What Are the Reasons for Smart Meters When Analog Meters Were Safe?

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By Catherine J. Frompovich

The backlash against retrofitting AMI Smart Meters (SMs) on utility companies’ fire- and RF/EMF-safe analog meters for electricity, gas and water customers is growing exponentially across the country. In states where customers are refusing SMs and wind up going to court, some interesting legal repercussions are happening. Here’s what happened in California in late June of 2015:

After a 16-month standoff in California between an electric utility customer, who refused an SM, and the utility company PSREC (Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative of Portola), it was revealed that Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman has a no-cost, self-read analog meter at his home! (What does the Judge know about SMs, and why did he not have an SM on his house?) As a result of those findings during the appeal process, PSREC’s General Manager Bob Marshall agreed to connect the customer’s electricity, drop all past fees, and provide self-read analog service at no charge. 

[Source: Email to CJF citing “Stop Smart Meters Bulletin”.]

Interestingly, a similar situation exists in Pennsylvania where SMs are mandated: An informant sent me ‘their’ personal experience of how ‘they’ were able to procure a photograph, which was emailed to me too, of the analog meter that PA State Representative Robert W Godshall has on his office in Hatfield, Pennsylvania! The ironic part about the Godshall meter is this: Godshall is the Chairman of the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee where SM Opt-out bills are sent, and he refuses to call those bills for a vote. He’s allowed similar Opt-out bills in previous legislative sessions to die because he says he will never call Opt-out bills for a vote. So, why does Godshall not have an SM meter on his office?

Additionally, is Representative Godshall the proverbial liar because of the following statement he made in writing in a letter he sent to me via the US Mail dated March 20, 2015?  In the second paragraph states:

For more than the last 10 years, as I live in PPL territory, I along with 1.4 million PPL customers have lived with an advanced meter and to the best of my knowledge there hasn’t been a single complaint anywhere.

Representative Godshall, maybe you had better check your nose to see if it’s growing longer, since the meter on your office building, according to this photograph of the outside wall of your office taken in late June of 2015, is an RF/EMF-free ANALOG meter — not an AMI Smart Meter!

How dare you deny Pennsylvanians the right to redress by not calling numerous SM Opt-out bills for a vote?

Perhaps, Godshall knows about the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) report about analog meter safety.

The utility industry report issued by the EPRI “Accuracy of Digital Electricity Meters,” published in 2010, calls the analog meter “an amazing piece of engineering work.” So, why did utilities opt for fire and hazard-prone AMI Smart Meters (SMs)?

That report states, “Refined over a hundred years, the design of a standard residential electricity meter became an im­pressive combination of economy, accuracy, durability, and simplic­ity. Most don’t likely recall their electricity meter ever failing. Such is the reliable legacy of the electromechanical meter.” Whereas, SMs have caught on fire more times in many more places in the USA, as verified by fire department reports, even causing several deaths!

Regarding analog meter safety, the report states, “Although simple and mechanical, the result was like a vault, locking-in and protecting the reading of cumulative consumption and immune to sudden shift or loss of data.”

Furthermore, the analog meter was safe and accurate! The Report indicates that electromechanical meters are “generally immune to standard surge events.” Comparing that established analog meter record with SMs, SMs are prone to hot sockets, explosions and fires, but still the AMI digital SMs are being mandated for all residences and buildings in Pennsylvania! What the analog can’t do is what the SM is designed to do: Perform surveillance on electricity use; smart appliances that are tied in to the Smart Grid; and basically spy on what’s going on within an AMI SM-metered property.

Additionally, according to the Report,

The electronic circuits of solid state meters connect to the AC line to draw operating power and to perform voltage measurement. [….] A range of electronic clamping and filtering com­ponents are used to protect the electronics from these voltage surges, but these components have limitations. The ANSI C12.1 metering standard specifies the magnitude and number of surges that meters must tolerate. [….] In any case, surges that exceed the tested limits, either in quantity or magnitude, could cause meter damage or failure.

Electromechanical meters had no digital circuitry. They utilized spark-gaps to control the location of arc-over and to dissipate the energy of typical voltage events. As a result, they were generally immune to standard surge events. This nature is evidenced in the section of ANSI C12.1 that specifies voltage surge testing, but al­lows that ‘This test may be omitted for electromechanical meters and registers’.

Furthermore, surge events can cause digital meter (SM) failure with possible damage occurring to appliances within the home. Since AMI SMs are smart technology ‘gadgets’ that use computer programs, the Report states, “There is the possibility of imperfections in the embedded software or sensitivities in the electronic circuitry. Hypothetically, such imperfections or sensitivities could result in glitches that could affect the meter reading.” No wonder customers keep complaining their utility bills have skyrocketed by as much as 3 or more times their previous established historical electric consumption usage.

There’s another problem with SMs, according to the Report:

With electromechanical meters, modes of failure tend to be perma­nent. Once a meter or its register fails, due to wear, dust, etc., it is generally still found to be in a failed state when tested later. Software flaws, on the other hand, could create a transient glitch, leaving a meter that checks-out perfectly afterwards. This possibility compli­cates the diagnostic process for solid state meters and may make it difficult to discern the root cause of problems.

Probably that’s the reason why utility companies explain that nothing is wrong with customers’ high bills, even when they check out the SMs, and they do nothing to correct the SM’s erroneous ways of over-reporting to the delight of utility companies’ bottom lines.

The reason utilities give for installing SMs is that they will save money by not having meter readers go out to read analogs every month. Well, there were ‘hybrid meters’ [AMR meters] that, for years, had been reading and sending back utility usage for billing purposes. Customers received monthly bills in the U.S. mail and paid them. The person who prepared this Press Release has had one. So, that meter-reader-person reason is a deliberately fabricated myth. It’s all about surveillance, establishing the Smart Grid, and procuring the federal grant money utilities get to install SMs, since the federal government apparently is in lock-step with the UN’s Agenda 21, of which SMs are an important tool.

SMs track and report back every so many minutes, the status of electrical use in the residence which is sent via microwaves that can be hacked into to access that information. Here’s a chart showing how that works.

City of Naperville Resident’s Electric Power Consumption in 15 Minute Intervals as presented in the lawsuit City of Naperville v. Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NSMA)

SMs track and report back every so many minutes, the status of electrical use in the residence which is sent via microwaves that can be hacked into to access that information. The chart above shows how that works. It represented a City of Naperville Resident’s Electric Power Consumption in 15 Minute Intervals as presented in the lawsuit City of Naperville v. Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NSMA). Readers will notice that during the hours the family was away or sleeping, the meter chart showed hardly any activity as compared with power in kilowatt hour readings for when the family members were home and using appliances.

SMs are nothing more than a hacker’s dream that enables identify theft and will facilitate burglaries.

Besides, isn’t it a double standard when judges and legislators exclude themselves from the very statutes they require ordinary citizens to obey?

By law, it’s illegal to place people into a Catch22 situation. Remember that when your utility company starts harassing you, as they really do, about not permitting an RF/EMF-emitting AMI SM to be retrofitted on to your house.

Resource:

PASMA Press Release July 14, 2015
Permission received to reproduce verbatim.

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


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16 Comments on "What Are the Reasons for Smart Meters When Analog Meters Were Safe?"

  1. LifeTraveller | July 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Reply

    My local electric company installed a “smart meter” on my house, and the first thing I noticed was an immediate increase in my electric bill. It went up $10 even though I didn’t use a single kwhr more electricity.. The utilites are able to get YOU to pay for everything.. Their investors love that.

    • So what did you do about the “smart meter” and the increase in your electric bill, even though you didn’t use a single kwhr more electricity? Have you had problems with the meter since it was installed?

      • LifeTraveller | July 16, 2015 at 10:56 am | Reply

        In my state the “utilities” run the PUCO, and we “consumers” get to pay for everything. The additional “cost” in my bill is to pay for the new meter (or so it said in a mailing I received) I am “coerced” into buying an “insurance” contract in order to defray the cost associated with repairing “their” equipment, “they” installed on my home. I don’t buy it, but they still hound me bi-weekly to do so. I have made inquiries as to exactly how much I’m going to be billed for “their” meter.. Still waiting on that one. No other problems with the meter..

        • You’re lucky so far on that one, buddy, despite the fact that you’re being scammed by whatever “utility” runs the PUCO. “Smart Meters” are notorious for catching fire; that’s the reason they’re so dangerous.

          Utilities, by law, must inform their customers (you included) the exact amount they’ll be billed for “their” meters .. And the fact that you’re still awaiting a response from the “utility” in your area is evidence that corruption is rampant .. And the fact that your state gov’t is in cahoots with this “utility” also proves corruption on the gov’t’s part.
          All utility customers in your state sorely need to bond together and send the strongest message possible (without any threats of violence, of course) to both the gov’t and the “utility” that this type of behavior won’t be tolerated. Tell both entities, in no uncertain terms, that risking the health/lives of all residents, on top of swindling utility customers of their hard-earned money is totally unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. All of these criminals must be arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned for their crimes. Nobody is above the law.

  2. emmanuelozon | July 15, 2015 at 6:52 pm | Reply

    Got rid of my electric water heater and installed point of use tankless water heaters. Electric bill went down $20/mo. But seriously folks, except for the fire hazard (And I’ve seen 3 SM caused fires), rejoice when the evil SM is installed. Simply wrap copper mesh (think Chore Boy, for all you crackheads) around the thing and no signals can be sent. No signals = no bill.

    • They can manually send bills, the meter still registers the usage.

      • emmanuelozon | July 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm | Reply

        Then they would have to come out and read the meter, eliminating any “advantages” of the SM.

        • Yes. Just saying your no signal – no bill comment is false.

          The first visit they will nicely tell you you can’t put your chore boy on their meter. Most electric companies have rules and I looked them up when I was fighting FPL’s opt out fees, they actually have in them that you can’t interfere with RF signals.
          If you put it back on, they will come out and threaten you with turning off your electricity. As most municipalities also have rules stating that you can’t be without electric (they will condemn the building and forbid you to live there), going without electric is not an option. If you are super-rich, you can tell them to f off and put in solar with big as* battery storage and say goodbye to your electric company. Best to opt out and pay the fees.

  3. SMs are also part of the push for ‘full spectrum dominance’ over us, as personified by/in the Jade Helm 15 exercise now, as of this very day, in its trial run; its purpose being to ‘Master the Human Domain’. Meaning: We are to be at the mercy of a quantum computer, that has all of our data installed in it. And can ‘terminate’ us in a nano-sec: cut off our power, cut off our access to our bank account, cut off our ability to start our car engine; you name it. It’s all in there.

    Welcome to the New World Order. Unless we wake up, and throw off these our erstwhile Masters, of the Human Domain.

  4. Here in Colorado – we still have the older analog meters.
    This may sound nuts – but – I called the electric company -excel energy- to bitch about my bill.
    I told them no one ever comes out.
    The reply…’the data gets sent over the wire to an intersection and they drive trucks under the stop lights which transmits the data to the truck…’

  5. I live in southern Illinois (Provider is Ameren). They sent out mailers notifying that smart meters were to be installed in the coming months. There was a provision in the mailer allowing for refusal of the SM and the ability to retain the analogue meter. When a guy showed up to do the install, he knocked on my front door to inform me of the fact. I refused on the spot and politely told him I wished to keep my meter currently in place. He said ‘No Problem” and that was that.

    My next bill came in with a monthly recurring fee of $20.00 for NOT having the smart meter. Reason? A person had to still come out and read my meter. I work out of my home, and my meter is visible from the window I sit in front of every day, all day. Not ONCE in nine years have I seen a meter reader check my meter.

    That said, the additional $20 is money well spent, in my opinion. The potential for a fire is bad, but the reason I refused it is due to the damaging EMF saturation throughout my whole house if it were installed.

  6. There is so much EMF in our modern world that it is just plain stupid to be against SMs, and there is absolutely no proof of any effects from the EMF levels from smart meters. You people would be doing humanity a better service by fighting GMOs – now that is a real problem, with real tangible issues.

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