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Re: Stop them from installing or remove a "Smart" Meter with this letter? Good stuff
Reply #6 - Aug 16th, 2011 at 4:08pm
 
Page 7 of this document from the EFF goes into details of how they spy on you with this information. Electric utilities will regularly send electric usage data to law enforcement to try to detect abnormal usage.

When will they knock on your door? They already did on a family that got a little too busy around their house. So watch out if you have guests!
http://www.eff.org/files/CDTEFFJointComment030910.pdf

It comes from the below link and has other good information:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/05/california-proposes-strong-privacy-protecti...

"These meters are aimed at helping consumers monitor and control their energy usage, but the information that is collected can reveal much more about a household's daily activities: when people wake up, when they come home, when they go on vacation, and maybe even when they take a hot bath. Many third parties will want access to this sensitive information"

And of course there are the "hackers" that want this data too, and control of that little ON/OFF switch inside the meter. You can bet it's going to be a target bigger than your windows OS. It's literally control of power!

Just say no! No consent!

Although the below is for Arizona, you could contact your State's "Corporation Commission" since the power company is a corporation, good idea!

"If a smart meter has been installed over your objection or if you have been unable to resolve your concerns with your local utility, file a claim with The Arizona Corporation Commission."
http://www.areyouzapped.com/articles/382

Listen to a radio interview on smart meter hazards that Robert Zieve, MD, who directs Healthy Medicine, held with Elizabeth Kelley during April, 2011. http://www.healthymedicine.org/html/radio.html.

Lots of sites:

http://stopsmartmeters.org/
http://www.bansmartmeters.com/blog/
http://www.emfsafetynetwork.org/
http://www.emrpolicyinstitute.org/
http://www.microwavenews.com/
http://www.bioinitiative.org/
http://international-emf-alliance.org
http://www.icems.eu/
http://www.electricalpollution.com/

Other smart meter concerns:

Remote Disconnect/Billing errors:  Consumer advocates, including AARP, the Consumers Union, Public Citizen, the National Consumers Union, the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates; and the National Consumer Law Project

Cyber-Security: Pike Research, IEEE

Maine is doing really good stuff. "Bath City Councilors passed an “opt-in” ordinance preventing CMP from installing a smart meter on someone’s home unless that customer wants one" and that prevents any extra charges for "opt-out".
http://smartmetersafety.com/
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Reply #5 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 4:03pm
 
May 25, 2011 -  "On behalf of several Maine residents,  Skelton, Taintor & Abbott secured a landmark decision that will benefit  utility customers throughout the country. Alan Stone, chair of the firm's energy law group, successfully convinced the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to find that it was an unjust and unreasonable practice for Central Maine Power Company (CMP) to refuse to permit residential and small commercial customers to opt-out of CMP’s smart meter program.   

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott represented a group of customers in a complaint against CMP, and convinced the MPUC to order CMP to offer customers the option of opting out of the smart meter program and retaining their existing electromagnetic meters. Stone proved that because of unresolved concerns relating to health, privacy and cyber security resulting from the installation of wireless meters on their homes, customers should have a choice concerning the installation of those meters.   CMP argued vigorously that customers should not be allowed to opt out, and the MPUC found that position to be unjust and unreasonable.   

The Portland Press Herald has described the decision as a “landmark” case that represents the first time any state had ordered an electric utility to permit customers the choice to opt out of a smart meter program.  The case has been followed by other Public Utilities Commissions and utility experts around the country, and will serve as precedent for others in the determination of how to resolve what has become a growing debate about customer choice and smart meters."
http://www.skeltontaintorabbott.net/news/85/77/Skelton-Taintor-Abbott-Wins-Landm...

It can be done!
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Reply #4 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 12:41am
 
More reasons to just say no!

"Joshua Wright, a senior security analyst with InGuardians Inc. The firm was hired by three utilities to study their smart meters' resistance to attack."

"Wright said his firm found "egregious" errors, such as flaws in the meters and the technologies that utilities use to manage data from meters. "Even though these protocols were designed recently, they exhibit security failures we've known about for the past 10 years," Wright said.

He said InGuardians found vulnerabilities in products from all five of the meter makers the firm studied. He would not disclose those manufacturers.

One of the most alarming findings involved a weakness in a communications standard used by the new meters to talk to utilities' computers.

Wright found that hackers could exploit the weakness to break into meters remotely, which would be a key step for shutting down someone's power. Or someone could impersonate meters to the power company, to inflate victims' bills or lower his own. A criminal could even sneak into the utilities' computer networks to steal data or stage bigger attacks on the grid.

Wright said similar vulnerabilities used to be common in wireless Internet networking equipment, but have vanished with an emphasis on better security.

For instance, the meters encrypt their data _ scrambling the information to hide it from outsiders. But the digital "keys" needed to unlock the encryption were stored on data-routing equipment known as access points that many meters relay data to. Stealing the keys lets an attacker eavesdrop on all communication between meters and that access point, so the keys instead should be kept on computers deep inside the utilities' networks, where they would be safer.

"That lesson seems to be lost on these meter vendors," he said. That speaks to the "relative immaturity" of the meter technology, Wright added.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/ap-exclusive-smart-meters-hav...
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Reply #3 - Aug 14th, 2011 at 9:14pm
 
Want more reasons to "just say no" ?

"If someone in a utility control room can read your meter remotely, shut off power to your house, and modulate individual appliances to shed load during peak hours, then so could hackers. As the number of smart meters grows, so does the incentive for criminals and terrorists to misuse them. Concern has been mounting for several years. In early 2009, IOActive, a security firm, demonstrated how little it takes is to break into smart-meter networks. Last year, computer security expert Nate Lawson of Root Labs hacked a smart meter radio module he’d bought on eBay for $30."

"A government cyberwar exercise in 2007, shown vividly in footage obtained by CNN, caused a generator to self-destruct. In effect the generator was forced to fight the raw mechanical power of the rest of the grid, and lost."

"they might cause vast number of appliances to turn on or off at inopportune moments and bring the whole grid crashing down."

"Each appliance in your house causes a telltale fluctuation in power, and websites such as PlotWatt and EnerSave can analyze the output of a home power monitor to see how often you run what appliance—useful self-knowledge for those of us looking for ways to conserve energy. Imagine what marketers (let alone burglars) would pay for that information."

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/solar-at-home/2011/08/11/could-hackers-break...

Fireman finds hot meter, possible fire situation. Finds that they only gave these people installing the meters two days of training and were hiring people who were not electricians! Company has had lots of problems with installs and is wasting RATEPAYER money fixing it.
http://www.bansmartmeters.com/blog/2011/07/smart-meter-almost-burns-fire-captain...

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Reply #2 - Aug 13th, 2011 at 11:55pm
 
"More than 45 cities and counties throughout the state of California agree. Thirteen local governments have even gone so far as to criminalize the wireless meters- including Watsonville, Capitola, and Santa Cruz County."
List of local governments that have passed ordinances:
http://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/sample-letter-to-local-...

Some sites that are trying to stop smart meters

California mostly, but lots of good information including ideas to
lock your analog meter so they can't change it!

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org/

Texas - but also has a page for all States
http://www.bansmartmeters.com/blog/

All States, lots of links to other sites
http://www.bansmartmeters.com/blog/protests-in-your-state/

"The argument that Smart Meters will lower energy consumption has also been debunked.  Reuters published a piece showing no real long-term savings in homes with Smart Meters vs the old meters."
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Reply #1 - Aug 4th, 2011 at 2:44pm
 
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub.L. 109-58) is a bill passed by the United States Congress on July 29, 2005, and signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005.

IT REQUIRES ALL PUBLIC ELECTRIC UTILITIES TO OFFER NET METERING ON REQUEST TO THEIR CUSTOMERS;

And all the states (lower case "s" you should notice) have "adopted" the United States (the name of a government entity) Constitution as law, so this applies to them and any company - corporation that is created under their laws.

This guy talks to the electric company on his video about having a net meter and you can see how they try to convince you that there is no such thing as net metering and no law etc...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh0_gaGnDzA

This guy is getting ripped off, this is theft of power, pure and simple. The power company charges another customer for the power he is producing, THEFT!

Using a GTI is Power Company Payback for all those years of hassling us!
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Aug 4th, 2011 at 2:43am
 
http://www.garynorth.com/public/8320.cfm

"Smart Meters from Your Power Company Are Surveillance Devices. Consider Sending This Letter of Non-Compliance."

Good info and ammunition to keep them from installing a non backwards turning meter in an attempt to STEAL power from you and charge other customers for it.

Besides the surveillance issues that should make you really mad anyway.

If they ever try to install one that doesn't run backwards you can bet I will throw everything and the kitchen sink at them to stop it.

This video explains it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JNFr_j6kdI

Part of the letter:

"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."

There is another for having them remove the meter if already installed.
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