SMart meters

Act 129

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Ask your Legislator to support the proposed Analog Choice and Accommodation Bill. This would provide electromechanical analog meter choice for ALL Pennsylvanians.  (Please see our UPDATE SECTION for press release containing details.)


The Pennsylvania Utility Commission has interpreted Act 129 as a mandate for the use of Smart Meters in Pennsylvania. We are one of only two states where they are required, and the only state that mandates smart meters that has looked at the health effects. 


The current FCC Safety Limits are based on research that is now 30 years old. Technology has advanced rapidly and many more research studies have been published. Many scientists and researchers are concerned that the safety limits need to be updated to reflect the concern that there are harmful biological effects of wireless radiation even when the tissue is not heated (thermal effect).


People in urban areas and those with chronic illnesses disproportionally affected. Urban areas typically house more people live in less space, and contain more meters per city block than in more rural areas. For example the photo above shows at least 7 meters between two homes, and several arrays going down the block of homes. Children and other vulnerable populations (the unborn, pregnant women, chronically ill and seniors) are also more at risk.


Is Pennsylvania the only state to mandate smart meters?  Please scroll down the the next section to find out!

Know the Facts

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Consumer Costs: there are reports of inaccurate billing, higher energy consumption, and premature wear of home appliances following smart meter installation.

Involuntary Exposure to Microwave Radiation and EMR

Health Risks: 

  • Cancer, brain,  infertility, diabetes and more.  
  • Common symptoms: disturbed sleep, headaches, fatigue, heart palpitations, worsening of chronic health conditions. 
  • Research shows pulsed radio frequency radiation is harmful even at lower power. 
  • The spikes of pulsed energy, not the average power density, causes the harm to the cells in our bodies. Smart Meters can pulse up to 190,000 times a day. 
  • The 2.4 GHz wireless technology frequencies used in a smart meter pulse at 2.4 billion cycles per second. We evolved in the earth’s natural low magnetic field resonance  of 7.83 Hz (7.83 cycles per second).
  • Diabetes is induced in lab rats by exposing them to 2.4 GHz and "not for long."
  • The smart meter's switch mode power supply produces conductive emissions on household wiring, creating what is commonly know as "Dirty Electricity." 

Fires: There is a history of fires and explosions of smart meters.

Privacy: Smart meters collect data from private homes with out consent. 

Security: National, Business and Home security is at risk. Wireless systems are not as secure as hardwired ones.

Solutions

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Discuss the need for Analog Choice and ADA Accommodations with your legislator. PA is the only state that has looked at the health effects and mandates smart meters.


Smart Meter Covers - Covers that allow the signal to reach the electric company but provides some  protection for people and wildlife. 


Move your meter socket at least 100 feet away from the house,. Contact a licensed electrician, your power company and township for more information. 


PUC Complaints: If you are concerned about the smart meter on your home you may file a formal complaint with the PUC at the  link below. Health and Safety Violations are covered by Title 66 (Public Utility Code) Section 1501 and 1502. 

http://www.puc.pa.gov/filing_resources/online_forms/complaint_online_forms.aspx

PA Smart Meter Groups

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There are a number of Pennsylvania Smart Meter groups. At least one meets in person and all provide for virtual interaction and support  through Facebook. Here is a listing of the Pennsylvania groups we are aware of.  If your group is not listed please contact us and we will be happy to add yours! Also, though not in Pennsylvania, we recommend The Smart Meter Education Network's facebook page and website, www.smartmetereducationnetwork.com


EMS PA; Advocacy website and support for those who have Electromagnetic Sensitivity, Radiation Sickeness Sequela, and Other Non-ioninizing Radiation Sequela. www.EMS-PA.org


Pennsylvanians for Analog Choice (PAC)

We are opposed to smart meters being installed on our home without  our consent. We oppose 5G small cells near homes, schools and businesses.  We discuss our opposition to these harms and focus on solutions to improve the health, safety and privacy of our families. Find us on Facebook. You may also reach us through PASafeTech@gmail.com.


Pennsylvanians Against Smart Meters: Pennsylvanians Against Smart Meters (PASM) is a group of concerned citizens whose goal is to educate the public about utility company smart meters and to halt the widespread installation of those meters through legal and/or political action.

Email address: PASM@gmx.us 


Smart Meter Alert - Pennsylvania

The smart meter debacle is a huge threat to our health, safety, privacy, & wallet. Smart Meter Alert (SMA) is fighting to give consumers an opt-out choice.


Smart Meter Information Exchange NW PA
The intent of this facebook Group is to exchange information about Smart Electric Meters, especially in the communities surrounding Pymatuning Lake.  Jamestown, PA had their new meters installed beginning in October of 2015. Linesville, PA had theirs installed February of 2016.  I (Tom Deighton) live in Linesville. I declined my Smart Meter installation. I was informed by phone that they couldn't force me to allow the installation because it is Winter. In the Spring I will either allow the installation or my power will be disconnected.  In doing research I discovered the facebook Group Jamestown Online. There I discovered many citizen complaints of electric bill increases. The complaints were mostly of extreme increases of $100.00 or more, often doubling the household's electric bill.  I am forming this Group to consolidate information that will help people who have had the Smart Meters installed and are experiencing problems with them.  Who do we take our concerns to and how can we lower electric bills even though the Smart Meter is installed?  


STOP SMART METERS IN PA www.stopsmartmetersinpa.com

Videos

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More Video Links: Experts


Electrical engineer William Bathgate testifies before the Michigan House Energy Committee (2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyaGntYM9WA


William Bathgate, Electrical Engineer Explains Smart Meter Technology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5lJladY7oo


Senator Patrick Colbeck, Michigan, discusses the need for Meter Choice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfckTy3I8k8


Senator Patrick Colbeck, Michigan, speaks about True Smart Meter Opt Outs 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMnLZiMMfGI


Dafna Tachover, Esq MBA and Senator Patrick Colbeck discuss wireless radiation and the iOT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCC15k6EEOQ 


Sharon Goldberg MD, internal medicine physician, testifies before the Michigan 5G Legislative Hearing. She discusses the health effects of wireless radiation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK0AliMe-KA


Electrical engineer William Bathgate testifies before the Iowa Utilities Board (2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPLsrXoDII4

the only State to mandate Smartmeters?

What have other states in the US have done about accommodating those who do not want or cannot, for medical reasons, have a smart meter? Our friends at EMS-PA have the answer, and more information. 


1.      Pennsylvania is the only state of the 41 states that considered homeowner choice and accommodations for health and other reasons but has not granted them. The other 40 states offer an alternative to smart meters. Visit www.ems-pa.org for more information.

2.      Some states have accommodated customers by enacting state law which mandates opt-outs or requiring opt-ins on a statewide basis.  For example, Vermont has a statute mandating no fee opt outs from smart meters.  

3.      Most of the 40 states accommodating customers who do not want or cannot tolerate smart meters, have done so by state PUC action.  

4.      State PUC action is usually, but not always, a response to individual utilities in that state. The utilities file with the state PUC to allow the utility to put smart meters in its territory. The utility usually, as part of those filings, asks for opt out fees, or “tariffs”, for customers who do not want smart meters.  The state PUC rules on these utility filings, and then the state PUC establishes smart meter opt outs, with or without fees.  

5.      There is one example of a state PUC acting across a whole state at once.  The state of Maryland PUC (Maryland PSC), acted statewide, responding to after year of customer pressure, to offer opt-outs from smart metering.  This was not in response to a utility filing.  The Maryland PSC was afraid of what type of legislation was going to be passed, because the state legislators were poised to enact smart meter accommodations legislation under consumer pressure to act. The PSC offered a temporary smart meter “opt out” fee structure, based on forecasted numbers of customers who opted out and what the costs to the utilities would be. Maryland PSC revisited that fee structure a few years later, making the opt-outs permanent.  The Maryland PSC lowered the opt out fees, because there were economies of scale that they had not counted on when they did initial opt out fee calculations.

6.      To our knowledge, no utility in the state of PA has filed a smart meter deployment plan with opt out/ accommodations or fees, as is customary in other states. 

7.      These are a few examples.  Please see the 50 state smart meter opt out/accommodation survey chart (accurate as of 2018), with primary source links, at www.ems-pa.org

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