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A California Public Utilities Commission law judge today (March 15) approved a plan for San Diego Gas & Electric customers to be able to opt out of the so-called smart meter program, which has caused controversy because of possible health dangers. The decision is temporary; in 30 days, the commission can approve it in whole or in part or turn it down. Opting out will be expensive under the proposed plan: customers wanting their old-style analog meters reinstalled will pay a $75 upfront fee and be charged $10 a month. Such programs were earlier approved for other large state utilities. Susan Brinchman, founder of Center for Electrosmog Prevention hailed the decision as a good first step.

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Visduh March 15, 2012 @ 8:42 p.m.

These new meters are intended to charge for usage on the basis of the time of day, and which day, the kilowatts of energy passed through the meter. Want to opt out? Sure. We'll just charge you the highest rates under the variable rate plan that our CPUC allows us to charge at the peak period (which, incidentally, will be whenever we declare them) rates for all you use. That way, you won't have to wonder what your rate is. It will be the max that any user pays any time during the month. But, hey, you won't have those nasty old electromagnetic waves in your life. Small price to pay, huh?


Don Bauder March 15, 2012 @ 9:06 p.m.

I believe the opt-out charge is excessive -- typical for SDGE. Those so-called smart meters were foisted on customers, and now those questioning the dangers have to pay through the nose. Best, Don Bauder


mridolf March 16, 2012 @ 4:07 a.m.

I don't know Don. I bought an older San Diego house about three years ago that came with a pool. The pool pump runs six hours a day, in peak time. If I have a smart meter (I haven't checked), then I'm probably paying premium prices for that peak power. That pump has to be at least 25% of my electric bill. If I could reduce that charge by half, it would probably be worth $10. But, of course this assumes the daily rate is lower than the peak rate, which, from past experience with SDG&E I might doubt. I do think the whole EM worry is silly though. I work in the power industry as an electrical field engineer, and my professional organization, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) has pretty much debunked most consumer EM hazard worries over the years. My next door neighbor with his SW radio antenna probably bathes me with more EM waves than the power meter beside my house.


Don Bauder March 16, 2012 @ 7:47 a.m.

There is a lot of information on the website of the Center for Electrosmog Prevention. From reading that material, I get the impression that smart meters haven't been around long enough for any definitive studies to have been carried out. The critics rely to some extent on studies done on cell phones. And the jury is still out on them, too. It's one of those enigmas: damage might not show up for a decade, and then it would be widespread and perhaps too late to deal with. Best, Don Bauder


sdsocialdiary March 16, 2012 @ 5 a.m.

Our 'smart meter' has not worked properly for appropx. one year now ... SDGE comes out on average once a month to fix it... it never works. hence we call it the 'dumb meter.' We have also been trying to opt out.


Don Bauder March 16, 2012 @ 7:48 a.m.

One of the reasons for SDGE and other utilities going to smart meters was to cut down on labor costs. Maybe the smart meters are not achieving that at all. Best, Don Bauder


RobertW March 16, 2012 @ 10:01 p.m.


PG$E, Northern California's Utility Monopoly, recently admitted (forced by a judge) that each electric smart meter transmits radiation 10's of thousands of times, up to 190,000 times each day.

This corrects previous false statements repeated often by utility companies across the country.


Don Bauder March 17, 2012 @ 8:21 a.m.

This should be added to the extensive literature about smart meters. Best, Don Bauder


RobertW March 16, 2012 @ 10:04 p.m.


(Statements, not all 11 pages)

  • Smart meters expose persons in the home to FULL BODY RADIATION EXPOSURES 50 TO 450 TIMES GREATER RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES depending on proximity in the home to the smart meter attached to outside wall (calculated using the inverse square).

  • Smart meters emit radiation almost continuously throughout the day 24/7, 365 days per year.

  • Increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier in the head, harmful effects on sperm, double strand breaks in DNA which could lead to cancer genesis, stress gene activation indicating exposure to a toxin, and alterations in brain glucose metabolism.

  • Electro Hypersensitivity is a real and sometimes debilitating problem for the affected persons. . Above affects are occurring to all persons, not just those who are hypersensitive (added for clarification).

  • FCC guidelines are irrelevant and cannot be used for any claims of Smart Meter safety unless heat damage is involved.

  • Smart meter exposure is Involuntary exposure. Governmental agencies for protecting public health and safety should be much more vigilant towards involuntary environmental exposures because governmental agencies are the only defense against such involuntary exposure.

Report link - http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Health-Risks-Associated-With-SmartMeters.pdf


Don Bauder March 17, 2012 @ 8:24 a.m.

I read the Santa Cruz report. As I recall, Santa Cruz wants to ban them, but PG&E argues that this is a decision for the CPUC, not for a local government. So it appears smart meters will be rammed down those people's throats. Somebody correct me if I am wrong. I read a lot of the material on smart meters, and may not have the story correct. Best, Don Bauder


RobertW March 16, 2012 @ 10:06 p.m.


 Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes) http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes) 

  3. The NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE Calls for Halt To Smart Meters in Homes and Schools. http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/halt-smart-meters/

  4. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless Smart Meters (& some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B CARCINOGEN LIST. http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

  5. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH Feb 2011 found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation. http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract

 2-page Press Release 

  7. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed
 (1) Human Cell Damage
 (2) DNA Chain Breaks 
(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier
 from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters. http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/

  8. INSURANCE COMPANIES won’t insure smart meter liability due to biological damage seen by scientists they hired. 
 TV Video (3 minutes) http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382


Don Bauder March 17, 2012 @ 8:26 a.m.

My recollection is that smart meters are especially deleterious when people are near them. Best, Don Bauder


RobertW March 16, 2012 @ 10:09 p.m.

SMART METER PRIVACY VIOLATIONS Must-See 4-minute youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

SKYROCKETING UTILITY BILLS AFTER SMART METER INSTALLATION TV News Video (3 minutes) http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.html?tab=video

CIA DIRECTOR JAMES WOOLSEY CALLS SMART GRID “STUPID” Due To National Security Problems Caused By So-Called Smart Meters. News Video (1 minute) http://www.energynow.com/video/2011/08/10/preview-mix-james-woolsey


Don Bauder March 17, 2012 @ 8:27 a.m.

One thing is certain: there is plenty of literature out there, particularly that published by the opponents. Best, Don Bauder


RobertW March 16, 2012 @ 10:12 p.m.


A. Utility bills are increasing where smart meters are installed.

B. Customer information from smart meters is NOT formatted for customers and does NOT change customer behavior towards conservation.

C. Inexpensive time-of-use meters may decrease energy usage, and without expensive smart meters.

D. The cost - benefit of smart meters is horrendous and is being promoted to profit the utility companies and their suppliers, not customers or our society or our environment.

E. The Smart Grid does NOT use or require a smart meter on each home. The necessary smart information can be gathered much more efficiently, timely and inexpensively at energy distribution points. (The smart grid does not care how much power any one home uses.)

F. This massive Billions-of-dollars smart meter program will cost customers $ Billions and the public will not be receptive to real energy solutions after being burned by these Smart meters.


Don Bauder March 17, 2012 @ 8:29 a.m.

Does it surprise anybody that utilities' only concern is their own profits? Best, Don Bauder


Susan B March 24, 2012 @ 8:23 p.m.

If you are reading this, chances are you have a smart meter (or two) on your home - for both gas and electric. Probably, also, for water. Do you (or a loved one) have unexplained headaches, sleeping problems, ringing ears, dizziness, memory problems, heart palpitations, or even seizures? Did these start with the installation of smart utility meters? Do you want to reduce potential cancer risks from pulsed RF radiation? Do you occupy a room close to an electric meter? You may wish to learn more about the health complaints of those with smart meters on their homes. You may wish to opt-out (get rid of) the SDG&E gas and electric smart meters. You may wish to contact the water company, find out if you have a smart meter and ask for its removal.

The smart meter opt-out is definitely a first step in what should become a total ban on wireless smart meters. The American Association of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) says this about smart meters: " Given the widespread, chronic, and essentially inescapable ELF/RF exposure of everyone living near a 'smart meter', the Board of the [AAEM] finds it unacceptable from a public health standpoint, to implement this technology..." http://www.scribd.com/doc/79470430/AAEM-Resolution. According to California's Daniel Hirsch, radiation expert, each smart meter's full body radiation exposure is equivalent to that of 160 cell phones. That's a heck of a lot of radiation, contrary to the flawed info the utilities have been providing. After a court order from the CPUC, SDG&E admitted its meters all "talk" to each other and the signals (pulses) are sent every few seconds, up to tens of thousands of times daily. They had neglected to factor this into their earlier claims. The smart meters send out high pulses of microwave radiation every few seconds.

What the opt-out will do (as now written, when finally approved, within a month or two) : 1. A residential customer can pay to opt-out [get the smart meter replaced by an analog (electromechanical, old-style) meter]. 2. The payment will vary depending upon whether the customer is a CARE customer (low income) or not. Non-CARE customers: $75 changeout and $10 a month; CARE customers $10 changeout and $5 a month. 3. The opt-out will allow people to avoid the closest contact and thus the highest radiation exposures, in their own home, if that exposure is from the smart meters on their residence. (With some the closest is the neighbors' meters aimed at their homes, nearby, and the smart meter may be on their own garage, aimed at the neighbor's house.)

The above can change if people lobby the CPUC for a no-cost opt-out whereby the company absorbs the cost of their own mistake, not the customers.


Susan B March 24, 2012 @ 8:24 p.m.

What the opt-out won't do (as now written and this can change): 1. Won't provide relief for people exposed to multiple smart meters of neighbors. 2. Won't provide relief for people who don't want to be exposed to smart meters in homes of others or businesses. 3. Won't allow businesses to opt-out and therefore will reduce number of customers willing to be subjected to a smart meter, and will contribute to more worker injuries. 4. Won't provide relief for people, pets, and wildlife from incessant, dangerous, RF radiation in a mesh network (blanket of radiation on our communities). That is, the radiation is everywhere indoors and outdoors. 5. Won't provide relief from large collector meters that pulse larger data packets and more frequently. Many of these are on homes but some are on the street, and the radiation is measurable from the nearby homes.

The opt-out will not eliminate the radiation from neighbors' meters, collector meters, the wireless infrastructure from the new electric "smart" grid, placed on the powerlines and poles.

The opt-out will not allow the people who have been driven from homes and communities, who are suffering from radiation-illness, to return. They, the canaries in the coal mine, have nowhere to go. The opt-out will not repair the damage to trust that has occurred, with SDG&E and other CA utilities ignoring complaints of direct harm to customers, with the CPUC's tacit approval.

The opt-out will not cure the ongoing media blackout in San Diego County on this topic, which, compared with thousands of extensive articles in northern California that keep citizens there up-to-date, has disappointed those here who are aware of these problems. We encourage the Reader to do a feature on this story. www.electrosmogprevention.org; www.smartmeterdangers.org


Susan B March 24, 2012 @ 8:38 p.m.


CONTACT SDG&E NOW TO BE PLACED ON THEIR SMART METER OPT-OUT LIST! TELL THEM YOU WANT AN ANALOG METER ONLY. 1-(800)-411-7343 or (best way) email info@sdge.com so you have proof that you requested this. Ask for a supervisor if you are denied. Check back once every few weeks to find more out about the opt-out and also keep checking at www.electrosmogprevention.org.

Contact Calif. Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey mp1@cpuc.ca.gov or call 1-800-649-7570 to demand a no-fee, no-cost, analog opt-out NOW for Southern Californians, and to end the wireless smart grid as a public health hazard.

File a complaint with the CPUC: www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/CEC/e_complaint/a... if you have experienced health effects or any other problems with smart meters, including burnout of appliances, privacy, safety issues (fires), malfunctioning of garage door openers or other wireless in the home, humming of the electrical wiring in your home, or overbilling. Share your complaint here or at http://www.electrosmogprevention.org

Share this information widely. Go to this URL for a flier: http://www.scribd.com/doc/83836459/Smart-Meter-Flyer-CEP-March-3-2012

Join Southern Californians Against Smart Meters http://www.causes.com/causes/610453-southern-californians-against-smart-meters-scasm


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