2016-05-27 Smart Meters Articles & Reports

Coalition to Stop Smart Meters Updates will resume June 04, 2016

Short Circuit [Costs – Explosions – Itron – Legal – Safety – Quebec]


Hydro-Québec replaces defective meters prone to bursting – Meters were manufactured between 2005 and 2009, installed mostly in businesses – CBC News Montreal – May 27, 2016:
– http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/hydro-quebec-meters-1.360288


HYDRO-QUÉBEC – Risk of “bursting” force the withdrawal of 4,300 meters by Samuel Louis Perron – La Presse + – May 27, 2016:
– http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/national/201605/26/01-4985609-des-risques-declatement-forcent-le-retrait-de-4300-compteurs.php
– https://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/abb26c78-4542-4b38-a9f4-c407fb92054e%257C_0.html&prev=search
(This is a Google Translation)


Itron – Sentinel:
(The SENTINEL is a solid-state, polyphase meter . This self-contained or transformer-rated meter is designed for use with your high-end commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, including large industrial sites and substations….)

[Bills – Data – Privacy – Smart Grid – Solar – Wind – EU] European Parliament adopts measures to help ‘citizens take ownership of energy transition’ by Tom Kenning – PV Tech – May 27, 2016:
– http://www.pv-tech.org/news/european-parliament-adopts-measures-to-help-energy-consumers-diversify
European Parliament calls for ambitious measures to encourage renewable energy use by Edgar Meza – pv magazine – May 27, 2016:
– http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/european-parliament-calls-for-ambitious-measures-to-encourage-renewable-energy-use_100024775/#axzz49upatkpT

[Bills – UK] Small energy suppliers vent online comparison fears by Joe Lynam – BBC News – May 28, 2016:
– http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36401864

[Smart Grid – UK] Former steelworkers to join teams installing 53 million energy meters  by Mike Hughes – Gazette Live – May 27, 2016:
– http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/business/former-steelworkers-join-teams-installing-11395270

[Smart Grid – New York, USA] N.Y. overhaul means new models for chasing utility profits by Saqib Rahim – E & E Publishing, LLC – May 27, 2016:
– http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060038009

[Landis+Gyr – Lawsuit – Privacy – Security – Sensus – Smart Grid – Seattle, Washington, USA] As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info – He wanted records – and got sued instead amid terror fears by Shaun Nichols – The Register – May 27, 2016:
– http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/27/phil_mocek_seattle_smart_meters/
EFF fights order to remove public records documents detailing Seattle’s smart-meters by Cory Doctorow – BoingBoing – May 27, 2016:
– http://boingboing.net/2016/05/27/eff-flights-order-to-remove-pu.html#more-463842

[Cell Phones – Health – USA]


“Game-Changing” Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer – An increased incidence of brain and heart tumors was seen in rats. by Josh Harkinson – Mother Jones – May 27, 2016:
– http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/05/federal-study-links-cell-phone-radiation-cancer
Report of Partial Findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley® SD rats (Whole Body Exposures) – Draft 5-19-2016:
– http://biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2016/05/26/055699.full.pdf
Report of Partial findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley® SD rats (Whole Body Exposure) by Michael Wyde, Mark Cesta, Chad Blystone, Susan Elmore, Paul Foster, Michelle Hooth, Grace Kissling, David Malarkey, Robert Sills, Matthew Stout, View ORCID ProfileNigel Walker, Kristine Witt, Mary Wolfe, John Bucher – doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/055699 – bioRxiv – May 26, 2016:
– http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/05/26/055699



From: LF
To: “Commission Secretary” <Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com>
Sent: Friday, May 27, 2016
Subject: BCUC Report on Smart Meter Fires and Safety

I understand that the BC Utilities Commission has written a report regarding smart meter fires and safety.  Under the FOI rules, please send me a copy via e-mail.


(address & phone #)


Subject: RE: Fire Report
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016
From: Commission Secretary BCUC:EX <Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com>
To: NR

Hello Mr. R

We are in receipt of your request for access to records under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. You have specifically requested access to the following record:

“The BCUC Fire Report related to smart meters”

This matter is currently before the Commission; no determination has been made and no final report has been issued. We will keep your request for access to the record on file and will provide an update to you once a final determination on this matter has been made by the Commission.

Please contact our office if you have any questions.


Laura Sharpe
Manager, Information Services Division
British Columbia Utilities Commission
Phone: 604.660.4700 | Fax: 604.660.1102 | Toll Free: 1.800.663.1385

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From: NR
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016
To: Commission Secretary BCUC:EX <Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com>
Subject: Fire Report

A fire report related to smartmeters was to be released by the end of April this year.  I have been unable to find a copy – please send a copy as per the attached FOI request.

(phone #)


(video 02:01) [Bills – Toronto, Ontario] Hydro customers bill unchanged despite attempts to conserve – Global News BC – April 28, 2016:
– http://globalnews.ca/video/2669181/hydro-customers-bill-unchanged-despite-attempts-to-conserve
(Thu, Apr 28: Ruth D’Souza went to great lengths to conserve energy but her bill was still shockingly high. Toronto Hydro says the amount is consistent with past tenants of her two-bedroom apartment and says there are ways to ensure ratepayers are saving as much as possible. Peter Kim Reports.)
Canada: Hydro customer charged more than $600 despite turning off heat, showering at the gym – Smart Meter Harm – May 27, 2016:
– https://smartmeterharm.org/2016/05/27/canada-hydro-customer-charged-more-than-600-despite-turning-off-heat-showering-at-the-gym/



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