By B.N. Frank
People worldwide DO NOT WANT utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water. Tens of millions have been installed and millions more are planned despite all the problems they cause – fires, explosions, higher bills, malfunctioning and broken appliances, cybersecurity risks (see 1, 2), and more.
These meters DO NOT save meaningful amounts of energy and customer bills are usually increased for their installation AND frequent replacement (see 1, 2, 3, 4). To say these meters have a bad reputation is putting it mildly. Even proponents are having a difficult time singing their praises.
Nevertheless, “Smart” Meters are still extremely profitable to utility companies. Because they are 2-way transmitting, “Smart” Meters allow them to collect customer minute-by-minute usage data so they can analyze it in order to market more products and services to customers. They can also sell this data to 3rd parties. Last but certainly not least – these meters also allow utilities to remotely turn off services and ration energy.
At least one tech giant is now interested in profiting from “Smart” Meters as well.
From Analytics India Mag:
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, has ventured into blockchain-based energy efficiency startup Efforce — 45 years after starting his first venture. The ambitious project by Wozniak aims to use cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to make it cheaper and more comfortable for companies to fund ‘green’ projects. The startup, based out of Malta, has been in stealth mode for the last year, about which Wozniak had hinted in the Delta Summit 2019.
This is the first-ever blockchain-based energy-saving platform that is accessible to large and small investors, regardless of borders to monetise their transferable energy savings. It aims to democratise the $250 billion markets for energy-efficiency projects.
The launch of Efforce came with the listing of a digital token, WOZX, which has been named after Wozniak. According to the company, it had received an initial valuation of $80M by investors in private sales. However, it recorded a market capitalisation of $950M in the first 13 minutes — which is quite remarkable.
What Is Efforce?
Another problem with “Smart” Meters – they emit high levels of electromagnetic radiation that can and have made people and animals sick (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). Online documentary – Take Back Your Power – reveals more ugly details. Some utilities started allowing customers to “opt out” of these meters because of all the complaints.
Activist Post reports regularly about “Smart” Meters and other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
- EMF Safety Network
- Smart Grid Awareness
- Smart Meter News
- Take Back Your Power
- The People’s Initiative
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