After completing my research concerning the smart meter phenomenon and corporate propaganda promoting them in this country I am now convinced something is terribly wrong with this program, which not even money can repair at this point.
The most glaring problem I researched had to do with the installation of smart meters in San Bruno, California. A printed interview I read by a former Wellington Power Company smart meter installer in San Bruno, indicated some serious problems concerning the preparation and training of the installers.
The smart meters which were installed in the community of San Bruno, California, were placed there by Wellington Power. Pacific Gas and Electric awarded the contract to install the meters to Wellington Power. It should be noted that Wellington Power was paid by Pacific Gas and Electric a total of $267,453,000 for the “meter module integration, and deployment of 9,500,000 meters.” That information was taken right from the Wellington Power Corporation website at www.wellingtonpower.com. A glitch in the construction of the meters soon became apparent to the installers, and created a situation in which arcing could take place creating a spark, and if a natural gas leak existed anywhere in the vicinity serious problems could result, as witnessed to by the San Bruno explosion.
NaturalGasWatch.org reports the following information: “It should be noted the National Transportation Safety Board during their investigation of the San Bruno explosion found out that PG&E did not even know what kind of gas pipe was beneath San Bruno, and said defective welds contributed to the explosion. During the subsequent investigation into the incident PG&E could not produce records relating to the integrity of its pipeline infrastructure and later reported the records were missing.”
According to the former Wellington Power Company installer, when the smart meter is installed, the blades on the back of the meter are required to be aligned properly with the jaws on the back of the socket the meter is placed in; if not, serious problems can result—not just the terrible explosion which took 8 lives, but electrical shorts can occur in a home or business. The electrical wiring and appliances can then be impacted due to the increase and decrease in energy consumption.
The meters are also scheduled to send signals to the orbiting spy satellite, excuse me, the corporate satellite, every 15 minutes. Another issue Wellington Power may have overlooked, along with Pacific Gas and Electric, is that the Federal Communications Commission requires the installation of the smart meters to be completed by a qualified electrician. The total amount of time that Wellington Power devoted to the preparation for the deployment of the meter installers was two weeks.
Besides corporations like Wellington Power, there exists two other companies that are large players in the smart meter program—one is Echelon, which is headquartered in the Silicon Valley, and Itron Inc. It is not only California and the other forty-nine states that are being targeted by the utility industry for the installation of smart meters, but Europe, Australia, New Zealand and China are also areas where smart meters are being installed.
In addition to the damage to physical property, we also have complaints regarding the smart meters and their impact on the health of the people in whose homes they were installed. Everything from tinnitus, heart arrhythmia, lack of sleep and cancer has been attributed to them. It is interesting to note that in situations were the meters were removed, the health of the residents improved.
Large amounts of money was made available by this country in the stimulus program for the development of new and efficient forms of energy consumption, of which the smart meter program for energy monitoring was one. The problem I saw with following the money is that the initial start up fees used for this process was your tax money and mine.
These world-wide corporate organizations, then, with the approval of their governments and ours, have the audacity to say, “ Okay big business, we made them pay to produce these meters, now let’s make them pay again to have it installed in their homes.” Only this time, fate, or the improper manufacturing of the smart meters are taking the installation price in blood. It is the consumer, as usual, who is paying the price.
Here in beautiful Southern California, my wife and I rejected the demand to have a smart meter installed at our home. It is a sad commentary on the way Southern California Edison treated us. We were advised it was something which had to be done, then when the opt-out program began and we signed up for it we were hit with a $10.00 a month maintenance fee, along with a $75.00 one time record-keeping fee. In truth, we have all just become a number.
Recently in the City of Springfield, Massachusetts, a natural gas explosion took place injuring at least 11 first responders who were there due to the report of the gas leak before the explosion took place. I can only wonder if we did not have the malfunction of a smart meter in Springfield.
I believe it is time for a federal probe into finding out once and for all the responsibility for the natural gas explosions taking place to determine if the smart meters are responsible.