Smart Meter Complaint Letter to Power Company

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PG&E
PO Box 997320
Sacramento, CA 95899-7320

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Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

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U.S. Department of Labor  |  Occupational Safety & Health Administration 

200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210


NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS AND SURVEILLANCE, NOTICE OF LIABILITY

Dear PG&E and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties.

You installed “Smart Meters” in our condo with out informed consent by we and all the others in our condo.  The older style meter that works for correct billing all the years that it has been in use is the only acceptable meter we will ever accept.   The “Smart Meter” corrupted my gmail account so many times that  I could not send e-mails or get e-mails.  You are filtering my emails.  This is illegal and unacceptable!!!!!.

“Smart Meters” have not been approved by OSHA.  “Smart Meters” are dangerous fire and explosion hazardous. “Smart Meters” present people and animal health endangerment, they are invasive devices and they are totally illegal.

Federal Regulations
Under Federal Regulations testing and safety approval is required for certain products. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule 29 CFR 1910). Under this rule, Electrical conductors or equipment are required to be tested and or approved for safety. It does not appear the smart meters have been tested under this federal safety regulation.
Smart meters have not been tested and approved under OSHA regulations.

California Regulations
Under California Regulations testing and safety certification is required for meters and meter data. (California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) D.98-12-080; Permanent Standards For Metering And Meter Data). Under this rule, that was created in part by PG&E, self-certification is done by the meter manufacturer.

The CPUC allows the maker of the meters to do their own testing for safety. Amazingly, “not all components of a meter product are required to be included in the meter product during certification testing.”

Independent third-party testing and review of the end use product is not required. “Trust us the meters are safe.”

      WE CALL FOR INTERVENTION, IF NECESSARY, BY THE GOVERNOR, TO ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC WELFARE, AS CPUC’S CURRENT LEADERSHIP IS SHOWING DERELICTION OF DUTIES, NOT SHOWING ITSELF TO BE FOLLOWING THE LAW IN THE AREA OF SAFETY, NOT PROTECTING THE PUBLIC, BUT IGNORING THE OCEANS OF EVIDENCE THAT THE WIRELESS COMPONENTS OF THE SMART GRID ARE DANGEROUS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH. ANY INCREASE IN THE USE OF WIRELESS, ANY RAMPING UP OF THE SYSTEM THAT EXPOSES THE PUBLIC TO MORE RF RADIATION IS TO BE CONSIDERED A THREAT TO THE ENTIRE GENERAL PUBLIC AND MUST BE CONDEMNED AND PREVENTED.

       HIDING BEHIND FCC GUIDELINES NEVER DEVELOPED FOR THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IS MISGUIDED AND OBVIOUSLY NOT PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC.]

“When PG&E installed their Smart Meters on my duplex in Sunnyvale they almost burned the place down. All the power plugs had burned insulation and wires where the wires connected to the plug receptacle in one of the units. PG&E’s SmartMeters are a safety hazard and any good judge would stop PG&E before more people are hurt and more property is damaged.” Michael E. Boyd – President, CAlifornians for Renewable Energy, Inc.

5/31/2011 Some blame ‘smart’ meter for Portland restaurant fire

“PORTLAND, Maine— A small fire on May 25 at El Rayo, a York Street Mexican restaurant, was blamed on an electrical problem. But some people are saying there’s more to the fire than a simple wiring issue. Central Maine Power Co.’s vendor had installed a “smart” electrical meter on the building in January. The fire broke out in the electrical box where the meter connects to the building. “Sorry for being closed at lunch. CMP’s allegedly smart meter caught fire and shut us down all day,” the restaurant posted May 25 on Facebook.”

After a Smart Meter was installed in this Florida woman’s home she said the meter “caught fire and fried my beautiful new kitchen” – over $31,000 in damages to many of her home appliances.  The Florida power company refuses to take the blame. See this video:  Help Me Howard, FPL Smartmeter

I am sick like the kittens when going near the meter

On February 25th, 2011 La Mesa Citizen (not verified) says:

You are absolutely right about the meter being dangerous. UCAN should be standing up for you. Thousands of studies show how dangerous rf radiation is, even at low levels. Recent studies show how smart meters are also dangerous, but even more so as they are chronic exposures. www.smartmeterdangers.org

Palo Alto Power surge, raises questions about Smart Meters, “a good example of how sometimes the old way is the good way”.

“Mindy Spatt, communications director for The Utility Reform Network (TURN), said the utility-consumer advocacy group received many complaints about surges damaging appliances when the SmartMeters were first installed. In the best-case scenario, the event in East Palo Alto is an additional cause for concern, she said.”
Comparing analog to the new meters, she added, “In the collective memory of TURN, we have not seen similar incidents with analog meters.”


“Smart Meters” are invasive

Furthermore, we do not consent to any activity monitoring device at the above address.  You and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of all such device on the above property and installation and use of any activity monitoring device 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.

 

We forbid, refuse and deny consent of the installation you did without our informed consent and the 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 activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other inhabitants, guests, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance, 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.. “Smart Meters” violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors in Appendix 1

 

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.


 

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

 

 

Your Name(s)

See appendices for the following:
Appendix 1 “Smart Meters” are invasive
Appendix 2 “Smart Meter” Health Problems’ 
Appendix 3 “Smart Meters” are unsafe
Appendix 4 “Smart Meter” Fires and Explosions


 

Appendix 1 “Smart Meters” are invasive


“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. Thousands of older people like us have complained to Consumer Action that they were ripped off of thousands of dollars.  This was broadcasted on TV and Radio earlier this year.

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.

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, 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, 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.



Appendix 2 “Smart Meter” Health Problems

Smart meter shock: electrical hazards found in 3500 homes

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/smart-meter-shock-electrical-hazards-found-in-3500-homes-20110212-1are0.html?from=age_sb
Melissa Fyfe

February 13, 2011

Milena Adams says wiring in her Richmond home was faulty.

Milena Adams says wiring in her Richmond home was faulty. Photo: Ken Irwin

VICTORIA'S energy regulator has conceded smart meter contractors might lack required skills and is reviewing the qualifications of workers rolling out the $2 billion scheme.

The Sunday Age can also reveal that, in the course of their work, smart meter installers have identified dangerous and possibly life-threatening electrical hazards in 3500 Victorian homes.

Energy Safe Victoria has requested electricity distribution companies provide the names, qualifications and employment details of the hundreds of contractors installing smart meters across the state.

This comes after the Electrical Trades Union raised concerns about skilled migrants working as installers with qualifications that would not pass Victorian standards. The Sunday Age believes the regulator is mostly concerned about the qualifications of Indian workers who come to Victoria via South Australia.

The regulator recently moved to allay fears over the smart meter program, after a Highett woman received an electric shock when her meter was incorrectly installed. It is understood the qualifications of the installer in that incident sparked the regulator's concerns.

''We are concerned about the quality of the work,'' the regulator's spokesman David Guthrie-Jones said. ''We've identified now that some of the installers have come in on work visas from overseas, received their required qualifications from other states, then under the arrangements that exist between states they can come into Victoria to work.''

This comes as a Richmond woman has claimed her son received an electric shock arising from the failure of a contractor to check wiring after installing a smart meter in August. Milena Adams said after her smart meter was installed, light globes exploded and household appliances dimmed her lights. She says that in December, her son received a shock when touching a shower tap. The electricity company CitiPower checked her house immediately.

Ms Adams said CitiPower told her the problem arose from the smart meter installer not checking wiring, but the company says the fault was due to a tree in Ms Adams's yard. Energy Safe Victoria accepts the company's report of the incident.

Energy Minister Michael O'Brien told The Sunday Age that safety was the government's first priority. He said only one incident of harm has been recorded after 460,000 smart meter installations. ''Energy Safe Victoria is making the right call in checking the qualifications that we require in Victoria are being observed.''

Mr O'Brien said Victorians should know that the smart meter program, which aims to install a new meter in every home across the state, has provided a ''safety dividend'', with hazardous faults being identified in 3500 homes.

Electrical Trades Union state secretary Dean Mighell welcomed the regulator's move but said it was disappointing that the Highett woman had to be hurt before action was taken on poorly trained workers. He said the union would be campaigning against piecework, whereby contracted installers are paid a price per meter. ''That's just a recipe for disaster,'' he said.

The smart meter program was conceived under the former Labor government. The meters allow electricity companies to remotely read meters and charge for electricity at different times of the day.

Read more:
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/smart-meter-shock-electrical-hazards-found-in-3500-homes-20110212-1are0.html#ixzz1geiLumQr

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Smart Meters give off microwave radiation

On January 23rd, 2011 Art (not verified) says:

After disputing the outrageous cost on my monthly electric bill here is L.A. after the installation of a new smart digital meter by Southern California Edison Co., I called to dispute my bill so they said they would send someone out to reread my meter for a month. The guy came out one evening to take the initial reading and told me I shouldn't have replaced my analog meter because these new ones give off microwave radiation, and it's like standing in front of an open microwave oven. He told me to stay away from the wall inside my house where the meter was as these microwaves pass through the wall and not to stand in the area in front of the meter. He also claimed he wouldn't allow the installation of one at his house as it was right outside of one of his childs room. He also told me to look up on YouTube videos called Smart Meter Agenda 21 & The Dark Side Of Smart Meter. After a year of an average $60 a month electric bill they wanted $557 for the month after the new meter was installed. I just got the results of the new meter reading and they've knocked of $187 but still want me to pay $372. I found this website while looking for information on what to do next. Thank you for all the information I've read here.

It Is Worse Than You Think

On February 1st, 2011 scarlettred says:

I received my first bill today since the insallation of the "Smart Meter." This bill has increased 300% from the last month which was also much too high. You get nowhere by calling SCE. I would have to be running an arcade in my house to have a 300% increase. It is beyond ridiculous. I was so upset my son found this website and asked me to read it through. As I read about the radiation information my heart about jumped out of my chest. I raise Persian kittens here at my home. I keep the kittens and their moms in the house and when they are 6 weeks old and weaned I have a special area built in the garage for them to play and amuse themselves. This area is directly on the inside wall of the garage where the meter is placed on the outside wall of the garage. In over 40 years of breeding I have never lost a kitten or puppy when they are 6 weeks old. They usually pass awy in the first few days if there is a problem. To my horror I found 2 kittens unconscious several days after I put them in the play area. They died that day. These were roly-poly healthy little babies who never had a sick moment in their short lives. I have been sick with sadness since this happened. And worse I could find no explanation to what went wrong. I have another outdoor kennel area that sits 5 feet from the outside wall where the meter is located. I keep my expecting mothers in that area until a week or so before they are due to deliver.

Suddenly about a week ago I noticed these cats were vomiting up their food and looking as if they did not feel so well. Having read about these meters I was stunned to realize that there is no coincidence here. This stinking "Smart Meter" has killed 2 of my precious kittens and may well have caused permanent damage to my female cats. I am more than worried about their babies. In addition to losing my precious little ones and having to lay them to rest, I had to inform buyers waiting for them to come home that they had suddenly died. I am close to 70 years old and my kittens are my only resource to pay my bills. The loss of 2 kittens amounts to more than a $1000 loss. That does not include the heartache I feel nor the condition I now find 3 of my mother cats in.

 I called and demanded that the meter be removed at once and they said it isn't going to happen. So, without a resident's consent they can install a new meter that could be harmful to animals and possibly humans? Have you seen the protective head gear the technicians who install these meters wear? What is going on here? How can a public utility company have this kind of power and control? And why have so many people found their bills to be so high? Why can I not demand they remove this meter?

What has to happen to expose this attempt to rob innocent people who are already struggling to make ends meet. My income is less than $800 each month and I am expected to pay a $470 Edison bill! It isn't going to happen. first of all it is impossible for me to have that high of a bill. I have been here 7 years and all those prior bills prove that this is beyond reasonable. That is one issue. The loss of my pets lives and health is another. I plan to file a complaint with anyone who will take it and send this information to the newpapers and TV stations. People need to know what the risks here are. And don't bother listening to what Edison tells you. It is all lies! I think that this is cause for a class action lawsuit. Is there anyone out there who agrees. I would like to hear from you and soon.

Scarlettred

I am sick like the kittens when going near the meter

On February 25th, 2011 La Mesa Citizen (not verified) says:

You are absolutely right about the meter being dangerous. UCAN should be standing up for you. Thousands of studies show how dangerous rf radiation is, even at low levels. Recent studies show how smart meters are also dangerous, but even more so as they are chronic exposures.

www.smartmeterdangers.org

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

http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/smart-meter-nightmare-4-socal-landlord-says-meters-hurting-her-tenants

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

 

 SDG&E Smart Meters - not so smart to live with

The following submission was received from Donna, a Southern Californian Realtor and landlord, who relates how the installation of smart meters has impacted the health of her tenants and her ability to rent her apartments.

She writes to the CPUC President, Michael J. Peevey (view The Secret Life of Michael Peevey), who has consistently not taken effective action on behalf of the many thousands of Californians pleaing for help with health concerns. Donna demands an anolog meter be restored and reflects on what is happening to our nation, that we can allow this harm to occur, without help for those suffering.

CEP: Smart meters are clearly unsafe and therefore in violation of SB17/Chapter 4.1 Public Utilities Code. We followup with this law, below.

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September 6 2011

Complaint Concerning Smart Meter

Donna D.

Fullerton, California  County of  Orange

Public Utility Commissioner:

Please be advised:  I personally have witnessed the devastating effects of the Smart Meter and I, and others in my neighborhood, are demanding the immediate removal of the smart meter out of concern for our health and the health of others.

I am a real estate agent in San Bernardino County, as well as Orange County, and have tenants who have become ill after the installation of the smart meters. 

This has hurt me financially, because some of the tenants are threatening to move if the smart meter is not removed.

I can’t blame them.  However,  for those of us who own our homes, it is not that easy to pick up and move.  Instead of being forced to move,  we want the meter  removed. 

Some of my tenants are elderly.  I feel a duty to try and protect them.  They are innocent and have done nothing to warrant this kind of an assault.  One of my tenants is a Vietnam war veteran with a heart pump.  Are you going to laugh at them for reporting a ringing in their ears, a loss of hearing, dizziness?   

Heart palpatations and an increase in heart rate led one of the women to experience a stroke two weeks after the smart meter installation.  She cried when she found out the utility company would not remove this dangerous device to her home.  

She is able to link the increase in heart rate/ palpatations to the time of the smart meter installation.

Are you going to laugh this woman’s story off? Really? 

Doesn’t she have the right to live in a safe environment ? 

I have a dog with epilepsy who is sensitive to the constant microwave radiation transmissions that take place every seven seconds, and he has had an increase in the occurrence of seizures since the installation.

It is very painful for me to watch him suffer.  Prior to the smart meter installation, his seizures were controlled by medication.  Are you going to laugh at my suffering pet and enjoy hearing about his suffering?

I wonder how many people with sensitive medical issues are being harmed and don’t know the reason why, because the utility companies sneak into your yard without telling you, and installs this made in China device to your home.  Is that funny also?  Is that all a joke to you?

How many more times do we need to hear about China putting too much lead in our children’s toys, poison in our pet food, and now a dangerous microwave radiation device on each and every home that was made in China.  What is going on?

This calls for immediate removal of smart meters for people who want to take their lives back, control of their health, and take their country back.

Donna D.
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For more information on Research that shows the biological and health effects of rf radiation like that found in smart meters, visit:

Smart Meter Dangers www.smartmeterdangers.org

Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP) www.electrosmogprevention.org

 By installing unsafe meters, CEP asserts that SDG&E is in violation of SB 17 (Chapter 4.1 of the Public Utilities Code), as customer safety is required:

 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

(SB 17 signed into law)

  SECTION 1.  Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 8360) is added to

Division 4.1 of the Public Utilities Code, to read:

      CHAPTER 4.  SMART GRID SYSTEMS

   8360.  It is the policy of the state to modernize the state's electrical transmission and distribution system to maintain safe, reliable, efficient, and secure electrical service,

 8363.  This chapter shall be implemented in a manner that does not compromise customer or worker safety or the integrity or reliability of the electrical transmission and distribution system in this state.

  This bill would require the commission, by July 1, 2010, and in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), the Independent System Operator (ISO), and other key stakeholders, to determine the requirements for a smart grid deployment plan consistent with the policies set forth in the bill and federal law

The bill would authorize smart grid technologies to be deployed in an incremental manner to maximize the benefit to ratepayers and to achieve the benefits of smart grid technology, … and would require the commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, the ISO, and electrical corporations, at each step of deployment, to evaluate the impact of deployment on major initiatives and policies.

  The bill would require a local publicly owned electric utility, as defined, to develop by July 1, 2011, a smart grid deployment plan consistent with the policies set forth in federal law.

  SECTION 1.  Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 8360) is added to Division 4.1 of the Public Utilities Code, to read:

      CHAPTER 4.  SMART GRID SYSTEMS

   8360.

   (i) Develop standards for communication and interoperability of appliances and equipment connected to the electric grid, including the infrastructure serving the grid.

   (j) Identification and lowering of unreasonable or unnecessary barriers to adoption of smart grid technologies, practices, and services. 

 8362.  (a) By July 1, 2010, the commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, the ISO, and other key stakeholders shall determine the requirements for a smart grid deployment plan consistent with Section 8360 and federal law, including the provisions of Title XIII (commencing with Section 1301) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-140).

   8363.  This chapter shall be implemented in a manner that does not compromise customer or worker safety or the integrity or reliability of the electrical transmission and distribution system in this state.

8364.  (a) By July 1, 2011, each electrical corporation shall develop and submit a smart grid deployment plan to the commission for approval.

 [CEP FINDS IT HARD TO IMAGINE HOW THE CPUC HAS ALLOWED SUCH RAMPANT DEPLOYMENT ON THE PART OF THE UTILTIES WITHOUT AN APPROVED PLAN AND WITH RAPID DEPLOYMENT, CERTAINLY NOT CONDUCTED IN AN INCREMENTAL MANNER, WITH  FLAGRANT VIOLATIONS OF STATE LAW.

 WE CALL FOR INTERVENTION, IF NECESSARY, BY THE GOVERNOR, TO ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC WELFARE, AS CPUC’S CURRENT LEADERSHIP IS SHOWING DERELICTION OF DUTIES, NOT SHOWING ITSELF TO BE FOLLOWING THE LAW IN THE AREA OF SAFETY, NOT PROTECTING THE PUBLIC, BUT IGNORING THE OCEANS OF EVIDENCE THAT THE WIRELESS COMPONENTS OF THE SMART GRID ARE DANGEROUS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH. ANY INCREASE IN THE USE OF WIRELESS, ANY RAMPING UP OF THE SYSTEM THAT EXPOSES THE PUBLIC TO MORE RF RADIATION IS TO BE CONSIDERED A THREAT TO THE ENTIRE GENERAL PUBLIC AND MUST BE CONDEMNED AND PREVENTED.

HIDING BEHIND FCC GUIDELINES NEVER DEVELOPED FOR THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IS MISGUIDED AND OBVIOUSLY NOT PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC.]

   8366.  Smart grid technology may be deployed in a manner to maximize the benefit and minimize the cost to ratepayers and to achieve the benefits of smart grid technology. The commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, the ISO, and electrical corporations, shall evaluate the impact of deployment on major initiatives and policies including:

   (a) Implementation of new advanced metering initiatives.

   (f) Meeting the future energy growth needs of the state with new and innovative technologies and methods that utilize the existing assets more efficiently, result in a less environmentally adverse net impact on the state, meet stringent costs versus benefit assessments, and provide the ratepayers with new options in meeting their individual energy needs

 (g) Implementation of technology to improve worker safety, protection, and productivity.

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CEP: Notice how many times the safety requirement is mentioned, and incremental deployment so evaluations may take place (during the EXPERIMENT). Neither has occurred. Thus, Donna and her tenants, and literally, millions of Californians are at risk and at the very least, thousands suffering and some, worse than that. What will you do about this? Is this acceptable in America? We say, "NO, it is unacceptable."

Visit www.electrosmogprevention.org  to TAKE ACTION. Write us at info@electrosmogprevention.org .

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APPENDIX 3 “Smart Meters” are unsafe:

“When PG&E installed their SmartMeters on my duplex in Sunnyvale they almost burned the place down. All the power plugs had burned insulation and wires where the wires connected to the plug receptacle in one of the units. PG&E’s SmartMeters are a safety hazard and any good judge would stop PG&E before more people are hurt and more property is damaged.” Michael E. Boyd –

President, CAlifornians for Renewable Energy, Inc.

Fire has been caused by a “Smart Meter” in a San Francisco homes.

This burned-out house has a dramatically melted “smart” meter at the heart of the blackened areas–is the “smart” meter the source of the fire?

“Smart Meters” cause health problems for occupants

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/160-SantaRosa-SM-fire-3-1024x768.jpg

 

PG&E Smart Meters Explode at Santa Rosa Mall

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According to the incident report from the Santa Rosa Fire Department on April 7, firefighters found the electrical room at the Santa Rosa Mall “charged with smoke” and “upon investigation found 3 PG&E meters that had blown off the electrical panel causing damage to the interior wiring of the electrical panel. A fire was still smoldering..”

The cause of the fire is listed as equipment failure and arcing coming from the switchgear area, and transformer vault.

According to a Press Democrat article, Santa Rosa Battalion Chief Jack Piccinini described the scene as a “meltdown”.

EMF Safety Network has been informed that the electrical room was filled with Smart Meters, which have been reported to explode and catch fire in other areas, including Bakersfield, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oregon, Virginia, Texas, Canada and New Zealand. Inspectors in Maine and Australia found thousands of homes were at risk for electrical hazards from Smart Meter installations.

PG&E has admitted Smart Meters have interfered with GFCI and AFCI’s, which are electrical devices designed to protect against fires and shocks.

“Smart Meters are dangerous and PG&E and the CPUC should act now to stop the installation” states Sandi Maurer, EMF Safety Network.

Fire forces evacuation of downtown Santa Rosa Plaza

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110407/ARTICLES/110409523/1350?Title=Fire-forces-evacuation-of-downtown-Santa-Rosa-Plaza&tc=ar

Santa Rosa firefighters roll up hoses they used to put out an electrical fire at the Santa Rosa Place Thursday evening.

CRISTA JEREMIASON/THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

BY DEREK MOORE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Published: Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.

Most of Santa Rosa's downtown mall was evacuated Thursday evening after electrical panels to several stores exploded in a room away from the mall's main hub.

No injuries were reported. As a precaution, Santa Rosa Plaza officials closed the mall about 10 minutes early and shut power to most of the building while repairs were being planned.

Asked whether the mall would be open at its regular hour of 10 a.m. Friday, marketing director Kim Hall said, “I think we will be fine.”

Firefighters were dispatched to the mall at about 7 p.m. Thursday after an alarm company contacted mall security to notify them of a possible fire.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke and flames coming from a room of electrical panels on the mall's east side, near the Third Street underpass.

Three of the panels that supply power to the Disney Store, Eddie Bauer and a vacant room “literally blew up,” said Jack Piccinini, battalion chief with the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

“Whatever shorted them out was quite significant,” he said. “I'm not an electrician so I won't guess what it was.”

He said firefighters used dry chemicals to put out the flames. Smoke entered a nearby hallway but not the main mall, and as a result, no audible alarms sounded.

Henry Golobic, an employee at T-Mobile, said the power went out in several areas of the mall about 15 minutes before mall security came by and told him and his co-workers to “evacuate your store as soon as possible.”

People milled about outside the mall while Santa Rosa police directed traffic away from where firefighters were working.

The Sears and Macys stores remained open during the incident.

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Appendix 4 Smart Meter Fires and Explosions

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EMF Safety Network

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1280&cpage=1#comment-286

Environmental protections, education and science based precaution for MF and RF technologies

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Smart Meter Fires and Explosions

The following is a compilation of reports from the US , Australia and Canada about fires, explosions or burned out appliances due to Smart Meter installations.  If you have experienced similar problems, please post your story in the comment section below.

From New Zealand: Fire Prone Meter Boxes causing Concern

“Front line firefighters are concerned about the number of household power meter boxes that are bursting into flames.

There have been 67 callouts in Christchurch to electrical malfunctions so far this year, and new smart meters have been involved in three in the last five days. Graham Hobbs considers himself lucky. He was woken at 4:30am to find his smart meter on fire. ”I lifted this up it was still glowing and smoking, and slammed it shut to try and seal it off.” The following night Kelvin Dixon, who lives nearby, suffered a similar fate. ”I pulled into my drive way and found my meter box on fire great amounts of smoke.” Mr Dixon is a registered electrician and says the contactor that sits beneath the smart meter caught fire and melted.”

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12/06/2011 Melted smart meter at heart of SF house fire

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12/03/2011 Nanaimo Canada mother of two left without power for two days after Smart meter smoked and  caused a power outage: BC Hydro says its the homes wiring to blame, not the Smart Meter  http://youtu.be/9NO6wlx8UFc

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Some homeowners worry installing new ‘smart meters’ could spark fires

Florida TV news, Contact 5 investigates fire complaints from Smart Meters. The concern seems to be related to incompatibility between the new meters and older electrical home wiring. Florida resident, “Margie Albernaz woke up in July to the smell of smoke in her Greenacres home. “I went over to the FPL meter and it had caught on fire, it was all black smoke and charred,” said Albernaz.

The report continues, “After some more digging, we discovered similar fire concerns have been reported across the country with different power companies and different brands of smart meters.”

But the Florida utility assured residents that it was nothing to worry about,  smart meters don’t cause fires….however a spokesperson for the utility said they’d responded to 30 complaints related to meter fires and  that “you could have wiring issues if you have dimming lights or power issues on one end of your home and not the other.”

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11/07/2011 In Australia, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade launched an official investigation into fires, linked to Smart Meters.  They ordered “all firefighters to report fires, where smart meters are present and has advised officers not to allow power companies to take the meters from the scene. ” Listen to the audio for more information  at this site: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/fires-linked-to-smart-meters/20111107-1n2jz.html

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10/04/2011 Toronto Sun Pickering smart meter explodes. Worse, couple may have to pay for replacement.

Pickering smart meter explodes

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/04/pickering-smart-meter-explodes

Worse, couple may have to pay for replacement

 

By Kevin Connor ,Toronto Sun

First posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 07:03 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 02:23 PM EDT

Gerhard Sauer and his wife got the fright of their lives when their smart meter exploded on Monday night at their Pickering home.

“We were downstairs watching television and the hall light was on. All of a sudden it was like thunder. There was this big bang and the light went dim but didn’t go completely out. Then there was a second bang and the light went dim, but after that the light went back on,” Sauer said.

“I went to the fuse box to investigate because that is where the sound came from. Every thing looked fine but it smelt like burnt wire so we weren’t going to bed. Something was wrong and we didn’t want the house to burn down.”

Sauer tried to get hold of the hydro company but because it was after 11 p.m. the attempts were in vain and he called 911.

“It was useless to continue trying so I called 911 and it was the right thing to do. The lady called the fire department and they came to the site and saw the burnt black box and said to make sure no one touches it because they could get electrocuted,” Sauer said.

“The fire department called hydro and they came and said they could fix it at my expense. The said there was nothing wrong with the meter but it was my wiring. If it was my wiring the light wouldn’t be on. I don’t have an estimate for what it is going to cost.”

It is unclear what caused the explosion.

“I’m not an electrician by trade. It is just one of those things that happen,” said Matthew Seward, a fire inspector with the City of Pickering.

The communications department at the Ministry of Energy did not provide an explanation.

kevin.connor@sunmedia.ca
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9/29/2011 Smart meter leaves owners dumbfounded

After an attempted smart meter installation went bad, a British Columbia Canada home was left with no power, and the utility company told them they had to hire an electrician to fix the problem.   “It is really upsetting,” Rieke told The Richmond Review. “They’re trying to tell you you’re at fault, that it’s a fire hazard and that you’re responsible.”

The article states, “During the installation, one of the four clips that connects the smart meter to the home’s electrical wiring, inexplicably snapped off.”

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Palo Alto Power surge, raises questions about Smart Meters, “a good example of how sometimes the old way is the good way”.

“Mindy Spatt, communications director for The Utility Reform Network (TURN), said the utility-consumer advocacy group received many complaints about surges damaging appliances when the SmartMeters were first installed. In the best-case scenario, the event in East Palo Alto is an additional cause for concern, she said.”
Comparing analog to the new meters, she added, “In the collective memory of TURN, we have not seen similar incidents with analog meters.”

Power Surge KTVU video burns out Smart Meters, and appliances.

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Fridge blows after smart meter installed

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=5596

Canadian News reports an 81 year old’s refrigerator failed minutes after a Smart Meter was installed.

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Canadian News reports an 81 year old’s refrigerator failed minutes after a Smart Meter was installed.

According to the article, his fridge was working fine, until the electric surge burned it out when the meters were swapped.

The installation company denied  the blame.  They offered no apology, and no financial compensation.  Reports of similar problems can be read here and here.
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From You Tube:
“This is the aftermath of one of those new smart meters not being properly installed. The guy who installed it did not know what he was doing and caused the main electric line to the box to become lose and over time it ended up touching the electric meter/box casing causing a fire and a huge firework festival on the side of our house. If I was not home we would have lost the house and our 3 dogs. We are NOT happy with our electric company and we were NOT given a choice if we wanted the smart meter or not.

You can see on the front of the box where the wire touched and started the whole fiasco. Mind you the electric company when I called in the next day as instructed to claimed it was our fault and we’d have to pay for repairs. We aren’t paying for a darn thing and we will be filing a claim with the electric company. Thanks to them I can hardly sleep now and I am paranoid beyond belief.”
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Action Line: Remodeler finds SmartMeter interference with circuit breakers

By Dennis Rockstroh of mercurynews.com Posted: 09/12/2010

Q One item you did not cover in your Sept. 7 SmartMeter article was interference with arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCI).
This is a type of circuit breaker that code requires in new and remodel construction. Its job is to detect arcing, which has been shown to be a cause of fires. Normal circuit breakers will not always break when arcing occurs. If arcing is detected by the AFCI, the breaker trips, stopping the potentially dangerous arc.
Long story short, I did some remodeling recently. City code required that I use an AFCI for one of the bedroom circuits that was being remodeled. Some weeks after I completed the remodel, the AFCI started tripping. This meant I had to inspect each junction box and outlet to determine where an arc might be occurring.
Coincidentally, the problem started not long after a SmartMeter was installed toward the end of the remodel. Finally, after severe frustration, I phoned PG&E for help on this matter. A crew came out and looked at the AFCI breaker for a few seconds. One went to the truck and came back with a conventional meter, a mechanically driven version, and swapped it for the SmartMeter that was installed some days before. It took some prodding, but eventually one of the PG&E crew told me that they have been observing that AFCIs are sensitive to the meter’s radio transmissions.

Dave Zittin, San Jose CA
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Electrician Steps Up When CenterPoint Won't

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/110715-electrician-steps-up-when-centerpoint-wont

Reports show complaints regarding smart meters

Houston Texas News report on another situation where a new wireless utility meter has exploded. According to the article, “The power company not only refuses to fix the meter case that left Vallain’s [A Houston Grandmother] family without power, but now representatives say the problem never happened. “They said it was never an explosion, and my granddaughter and I saw it, and he [the Centerpoint technician] jumped back himself,” Vallain said. ”

Updated: Friday, 15 Jul 2011, 5:47 PM CDT
Published : Friday, 15 Jul 2011, 5:47 PM CDT

ISIAH CAREY
Reporter

HOUSTON - Ruby Vallain and her grandchildren have been living without power for nearly 2 weeks at their southwest Houston home.

That power loss happened after a CenterPoint Energy technician came to check an error message on her smart meter earlier in the month, Vallain said.

== ‘Not Our Fault’ ==

The power company not only refuses to fix the meter case that left Vallain’s family without power, but now representatives say the problem never happened.

"They said it was never an explosion, and my granddaughter and I saw it, and he jumped back himself," Vallain said.

The “he” is the CenterPoint technician who worked on her home on July 5. That’s when things went dark.

Vallain is not alone. Published reports show a long list of complaints regarding CenterPoint workers and new smart meters causing damage to their homes.

CenterPoint refused to accept responsibility in all those cases.

== Brotherhood Steps Up ==

Roger Foster, with the International Brotherhood of Electricians, believes there is a simple equation when it comes to the culpability in the case of Vallain’s home.

But Foster and the IBEW aren’t just giving lip service. They’re stepping up to the plate when the multi-billion dollar company won’t, Vallain said.

"I'm gonna find one of my contractors to go out there, when we leave this interview," Foster said.

The grandmother, who's raising 3 kids in a house with no power, is grateful.

"I really appreciate what the union is doing, thank them very much," she said.
Read more:
http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/110715-electrician-steps-up-when-centerpoint-wont#ixzz1gecSBMiO

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Appling Family Blames House Fire On Georgia Power Meter- News Video

According to this news article a Georgia family is displaced by a house fire,  the fire department says it was an electrical accident, and the family blames the new Smart Meters installed two weeks ago.

” The Burns family was watching TV when the fire started around 10:00 a.m. Monday morning. Family members say sparks started flying from the TV and power box.  Around the same time, down the street, another homeowner’s TV reportedly started sparking and smoking.  A daughter says their electrical problems started after Georgia Power installed new meters.  Angela Dent, Appling, GA: “That’s when we noticed the changes. It also happened at my brother’s house…his TV’s have been acting strange…popping and surging in and out…her lights have been dimming also.”
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PG&E recently installed ‘smart’ meters in my neighborhood. They do not tell you when they will come, but warn you to shut off things like computers that might be damaged when power is restored. When I arrived home, I only had power in my kitchen. The PGE repairman said that installation of smart meters was frying many meter receiver boxes. He was not qualified to fix it, and the power remained off for another 24 hours while PGE scheduled a qualified repairman to come out. Apparently this result is common in older subdivisions (mine was built around 1975) when the smart meters were installed. The older boxes, due to wear and age, burned out when PGE put in the new meters. The disturbing thing is that PGE will NOT replace the burned out boxes -they send out a guy with a box of spare parts, who cobbles together a sort of replica of the old box. I wonder how many home fires will result from PGE’s installation of the no-so-Smart meters. (CPUC Complaint, 11/2009, Concord CA)
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The following letter and photo were sent to the EMF Safety Network from a California fire department captain (Ross) who saved his home from a potential Smart Meter fire in 2009.  PG&E has admitted that Smart Meters have interfered with GFI’s and AFCI’s, but they have not admitted to any connection with a Smart Meter fire. Smart Meter Arcing Hazard

Arcing Meter Hazards

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=4904

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The following letter and photo were sent to the EMF Safety Network from a California fire department captain (Ross) who saved his home from a potential Smart Meter fire in 2009.  PG&E has admitted that Smart Meters have interfered with GFI’s and AFCI’s, but they have not admitted to any connection with a Smart Meter fire.

Friday August 21st 2009 approx 7pm PST

I was at home doing yard work in the late afternoon when my wife came outside and told me that “half the power was off again”. This had been happening on and off for about two weeks and it kept happening when I was at work. This was the first time I got a look at what was happening. It was a hot day and the AC was on. The power went off when my wife turned on the stove.

I then went into my garage and check my fuses. As I opened the door from the house to my garage I could smell burnt electrical smoke. I then rushed over to the fuse box but immediately determined that it was not the source.

I then went out side to where my meter was and I could instantly smell the burnt electrical smoke. As I was looking at the meter I inadvertently placed my hand on the meter itself and almost burned my hand. The meter was so hot you could not touch it. I then went back into my garage and felt the wall area where the meter comes in contact with my home. The wall was also very warm. Being the firefighter I am, I began to remove the sheetrock from the wall to check if I had a wall fire. There was no wall fire but the metal box into which all the homes wiring from the meter is stored was also too hot to touch with a bare hand.

At this point I called my father-in-law who is an electrician to come over and have a look. When he showed up, I told him what was going on and when he touched the meter a look of amazement came over his face and he stated ” This isn’t supposed to be this hot, we need to kill the power”.

At that point we shut the power off to my house and called the PG&E emergency line due to the fact it was a Friday evening.

PG&E sent out a service truck. When they arrived the gentleman walked up we explained what was going on and he asked “When was your Smartmeter installed” I told him ” About two weeks ago”. That when a light went off in my head.

When he went to pull the meter, it was still to hot to touch and the PG&E service worker had to put gloves on, even though the power had been off for approx one hour.

As son as he pulled the meter we could see what had happened. The receiving clips for the meter were burnt.  He then asked ” Did your power go off when the AC kicked on?” I said ” No my power went off when my wife turned on the stove to cook dinner”

He then said ” That makes sense, the burnt area is where your 220v goes into your house, you’re lucky it didn’t start a fire”

I then asked ” How did this happen?’

He then proceeded to tell me that they were having nothing but problems with the contractor who was installing the meters and that it was costing PG&E more money to follow the contractors through each neighborhood and fix the problems they were causing and that the reason they did this is that PG&E didn’t want to pay its own workers wages and wanted a cheaper price.

As you could imagine I was shocked at this admission.

He then went on, telling me that the burnt area was more than likely due to the contractors not being able to fit the new Smartmeter into place, so the widened the receiving clip and shoved it into place. By them widening the clips, the caused an area of no contact which then caused arcing every time we used and appliance with 220v.

What he said next then floored me.

He said ” Well you need a whole new box and there is no way we can repair it tonight. Technically you own the box and we would tell you to hire an electrician to fix it. PG&E own thee lines underground and everything up to the meter. Because this is behind the meter, technically its all on you”

At that point I almost blew my lid but then he said ” I am writing this up as a bad install by the contractor. I am tired of following those guys around and fixing their problems because it’s not right. I’m going to make them pay for it and hire an outside electrician to do it.” I was relieved at that point.

He then kept telling us more and more about all the problems and how this company only gave these people installing the meters two days of training and were hiring people who were not electricians. He also told us about injuries to contact employees were receiving due to lack of training.

At that point he said ” here is what I’m going to do for you. We are not going to be able to rebuild this until Monday, but I will bypass the 220v so you can use your basics, you just wont be able to do laundry or have no AC.”

He then alluded to the fact he wasn’t supposed to bypass the 220v but he did it for us anyways.

Come Monday, the third party electrician showed up at my home to repair my box. He asked what happened and I told him, he then says ” This isn’t the first box I have had to fix because of those guys” meaning the contractors.

The pic you see [is] of the burnt area where the 220v went into the house.  Also you see the strips of metal in the other clips, this is where the PG & E service worker bypassed the 220v so I could at least have 110v for the weekend.

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Renewable energy project warning to CA cities

Spy Meters

7 Responses to Arcing Meter Hazards

  1. Redi Kilowatt says:

June 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

Haste makes waste.
How many more problems will it take to stop this automated billing meter project ?
How many lawsuits will arise out of this program ?
The whole project has been a failure from day one, and all the ratepayers money has been wasted on shoddy installations by an out of state contractor (Wellington Energy) of untested, unsafe and unwanted radio meters.
Why does PG&E spend millions of their ratepayers money per day on false advertizing of a product that is a forced sale. No need to advertize, most people do not have a choice unless they guard their property with fences, dogs and guns to fight this all out war upon the citizens with this “deployment” of new meters.
I hope PG&E and all the other power companies lose their ass in court and are forced out of business over this failed meter project.

  1. Maya Cain says:

June 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

For those of us who live in apartments,
can you suggest a form letter that could be sent to landlords,
especially those landlords who do not live in all the buildings they own.
For that matter, how about a form letter to City offices of Rent Arbitration offices,
so they can alert all landlords on their lists.

  1. Greg says:

June 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I do electrical work among my many tasks and I have to say you don’t force things that don’t fit. I also inspect everything for problems when I work on old stuff. I am just dumbfounded by PG&E willingness to pass on this seemingly easy task especially when some house are just older. Things oxidize, rust, get weak. You got to pay attention to detail and obvious Wellington’s cheap version is not.
We live in a very rural area where fires are serious business, like they aren’t anywhere, but a house fire can yield a forest fire. As we move into the dry period of the year a fire would be devastating. We are not deployed by any PG&E sortees yet and when they come finally we will either opt out assuming no Smartmeter is involved or go off line permanently.
What is most disturbing in here is yet another utility overseen by our CPUC doing something downright dangerous. One would think post San Bruno that everyone would be working a bit more safer.
What we need is a SmartCPUC or a SmartPG&E but what we got is something that…

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  1. Richard Leschen says:

July 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Dear Sirs and Mesdames,
We the people here in Victoria Australia have had some Smart Metres rolled out and put on peoples properties, that is into their meter boxes. As in America we the house owners own the meter box but not the Electric Meter or Meters, they are owned by Power Core Australia or three other similar companies. I have put a notice on my Meter Box saying…. ” Stop ! do not put a Smart Meter on my property ! The present meter is working perfectly and I do not need a Smart Meter now or in the future.I have also told them that I have my Meter Box Padlocked.

” I wrote to the Chief Executive Office of Power Core in Victoria Australia but he “Duck Shoved his duty,” and passed my letter onto the Customer Liasion officer who said that ” although there was a halt on rolling out and putting any more Smart Meters by the Victorian Government for several months into peoples property whilst the Victorian Govt is examining the whole issue from top to bottom.” She rang me at home the other day and I told her that I will not allow her Smart Meter Men to take out my old meter and install the New fangled Smart Meter even if the Victorian Government let Power Core go ahead and continue to begin rolling out Smart Meters again, owing to the ongoing problems that many of our Victorian householders and business are having with these Smart Meters, such as fires breaking out in the Meter Boxes and fridges, washing machines, computers, fax machines and other electrical devices etc.
I told her I had locked my Meter Box and said that I would only unlock it so the meter man could read it but no way would I allow Power Core to take out my present perfectly good meter and replace it with a now highly suspect Smart Meter.
I see from what I have read on the Internet that it is now Illegal for any more Smart Meters to be allowed to be placed on Californian peoples properties or businesses.
The only reason for Smart Meters is to Wheedle ever more money from customers and put the Meter Reader Man out of a Job.

My Curse on Power Core and their evil ilk !

Cheers,

Richard Leschen, Ararat, Victoria 3377 Australia.
Richard Leschen.

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After a Smart Meter was installed in this Florida woman’s home she said the meter “caught fire and fried my beautiful new kitchen” – over $31,000 in damages to many of her home appliances.  The Florida power company refuses to take the blame. See this video:  Help Me Howard, FPL Smartmeter

Help Me Howard: FPL Smartmeter

http://www.wsvn.com/features/articles/helpmehoward/MI92249/

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Reported by: Patrick FraserProducer: Diana Reed

Contact: pfraser@wsvn.com

Archived Reports: All Help Me Howard

Nearly two million Floridians have new smartmeters installed by Florida Power and Light. They are supposed to be much better than the old meters, but now we have two recent customers who suspect the meters caught on fire and ruined their homes. So is FPL responsible? It's why one FPL customer called Help me Howard with Patrick Fraser

WSVN -- For two and a half years, Laurie and her husband saved to get what they had always wanted.

Laurie Simon: "Finally, I got my gourmet kitchen with my new appliances and my beautiful granite."

A few weeks ago they added two high definition TV's and were finished.

Laurie Simon: "Loving them, loving them till May 3rd."

May 3rd the day the brand new smartmeter FPL had installed ruined everything.

Laurie Simon: "It caught fire and caused 574 volts of current to pass thru my house and fry my beautiful new kitchen."

The federal government gave FPL 200 million dollars to install smartmeters in Florida. They are considered to be more efficient, allowing a customer can go online and see how much electricity they are using at any hour of the day, but smartmeters are also controversial provoking protests in some states where they have caught fire and destroyed appliances.

In Cutler Bay a family had to flee their home Monday morning after it caught fire. They think their smartmeter may be to blame.

Laurie is certain her smartmeter ruined her house.

Laurie Simon: "Our oven convection combination, our refrigerator our cooktop. The range hood. The washer, dryer. The AC unit. Two laptops., two TVs and even my Mr. Coffee pot."

Sadly laurie could go on for awhile and when she stops its staggering.

Laurie Simon: "Our total is at $31,993 right now."

The night of the fire, Laurie first dialed 911 for fire then FPL.

It would be the first of many calls. As you can see she then kept a daily log of who she talked to at the power giant to try to get some help. 27 calls in a month by the time she talked to us, but no determination of whose to blame.

Laurie Simon: "It's been very difficult. It's been extremely difficult."

Alvaro pulled parts from another air conditioner to cool the house. FPL put in another smart meter.

Laurie Simon: "I will never look at this technology the same."

Not only is Laurie mad that FPL wont speed up their investigation, she is upset that they didnt do something before the fire because she had called the power company two days before the disaster to let them know her lights were flickering.

Laurie Simon: "Everything is fine on our end you should check with your electrician to determine if there is something wrong with your internal wiring."

But Laurie says they had re-wired their house before they installed their new appliances. Appliances that are now gone. Leaving their nerves frayed and their patience exhausted.

Laurie Simon: "I would like to see my home be made whole again. I'd like to see FPL replace the appliances and electronic that have been damaged by their excessive voltage."

Well Howard, when is the power company responsible if your smartmeter catches fire and destroys everything.

Howard Finkelstein: "Not very often because the Florida legislature has given FPL special protection by declaring that they do not have to pay for damage caused by their negligent mistakes. Only gross negligence and this is done to keep FPL's costs down so they can keep everyone's power bills from going up."

FPL then finished their investigation and told us, the incident was not in any way related to the installation of the smartmeter in February. That their investigation concluded it was cause by loose electrical connections within the customers meter can that could not have been caused by the installation of the smart meter.

Laurie says there was never a problem till FPL installed the smartmeter. But

FPL's wrote we are not liable for any damages in this situation.

Howard Finkelstein: "Lauries only option is to go to court and try to prove the FPL's behavior was reckless. It will be tough because smartmeters have caught fire, but the vast majority have not. Laurie will need a good lawyer and they will have to be lucky."

Luck Laurie is now looking for a lawyer to sue FPL because her smartmeter battle with the power company is not going well.

Laurie Simon: "I dont have a lot of faith in Florida Power and Light, but what can I do. Until we have windmill and solar technology all of us are unfortunately stuck with our power company."

Patrick Fraser: "Laurie has to be one of the most upbeat people I have ever met. Amazing considering her string of bad luck. For example, normally your homeowners insurance would pay for the damage, but her old policy had lapsed and the new homeowners insurance kicked in two days after the smartmeter caught fire. And by the way, even though we found many reports of smart meters catching fire in other states, an FPL spokesman told me that has not happened to the smartmeters they installed. Laurie begs to disagree."

"Short circuited and feeling powerless? Wanna surge of energy? Contact us, we will use our brain power to help you, yeah I know what you thinking, yes we do have outages once in awhile."

If you've had a problem with a smartmeter contact: pfraser@wsvn.com or dreed@wsvn.com.

CONTACT HELP ME HOWARD:

EMAIL: helpmehoward@wsvn.com (Please include your contact phone number when emailing)
REPORTER: Patrick Fraser at pfraser@wsvn.com
MIAMI-DADE: 305-953-WSVN
BROWARD: 954-761-WSVN

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The following reader comments were posted on the above online story:

(Boater39) “In our apartment complex, we had a fire last week at our sprinkler pump. Afterwards, I went to investigate and it was the electric meter that burned up. Took out decent-sized FP&L feeder in the process. I have an electrical background, and from my professional experience, whatever caused the meter to burn up was a dead short carrying a very large amount of current. Based on the damage, the problem was AT THE METER–not at the customer equipment attached to the meter. (like I said, I have professional experience). At the time I found it strange, until I saw this report on TV…. I will be sending some pictures to Patrick today–they can use them on whatever followup they want. It appears that we have a major design flaw with these new meters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

(Jenny White) “After FPL installed the new meter at my dad’s house all his wires were burned as well and the house almost caught on fire. The problem is those new meter.”

(April) “I too had my smartmeter burn out and had a hell of a time getting FPL to fix everything. Their meter burned the wiring in my home behind the box that they said was up to me to get fixed on my own and that they could only repair the meter and wires from the pole to the box. I had 2 electricians come out and they said it was an FPL problem. Ended up there is an outside company that installs the meters for FPL and they ended up paying for my problem after FPL denied my claim for them to pay for the damages.”
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Fire Tears Through Cutlet Bay Home A family in Florida suspects a Smart Meter was the cause of their house fire. According to the article, ” Fire investigators have not released the cause of the blaze. A relative told Local 10 the family believes a recently installed Smart Meter may have started the fire.  Florida Power and Light says the company will investigate the allegation…”
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In Houston Texas, “Local 2 investigates Smart Meter fires” reports they looked into homeowners complaints of Smart Meter fires and found some people are left with no electricity and major damage to their homes, including burnt out appliances after a Smart Meter has been installed by the utility.  See Video.

“Charles Phillips saw smoke coming from the transformer in his backyard one morning last November. When he went out to inspect the damage, he said he saw a CenterPoint Energy contractor at his meter box with a fire extinguisher. He told me it had caught on fire, Phillips said.”

“Inside Phillip’s home, two TVs were fried, his air conditioner and garage door opener stopped working, and all of the wires and cables hooked up to his electronics were melted from the jolt his electronics took when a fire sparked after the installer removed his old meter. Phillips was left with a total of about $2,500 in damages.”

According to the article, Centerpoint, the utility for Houston Texas, has admitted the connection between fire risk and Smart Meters, stating there has been less than 100 problems. “CenterPoint’s LeBlanc said the problem is mostly in older homes where wiring is not up to code or something has caused a strain on the wires running into the meter box.”
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Powercor, a utility company in Australia recognizes the safety risk from Smart Meters, stating, “A defect notice is issued when a wiring safety issue is identified. The defect may be identified before or during the smart meter installation or during the testing that we must do before reconnecting the electricity supply. If you are given a defect notice, you will need a registered electrical contractor to rectify the defect and issue a Certificate of Electrical Safety.”
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Texas Consumer Complaint: Three months ago, Centerpoint installed a smart meter at my home. Since then, I have been experiencing very frequest power outages in different parts of my home. I cannot even turn on my air condition since the power flow is not reliable. I am 64 years old and retired, living on a fixed income. I have called centerpoint numerous times and they have not admitted responsibility and tell me that I am responsible to fix the this issue which is a fire hazard as well.  I have consulted with two different experienced electricians and they have told me that when a centerpoint technician installed the smart meter, the 4 prong male connection that plugs into the smart meter was not inserted correctly and he must of forced it in which caused one of the prongs to go bad and burn out. So I now know what is causing the so frequent power outages, but Centerpoint Reps will not take responsibilty for the problem that they created. I have been living in my home for 24 years and never have had this occur. This is not a coincidence, How come this problem surfaced once the new smart meter was installed? We all know the truth, I will keep calling centerpoint and I am in the process of filing a formal complaint with texas state regulators.
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Oncor Changing Smart Meter Installation After Fires “The Chief Executive Officer of Oncor says the company has a new procedure for installation of smart meters after two house fires in Arlington last week. Robert Shapard says old wiring in two homes could not support the new smart meters. The company now cuts power to the house while the meters are being installed…then as the change is made…electricians check the wiring to make sure there aren’t any problems.”

Reader comment posted on the above story by (Renee Callahan) “My mother had the “new smart meter” installed about a month ago. Since then she has had trouble with the lights blinking on and off. So on this past Friday (sept 17) she called TXU about the problem.They sent Oncor out late that evening while she was gone. Imagine the suprise she had when she returned home late with groceries and NO POWER! A note was on her front door saying….lugs in meter base need to be replaced fire hazard call back when repairs are made we will restore serv[ice].  After several calls to TXU ,ONCOR(representatives were very rude)she was told that she needed to find an electrician to fix problem at her expense. My mother is disabled and elderly and my sister who also lives with her is disabled. Because this was after hours more fees were charged..a total of$1483.66 to fix this problem that was caused by ONCOR because they decided to put in “smart meter”If there was a problem with lugs,was this not noticed when they were installing “smart meter” or simply that problem didn’t exist until installation of “smart meter”? So here it is 1:35 Monday afternoon and still no power. We are waiting for inspection then we can notify Oncor to have power restored. This is so wrong. These older homes are not equipped to handle these “smart meters”.  So why put them in homes that are older and most likely are senior citizens living there and they are on fixed incomes. Something is so wrong with this picture. …”
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5/31/2011 Some blame ‘smart’ meter for Portland restaurant fire

“PORTLAND, Maine— A small fire on May 25 at El Rayo, a York Street Mexican restaurant, was blamed on an electrical problem. But some people are saying there’s more to the fire than a simple wiring issue. Central Maine Power Co.’s vendor had installed a “smart” electrical meter on the building in January. The fire broke out in the electrical box where the meter connects to the building. “Sorry for being closed at lunch. CMP’s allegedly smart meter caught fire and shut us down all day,” the restaurant posted May 25 on Facebook.”

Some blame 'smart' meter for Portland restaurant fire

http://www.theforecaster.net/content/p-el-rayo-smart-meter-060111

By Emily Parkhurst

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May 31, 2011 8:30 am

CMP, Fire Department say there's no connection

PORTLAND — A small fire on May 25 at El Rayo, a York Street Mexican restaurant, was blamed on an electrical problem.

But some people are saying there's more to the fire than a simple wiring issue.

Central Maine Power Co.'s vendor had installed a "smart" electrical meter on the building in January. The fire broke out in the electrical box where the meter connects to the building.

"Sorry for being closed at lunch. CMP’s allegedly smart meter caught fire and shut us down all day," the restaurant posted May 25 on Facebook.

Portland Fire Chief Fred LaMontagne said he didn't think the smart meter installation and the fire were related.

"It was just an electrical short nearby," he said.

LaMontagne said neither the Fire Department nor the state fire marshal's office were investigating the fire.

"CMP sent an electrician, and (the restaurant) had one there too," he said.

CMP spokesman John Carroll said a meter reader had stopped by to check on the meter, part of routine maintenance, on May 20.

"He noticed the meter was hot," Carroll said. "He told the owners to call an electrician to get it checked out."

CMP does not own the boxes its meters are connected to, only the meters themselves.

Carroll explained that if CMP had pulled the meter off and discovered electrical problems, the company would have to shut off power to the restaurant until the issue was resolved, thus ruining business on a Friday night.

"It was a judgment call," Carroll said.

Carroll said CMP returned to check on the meter Wednesday morning and found the restaurant still had not called an electrician. The fire broke out later that day.

The fire happened after the Maine Public Utilities Commission declined to formally investigate a complaint filed by Scarborough resident Averyl Hill and several other CMP customers that asked the regulatory agency to review the possibility of smart meter-related fires in buildings with older wiring.

"I can't understand why there was no investigation of the El Rayo fire," Hill said.

She pointed to a letter filed with the PUC by another CMP customer in Lebanon, who claimed his smart meter caught fire, burning his workshop down a month after the meter was installed.

In the PUC complaint, Hill said the vendor CMP hired to install the meters, VSI, hired employees with no formal training and that their training before installing the meters was not as comprehensive as CMP's training of its own employees.

El Rayo was only closed for a short time after the fire, which damaged the meter box and area around the meter. CMP paid to replace the damaged meter box, Carroll said.

Representatives from El Rayo declined to discuss the fire or the meter, and said they were just glad the restaurant was open.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

Comments

dlibbyII says:

Florida Power & Light installed wireless meters THROUGHOUT their service area in Florida and only sent a notice that it was done. Ill-health effects ZERO. They did not make the same mistake that CMP made by seeking federal dollars and PLENTY of press. These wireless devices are OUTSIDE your residence. I can ONLY assume that these people that have "Issues" do not use microwave stoves, cell phones, TVs, and drive around listening to AM/FM radio.... Do you know how much 'RF' already flies around????

RobertWilliams says:

1. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes: 38 seconds).
http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

2. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS.
Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes: 23 seconds).
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946

3. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.
2-page Press Release:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

RobertWilliams says:

MISREPRESENTATIONS OF WIRELESS SMART METERS.

In the U.S. & UK and other countries where Wireless smart meters are being installed, energy use is NOT decreasing, customer UTILITY BILLS ARE INCREASING, there are additional PROBLEMS & COSTS incurred from increased SECURITY & HACKING PROBLEMS and the Wireless meters are creating ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE PROBLEMS.

The utility information generated by Wireless smart meters is NOT real-time and it does NOT assist customers to use less energy or lower their utility bills. The information only assists the Utility Company to bill customers and shut off customer power remotely.

Wireless smart meters are NOT mandated by the US Federal Energy Program, as California’s PG$E pretends.

The Utility companies are salivating over eliminating the jobs of the full-time-with-benefit meter reader employees and replacing them with phone operators in India and the Philippines who read scripts to customers over the phone for $4 per day with NO Benefits.

42 Cities & Counties in California have taken positions AGAINST Wireless smart meters and 13 have passed Ordinances prohibiting the Wireless meters.

The monetary transfers from customers to utility companies are huge, the problems are real and severe, but the advertised benefits are NOT occurring.
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Electrical fire causes power outage at Coddingtown JC Penney store

JC Penney closes after another electrical panel explodes in Santa Rosa Coddingtown mall, the third reported electrical panel fire in Santa Rosa within a few weeks. Although the newspaper article does not report it, the manager of the store confirmed these were smart meters involved in the explosion and fire.

“The JC Penney store at Santa Rosa’s Coddingtown shopping center remained closed on Thursday afternoon because of an early morning electrical explosion and fire that cut off power to the store, fire officials said… An electrical panel in a utility room had exploded and begun burning, sending smoke into the first and second floors of the building, fire officials said.”

Electrical fire causes power outage at Coddingtown JC Penney store

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110421/NEWS/110429911?tc=ar

Santa Rosa Fire Department responds to a fire at JC Penney at Coddingtown mall in Santa Rosa on Thursday, April 21, 2011.

JEFF KAN LEE/ PD

By MARY CALLAHAN
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.

The JC Penney store at Santa Rosa's Coddingtown shopping center remained closed on Thursday afternoon because of an early morning electrical explosion and fire that cut off power to the store, fire officials said.

It was unclear when power would be restored to the department store off Range Avenue near Guerneville Road, the Santa Rosa Fire Department said.

Fire crews were called to the store at 7:42 a.m. Thursday after a passerby noted smoke coming from the west side of the store, officials said.

An electrical panel in a utility room had exploded and begun burning, sending smoke into the first and second floors of the building, fire officials said.

Crews vented and pumped the smoke from the building to prevent damage to store merchandise, but the store could not be opened until power was restored, authorities said.
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3 PG&E Smart Meters Explode at Santa Rosa Mall

April 7, 2011 According to the incident report from the Santa Rosa Fire Department on April 7, firefighters found the electrical room at the Santa Rosa Mall “charged with smoke” and “upon investigation found 3 PG&E meters that had blown off the electrical panel causing damage to the interior wiring of the electrical panel. A fire was still smoldering..”

The cause of the fire is listed as equipment failure and arcing coming from the switchgear area, and transformer vault.

3 PG&E Smart Meters Explode at Santa Rosa Mall

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According to the incident report from the Santa Rosa Fire Department on April 7, firefighters found the electrical room at the Santa Rosa Mall “charged with smoke” and “upon investigation found 3 PG&E meters that had blown off the electrical panel causing damage to the interior wiring of the electrical panel. A fire was still smoldering..”

The cause of the fire is listed as equipment failure and arcing coming from the switchgear area, and transformer vault.

According to a Press Democrat article, Santa Rosa Battalion Chief Jack Piccinini described the scene as a “meltdown”.

EMF Safety Network has been informed that the electrical room was filled with Smart Meters, which have been reported to explode and catch fire in other areas, including Bakersfield, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oregon, Virginia, Texas, Canada and New Zealand. Inspectors in Maine and Australia found thousands of homes were at risk for electrical hazards from Smart Meter installations.

PG&E has admitted Smart Meters have interfered with GFCI and AFCI’s, which are electrical devices designed to protect against fires and shocks.

“Smart Meters are dangerous and PG&E and the CPUC should act now to stop the installation” states Sandi Maurer, EMF Safety Network.

More info: Smart Meter Fires and Explosions

Fire forces Evacuation of downtown Santa Rosa Plaza

incident report 2011-0005703-000

Sandi Maurer
EMF Safety Network
www.emfsafetynetwork.org

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INVESTORS AND UTILITIES WARNED, SMART GRID MAY FAIL

Glasser: PG&E crossing the line on SmartM
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El Cerrito Smart Meter Catches Fire El Cerrito sA Fire Dept Report

Smart Meter was reported to catch fire and was still sparking when the fire crew arrived.

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Commentary by electrical contractor Lance Houston

Unknown: Safety of New Disconnect Switch in Smart Meters: CPUC Meter Safety Testing Confirmation Needed.

Fire Danger: Unknown-Safety of SmartMeters’ New Disconnect Switch

http://1hope.org/hopeblog/?p=630

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Unknown: Safety of New Disconnect Switch in Smart Meters:
CPUC Meter Safety Testing Confirmation Needed.
(c) Copyright 2011 Lance Houston

Introduction
There are numerous safety concerns with the new smart meters being installed by PG&E throughout parts of California. The new meters are novel in many ways compared to the old style analog meters that have safely and reliably metered electrical consumption for decades.

One of the novel features in the new meters is the incorporation of an internal disconnect switch that the power company purports safely disconnects/reconnects power to the dwelling it supplies by remote control. This disconnect feature is a new and significant change to the old style analog meters. The safety of the new disconnect feature is in question.

As a California Electrical Contractor, I estimate that a 200 amp disconnect enclosure would be sized roughly 20″x 20″x 6″, several times larger than a smart meter. Concerned about this, I asked other electrical contractors’ opinions about the remote disconnect switch. Like myself, they found it hard to believe a 100, 200, or 400 amp disconnect switch can be crammed into a tiny meter enclosure.

Smart meters are Novel Electrical Devices
The smart meters incorporate multiple new features into a single unit :

1) electronics for actual metering of power consumption,
2) radio frequency transmitter(s) for sending data,
3) radio frequency receiver(s) for receiving data, and
4) an electromagnetic switch for connecting/disconnecting electrical service.

Federal Regulations
Under Federal Regulations testing and safety approval is required for certain products. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule 29 CFR 1910). Under this rule, Electrical conductors or equipment are required to be tested and or approved for safety. It does not appear the smart meters have been tested under this federal safety regulation.
Smart meters have not been tested and approved under OSHA regulations.

California Regulations
Under California Regulations testing and safety certification is required for meters and meter data. (California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) D.98-12-080; Permanent Standards For Metering And Meter Data). Under this rule, that was created in part by PG&E, self-certification is done by the meter manufacturer.

The CPUC allows the maker of the meters to do their own testing for safety. Amazingly, “not all components of a meter product are required to be included in the meter product during certification testing.”

Independent third-party testing and review of the end use product is not required. “Trust us the meters are safe.”

Reports of Smart meter Fires
Electrical fires where smart meters have been installed are reported in several California counties, in Alabama, and in countries like New Zealand. Reports detail that the meters themselves can smoke, smolder and catch fire, they can explode, or they can simply create over-current conditions on the electrical circuits. The potential for arcing in the new disconnect feature should be carefully scrutinized.
Incidents of fire are reason enough to halt installations.

Test Results Must be made Public
PG&E and the CPUC purport the smart meters are being manufactured in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. To date, no verification has been made available to the public. The CPUC requires a test report and certification by the manufacturer prior to approval of use. However, to date a comprehensive smart meter test report and filed certification application has not been made available to the public. Because of the novelty of the new smart meters, testing should be by independent third party.

Conclusion
Smart meters are novel devices that have not been tested and approved under OSHA. It is unknown if the field ready (end use product) have been tested or certified for safety. Because the smart meters are novel devices and there are confirmed reports of fires, I believe smart meter installations should be halted immediately. Concerned customers should be allowed to have analog meters re-installed. They have a longstanding safety record.

10 Reasonable Questions
1. Have all the testing requirements in CPUC D.98-12-080; Permanent Standards For Metering And Meter Data been completed?

2. Does D.98-12-080 and ANSI include testing for all the features of the smart meters?

3. According CPUC documents “not all components of a meter product are required to be included in the meter product during certification testing.” Have the smart meters (end use product), undergone testing and certification as a complete field ready unit? If not, why not?

4. Is there a full load test for the meter disconnect switch?

5. If a dwelling’s electrical service is rated at 200 amps, the meter has the potential to have a 200 amp load. Are the smart meter disconnects rated for the maximum potential load of the dwelling it serves?

6. Are the smart meter disconnects tested and certified to safely disconnect/reconnect under full load conditions?

7. Sizes (amperage) of electrical service to dwellings vary. How many different size meters are there (100amp, 200amp, 400amp etc.) What are the ratings of the meters being installed?

8. Is there independent third party testing? If not, why not?

9. Is there independent third party review of the test results? If not, why not?

10. How does the public know the smart meters (end use product) are safe, what evidence is there?

Resources:
Smart Meter Fires

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1280

OSHA: rule 29 CFR 1910: Electrical conductors or equipment require testing

http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/prodcatg.html

 OSHA: 1910.399 recognized testing laboratories

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9976

OSHA: Sections1910.303 General Requirements and 1910.307 Hazardous (classified) locations

http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/1910refs.html#1910_303-307

CPUC: D.98-12-080, Decision Regarding Permanent Standards For Metering And Meter Data

http://www.aeic.org/meter_service/califpub.htm

CPUC: Direct Access Meter Product Self-Certification Process
www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Retail+Electric+Markets+and+Finance/Electric+Markets/Metering/mp_process.htm

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  1. Ms. Niel says:

July 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm

It looks like one more step towards the total super grid incrementally being put in place and yes it is bypassing citizens right to give their input or have a dialogue on the matter. More on the total global grid which will affect health and possibly monitor everything we use on a dialy basis or micro-managed for the centralized one world economy. (More here, http://www.augustreview.com/issues/technocracy/technocracy_endgame:_global_smart_grid_20110609169/#).
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Smart Meter Explodes in Oregon, comment from Stop Smart Meters.org

“I didn’t know that I had a smart meter until it blew up on 08/12/2010! I am an Oregon PG&E customer, now victim. I want to know if anyone else has seen a smart meter blow up. It threw flames out and black smoke was in the air for hours. I called PG&E, but they said it wasn’t possible for a meter to explode. I wrote letters, called many times, but they said that they were too busy to come look at meter. For five months it sat there black and the house black also from the blast. I had to be taken to the Dr. because the blast knocked me down onto the cement. My doctor has referred me to a specialist. I have never had health problems. Now I have severe pain running through the nerves of the right side of my body. I can only walk with crutches now and only sleep two to four hours per night. The bills continue to go higher each month, and my bill says “ estimated usage.” Anon, Oregon
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“VICTORIA’S [Australia] energy regulator has conceded smart meter contractors might lack required skills and is reviewing the qualifications of workers rolling out the $2 billion scheme.

The Sunday Age [newspaper] can also reveal that, in the course of their work, smart meter installers have identified dangerous and possibly life-threatening electrical hazards in 3500 Victorian homes.  Smart Meter Shock: electrical hazards found in 3500 homes

SPARKS in Oregon!

On November 8th, 2010 Anonymous (not verified) says: “The smart meter that was installed two months ago sparked and made exploding noises. I am still getting a bill. However, after that last boom with fire sparks, I am sure it isn’t running. I can’t see inside the meter because the front of it is black now! I am going to let tit sit there for a while and see if the bill continues to rise drastically. I haven’t seen anymore sparks since the last big one. I am assuming my rising PG&E bill is created by the “energy fairy” at PG&E!
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State of Maine Utility CMP Supervisor admits finding Smart Meter fire hazards Media report

Russ Farwell, a CMP unit supervisor, said the technicians are actually discovering more possible fire hazards than the company anticipated, and informing customers of dangers they otherwise would not have known existed. He said, so far, they have discovered 70 to 80 electrical issues in the Portland area. “I didn’t think they’d find that many,” he said.

“Farwell said recently a customer’s television was destroyed during a meter replacement because the man allegedly did not come to the door when a technician knocked and then left the television on during the meter change.
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Media Report: Danville (Virginia) Woman says meter is a fire hazard

” Kari Pyrtle says the meter, provided by the city, actually exploded and that it could have set her whole house on fire. The incident happened back on October 8, 2010.

“We were getting up, getting ready for school and for work,” said Kari Pyrtle, a Danville resident. “All of the sudden the lights started flickering on and off and we hit the breaker box. Go outside and we could smell electrical burning. And we looked and our whole smart meter was turning black.”
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Fires Spark During Smart Meter Installations

ARLINGTON – Smart meter installations are being blamed for two house fires in Arlington this week.The problem isn’t the meters themselves, but instead what’s happening to electrical wiring.

The first fire happened Monday on Brook Hill Lane and the second happened Tuesday on Grants Parkway. Arlington fire investigator Morkita Anthony found that when the old meters were pulled out, the main electric feeds to the houses were accidentally pulled as well. “

What it’s doing is making contact somehow with the electric box or the wiring inside and causing a short, which is causing a fire,” Anthony said.
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Smart meter fire reported in Canada:  The smart meter on the side of my house caught fire and per the Fire Inspector it was the cause of the fire. Hydro came and took the meter saying it was there property. Who is at fault and if there property burnt my house why should I have to pay my deductible and risk my insurance to go up? Will my insurance go after the Hydro company? Should I get a good Lawyer? ”
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Media Report: Vacuum Shop Fire Raises Smart Meter Questions

video: Man says smart meter caught fire and shut down his business

“There may have been warning signs that the electrical system wasn’t working properly before the 6:30 a.m. fire. Rawles and a friend of his, offshore crane operator Ty Allen, both said the remote meter appeared to have stopped working months before the fire. Rawles said calls to the utility went ignored.

Allen also described unusual marks on the meter before it caught fire.

“It looked like it’d been hot or burned inside the meter,” he said.”

“An incident report filed by the Bakersfield Fire Department the day of the fire appears to blame the meter. It said department personnel arrived at the scene and found “a problem with the electric service meter.”

“The meter had appeared to failed and shorted out causing arcing,” according to a copy of the report.”
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Berkeley Fire Department Report: Smart Meter Fire

It states, “Investigation revealed the newly installed PG&E Smart Meter in the kitchen was hot to touch and smoking, with a orange glow inside the meter housing”

The issue was turned over to PG&E.

The following scan of the Berkeley fire department report  is a large file and may take a long time to load:

Berkeley Smart Metessr Fire
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The Utility Reform Network: Are Smart Meters a Better Way to do Business?

“They have shorted out appliances, they’ve caught fire, they interfere with garage door openers or security systems.” said Mark Toney of the Utility Reform Network.
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Modesto Irrigation District Finally Comes Clean About Smart Meters | THE VOICE OF MODESTO

Meters caused GFI problems-MID spent over $138,000.00 in overtime repairs to homes where the meters caused the GFI circuit breaker to trip causing service disruption for the homeowner. Modesto’s Head Electrical Inspector said while the people changing home wiring weren’t electricians, that it was the same as having a handyman in your home redoing the wiring so no inspection was needed, and that the homeowner assumed responsibility for the repairs. MID made the claim they weren’t aware of any homeowners paying for their own repairs, but if the homeowner didn’t know MID was at fault, they wouldn’

t have contacted them.
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PG&E Report: “During the second quarter of 2009, PG&E discovered a limited number of cases of SmartMeter™ radio interference with customer electronics, including ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI). In response, PG&E implemented a policy to defer meter installations at customer premises that PG&E is aware could potentially be affected by radio frequency interference.  PG&E plans to install an adjustable voltage meter to prevent potential interference at these recorded locations.  These adjustable meters are currently in final acceptance testing at PG&E.  Upon final acceptance and approval, a schedule will be developed to deploy these meters at the premises where installation was deferred.”   Pages 6-7 Advanced Metering Infrastructure; January 2010 Semi-Annual Assessment Report and SmartMeter™

Program Quarterly Report (Updated), Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
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Online reader comment: “As a newspaper editor in little ole Cleburne County, Alabama we come out tomorrow with a story on a house which may have burned down because of a smart meter, another incident of a meter apparently getting so hot it almost  burned along with circuit panel inside the home and people being told either by installer or power co that if they did not replace all the wiring in their home that the meter would indeed cause a fire!!!! I am told by a commercial builder that some meters may be faulty and allow 300-440 volts in on a home’s 220 and 110 lines. We’re seeing problems out here of burn outs in appliances, meltdowns of hair dryers, kitchen appliance , and a number of high-end electronics getting zapped. Goodbye Bose radio, goodbye wide, wide screen tv and see if the utility cos are going to pay for those items – don’t think so!”

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Media report on a Smart Meter fire in Bakersfield. “Smart Meter Blows Up At Business

“On Wednesday, a PG&E technician was called out to replace the meter after employees found the device burned up and lying on the ground. …”Basically it was an explosion. I saw the meter on the ground and the face plate was blew off and the whole meter was blackened. Even the breaker box that housed the meter was blackened by what seemed to be an electrical short,” said Vernon Nelson, an employee.   Another employee wondered how safe the meters are in general, especially for residential families?   ABC 23 contacted PG&E who said they are not aware of any smart meters catching fire or blowing up. However the PG&E technician told the employee as he was replacing the meter, that he had replaced at least 15 meters around town due to the same problem they had, said an employee.”
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 Wireless Smart Meters and Potential for Electrical Fires

Commentary by Cindy Sage, Sage Associates and James J. Biergiel, EMF Electrical Consultant July 2010

Typical gauge electrical wiring that provides electricity to buildings (60 Hz power) is not constructed or intended to carry high frequency harmonics that are increasingly present on normal electrical wiring.  The exponential increase in use of appliances, variable speed motors, office and computer equipment and wireless technologies has greatly increased these harmonics in community electrical grids and the buildings they serve with electricity.  Harmonics are higher frequencies than 60 Hz that carry more energy, and ride along on the electrical wiring in bursts.   Radio frequency (RF) is an unintentional by-product on this electrical wiring.

It may be contributing to electrical fires where there is a weak spot (older wiring, undersized neutrals for the electrical load, poor grounding, use of aluminum conductors, etc.).  The use of smart meters will place an entirely new and significantly increased burden on existing electrical wiring because of the very short, very high intensity wireless emissions (radio frequency bursts) that the meters produce to signal the utility about energy usage.

There have now been electrical fires reported where smart meters have been installed in several counties in California, in Alabama, and in other countries like New Zealand.    Reports detail that the meters themselves can smoke, smolder and catch fire, they can explode, or they can simply create overcurrent conditions on the electrical circuits.

Electrical wiring it is not sized for the amount of energy that radio frequency and microwave radiation.  These unintended signals that can come from new wireless sources of many kinds are particularly a worry for the new smart meters that produce very high intensity radio frequency energy in short bursts.  Electrical fires are likely to be a potential problem.

Electrical wiring was never intended to carry this – what amounts to an RF pollutant – on the wiring.  The higher the frequency, the greater the energy contained.  It’s not the voltage, but it is the current that matters.  RF harmonics on electrical systems can come from computers, printers, FAX machines, electronic ballasts and other sources like variable speed motors and appliances that distort the normal, smooth 60 hertz sine wave of electrical power and put bursts of higher energy RF onto the wiring.

Wireless smart meters don’t intentionally use the electrical system to send their RF signal back to the utility (to report energy usage, etc). But, when the wireless signal is produced in the meter… it boomerangs around on all the conductive components and can be coupled onto the wiring, water and gas lines, etc. where it can be carried to other parts of the residence or building.

It is an over-current condition on the wiring.  It produces heat where the neutral cannot properly handle it. The location of the fire does NOT have to be in close proximity to the main electrical panel where the smart meter is installed.

A forensic team investigating any electrical fire should now be looking for connections to smart meters as a possible contributing factor to fires.  Every electrical fire should be investigated for the presence of smart meter installation.  Were smart meters installed anywhere in the main electrical panel for this building?  For fires that are ‘unexplained’or termed electrical in nature, fire inspectors should check whether smart meters were installed within the last year or so at the main panel serving the buildings.  They should question contractors and electricians who may have observed damage from the fire such as damage along a neutral, melted aluminum conductor or other evidence that would imply an overcurrent condition.  They should also look for a scorched or burned smart meter, or burn or smoke damage to the area around the smart meter.   Problems may be seen immediately, with a smart meter smoking or exploding.  Or, it may be months before the right conditions prevail and a neutral circuit overloads and causes a fire.  The fire may or may not be right at the smart meter.  Some questions that should be asked include:

Were smart meters installed in the main electrical panel for this building?  Problems may be seen immediately, with a smart meter smoking or exploding.  Or, it may be months before the right conditions prevail and a neutral circuit   overloads and causes a fire.  The fire may or may not be at the smart meter.

Any smart meter installed in a main panel might start an electrical fire in that building; it would not be necessary for the unit itself to have a smart meter.  The RF emissions from any smart meter in the main panel might trigger an electrical fire at any location in the building served by this main panel because harmonics can and will travel anywhere on electrical wiring of that building.

Is there damage at the smart meter itself (burning, scorching, explosion)?

Was there fire damage, a source, or a suspicious area around the neutral where it connected to the main panel or at the breaker panel?

Was the damage around a lug at a connection on the neutral conductor in the attic at Xanadu?  Was there any indication of heating or scorching or other thermal damage around the neutral in the area of the fire?

Was aluminum conductor present?  Aluminum conductors that were installed in the ’70s are today recognized as more of a problem for heating than copper wire.  Was the aluminum, if present, showing heat damage or melting?

Even before smart meters were being installed widely in California, people who know something about EMF and RF were expressing concerns that this kind of thing would likely happen (electrical fires due to overcurrent condition from RF signal).  What is already postulated, and of concern, is that the rising use of equipment that put RF harmonics onto the electrical wiring of buildings may overload that wiring.  Faulty wiring, faulty grounding or over-burdened electrical wiring may be unable to take the additional energy load.

 

16 Responses to Smart Meter Fires and Explosions

  1. Brian Dafferner says:

May 20, 2011 at 7:44 am

Smart meters fires are now occuring in Houston as well through Centerpoint. I had to pay $875 after a smart meter caused a fire at the meter box. A third party installer North Houston Pole Line did the installation work. According to Centerpoint, a hang tag is supposed to placed in situations where older electrical wiring is present. Apparently, older wiring can cause fires during the installation process. I was told by Centerpoint that the meter box needed to be up to date and they denied my claim. I also know of someone whose appliances burned out following a surge caused by a smart meter install. I wound up using an attorney who was able to recover my costs. He is now specializing in these cases since they are popping up all over the country causing property damage and physical harm. Contact Brad Leigh at the Leigh Law Firm (281) 419-3476.

  1. Raymond velez says:

June 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

i had problems with the smart meter too……..i live in Chicago after they installed the meter i had problems with my lights going off and on in the house called Comed they send someone to look at it….they tightened up some screws said problem solved. Couple days later same probem called Comed again they said get an electrian to look at it ….Make a long story short it finally caught on fire the meter and my electric box lucky i was home to turn it off………they told me since it was in my house it was my problem i had to fix it….but it was there fault for installing the smart meter they should know better than to install them thing in houses that cant handle the outage….I wana know if i can sue them

  1. Sandi says:

June 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Yes, you can sue-see the comment on this page where an attorney has sued and won a case.

  1. NapervilleSmartMeterAwareness says:

June 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm

At Raymond Velez: Just read your post about your house fire. I’m sorry to read your problems about your Smart Meter that ComEd installed. I hope you seek a lawyer to assist you in getting your damages paid for. We are in Naperville and fighting our city’s plan to install the Smart Meters. Talk to all your friends and neighbors. Try to keep ComEd from spreading these smart meters throughout Chicagoland. There is so much risk, even more than fire. Best of luck.

  1. Linda Ferrari says:

June 19, 2011 at 9:34 am

They put a smart meter on bedroom wall of a cabin I have been renting for 18 years. It is partway into the wall, a board and batting wall. The first night I was awakened with a wave of energy going through my body. I could imagine my body, the internal rib cavity as it passed through and upwards through my head. I was scared. I have moved into the living room to sleep, it happened again. I have shrouded the smart meter with tinfoil to interfere with the microwaves. I have talked to three idiots reading from scripts at PG&E. The last one said, “It only lasts 45 seconds.” I want to tell him to put his balls into a microwave for 45 seconds and see how it feels. Any other help?

 

  1. Maryling Gonzalez says:

June 22, 2011 at 5:37 am

We had a Smartmeter installed in our home. On April 8th, at 5:3 AM, our lights started flickering, luckily my husband is an early riser. He hurried over to the inside electric box and saw it explode. The Smartmeter exploded as well. The rest of the family was able to get out safely, but our house is a total loss. An FPL representative arrived at our house before the fire department did!

I have heard several stories of people saying that their house caught fire after the Smartmeter was installed.

Check out what my home looks like now.
Go to this link:
http://www.miamidade.gov/building/regulation.asp

PUT IN FOLIO NO.30-5912-002-0830, PRESS SUBMIT, THEN ON THE NEXT PAGE PRESS GO, SCROLL DOWN. Pretty sad, huh?

  1. Jacqueline says:

July 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm

My old meter was defective and Portland General Electric replaced it with a “smart meter”. It exploded two weeks later as I walked out my front door. It covered the porch with heavy black smoke and threw me down to the cement. I called PGE seven times and told them that the meter exploded. Each time I called the employees used the same phrase, “smart meters do not explode”. They decided to come out and look at the black meter and burned wall on my house five months later because I complained about the extremely high bill. However, before they came to inspect meter they hit the “kill switch” and left me without electricity for eleven hours in 20 degree weather. I put up a barrier on the porch with a sign that said, “Warning. Do not pass this chair. Meter has Exploded”. PGE is now blaming me for the explosion! Why? I don’t know. There was a PGE inspector’s business card on my front door last week that had a note on the back stating, “You will pay for all tampered meters. You will die.” I called this man and asked why he would threaten my life. He said, I didn’t mean to write “die”. Yes, I have been threatened by Portland General Electric.

  1. Evelyn Gray says:

August 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

My son just lost everything He owned when his mobile home caught on fire. He had been living there for two months without electricity due to being laid off from his job and his unemployment running out. I signed for his power to be reconnected. I couldn’t bear
to see him living like that any longer. Within less than an hour everything was gone, and his pit bull was suffering from severe burns and smoke inhalation. We still don’t know if Jedamiah (the dog ) is going to make it. Audie ( my son) was laid off his job that mourning, almost went to prison over $.50 still owed on his legal fees. The power company assumes no responsibility for the fire ( Blue Ridge Electric). I don’t know if the meter was a smart meter, but it was installed last year. My point being that while the cause of the fire was undetermined because of structual damage, it did not catch fire also had an explosion until the power was reconnected. You tell me. The power company now wants a $60.00 reconnect fee. FAT CHANCE!.
A ll this happened on August 10,2011. AUDIE TURNED 42 ON AUGUST10,2011.
Audie’s Mom

  1. Mia Nony says:

August 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Look at it this way. Your taxes paid for the meter that harmed you all. Special legislation does not exempt utility corps from illegal use of a frequency weapon to inflict trespass and harm.
Time to stand up for yourselves.
I hear that ebay and electricity shops are good places to buy an analog meter for about $60. And besides, given that smart meters are illegal, just go get the analog meter installed by any electrician who is willing and who already KNOWS these are illegal devices warned against by the WHO. Then immediately lock that analog meter up tight so thoroughly that no metal saw can get at or shear through the carriage bolts that go inside you home, that no bolt cutters can cut chains, padlocks. Just make it securitized so that no pry bar can remove the good old fashioned mechanical device that is good for 30 years instead of 8.

  1. et says:

August 17, 2011 at 1:15 am

that happened to me at work one of my neighbors house caught on fire a day and a half after they installed it . got evacuated in the motor home park i work at as a in home nurses assistant.

  1. ryan elson says:

August 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

coming soon, debtors prisons, after the government makes sure everybody owes something.

  1. goldberg says:

September 12, 2011 at 4:55 am

they are unsafe …….it is with suspicion that i view this implementation of these metrs….even a plan to stagger the emissions from these things to 1 in every 30 houses and on to every 2nd house every 30 days etc…but this is not to be as the rediculous ness of these things going off every minute for what ? …they only need to go on every 30 days for 10 seconds to transmit the months usage …what a bunch of bull shit that you get to logon to your meters usage site to see how you use electricity ,,,gee willacers ,really ,,,this is stupid and specious on the face of the damaging evidence of severe health problems associated with the meters….stalin could not have set up a better way to anhilate 10′s of millions of people with radiation..on top of wifis,,cell towers ,cfl bulbs that emit 30,000 hertz noise waves, etc….yeah i cant wait to log onto my site so i can participate in my own demise ,,,,come up with a safer way to collect energy data or go straight to hell pg$e

  1. Mississippi Coal says:

November 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

Smart Meter fire reported in Diamondhead Mississippi, November 4th, 2011. The Diamndhead fire department and Coast Electric reported to the scene. No injuries or house damage reported.

  1. admin says:

November 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Thanks for posting. Can you obtain a copy of the fire dept report?

 

  1. Keith says:

November 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

I am currently having trouble with the socket where electricity is supplied to the meter heating up and causing power surges. FPL and their subcontractor Wilco is denying it has anything to do with them installing a new smartmeter and the underground supply wire subsequently frying. I’m having trouble getting an electrician to work on it and Wilco will do nothing. Is there anything I can do?

  1. admin says:

November 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

This is dangerous. If your utility will not do anything, there are places to purchase an analog meter as I suspect you did not have this problem before?
http://www.hialeahmeter.com/siphwame.html