City Council Discovers ‘Smart’ Meters are not UL Certified

Underwriters Laboratory Confirms Meters Not Safety Tested, Raising Fire Safety Fears

Capitola- During a meeting last week in which they joined six other local governments* who have passed laws criminalizing the installation of wireless ‘smart’ meters, the Capitola City Council discovered that the wireless ‘smart’ meters that CA utilities are trying to install are in fact not certified by Underwriters Laboratory, a certification that is required under the state electrical code for all electrical appliances and equipment within the home.

The lack of certification was confirmed by Karl Moeller, a senior engineer with UL earlier today:

Product certifications can be verified by going to then scroll down to the bottom and click on “on-line certifications directory”. You can search for active certifications at the On-line Certifications Directory.  In this case I did a keyword search for:

– Landis* There were a few matches, but nothing looks like a direct match.

– Silver spring* No matches came back.

In summary, I am unable to confirm these devices as being UL certified.

Best Regards,

Karl E. Moeller

Senior Customer Service Engineer II


HVAC, Appliances, and Lighting

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

1285 Walt Whitman Road

Melville, NY 11747

The revelation came after Councilmember Termini, who is an electrician by trade, asked PG&E about the certification.  After PG&E staff went to their car to fetch a ‘smart’ meter, the council and PG&E spent several minutes unsuccessfully trying to locate the UL symbol on the meter.  This convinced Councilmember Termini that an immediate ordinance was required to protect public safety.

A number of fires that started in the new wireless meters have been reported, and last month a whistleblower from Wellington Energy- PG&E’s installation contractor- alleged serious breaches in safety procedures by installers, who are temp workers- not trained professionals as required by the Federal Communications Commission.  Reports of fires, shorts, and electrocutions are also being reported in other countries where ‘smart’ meters are being installed, such as Australia.

“Gov. Brown must immediately act to remove President of the CPUC Michael Peevey, a former executive with Southern California Edison, who has been a symbol of the agency’s coziness with utility companies, a coziness that contributed to the San Bruno disaster as well as the current ‘smart’ meter debacle.  The CPUC simply isn’t doing its job and it needs a change of leadership.” said Joshua Hart, Director of Stop Smart Meters!

A Protest is planned tomorrow- Wednesday Feb. 16th Noon-1:30pm at the CA Public Utilities Commission, corner of McAllister and Van Ness in San Francisco.   Representatives from grassroots organizations fighting the smart meter onslaught will be available for interview.  Visuals include protesters with signs.

*Counties of Santa Cruz, Marin, Mendocino, and Cities of Watsonville, Fairfax, and Rio Dell have criminalized smart meter installations.  A total of 26 local governments in California have demanded an immediate moratorium.

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18 Responses to City Council Discovers ‘Smart’ Meters are not UL Certified

  1. Marla says:

    Can you imagine adding this to all the illegal rewiring that accompanies Smart Meter fraud in Fresno (and ???) Behind the water diversion operation – outsiders relocating, disconnecting, reconnecting overhead and underground utilities then having PG&E’s records altered to cover up the evidence. I have names, photos and unaltered records which verify this and more. City of Fresno risk analyst involved – the one who committed perjury to deny this.

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  3. Charlotte Butler says:

    They also give off high levels of Electromagnetic frequencies that can cause health problems in suseptible individuals.

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  5. Ken Coleman says:

    Here in Maine “Central Maine Power Company” has started to install their smart meters and have been forced to offer an “opt-out” choice. If a consumer chooses to opt-out there are up front fees and monthly charges over and above your monthly bill.
    I call that extoration!

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  9. john b says:

    i am from BC Canada.
    our provincial agency (bc hydro) is ramming this down our throats.
    can anyone supply me with links/web pages/evidence that these are dangerous please.
    i am looking to take on our provincial government over this case.

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  11. GaryP says:

    Among the many reasons not to have a smart meter installed are the job losses associated with this effort. No I dont work for any utility companys. I had a conversation with an edison employee who came out to tag my analog meter. Of course I insisted on the tag that says “do not install smart meter”. The employee was quick to admit that he and his fellow workers were concerned about their jobs. In fact this is one of the reasons that edison wants these smart meters. No longer will they have to have meter readers. The other major concerns I have are the ability to raise rates depending on when I use electricty. Worse yet turning off power when they feel use is too high. These are not trivial issues! I am not discounting the health concerns at all either. With all these reasons, where are the law suits. I sure dont want to pay the opt out fee but I just can not allow government abuse of my rights or the wholesale cutting of jobs just to line there own pockets.

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  13. cathy anderson says:

    Smart Meters, as I understand it from Itron’s website, are called Centron Smart Meters. I called the UL myself and asked them if they had a listing for Centron Smart Meters, and she said no. I called because an electrical engineer at this site said that my homeowner’s insurance may be invalid due to the fact they were not UL Listed or Approved. I figured that, because I already notified my homeowner’s insurance about this issue. I sent her numerous articles about fires. I called the UL myself and they had no listing for Centron Smart Meters even though Itron says they are. They are LYING. Itron is looking at huge lawsuits and eventually enough people’s houses will burn down and they will pull them. Not before they have installed millions of them in California alone. There are also entire neighborhoods and towns that don’t want them. What’s that going to do to their grid? It’s getting to where we have no choice anymore because we have not been informed about the previous choices. Also, they are NOT like cell phones, you are not forced to buy a cell phone and have it attached to your head 24 hrs a day, as these meters are being forced on us. It’s not the same at all.

  14. gail walton says:

    The UK has had numerous problems with smart meters: fires, illnesses,EMF’s,, prices skyrocketing, etc. Research should have been done before allowing them to be installed here. A family in Los Angeles had the Smart meter removed when their family got sick. Now the power company will not turn on their electricity even though they have gotten an approved analog meter. Is this the kind of country we have become? Children being forced to live without the simple necessities for corporate greed should not be allowed.

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  16. Sweetpea says:

    Utility meters have never been UL listed, whether smart or not. The utility-side equipment is regulated by the PUC and not the NEC. In fact there never was a UL standard for metering devices until within the last few years.
    However this standard is not needed for utility company meters as much as it is for the recent use of customer-side meters for solar and customer load segregation.

  17. Richard Garrison says:

    We here in small town North Carolina are going through a “pilot” program started by our city council last summer. We have about 100 properties that now have ‘Smart Power Meters’ and we are trying to get the local taxpayers to pay attention to what has happened in other areas that have had these unsafe devices attached to their property. If anyone out there can help those of us in North Carolina to ALERT consumers directly so the local people will complain, we would be appreciate for your help
    We have a local election coming up in 2015, and three members of our Morganton City Council are up for election. Hopefully other property owners would see the need to help us get the word out about the NEGATIVE impact Smart Power Meters cause.


    Richard Garrison

    Morganton, NC. 28655

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