Revealed: SDG&E Smart Meter Technical Data and Bio-Effects

Despite its insistence that SDG&E follows FCC guidelines, the new information may explain why so many are reporting headaches, ringing and clicking of ears, nausea and sleeplessness.

If you are an SDG&E or utility customer anywhere, you need to read this. Chances are near 100% that you already have a potentially dangerous new utility smart meter on your home and business, or will soon have one.

If you live in San Diego County or southern Orange County, you likely have a smart meter now. This article will present new, previously unavailable documents that will show just how harmful microwave emissions and smart meters can be, including a SDG&E technical report and military science report on the biological effects of pulsed rf radiation. Hold on to your seats; prepare to be horrified.

Evidence is piling up about the multiple hazards and risks of smart meters. The state of California’s public utility commission (CPUC) has heard many thousands of complaints, including those of 47 municipalities, such as Santa Barbara County and city, including demands for immediate relief, a moratorium, and immediate opt-out program for the wireless smart grid and smart meter program.

A smart meter installation delay list has recently been ordered by a CPUC Administrative Law Judge for all Californians without smart meters. Organizations such as the Center for Electrosmog Prevention, EMF Safety Network, UCAN, and TURN have been involved in legal filings with the state CPUC to protect consumers with an opt-out program, which is imminent, and may be available in January 2012.

The option, however, may be insufficient to protect the public. The state CPUC and utilities seem to be leaning toward allowing consumers to opt-out of smart meters with yet another version of a smart meter, which allows the consumer to be charged by Time-of-Use [TOU] rates due in 2012, very unpopular where these have been implemented. [You will be charged by the time of day and season that you use energy, and the rates will increase dramatically during the peak hours of each day, a disincentive to use electricity then, a major problem for people at home or living in places where they must heat and cool their homes.]

In addition, people who have received the electronic digital meters still complain of the same health effects. According to experts, the likely-to-be-proposed replacements, solid-state, electronic digital meters, will still cause exposure to pulsed radiofrequency radiation and electromagnetic emissions on home wiring, and consumers will be charged extra to receive them.

This is NOT what the public deserves, NOT what those sick from smart meters want, NOT what the CPUC should promote, as they are charged with oversight of safety of the smart grid per SB 17, the smart grid law in California, and protection of the public.  

SDG&E’s recent technical report on smart meter radiofrequency emissions[1] provides the general public with detailed information, allowing a window into the pulsed radiofrequency microwave radiation we are being newly subjected to by California utility companies in a completely unprecedented manner.

The SDG&E response was made to a ruling by concerned CPUC Administrative Law Judge Amy Kikugawa in charge of statewide opt-out planning for the smart meter fiasco. SDG&E’s document reveals technical data showing that its customers are being subjected to virtually continuous pulses of microwave radiation (up to 23,000+ pulses in a 24 hour period, up to every 3 seconds).

This is felt by some observers to be radically different than the “spin” previously given – the claim that “minute,” “occasional,” “infrequent” radiofrequency exposures that are “harmless” and "less than all other sources” is clearly not true, finally revealed with the forced production of this document.

Previous information appears to have misled the public, focusing on transmissions (sending usage data to the utility) that comprise 10% of the duty cycle, while ignoring the near-continuous network maintenance (90%) (receiving and sending - view the YouTube video in Media, to the right of this article, entitled "Dark Side of Smart Meters" to understand the mesh network).

[The report, which may be yet be considered a potential new spin, RESPONSE OF SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY (U 902 E) ON THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE’S RULING SEEKING CLARIFICATION, is found, in full, in Media – PDFs, at right of this article, and at links below the article.]

Despite its insistence that SDG&E follows FCC guidelines, the new information may explain why so many are reporting headaches, ringing and clicking of ears, nausea, and sleeplessness, amongst other symptoms, when combined with scientific information on the health and biological effects of pulsed radiofrequency microwave radiation.  

View SDG&E’s technical document in the Media – PDFs section, at right of this article. Watch SDG&E defend its smart meters at the CPUC Smart Meter Opt-Out Workshop of Sept. 14, 2011. Learn why one California expert, Cindy Sage, feels that FCC guidelines for radiofrequency exposure are not being met for smart meters at http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/, and in fact, may exceed those guidelines by tens of thousands of times, in addition to being inadequate, particularly for those with smaller body sizes, including women and children.

Keep in mind that the wireless smart grid system is in its infancy and if allowed to progress according to its planners, will subject us to exponentially more rf radiation than we receive at this point, including sending and receiving data from all your major appliances, inside the home and operating more frequently, in real time vs. the “infrequent” data transmissions for usage to the utility.

Thus, it is possible that those of us who are now sick will be sicker, and those of you not feeling the effects may join us, with increased exposures.

A recently declassified U.S. Army scientific study[2]] 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).

[I should note that I am one of these persons, with asthma and temperature regulation problems. One may contemplate whether those on certain medications that impact temperature regulation and sweating might also fall into these categories.]

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. Not only might it be disruptive to the sense of hearing, it could be psychologically devastating if one suddenly heard " voices within one's head."” (p. 10 of 20). [see Media-Pdf’s for full Bioeffects of Nonlethal Weapons report]

Thus, we see that those concerned about the placement of the smart meter devices on every building in America by state and federal governments, working closely with the multinationally owned and controlled utility industry, originating from the United Nations, are justified in their suspicions that the emissions from this two-way, bidirectional technology can be very harmful and the devices could be readily misused.

For instance, remotely increasing the signal strength and frequency of signals can induce more of the above bio effects. This could be selectively accomplished through hacking of the wireless smart grid network by terrorists or individuals, an insecure system that places the nation and our energy access at risk, already described as “really stupid …with no one in charge” by former CIA Director Woolsey on Aug. 14, 2011: “A so-called smart grid that’s as vulnerable as what we’ve got is not smart at all. It’s a really, really stupid grid”[3], or by a malevolent government, industry, or individuals within it.

Individuals or groups can be readily targeted. Please remember that most smart meters are made in China, the same location that brought us Chinese drywall and lead-contaminated toys for children. Consider that $100 million of our federal taxpayer-financed Recovery Act funds, intended to stimulate jobs and our own economy, went into the development of the Chinese-made smart meters, producing less than 60 jobs statewide.

Thanks to the Obama and White House policies and financing, the smart grid and its dangerous, insidious microwave-radiation dependent network is set to be instituted within every state, in the coming few years, without regard for health or “biological effects” on humans and animals. This plan is also, in the opinion of many, without regard for our national security or the security of our energy sources.

We have a choice; the time is now. Either sit silently in your homes, rationalizing that “everything is dangerous,” and let America be destroyed or speak out and take action to demand the elimination of smart meters and the wireless smart grid. Microwave radiation emitting devices that can cause physical harm and wireless devices emitting microwave radiation using the same technologies placed on our neighborhood power lines should have no place in America.

Call and write the White House, your Congressmen, state legislators, CPUC Commissioners (appointed by Governor Brown) and all your local elected county supervisors and city officials, demanding that the wireless smart grid program be halted, opt-out program utilizes electrosmechanical meters (analog) only, and that wireless be removed from the grid entirely.

Help distribute information about smart meters to your friends, family, and neighbors. Fliers are available at www.electrosmogprevention.org, where you may join us as a member, supporting our legal filings to the CPUC. Call media (including SD Union-Tribune, the Reader, and all national and local TV news stations) and demand extensive investigative articles on this topic that are not simply spitting out the utility experts’ spin, demand that the smart meter blackout end for their news coverage, despite their income from utility advertisements.

Support organized groups to demand that smart meters and the wireless smart grid are banned. Start some of your own. Set up local forums to discuss these issues. Learn more. Discuss. Meet. Protest. Demand. Take action.

Beware of the spin doctors, the hired guns on this issue, who will deny the dangers. This is about saving America, as well as your loved ones, from disastrous health consequences, potential for misuse and behavioral control, invasion of privacy, severe security risks, with irreversible damages to our freedoms, particularly in our own homes and businesses. It is difficult to imagine anything more important.

Susan Brinchman, Director

Center for Electrosmog Prevention, a CA nonprofit




For more information on credible scientific positions on smart meters, expert reports and comments, and rf radiation research, go to:

Smart Meter Dangers www.smartmeterdangers.org

Center for Electrosmog Prevention www.electrosmogprevention.org

EMF Safety Network www.emfsafetynetwork.org

Stop Smart Meters www.stopsmartmeters.org

Refuse Smart Meters www.refusesmartmeters.com


References for article:

SB17 CA Public Utility Codes Smart Grid Systems 8360-8369 http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=puc&group=08001-09000&file=8360-8369

Ex-CIA Director Slams Smart Grid, http://www.powermag.com/blog/index.php/2011/08/14/ex-cia-chief-slams-smart-grid/

Bio Effects of Nonlethal Weapons (fn 1) addendum to the Nonlethal Technologies * Worldwide (Ne GIC-I1 47-101-98s) http://www.scribd.com/doc/72270971/Microwave-Radiation-Bio-Effects-of-Selected-Non-Lethal-Weapons

The Sage Report http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/

Smart Meter Collection (on Scribd.com) http://www.scribd.com/collections/3023557/Smart-Meter-Collection for CPUC filings and all CA utility technical data reports on smart meters, including SDG&E Response to ALJ Ruling for Clarification (11.1.11), and Reasons to Say NO to Smart Meters.

SDG&E Response to ALJ Ruling Seeking Clarification:



Response filed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company on 11/01/2011 (Attachment)




La Mesa Patch articles on smart meter issues, with a large following nationwide and internationally. [Be sure to check out the Media videos and documents (pdfs) supporting the content]:

Open Letter to Sempra & SDG&E Demanding Analog Meter Replacement of Smart Meter

SDG&E May Have to Provide Smart Meter Opt-Out Plan to State PUC

Protest SDG&E Rate Hikes, Smart Meters at PUC Meetings

Alert: PUC Commissioner Orders SDG&E & SCE to Let Customers Delay Smart Meters

The Great CPUC Dog and Pony Show (aka Smart Meter Opt-Out Workshop)

Anti-Smart Meter Rally, Press Conference and Smart Meter Opt-Out Workshop 9/14/11

Underlying Cause of the Southwestern Blackout, Sept. 8, 2011: Failure of the Smart Grid

Living Nightmare: How SDG&E Smart Meter Led to Headaches, Hearing Loss

Smart Meter Nightmare #2: San Diego man sick from bank of smart meters

Smart Meter Nightmare #3: East County Woman and Pet Sick, Begging for Help http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/smart-meter-nightmare-3-east-county-woman-and-pet-sick-begging-for-help#c

Smart Meter Nightmare #4: SoCal Landlord Says Meters Hurting Her Tenants

Smart Meter Nightmare #5: Senior Citizen Replaces Smart Meter With Analog http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/smart-meter-nightmare-5-senior-citizen-replaces-smart-meter-with-analog#comments


Local woman confronts PG&E over ‘smart meter’

Resident tells PG&E to end her service

Message for SDG&E: Allow Opt-outs from Smart Meters  

Take Action: How to Opt Out of Radiation-Emitting Smart Meters

Open Letter to the La Mesa City Council: Tell SDG&E to Stop the Smart Meters



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

[3] Ex-CIA Director Slams Smart Grid, http://www.powermag.com/blog/index.php/2011/08/14/ex-cia-chief-slams-smart-grid/

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Burkey February 22, 2013 at 04:08 AM
@Kevin I'm really glad Susan Brinchman is contributing to this conversation as much as she is. It's time well spent, because she's right.
Burkey February 22, 2013 at 04:11 AM
@Kevin Oh well if Ed Begley Jr. said it, it MUST be true! lol
Susan Brinchman February 22, 2013 at 08:29 PM
For those of you who don't know it, there is now a "paid" smart meter opt-out available in CA for gas and electric smart meters (for PG&E, SDG&E, and SCE customers). To learn more about this go to Smart Meter Opt-out Forms & Flyers http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/stop-ca-smart-meter-news/san-diego-county-smart-meter-news/cep-smart-meter-opt-out-and-other-fliers-to-share/. It is paid because the utilities claim it is an extra service and the CPUC colluded on the idea of a payment. Our organization, Center for Electrosmog Prevention, is a party to the CPUC Opt-out Proceedings, which are in Phase 2, and is demanding that the fees be removed and refunded, that they are discriminatory and illegal under California law. We do encourage you to contact your utility and "opt-out" even if you are in an apt building with multiple meters nearby. The emissions along your home wiring will also be reduced when you have an electromechanical meter again. www.electrosmogprevention.org for more info.
Brian Thiesen March 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Info, science, data, plain english, pictures.... http://bcfreedom.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/death-lies-and-mutations-what-the-military-kept-from-the-public-on-microwave-radiation/ http://bcfreedom.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/death-lies-and-mutations-what-the-military-kept-from-the-public-on-microwave-radiation-part-2/
Brian Thiesen March 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Nice work Susan, check these out! http://bcfreedom.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/death-lies-and-mutations-what-the-military-kept-from-the-public-on-microwave-radiation/ http://bcfreedom.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/death-lies-and-mutations-what-the-military-kept-from-the-public-on-microwave-radiation-part-2/


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