in your life (food, air, water, medicine, where you live, how you live, the space between you and your neighbors, transportation options, and the right to whatever capital you have invested in ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING, you need to learn about Agenda 21!

          It is here, wherever you live, they have begun targeting the homeowners who are rural , using code violations and threats of criminal prosecution to take away homes so far.

          Do a search on Nuisance Abatement Team, if nothing is done to stop this, they will be knocking on your door, be prepared.

          Imagine, prison time for code violations. Losing your house that is bought and paid for because of the inability to finance the cost of keeping up with constant changing building codes or not being able to pay your property taxes because inflation is through the roof and unemployment rates are sky high.

  4. Jim says:

    More example letter text for your enjoyment:

    24. It is well known to electronic and computer engineers that a high voltage spike, such as a nearby lightning strike, or EMP can change memory bits in normal memory or EEPROM memory (Electronically Programable Memory that is non volatile) by adding extra electrons to the small memory cells. This can change internal smart meter settings like the KWH calibration data or other settings that may change the rate of power charged without the customer or power company ever knowing about it. This can’t happen with a mechanical meter.

    25. Installation of a smart meter will lower this property’s value due to all the stated issues and controversy. This could subject ALL the ratepayers to higher rates due to lawsuit claims for value lost. The power company has no delegated authority from the People to use it’s easement or install equipment in a way that will lower property values or make a property less desirable to a buyer.

    (copies of these letters could also be sent to your local county and city representatives to educate them and update them on all the issues and concerns and ask them to ban the installations in their local community, like has been done in 47 places so far in CA, and also get local investigative media reporters up to speed)

  5. Concerned says:

    Here is a spelling, punctuation and diction correction version of the legal notice along with some additional concerns listed by Jim:

    TO: Agent for Service @ PG&E 09/ 25/ 2011
    President Chris Johns,
    Vice-President Greg Kiraly
    77 Beale Street, Suite 100
    San Francisco CA 94105

    …[PLEASE CLICK ON MENU BAR ABOVE "SAMPLE LETTER TO UTILITY" FOR THIS UPDATED, CORRECTED VERSION. --admin]…

    Additional points and elaborations concerning the Smart Meter
    1. Smart meters can be hacked and will be hacked. The small CPU in these meters cannot protect itself as good as a home PC can, and home PCs are well known for being compromised. By deploying these in the millions with the same exact software and hardware they become a huge target and will endanger the community if an attacker can switch the power on and off from remote in mass. This makes these Smart Meters dangerous and a liability to the ratepayers who would have to ultimately pay for any damage.
    2. Smart meters are not protected from EMP attacks, large EMPs or localized EMPs as simple as a kid with a battery and a coil (Electro Magnetic Pulse).
    3. Disabling the receiver will not prevent other forms of “hacks”. For example a malicious attacker could confuse the internal CPU, reset it, change random memory locations, change the KWH reading, force a power disconnect, or completely disable a smart meter with a simple coil of wire and a small battery. This can’t happen with a mechanical meter. It is well known that a wide EMP can take out car computers; smart meters will now make that possible on the city wide electric infrastructure.
    4. A thief or burglar could the same EMP or hacking methods to turn off the house power even if the electrical switch box is locked.
    5. Encryption of data is irrelevant due to well known “Tempest” attacks; see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TEMPEST where an attacker monitors internal electrical switching signals of a CPU or other internal components from a distance. Governments have developed standards covering this. Compromising emanations are defined as unintentional intelligence-bearing signals which, if intercepted and analyzed, may disclose the information transmitted, received, handled, or otherwise processed by any information-processing equipment, like in Smart Meters. This would violate customer’s privacy and any privacy policy the power company has.
    6. Turning off the RF transmitter is irrelevant due to the well known “Tempest” attacks, the RF wireless transmitter is not needed in these attacks and disabling the RF transmitter completely negates any advantages of these Smart Meters or their costs anyway.
    7. Data about an occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which can be accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those whose activities were recorded. This can be done by cyber attacks or disgruntled employees and has been done before where the attacked company may not know of the intrusion for months.
    8. The power company has not adequately disclosed the encryption or security methods to the public. The source code to any data encryption must be open source and peer reviewed by the security community at large in order to be as secure as is currently possible. Security by obscurity is no security at all.
    9. Previously it was “fair” that the power company had to go to a lot of trouble to adjust the mechanical meter to read more than it should since they had to come out to do it manually. People can’t modify the mechanical meter because it’s locked up; the power company probably won’t do it because it’s just too costly, and so that was “fair enough”. Now with the smart meters they can change it anytime they wish by remote and with little risk that the customer will know. Why should customers trust a company that only has profits and stock price in mind? With possible modification of computer code or measurement values / ratios from remote, who will overlook them? Who will ever know? This is an unfair practice and a liability to the ratepayers.
    10. The power company has misled the public and the Public Utility Commission by leaving out publicly available facts and information regarding smart meters. There are many downsides to this new technology that the power company has not presented to the general public or the Public Utility Commission. Information is slanted and doesn’t address the negative issues fully.

    • Jim says:

      Looks like this got cut off, would be nice to have this text available as a complete text file so it can be easily edited and added to.

  6. Jeffrey L. says:

    Howdy

    I got on board when I realized no one was coming to our house, that was purchased 3 years ago, to check the meter. I thought “How odd, they sure must be stealthfull in their meter reading.” Well, once I heard about the multitude of dangers (listed above at this site) I’ve been methodically preparing for dealing with this massive intrusion to my personal life. We have the panels and wind turbine to pull the utilities switch but the “Smart Grid” is the ultimate goal, along with Agenda 21.

    I do have a question, though. Is there a “letter” that I can send to the utilities company for those of us who already have the Smart Meter, making them aware of the illegal issues that they are creating and that we are giving them notice that we will take every legal action available to us to shut the whole damn system down?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    I’m in the Pacific NW, Washington State to be specific, and I can’t find anyone on the bandwagon, in this area. Know of any groups?

    Thanks!

    • Redi Kilowatt says:

      Hi Jeffry,
      I suggest that you do some research on your own. There is some good information on this site, but there is some information posted by people who have been brainwashed by the corporations.
      I have seen a sample letter to utility that was all false accusations posted here, don’t fall for that trap.
      I have not seen any posters from WA. here, but being in the area that you live, I would think that there are many intelligent people that might want to join you.
      If you have any questions, you can address them to me at this website, I would be glad to help you and everyone else out.
      RKw

      • Jeffrey L. says:

        Hey Redi

        Are you following Dr. Bill Deagle’s work in this area? It’s great drama and hopefully he’ll stick it to SDG & E in Southern Cal. He’s going for their juggler and it’s getting tense. Here’s their latest volley of shots.

        (Bill has his own website http://www.nutrimedical.com/)

        From SDG & E to Deagle.

        SDG&E
        ~ Sempra Energy utility”

        Raul Olamendi Smith
        Attorney

        01 Ash Street, Suite 1100
        SanDiego,CA 92101-3017

        September 30, 2011

        VIA CERTIFIED MAIL

        Dr. Bill Deagle
        1995 xxxx xxxx Drive
        Vista, CA 92084
        .

        Re: Account Number 894275502L Unauthorized Removal of SDG&E’s Meter

        Dear Dr. Deagle

        It has corne to San Diego Gas & Electric Company’s (“SDG&E”) attention that you or someone at your direction has removed SDG&E’s electric meter servicing the property located at 1995 xxxx xxxx View Drive, Vista, California.

        We further understand that you have installed your own electric meter and further installed some sort of cage around the meter that hinders SDG&E ‘s ability to access the electric Jeter socket and replace the meter. SDG&E takes this very seriously and would like to provide you with the opportunity to cure this situation matter before SDG&E is forced to exercise its legal remedies, which may include the discontinuance of service to the property, civil proceedings, and/or referral to local authorities.

        The meter that you removed is SI(G&E’s property and part of SDG&E’s system for providing electric utility service to your property

        By removing it and interfering with SDG&E’s meter, you have affected SDG&E’s ability to safely and accurately provide utility service to the residence, and you may be in violation of the California Penal Code.

        As a result of removing SDG&E’s meter and installing a non-SDG&E meter, you have
        created the following

        conditions: (l) the meter that you installed has not been inspected, tested or
        approved by SDG&E, and, therefore, creates a potential safety issue at the premises that is
        subject to immediate disconnection of service pursuant to SDG&E’s Tariff Rule 11; (2) b removing SDG&E’s approved meter and installing a non-approved meter, you may be violatin Penal Code Section 593 that prohibits interference with electrical transmission
        lines /appurtenances and may result in imprisonment of one year and a [me up to $1,000 dollars; and (3) by removing SDG&E's approved meter and installing a non-approved meter, you may be causing the electric usage at the premiseJ to not be recorded accurately. This may result in a civill lawsuit for damages due to energy diversion and a judgment against you or others for treble damages, costs and attorneys' fees pursuant Civil Code Section 1882 et. seq.

        I

        SDG&E would like to provide you with the opportunity to remedy this situation quickly.

        As such, please remove the cage you placed around the existing meter and ensure access to the meter by no later than Wednesday, October 5,

        2011 as SDG&E plans on sending a crew to your property to remove your meter and re-install an SDG&E approved meter. Also, when the crew is on site, please do not engage in any acts that may disrupt or hinder the crew's ability to perform the work or reconnect the SDG&E approved meter to the electric panel.

        Please note that if the crew finds the cage in place, or it finds that it does not have access to the electric meter socket, or you or others disrupt the crew's ability to complete the work,

        SDG&E will be forced to immediately discontinue ser

        vice to the premises by severing the electrical connections to the property. Additionally, if the cage that you have placed on the electric meter box has compromised the integrity of the panel, the panel may need to be inspected by the county's permitting agency before SDG&E can energize service.

        Very Truly Yours,

        Raul Olamendi Smith

        ros:sma

        From Deagle to SDG&E

        Dr. William R. Deagle MD
        1995 Xxxx Xxxx Drive
        Vista, CA 92084

        http://www.nutrimedical.com
        drbilldeagle@hotmail.com

        Office 760-295-3086
        Fax 760-295-5216

        VIA CERTIFIED MAIL

        Raul Olamendi Smith
        Attorney

        101 Ash Street, Suite 1100
        San Diego, CA 92101-3017
        Tel: 619-699-5028
        rasmith@semprautilities.com
        October 10, 2011

        Dear Mr. Smith;

        Please note the sequence of events starting in November 2010:

        1] On or about November 2010, without permission, SDG&E trespassed on my property to install a Smart Meter.

        2] Previous to installation of the Smart Meter, as an Environmental Physician and radio talk host, I have done research into Smart Meters. As you can see it is very thorough. Thus, you can see why I did not want a Smart Meter on my home.

        3] I have addressed this issue re the without permission of a Smart Meter on my home, and have repeatedly requested a switch back to an certified SDG&E Analogue Meter.

        4] Jim Turman, responded in writing from SDG&E refusing to remove the Smart Meter and replace with an approved analogue meter. He included a referenced report which does not support the CPUC or SGD&E position that there is no medical danger from these Smart Meters.

        5] I secured the following apparatus, HF 35C HF-Analyzer from LessEMF to analyze the radiation emitted and power levels from the Smart Meter, and identified power peak levels every 2 to 15 seconds, per 2000 uWatts/square meter…. I have done repeated readings over many days and times per day. My credentials are attached.

        6] I have written them and told Jim Turman, that I would be placing a certified August 1st 2011 GE analogue meter.

        7] SDG&E did not respond, and due to time period I assumed acquiescence. We waited approximately a month, from August 2011.

        8] Since the installation, I suffered from severe insomnia and polymyalgia, 10 feet from my studio desk. The peak energy levels thousands of times per day is equivalent to thousands of cell calls in proximity to my work desk.

        9] Penal Code 593 — At any time during this process, since SGD&E had a remedy to stop the crime they allege, which is to cut the power. But to continue, after this delay, implies that SGD&E is complicit, culpable in this ongoing act they allege.

        10] Tracey, an SGD&E technician, took with her and had the Smart Meter in her possession since September 13, 2011. She stated she would have a meter reader come out at the end of September, 2011 and subsequently we received our September bill using our Analog Meter installed by a certified electrician and videotaped. Our SDG&E bill is paid in full to September 28, 2011. This implies that SDG&E acquiescence to reading from our certified GE Analogue Meter and our ongoing request to have SDG&E remove the cage only to place a similar Analogue Meter as prior to November 2010.

        11] Monday, Oct 10th, two SDG&E technicians came to my home in the AM to replace our analogue meter with a smart meter. They asked if we had received the certified letter from SDG&E.

        12] The SDG&E remedy is to certify the existing meter or replace with an analogue meter.

        13] Our bill from September 2011 from Sept 13th 2011 when the analogue meter was switched dropped from $790 to $630, which had jumped up dramatically after Nov 2010 Smart Meter installation. It is evident that SDG&E has been overbilling me since November 2010 installation against my permission. GE certified my analogue meter August 1st 2011, and thus my power usage is accurate to date. The SGD&E have unjustly enriched themselves by overcharging me per latest bill with virtually identical usage patterns.

        Sincerely,

        Dr. William R. Deagle

        1995 Xxxx Xxxx Drive
        Vista CA 92084

    • bob says:

      I’m sorry to say I do not know of any one here where I live either. I live in Ohio and we are just now dealing with smartmeters, and all of the denial from the power company and their regulators. My wife is suffering health problems, along with this invasion of privacy. Wish I could help, but can’t seem to even help my poor wife. Drop a line if you happen to hear anything that might be helpful. Thanks and good luck to you.

  7. Melissa M. says:

    I’m pissed. I’m pregnant and I’m aggro. I literally just heard about this and then asked my husband if he knew anything of it, and he said yes. I’m freaking out. I’m calling pg&e today. I want it removed! But, according to most posts on here, they won’t do it unless we pay extra? We did not give any consent! They think knocking on your door is sufficient. I hate monopolies.
    And I am not okay knowing that it has been transmitting EMP to my family and my unborn. Screw this!

    • Jeffrey L. says:

      Mellisa M

      We’re all pissed and we all have every right to be, their agenda is massively corrupt and life threatening to you and I and your children. As I mentioned up the thread here and Amy was so considerate to post it all, Dr. Bill Deagle (http://www.nutrimedical.com/), down in Vista CA, is going toe to toe with the SDE&G and will be taking unprecedented legal action to take the beast down and out, so to speak. It’s a long story and I won’t take the space up here, but if you go to http://www.rense.com and scroll down while looking in the middle column, when you get to the topic “Smart Meters” you can watch and or listen to the on going drama taking place at Dr. Deagles home (he hired a private electrician to remove the Smart Meter and replace it with an “Analog” meter. Of course, that opened a can of worms (snakes) and the fireworks began. Basically, SDE&G are coming out today (13th) to replace the Analog with a non RF emitting digital meter.) Dr. Deagle knows his stuff, like no one I’ve ever heard on the subject, and will be taking legal action, to stop Smart Meters (Smart Grid, Agenda 21) not only on a local scale, but nationally and internationally (He has been contacted by Sweden, where Smart Meters are mandatory.) Follow his story if you can.

      In the meantime, you can purchase material to shield (somewhat) your interior space. which I have done. Copper mesh screen, Nickel/Copper ripstop fabric, ground it. One source here: http://www.lessemf.com/

      Good luck

      And thanks Amy.

    • To Melissa M.
      Here in Victoria Australia many people are being bullied and harassed as are you the citizens in California.

      Here in Victoria Australia there is no law making anyone take a dopey and deadly to Humans and deadly to All Life Type 2B Carcinogen Electric and far from “Smart Meter.”
      Here in Victoria they the five Overseas Chinese and Singapore Electric Power Companies in collusion with the Victorian Government use a Mandate from the Victorian Order In Council of 2009 as if it were The Law, which it clearly is not. A Mandate is simply and order or an instruction but it is Not The Law. For a proposed law to be passed it has to be draw up and examined by both the Upper and the Lower Houses of the Victorian Parliament and be agreed to by both of them. Then it has to go before a Select Committee to be further examined and approved, then it must go before The Victorian Governor General to be further examined. If he does not think it fair or lawful he rejects it and it can never be passed or used as LAW. If he does like it and thinks that it is fair and just, he will pass it and put his signature to it and his official Stamp and Seal and put it in his Statute Books of Law and send a copy of same to the Victorian Parliament where it can only then be used as Law.

      I have had my Privately owned as is yours Electric Meter Box Locked for over two years now and sent the Electric Power Company the following Commonwealth of Australia A.C.C.C Anti Bullying and Harassment Notice to them over a year ago. They had the chance to write to me when they received this by Registered Mail and had only fourteen day from receipt of it to write to me contesting it. However after 14 days this Legal $1.1 Million Dollar Notice forced them to accept its terms which made it incumbent on them to stop harassing me to take the M/Wave and not so smart meter. Now after fourteen days have passed and I have received No Answer from them, they been forced to legally abide by this notices’ terms or I would have engaged my A.C.C.C Lawyers to Sue them of Powercor for the sum of $1.1 Million Australian Dollars in the High Court.

  8. Patsy Jane says:

    Hello! Thank you so much for this wonderful site! I am a university professor (Ph.D. in engineering), I conduct research on the health effects of pollutants (including EMFs), and I can attest that Smart Meters are absolutely horrible. I now have first-hand experience with their horrors. I am living at our family’s house in San Diego (where I grew up and have lived, off and on, for 50 years, without any health problems). However, I now have excruciating migraines, insomnia, and burning skin, as I have had every day for the past three weeks – and it’s because of this Smart Meter on our house (and the ones on our neighbors’ houses). SDG&E refuses to remove this Smart Meter. The pain is so bad I am ready to cut off my head. What possible strategies can I use with SDG&E? (If I put a Faraday Cage around this Smart Meter, I’m afraid they’ll put me in jail.) Thank you so much for your help! Patsy Jane

  9. Jacko says:

    I mailed a letter just like the one above and just got this response from conedison of NY:

    “If the meters can measure the amount of energy a customer uses and can transmit that information accurately without our needing to enter a bustomers’ home or business and the customer can be billed to actual readings without interrupting their normal day having to wait for a meter reader, it is to the advantage of the customer and conedison to utilize these types of meters.

    The meters are conedison’s property. It is our duty and responsibility to maintain and upgrade them when necessary. We do not need our customers’ permission to do so.”

    in other words they told me to go and (take a hike) myself.
    Where would I find how to respond to this? Do I need to after I served the letter?

    • admin says:

      @Jacko This letter is not always effective in protecting you from installation of a ‘smart’ meter, that’s why we have other recommendations: Secure your meter, and be present on your property during the installation period (typically 2 or 3 weeks). Click “Frequently Asked Questions” above, then “Basics” where you can find more detail about preventing installation.

      No one has been disconnected for refusing installation. Stand your ground!

      • Jacko says:

        These meters are in the basement of my building. They would have to make an appointment to access it.

        The other property has them outside. I would have to lock them down. But before I do, how do I tell for sure which meters I have?

        These are electrical meters. What about gas meters? Could they also turn them into smart meters?
        thanks!

        • admin says:

          Gas meters are having ‘smart’ metering units installed on them. These are generally grey plastic boxes with the “smart” label on them, made by Aclara. They simply take off the dials portion, and insert the grey box between the dials and the [?] baffle unit. It’s pretty obvious.

    • Jim says:

      It’s good that you put them on notice, you should contact a lawyer as no one here can give you legal advice. (I hope you included all the extra text too)

      But there are a lot of things you can do from here, and that response didn’t look like it addressed any of the issues or your legitimate concerns.

      We know the PUC is going to allow a opt-out, they are just working on it now so why should anyone wait?
      You can always file a complaint with the PUC.
      The local TV stations and newspapers have consumer complaint departments.
      The words “I demand return of the mechanical meter” added to the above letter might work wonders.

      As far as I am concerned, they do not have my consent to install any electronic devices that I have health, safety and security concerns with. So until I am satisfied with proper test results, I won’t consent.

      I think all the issues listed in the letter above should be enough to get meters removed as well as never installed in the first place. And it should be a big concern for anyone in the community.

  10. Jacko says:

    Ops, I just looked at examples of the meters and on one property (one I got a letter for) they were installed when we opened new accounts. It doesn’t say anything on them, they just have digital read outs. Can I even begin to petition to have them removed?

    • Redi Kilowatt says:

      The name “SmartMeter” is a trademarked name owned by Silver Springs Networks. It is just a brand name for a simple electrical meter that can only measure the total energy consumption on ONE circuit, the circuit that is the power out of the meter that feeds the load center and multiple circuits . This “SmartMeter” is no different from an old analog meter except that it has a digital display, a remote disconnect switch to turn the power off coming out of the meter, (not the power in) and has a radio tranceiver that transmits the customers total usage data on a radio network to the utility company revenue assurance office once every 4 hours.
      There are many other types of electric meters that a customer can purchase that do much more than a “SmartMeter”. Leviton makes sub-meters that they call ” smarter meters “. These meters can monitor individual circuits usage separately, so the customer can see how much electricity is being consumed by individual appliances that have a dedicated circuit, or rooms and sub-panels that have individual circuits. They do this without the customer having to buy new “chipped” appliances that transmit usage data to customer purchased receiver, computer and display monitor compatible with ZigBee automation systems (HAN’s).
      I did a job 2 years ago where I rewired a whole house, and installed a new upgraded 200 amp main service. I got the proper permits and called PG&E to do the change over when I was ready. They removed the old analog meter and replaced it with another indentical analog meter, only this new analog meter had the trademark “SmartMeter” on it. Figure that one out !
      I talked to my customer last week, he still has the analog “SmartMeter”, he told Wellington when they came to his front door asking to have the gate unlocked so they could put in a new “SmartMeter”, “I already have a smart meter, go away !”

  11. Josh says:

    Hello all

    First off, how many of you people leaving comments are sitting on your couch with your laptop, using a “wireless” connection to the internet as you comment about the horrid affects of radio waves? Do you own a cell Phone? Do you watch TV? RF is everywhere, you can’t get away from it…where were you “self made professors” at when you bought the cell phone you use non stop? Im sure that you have not sat down and looked at the positive side of smart meters? Outage notification, voltage readings, IE sag/swell, “to protect your property”.. But thats fine, just keep sitting there complaining.. The utilities will be there when the lights go out.. They always are!

    • Amy O'Hair says:

      Hey Josh, You gotta get your radiations sorted here. While on one hand you are right that various things in the natural and man-made environment emit various types of radiation, at various points on the EM spectrum, not all people respond to these exposures the same way, and the ‘smart’ meter is remarkable in that it is a bizarre, novel, spiked, untested source of cell-phone-band radiation. In addition, many people have modified their use of emitting technologies, in response to either scientific information or their own health effects.

      One thing is clear—one thing that your mish-mash claim “Oo it’s everywhere” does not account for—’smart’ meters have made many, many people sick, and in *strikingly similar* ways. Some of these people do not use the “ubiquitous” technologies that you accuse them of. Some do. Some of them did not suffer these symptoms before. Some were skeptical *until* the ‘smart’ meter was installed, and they or their mate got ill.

      The science supporting clear health effects and outcomes from *low-level* (even *very* low-level) exposures to the microwave portion of the RF band goes back decades. The wireless industry (and now the utilities) have had a vested interest in actively suppressing the full consideration of these laboratory and epidemiological study results. Here is one summary of the myths versus the facts on EMF and health: http://www.wireless-precaution.com/main/myth.php

      Although as a 27-year paying PG&E customer in good standing, I understand and appreciate the need for a utility company (I would prefer one my community owns, though), but I do not believe I am being irresponsible or merely a “complainer” by fighting against this ill-advised program. To the contrary—I fight for the many who are effected—and those *will be* effected, not because they believe RF is harmful, but because is *is* harmful. Those in gov’t regulation and in utilities who should be exerting precaution are not doing so, regarding the long-term public health consequences of installing pulsed RF and pulsed EMF emitters so close to sleeping and living spaces.

      Perhaps you work for a company that has a vested interest in the outcome of this consumer revolt. I feel for you. Some of your future is tied up in the matter, perhaps. How can you distrust those who sign your paycheck? Why not have a dig at us? After all, from that point of view, we who are fighting SMs are just gumming up the works. “Smart” meters look nifty—unless they drive you from your home or make you too sick to function.

      But I predict that in the near future, if you keep your eyes open, someone in your life may change your mind—someone whose heart arrhythmias stopped after she unplugged her WiFi, or someone who got a nasty rash in his cell-phone ear, or someone who stopped sleeping well after moving to an apartment where the bedroom window looks out on a cell-phone antenna array.

    • I just wanted to tell you what the difference is between a lap top and cell phone and smart meters. People have the choice to use a laptop or not. FYI, I watch minimal tv, use my cell minimal and got a protector for it and never use wireless in my house. That is my choice. The smart meters emit mass amounts of radiation that have an acute affect on many including myself. I do not have a choice with a smart meter. You can put your cell phone away or close your laptop or turn off wireless. There is no personal choice. It makes me sick and there is nothing I can do about it, actually thousands.

      There are minimal benefits but when you are bedridden as many are, hard to see the benefits.

  12. Erica Jean says:

    It isn’t surveillance, it’s efficiency. Nobody gives a rat’s patootie about when you make your toast or fire up your oven. If you don’t want a more efficient meter, feel free to pay extra for the time for someone to come to your property to read your meter, along with the mileage for them to drive there. If you want to be a Luddite, that’s okay, just don’t expect your electric company or electric cooperative to absorb the extra cost for your misguided, conspiracy theorist choice.

    • Thank you Erica Jean from the San Isabel Electric Association in Colorado (http://siea.com which our comment system logged as your IP address). This comment is a textbook example of what we’ve been saying all along. Electric utilities and those with a vested interest are the only ones who actually are in favor of the ‘smart’ grid. Careful SIEA- you don’t want to end up like William “Ralph” Devereaux. If you have any personal comment for Ms. Jean, feel free to e-mail her at her gmail address: EricaJean.Simmons@gmail.com

    • One more comment to the utilities- if you are so desperate as to pay your staff to leave comments pretending to be from the general public on our site, at least do it from computers that are not within your network so your IP cannot be traced. Surely you can do better at astro-turfing than this! (more on ‘astro-turfing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing)

      • leslie says:

        In N.H. Jeb Bradley has had his bill signed by the governor that enables citizens to opt out. States the utility companies must have consent from the property owners.
        The dirty bastards are slapping the radioactive devices onto homes without even a flyer lying to the consumer.
        A woman I spoke to randomly in Meredith NH had no idea her analog meters had been changed on her rental apt. building to pulse radiation ones. (aka: smart meters) I informed her the 4 meters on her bedroom wall were a danger to her health, more so than to her renters on the 2nd floor. She is rightfully horrified. freedomadvocates .com infowars. com and democratsagainstagenda21 .com are an excellent start to informing yourself.

  13. Theresa Z says:

    After finding out what all the side effects of these damn meters were, I started thinking and realized that ever since mine was installed, I have been getting horrible migraines, ones to the point that my vision gets blurry and I am literally sleeping by the toilet! I called pg&e and the smart reader number that I got from this site, and of course they both said there is nothing they can do and that once the smart meter is installed they cant replace it with a analog meter! Full of it! I need help! Is there a sample letter that I can write when I already have a smart meter and want the old one back? I dont have the funds to take it to court and fight it! Please help! :(

  14. Theresa Z says:

    Whats also funny is that “so they say” if you get back your analog meter you have to pay extra for someone to come out and read it……. I have a smart meter and pg&e is still driving out to my house every month to check the meter!!!!!!! Why switch out the good meter for a non healthy meter when they still come out and check your meter? Makes no F-ING sense to me what so ever!

  15. Nancy D says:

    I live in a small town NY and appear to be the only person aware of the fact that they are installing smart meters here. Let me re-word that and say dangers or ramifixcations of installing Smart Meters. Were it not for the fact that I listen to Rense, I would never have known about it myself. I Googled the name of my town (Jamestown, NY) + smart meters and guess what? Next, I checked the meters of my 5 unit apartment building and was relieved to find the meters had not been changed to a digital, however I did notice the wiring was new. I am puzzled that the commercial property next door has a smart meter installed and the meter adjacent to it, which would be connected to the apartment above has an analog meter. I am more confused now than ever. I have noticed some frightening health problems but could not determine if they are related to the installation or to my current medical condition. I have had a few vertigo attacks and admit I have a sudden onset of memory problems, confusion, and the other mental symptoms I have seen listed in health effects. Coincidence? I began to look around the community and found that many were being installed and the people were completely buying the company line of propaganda and could care less as I tried to educate them. I became as one obsessed and stopped short when someone asked me if I was a schizophrenic, realizing I needed to look at what and how I was communicating. As a renter and one who does not have a smart meter on my residence, my credibility is not that of a property owner. I have some serious medical problems to begin with (RCC) but am also watching those around me having an escalation in symptoms as well, and they are confusing them and causing them to seek medical intervention. For me to say, “it’s the smart meters” only makes me look, well, downright crazy. I made two attempts to telephone a local am talk show to share my concerns and warn/educate the towns folk but it didn’t appear to concern any one. Some days I feel like I am in an old 50′s horror movie and the only one aware of the threat to the village. Please, someone, offer me some solace…or start by explaining to me why a town would put smart meters on the commercial properties and skip the rentals. I may be working with incomplete data on this one and would be happy to retract this observation. Secondly, can I link to the Stop Smart meters site in it’s entirety as I do have one more thought as to how to get the dangers of Smart Meters out.

    • Jim says:

      You want to read this:
      http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/revealed-sdge-smart-meter-technical-data-and-bio-effects-of-microwave-radiation

      And you might also want to see if some of the “occupy” people want to get involved.

      And specifically you want this data from that article:

      A recently declassified U.S. Army scientific study on the bio effects of radiofrequency microwave radiation for the purposes of the development of new weaponry and behavioral control (currently in use by military and police) reveals that microwave radiation exposures have been linked to a large number of biological and health effects.

      Many of the effects they note are virtually identical to the unusual clusters of health complaints of people (also related to reactions of their pets) following the installation of smart meters, routinely denied by the state utility regulatory commission (CPUC) and utilities.

      These include increased aggression and irritability, inhibition of food and drink intake, increased mobility or conversely, incapacitation via loss of muscle control, muscle weakness, intense muscle spasms, loss of consciousness; cognitive effects such as loss of memory and confusion; microwave hearing (buzzing, ticking, hissing, or knocking sounds that originate within the head or behind it), and even damage to multiple organs or the brain, seizures (convulsions), and death.

      This study clearly supports that subtle heating of tissue does occur with radiofrequency microwave radiation, associated with these undesirable and potentially very dangerous biological effects.

      Importantly, U.S. Army scientists agree with a growing number of independent scientists worldwide, in emphatically stating that 100% of the human population is susceptible to radiofrequency microwave radiation effects, caused by subtle heating, with some sectors of the population more reactive at lower doses, including those with thermoregulatory mechanisms (impacting temperature control, respiration, water loss).

      Significantly, likely pertaining to the ringing of ears (tinnitus) that people experience with smart meters, the U.S. Army study says this, with regard to exposure to pulsed microwave radiation: “At this time, virtually all investigators have studied the [microwave hearing, acoustic] phenomenon now accepted as thermoelastic expansion of the brain, the pressure wave of which is received and processed by the cochlear microphonics system, to be the mechanism of acoustic perception of short pulses of rf energy” (p. 8 of 20).

      Notably, in one study, this microwave hearing was triggered through exposure to 2450 MHz radiofrequency energy, which is exactly one of the radiofrequencies used by antennas contained within current smart meters. “The sounds are heard as the individual pulses are absorbed. The effect is immediate, within milliseconds” (p.9 of 20). Army scientists describe a range of sensitivity, with some people unable to hear it, possibly due to cochlear damage.

      Alarmingly, the Army study also describes additional aspects of microwave radiation that can control behavior, including a particularly troubling application of this technology: the induction of externally produced messages, simulating voices, into the human brain.

      “Application of the microwave hearing technology could facilitate a private message transmission. It may be useful to provide a disruptive condition to a person not aware of the technology.”

      “Bio Effects of Nonlethal Weapons (fn 1) addendum to the Nonlethal Technologies * Worldwide (Ne GIC-I1 47-101-98s)”

  16. Jim says:

    ACLU says (in part):

    “A “smart meter” will be installed in everyone’s home. Several times an hour, the meter will record exactly how much electricity is being used. This data will be automatically transmitted to utility headquarters for monitoring and analysis.

    The ACLU’s concern is this: We feel that privacy issues around “smart meters” and “smart grid” data have not been fully considered. We’ve been working to get those issues raised either in legislation or regulation. We’ve been having some success, as people realize how detailed knowledge of a home’s use of electricity can tell a lot about what the people in the home are doing.

    The temptation to use this information for something other than managing electrical loads will be strong – as it has been for cell phone tracking data and GPS information. Police will want it to know your general comings and goings or whether you’re growing marijuana in the basement. Advertisers will want it to sell you an expensive washing machine to replace the energy hog you got as a wedding present 20 years ago.

    Information flowing in a smart grid will become more and more “granular” as the system develops. New appliances will have computer chips that will tell the grid exactly how much electricity they are using. The grid will be able to turn appliances on or off to avoid peak loads.

    We should all worry about this collection of energy use data and who will have access to it.

    As with cell phone data, we think it’s fine if police have access to the data — provided that they go to a court, show probable cause to a judge, and a warrant is granted. But we don’t want police secretly obtaining access through, for example, “inquest” proceedings where you never know what personal information is being demanded of whom and turned over to which agency for what purpose. ”

    http://www.acluvt.org/issues/smart_meters.php

    And since this data is so highly prized, they forgot to mention hackers that would like to make a buck selling your private usage data to big companies!

    • Redi Kilowatt says:

      It looks like you actually believe all the false advertising and science fiction writers about the subject. You are free to believe these lies if you want to, but don’t expect people who know better to believe it too.
      If you are concerned about the Home Area Networks that are being marketed as a partnership with the utility corporations and electronics manufacturers, please read the HAN issues and the billing issues sections on the FAQ section on this site before posting any more about it. Thank you and enjoy the information.

      • Jim says:

        Redi, please READ things before posting. Read them twice, you seem to have a problem, maybe you just skip over things, I don’t know.

        That’s the ACLU that said that.

        They are concerned about TRANSMITTED DATA. Broadcast over the radio waves.

        At least they understand that sooner or later this thing is going to get hacked and people are going to have their private data abused.

        Not science fiction. I wish you would quit saying that. It’s a FACT and will happen.

        And it’s another BIG reason that the power company needs to stop the installation.

        “We should all worry about this collection of energy use data and who will have access to it.”

        How is that science fiction? And what about that don’t you agree with?

        Oh, and it’s not just the HAN, it’s just that the HAN is un-encrypted and will be the easiest to exploit first.

  17. LN says:

    Contact info for Florida Power & Light -

    NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
    Attention: FPL Smart Meter Installation
    Armando J. Olivera
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Florida Power and Light Company
    P.O. Box 14000
    Juno Beach, Florida 33408-0420

  18. William D. Johnson says:

    Official Address in Texas to send letter to, specifically Brownsville, TX?

  19. steve says:

    I need a lawyer for the issue of smart water meters in harrasburg/york pa, asap! Trouble finding one.

  20. carolinalovesamerica says:

    I am re-posting the complete “sample letter” with all 25 points. I ran it thru the spell/grammar check and there were a few changes. This way anyone can copy and paste the entire thing. : )

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!! I have been fighting the electric company( in IL) since this past summer and did not know how to stop them. Thankfully, they have not starting installing in my city – yet. BUT…the electric company has been charging us for almost a year now.
    I am planning to have my hubby install one of those locks on our meter.

    [Carolyn's version is now what is available as the revised Sample Letter on this page, so we have removed the text below. --Admin]

  21. John S says:

    Following the installation of a “Smart meter” at my residence, my bill suddenly jumped up $100. Concerned because I live on a fixed income, and any increase in my basic monthly expenses meant doing without some necessity, I made it a point to talk with all my neighbors about their experience with the new meters. Everyone (there are 11 households) of my neighbors that I spoke with, had a similar story to tell. Without exception, each saw their electric bill increase $100+. It is time, the electric companies own up to this unauthorized and undeserved rate increase! It is bad enough that they are collecting monies that they are not entitled to, but bilking their customers out of money, that, in most cases, is needed to cover their most basic of necessities, food, clothing and shelter. All this, during a period of severe recession, which has been precipitated by the same mentality of corporate greed. More riches for the rich, acheived by taking advantage of those who are less fortunate! Kick’em while they’re down, seems to be the new corporate “by word”!

  22. Following the installation of a “Smart meter” at my residence, my bill suddenly jumped up $100. Concerned because I live on a fixed income, and any increase in my basic monthly expenses meant doing without some necessity, I made it a point to talk with all my neighbors about their experience with the new meters. Everyone (there are 11 households) of my neighbors that I spoke with, had a similar story to tell. Without exception, each saw their electric bill increase $100+.

  23. alicia pineiro says:

    Here in Florida I was told that I didn’t have an option. I did not discern that when the installer said to me in response to my “what if Ididn’t want that on my house?” he said you would have to hire an electrician to remove it, but first copy the meter readings the smart meter was doing now to mail to the power company so they won’t think you are stealing, also, to notify the power company before the electrician removed it, because there is a special seal put on there that would be broken. I was told by FPL power company that they could replace my smart meter with a digital meter that doesn’t have a two way radio. Just transmit. I did not accept that offer. Still digital and untrustworthy. Found out that there is a hidden switch in the digital transmit meter that can be turned on (against you). You would still receive dangerous radiation. ( A public speaker who knows about this (Jerry Day) said that best to buy an electro-mechanical analog meter. which of course, the power company would have to send a meter reader in person to read your meter). If you start getting charged extra fees for that, that is called extortion. Unlawful. If we allow power companies and those above them, and those partnered with them behind the scenes control us, then we will have become prisoners even in our own homes. As Hitler and his regime did to the Jews and other races, this is the process that’s been going on, and if allowed, is going to become far worse. This was going on even before Hitler did it. If you have begun to feel the sense that you have lost control of your life, rebuke that and pray, and take action. For those who believe God (Yahweh) Read Joshua 23. God has your back. Verse 10 says ” One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. We gotta do our part. We are to fight back for the land, free energy, water and food that God blessed us with. check out http://www.thrivemovement.com. You can view it on YOUtube. This is not something to be ignored, nor to be intimidated by. I encourage you not to fear. May the God who created the world and us, be with you all, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

    • Redi Kilowatt says:

      alicia,
      You need to fight Florida Power and Light, and try and get your neighbors to help you.
      I am non-religious so I don’t buy that religious dogma, or Jerry Day’s dogma either.
      Don’t accept a digital meter, install a good tried and true electro-mechanical meter, that is the answer to your problem.

  24. Stu says:

    I don’t like the internet, because internet sales have put hundreds of thousands of people out of work. By having Smart Meters, This will put Thousands of PG&E workers out of work. Let alone the days of “666″ where the government will regulate our usage – what times we can use Gas & Electricity and how much it will cost.

    • Redi Kilowatt says:

      Stu,
      The electric and gas meters are not capable of regulating anything, they are strictly for revenue collection. But what you say about the government regulating the price you pay is true, and it is the corporations that control the government.

      • kua says:

        How would you know smart meters “are not capable of regulating anything”? Everything I’ve learned says that they are, to the point of regulating individual appliances. You know that and are lying as part of your job. A blanket statement is usually ignorant or a lie. Get a life congruent with the health and well-being of your fellow humans.

  25. D. Kost says:

    I live in a Cleveland, Ohio suburb. The Cleveland Division of Water is in the process of installing “Elster smart water meters” in the area. The Cle. Div. of Water says it’s a mandate that all residents/customers participate in their “Clear Read Project”……no opting out. The definition of mandate is an authority, in this case the authority is the Cle. Div. of Water. What legal protection do I have when I tell them I don’t want their smart meter installed? I cannot find an attorney to advise or represent me. My neighbors are the shrug the shoulders type. They don’t realize the health implications and/or just aren’t interested. Can someone please advise what I can do? I understand you cannot give legal advice, but I sure would like to know what my options are in the state of Ohio. What can the Cle. Div. of Water legally do to me if I refuse the installation? These smart meters are surely an invasion of privacy. How can that be legal?

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  27. Jimmy says:

    I have service with SCE & their smart meter is already in place. What is usually involved after I send the registered letter to their officials?

    Also, Would there be any usual time frame from the time the letter is sent to the time that the device is removed?

    Regards,
    Jim.

  28. Nicole says:

    Southern California Edison’s Agent for Service of Process should probably be listed as well: CRISTINA E. LIMON
    2244 WALNUT GROVE AVENUE,
    ROSEMEAD, CA 91770

    https://businessfilings.sos.ca.gov/

  29. lynn says:

    Letter does no good. We sent this in to our utility months ago. Now in the last week a utility dude has showed up twice wanting to install the meter. We refused and said we had sent in paperwork saying we did not want one. If we had not been at home, the meter would have been installed. So I’d say you best bet is to put a sign on your analog meter telling them not to touch it or replace it. But looks like we want be able to refuse the Smart meter for long. It will cost us an extra $30 the first month and probably go up from there every month we refuse the smart meter. So what choice do we really have if we are not rich?

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  31. Debra bryant says:

    I purchased a home in Bakersfield California in June 2011 that already had a Smart Meter installed. My first electric and gas bill was a whopping $775.00!
    After they removed the Smart Meter my electric and gas bill dropped to $103.00!

  32. COMMON SENSE IS NOT VERY COMMON

    Dumb “Smart Meters,” can have low power and still have the wrong penetrating carrier wave, a “Subspace” carrier wave, with “bad” damaging data train frequencies. These carrier waves can travel thousands of miles….

    The data train can generate multiple frequencies and penetrate deep into tissue.

    “Subspace” carrier waves should be reserved for medical devices, not 1/2 or full subspace carrier wave Smart Meters massive data train frequencies transfers into our tissue.

    There are other carrier waves that are really less damaging, but then there is the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution which apparently hard to explain to elitist with Naessens Pleomorphic fungal-yeast brain infections (see below).

    But I continue to ask the elites to seek professional help for their yeast induced brain fog.

    If they want to reduce our numbers, just make up all middle class, then we’ll have 0.1 children. My site to convince Congress to improve social security to make up all middle class: TheUSAFunds.org

    OPINION et al DISCLAIMER: Whatever the most intense/nastiest disclaimers available on the internet, whichever ones favor my well being or keeping my little money this is left, apply to all my opinions and info from others, which include calls for real world NrBCS interactive research and replacement of the 1/2 and full smart meters. Just remember we need to lower the total load of NrBCS items and if you feel your ox is being gored, tell me who else should sacrifice their ego.

  33. Kay says:

    I live in Corona, Ca. Today I called to opt out of smart meter at my house. the agent from SCE was courteous and helpful and transfered me to a special agent who told me that there would be a $10 opt out fee and subsequent$5 monthly. It sounded good to me compared to the other opt out fees that I’ve heard. However, he would not give me a date about when the installation of the analog meter could be done. I subsequently made another phone call to opt out our church in Ontario, Ca. This time the special agent handing commercial properties told me that there is no opting out for commercial properties. Is this true? What can I do about it?

  34. Anonymous says:

    Avista Utilities, in Spokane, Washington entered my property without my knowledge or consent and put up a smart meter. They will not take it down. I’m not sure this letter would do me any good.

  35. M. Benito says:

    “There is no opting out”… ?!
    The continuous violation of our God-given personal freedom outlined in the Constitution isn’t only cause for alarm, it is cause for WAR.

  36. Greg says:

    I have, for several years, wondered “Where have all the heroes in America gone?” Well, many are here. A few moles are here as well, but most of you are unsung heroes. I am now on board! I live in Virginia and have a lot of catching up to do. This is a mighty big elephant. How do we break this elephant into small bites? Does anyone have any links and tips specific to Virginia. If anyone would like to give me any tips to streamline this process, I would greatly appreciate it. Any of you may contact me directly, if you want.
    Greg

  37. Lauree says:

    I live in Florida.. and the FPL is giving us two choices, to install the smart meter, or pay an enrollment fee of $95.00 and a monthly surcharge of $13.00 starting in june..
    any suggestions or comments… I do not want the smart meter nor should I have to pay for a system that is already installed…
    geesh!

  38. Dawn says:

    I live in New Jersey where smart water meters are being installed. I have denied the water company access to my basement to install the meter. Today I have received a “shut off” letter, stating that if I don’t make an appointment in seven days time to have a smart meter installed my water service will be disconnected and I will be responsible for all fees related to the service, which can be in excess of $8,000. I am in the middle of reading the letter above and hope it would be a valid letter to send to my water company, changing the name of the company and persons involved of course. Can anyone give me advice in this matter? Thanks.

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