This is the new page on the Valdosta Tea Party website about Smart Meters. Please use this information to contact members of the PSC.
Contents of page:
Smart Meters: No Clear Authority for Installation in Georgia, by Sue Ella Deadwyler, www.GeorgiaInsight.org, June 2011
Health hazards to consumers far outweigh conveniences to power companies.
In January, the day after I gave legislators copies of the Federal Energy Act of 2005 and documentation of the dangers posed by smart meters, the director of the smart meter program in Georgia called me at home and insinuated that the PSC authorized smart meter installation. When I asked for a copy of the authorization and minutes of that PSC meeting, he quietly admitted, “Well, technically, we don’t need their permission.”
When I first reported the installation of smart meters in Georgia in the February 4, 2011 issue of Georgia Insight, the project had been under way since 2008, under the radar. In places smart meters were installed, most occupants had no idea their meter had been replaced or that the new one is a two-way radio frequency communication device. They didn’t/don’t know it emits radiation 24 hours a day around the clock, deposits electrical “noise” and high-frequency spikes throughout the wiring and is remotely read every 15 minutes (96 times each 24 hours).
Although the 2005 Federal Energy Act requires utilities to “offer” smart meters to consumers “requesting time-based billing,” we have yet to find a consumer who requested time-based billing or was offered a smart meter or was informed of its hazardous radio frequency radiation.
After running errands April 20, 2010, we accidentally learned that our analog meter was gone. The clue: our digital clocks were blinking. Georgia Power had shut off the electricity to install a smart meter on the outside wall, 14 feet from the location of our bed on the same wall inside.
In September 2010, my husband Robert was diagnosed with skin cancer for the first time in his life. He had surgery. At his first three-month check-up, the plastic surgeon found two more spots of skin cancer, which were, subsequently removed, as well. His six-month check-up will be in September. Also, both of us experience continual ringing in our ears.
Robert’s monitoring Public Service Commission meetings has been very revealing. Providers of electricity in Georgia had/have no legislative or PSC authority to install smart meters. They had/have no authority to require consumers to have/accept/tolerate smart meters. Georgia Power and EMC could’ve/should’ve upgraded with meters that do not emit radio frequency radiation. The smart meter is still on our home, although we repeatedly ask for its removal.
I know of no location where Georgia Power has complied with requests to remove smart meters. They finished their installations in North Georgia and, with in-your-face determination, are proceeding with the second phase – installing smart meters from Macon to the Florida line.
Three Cheers for Sawnee EMC! Sawnee EMC customers have had good response about the smart meter situation. Sawnee honored a consumer request to remove the smart meter and reinstall the analog. Sawnee honored a request NOT to install a smart meter and left the analog meter in place.
ACTION – (a) Explain to your utility (Georgia Power or an EMC) that the smart meter on your property is a serious health hazard that becomes more hazardous with each one installed in the “mesh Network.” (b) If a smart meter is on your property, ask for its removal. (c) If your meter is an analog, attach a sign, “Do NOT remove my meter.”
Surveillance on your home—very good explanation of smart meters on a short video!
The following letter may help you fight the “Smart Meters”:
City State Zip
Date of letter
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS AND SURVEILLANCE, NOTICE OF LIABILITY
Dear (Energy Provider) and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,
If you intend to install a “Smart Meter” or 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. “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.
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.
I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and 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..
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.
Name of energy user and/or customer
Mission Statement from Georgia Public Service Commission:
“The mission of the Georgia Public Service Commission is to exercise its authority and influence to ensure that consumers receive safe, reliable and reasonably priced telecommunications, transportation, electric and natural gas services from financially viable and technically competent companies.”
Contact each member of the PSC about Smart Meters: http://www.psc.state.ga.us/pscinfo/bios_2011.asp
WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SMART METERS
Updated, July 24, 2011
On this page, there are 2 links to a thorough document that details everything we need to know about Smart Meters. There is a link to an introduction and another link to the full 113 page document. This is an invaluable resource, prepared by the Eagle Forum of California.
This is the link to the entire document described above.
This includes an article and a video by Jerry Day, an electronics expert in Burbank, CA. He explains the privacy issues connected to the installation of Smart Meters.
A busy website, but it has the Jerry Day YouTube video along with 2 other videos from news stations in California.
This is another site with information about protests in California against Smart Meters. On the bottom of the homepage are links to 4 videos of a meeting sponsored by the Green Party. Present at the meeting are representatives of both the Green Party and the local Tea Party. Both groups are against Smart Meters.
From The Blaze. No explanation needed!
What Maine is doing to oppose Smart Meters.
This is an official document by the AG for Connecticut which urges the state regulators to reject the CT electric company’s plan to replace the current analog meters with Smart Meters.
In this document by the GAO, it refers to Smart Meters in the sentence below:
“Smart grid modernization is an ongoing process and initiatives have commonly involved installing advanced metering infrastructure (smart meters) on homes and commercial buildings that enable two-way communication between the utility and the customer.” (page 5)
An excellent blog.
A 32 minute YouTube video. This was presented at the San Francisco Tesla Society and is loaded with details about both health and privacy concerns.
At a conference of the Eagle Forum of California in June, 2010, Patrick Wood, editor of AugustReview.com, described how “Agenda 21 Will Implement Big Brother’s Technocracy Controls Through Smart Meters, Smart Grids, and Smart Growth.” The link above is his article.
A site where signs can be purchased to put on current analog meters.