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Good Riddance to "Smart Meters": Opt-out occurs 1.5 years after doctor request

Smart meters removed today by SDG&E, gas and electric analogs back in place. A pity the company had to be forced to do this. It took them 1.5 years to do so following my doctor's request.

At long last, the smart meters are gone from our home. Today they were removed by SDG&E, as part of the hard won opt-out order by the CPUC. It took a half hour, the utility worker removed the smart electric meter (just gloves no protection otherwise) and the gas meter was entirely replaced as there are no analog modules to put on the old gas meter. They hung a tag from the analog locking ring that says "opt-out" (see pic above). I told the two nice gentlemen from SDG&E who did not seem to know anything about the radiation problems, about the fact that they were both at risk and needed to inform their unions that they might need protective equipment to shield their bodies, eyes, heads, as they were working so close to the smart meters. Bless their hearts, the SDG&E workers were very pleasant and supportive, and now I have two analogs. What a relief. Was able to be right in front of the electric meter without feeling the terrible headache, nausea and dizziness that was felt even at 10 feet from the smart meter. Such a shame that the company couldn't have had a policy of supporting customers with health complaints before being forced to provide the opt-out by the CPUC, which was made possible through intense public pressure, essentially. We're up to 57 municipalities in California, including 11 counties, that have rejected smart meters, a number of them criminalizing the installation of the dangerous devices.  Ears still ringing, I am told that the irritated nerves should eventually settle down. Today was particularly bad, as there were four hours during which the smart meter shields that I had on both gas and electric had to be off, while waiting for the opt-out. Without those, the house would not have been livable. "Good riddance to bad rubbish", is what I have to say about the "smart" (not) meters. That is the nicest comment I can think of for polite company.

I've heard from one other couple who received their new analog electric meter and were very pleased to get it. The SDG&E worker told them that he'd already put in 200 that week, and it was half way through. Also, I heard from several others who are waiting for their opt-out date, any day now, and a number of troubling reports from people who called the SDG&E smart meter opt-out phone number 1-877-357-8525 to find it always busy. I had the same experience last week, waiting a half hour. If that happens, I recommend calling Customer Service - the regular number Residential: 1-800-411-7343. The website address to go to, to opt-out or learn more about it is http://sdge.com/residential/smart-meter-opt-out/smart-meter-opt-out-program. On their smart meter page it has a chart with the supposed benefits of smart meters. I made up my own, comparing analogs to smart meters.

Traditional Analog Meters Compared to Smart Meters

 Figure out the benefits -  then opt-out of smart meters !

According to some experts / reports by consumers:

Analog (Electromechanical) Meters

Smart Meters (Electronic)

RF Radiation Exposure

No

YES

Part of mesh network that blankets community with RF radiation

No

YES

Health complaints

No

YES

AAEM physicians' association warnings about health effects

No

YES

Santa Cruz Health Dept. warnings about RF radiation emissions

No

YES

Privacy Intrusion

No

YES

Hackable

No

YES

Utility collects personal energy use data

No

YES

Data on your personal energy use may be provided to 3rd parties

No

YES

Can cause "dirty electricity" emissions on wiring

No

YES

Can be used to power down or shut off your appliances

No

YES

Can be used to remotely shutoff your utility service

No

YES

Can be used to charge for Time-of-Use rating

No

YES

Higher bills complaints

No

YES

Appliance Burnout Complaints

No

YES

Associated with numerous house fires

No

YES

Interference w/ wireless devices

No

YES

Safety complaints

No

YES

Can contribute to  electrical grid failure

No

YES

Meter has short life

No - last 30-50 years

YES - last 12-15 years

 Federal energy act standard       Yes                                     No

 

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For the American Academy of Environmental Medicine's latest smart meter warnings, other comments about smart meters by physicians, scientists and researchers, and a flier to share with everyone you know, check out Media above. Please leave a comment below if you have had any opt-out experiences you care to share. I encourage everyone to opt-out who can. We are working on the fees issue. Today, I received notice that Vermont's legislators passed a law that eliminates all smart meter opt-out fees for its citizens. To date, no bill has been written to eliminate fees in Calfornia. In fact, our state legislature has been downright unresponsive.

Next steps - Phase 2 of the CPUC opt-out proceeding will address fees (these are interim) and community opt-outs, amongst other issues. A prehearing conference meeting has been set for May 16th at the CPUC in San Francisco, to discuss and determine the scope of Phase 2, which will occur in June. Numerous parties to the now-consolidated opt-out proceedings for the three major utilities will be represented or will attend that meeting, including Center for Electrosmog Prevention. We won't quit till these experimental, radiation-emitting, hazardous devices are banned and no one is subjected to their risks and harms. Right now, the judge won't allow commercial opt-outs to be discussed or considered. WRONG. Commercial property owners and workers have the right to be safe too.

Anyone who wishes to become a Party to the CPUC consolidated opt-out proceedings (Application 11-03-015, et al) may do so by requesting the form from Judge Amy Yip-Kikugawa - her email is ayk@cpuc.ca.gov. The form must be received by 5/16/12 to become a party, it is my understanding, unless one requests this afterward, which might cause a delay. I will find the form and add it to media in a day or so.

As for me, I will now be occupying my entire home and property, without the misery of RF radiation illness afflicting me daily and limiting my freedoms, at least not here. This chapter of my life has been an outrage that I, for one, will never again allow to be repeated. And we, collectively, who understand this issue, are not done - this technological mistake called a smart meter must be gone, not harming any of us. No fees, no wireless meters, no emissions. 

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Chris May 08, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Thank you Sue for staying on top of this issue and for CEP. Hopefully, there will be a no cost opt-out soon. I love your benefits to analog meters chart. It is very helpful and makes it easy to see how wonderful our old meters are in protecting our families.
Susan Brinchman May 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Are you opting out? Want to be interviewed? Send me a note about it ... San Diego local media is interested. director@electrosmogprevention.org
Roberta May 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Yes, we are opting out. Thank you for all your work to make it possible for us to get the meter off our house!
Alpine Artist May 22, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Susan--How can we join you in your lawsuit? Our family lives in Alpine, CA, a town that was basically financially destroyed and soon will be assailed with mega-high doses of EMF due to SDGE's takeover of our entire main street for their Sunrise Powerlink. Yes, we are opting out. How can a utility can impose a detrimental health-affecting instrument on individual property, or punish that property-owner with blackmail-type incredulous fees for NOT having it installed on the property?
Collin L. Angels May 22, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Susan--How can we join you in your lawsuit? Our family lives in Alpine, CA, a town that was basically financially destroyed and soon will be assailed with mega-high doses of EMF due to SDGE's takeover of our entire main street for their Sunrise Powerlink. Yes, we are opting out. How can a utility can impose a detrimental health-affecting instrument on individual property, or punish that property-owner with blackmail-type incredulous fees for NOT having it installed on the property?
Alpine Artist May 22, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Susan--How can we join you in your lawsuit? Our family lives in Alpine, CA, a town that was basically financially destroyed and soon will be assailed with mega-high doses of EMF due to SDGE's takeover of our entire main street for their Sunrise Powerlink. Yes, we are opting out. How can a utility can impose a detrimental health-affecting instrument on individual property, or punish that property-owner with blackmail-type incredulous fees for NOT having it installed on the property?
Susan Brinchman May 22, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Dear Friends, I am not involved in a lawsuit at this time, though I do think lawsuits over these outrages are inevitable. Channel 10 inaccurately reported that I am in a lawsuit. They confused involvement as a Party with the "legal proceedings" at the CPUC with lawsuit, apparently. I encourage everyone to take action in a myriad of ways, and legal action may well be one of them. You may wish to support CEP's work by joining as a member, also. http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/become-a-cep-member/. We are working on getting the fees thrown out. The CPUC helped plan those fees. Corrupted goverment agencies don't do their jobs, neither do corrupted legislators, county supervisors, governors, nor other elected officials. We are seeing the results. We do not have to accept this. There are more of us than "them".
Robert June 01, 2012 at 09:26 PM
" I am signing this document under duress and am aware of the fees SDGE will charge to protect my family from the threat of continued exposure to smart meter radiation in our home and on our property. As stipulated, the replacement meter shall be a mechanical analog meter that is incapable of emitting radio or microwave radiation." Hopefully, in time we will be able to recoup the protection money we are having to give to SDGE for the privledge of not continuing to be damaged by the smart meter radaition.
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