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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Don Maisch

I don’t want smart meters

First published December 1

Here is a sample … I suggest you write your own detailing why you do NOT want smart meters …

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*Don Maisch PhD has been involved in telecommunications standard setting since the early 1990s and was a member of the Standards Australia Committee setting exposure standards for electromagnetic fields which served as the basis for his thesis. His PhD thesis examined industry influence and bias in telecommunications health risk assessment. He is the author of a book chapter (Chapter 16: Spin In The Antipodes) on industry influence in Australian expert science committees. Recommend reading is “Corporate Ties That Bind: An Examination of Corporate Manipulation and Vested Interest in Public Health” See: https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/06/the-corporate-assault-on-science/ One of his other interests is examining draconian US tax laws that have been accepted in an IGA by the former Abbott government and how they affect the financial future of expat Americans lining in Australia.

This is money: The great smart meter rip-off: Energy giants will use devices to DOUBLE the cost of power when you need it most • Digital smart meters rolled out as an energy-saving measure. • Meters send instant information back to energy suppliers on usage. • Energy giant British Gas is trialling charging more at peak times. • Watchdog Ofgem warned in report suppliers would develop new tariffs

• Dr Pri Bandara in Comments: Introduction of these wireless “smart” meters is not a smart move at all considering the further increase of public exposure to microwave radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR), an environmental pollutant with serious biological/health effects that can damage mental and physical health of exposed people. 236 scientists from 41 countries who have researched on RF-EMR and published in peer-reviewed literature have urged the UN and the WHO to protect public health from this exposure …

Canberra Times: Smart meters new default, unregulated installation costs ‘encourage competition’

Advocate: Inching towards smart meters

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. paul tapp

    December 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Just got a smart water-meter in. Dunno really if it benefits me, and whether or not I really need something to replace the not-so-old system of tick-tick mechanical meters that worked perfectly so why replace it? They’re doing 20 a day in Orford and the pressure’s on to get this region done before Christmas. Hell of a contract for a Hobart-based plumbing company and obviously a massive job-generator across the State.

    Gone are the days when local councils looked after sewage and water and I can’t see why that had to change either. Eventually it will make no difference to the rates’ bill, as no jobs seemed to have been lost since councils were deprived of the revenue of services now taken over by megalith corporations. Cursory research shows that these new smart water metres can be electronically read from one kilometre away. So is this potentially some form of insipid surveillance from far away by justice and policing authorities to determine if a resident under surveillance is home?
    “Yes VKT, he’s just flushed the loo and judging by the water meter movement, he’s in the shower, been there a while now so he’s probably sharing it with our other POI, so I’d suggest we move now and catch them both with their pants down. Over and Out.”

    Oh well, nice little opportunity to display one’s paranoia over Big Brother. Once we get the electricity smart meter, might be time to do a #2 Pete Godfrey and head for the high hills with a water tank and a small solar panel to keep the Esky-beer chilled.

    Would be so nice to have some good old-fashioned questions asked in The House about the need, the cost and privacy issues of these new-fangled gadgets that beep red in the dark on everybody’s front lawn. I hope they are not equipped with paranoia-meters, otherwise I might not make it to the high ground of serendipitous utility-free devices.

    Good article Don Maish.May journalism never take it’s eye off the BB … umm, Bureaucratic Ball?

  2. Leonard Colquhoun

    December 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    ‘Smart’ meters? Pull the other one – think Victoria’s mass transit Myki fubar.

  3. Dr Murray May

    December 2, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Below are two letters published in the Canberra Times on 29 November 2017 and 1 December 2017. When one investigates smart meters in more detail they don’t stack up on a range of fronts.

    What better summary than the following:

    A 2015 report by the Victorian Auditor-General said after home owners were charged for installation, smart meters had delivered no benefit to Victorians.

    Letters in Canberra Times follow:

    Wireless warning

    Dr Merrilyn Fitzpatrick’s letter on the new rule to increase use of smart meters is timely (Letters, November 29).

    Of the various concerns she raises, the increasing penetration of wireless devices and saturation of the environment with electromagnetic fields is a significant public health concern.

    The Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association has assembled a large database of scientific studies in this area, and these confirm the significant risks to public health, and the adverse biological effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (see http://www.orsaa.org).

    Of course, it is important to note that many of the so-called “no effect” findings come from industry-sponsored research studies.

    Getting a smart meter refusal notice into your electricity retailer is important, particularly where utilities/retailers decide to replace functional analogue meters with smart meters under the guise of maintenance, which can occur with little or no notice.

    Dr Murray May, Member ORSAA, Cook
    ________________________________________
    Outsmarted

    The decision to implement SMART Meter technology across Australia has been made by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the ability to opt out of having a SM installed at your house will apparently be limited as of December 1. Why?

    Because the “rules” of the AEMC have the “force of law” in Australia and the AEMC, a non-elected body, has decided to implement the technology nationwide, including a “competitive model” for meter installation, maintenance and service, which effectively removes responsibility for your home meter from ActewAGL and other state providers as of December 1.

    If you want to opt out of having this technology in your home, you will have to do it now through ActewAGL rather than having to deal with a private company when the meters are rolled out in the ACT in the future.

    There are many reasons to opt out of having a SMART Meter in your home: privacy, security, health, increased energy cost, dubious consumer benefits and unrealised network savings.

    Dr Merrilyn Fitzpatrick, Ngunnawal

  4. Richard Giles

    December 2, 2017 at 10:02 am

    On the surface, Smart Meters and Smart Grids sound so ‘green’ – with promises of saving energy, creating new powerline corridors run on wind and solar, stations to power-up electric vehicles, energy efficient upgrades to an aging power infrastructure, and real time customer knowledge of electricity use. BUT the reality is that they have the potential to increase energy consumption, cost you the consumer more money, endanger the environment, harm public health, diminish privacy increasing surveillance, make the national power grid more insecure, and cause job losses. That’s a good hard and real look at the information you won’t find in the power companies’ and state government’s PR brochures and their promotional material.

  5. Dr Pri Bandara

    December 1, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Introduction of these wireless “smart” meters is not a smart move at all considering the further increase of public exposure to microwave radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR), an environmental pollutant with serious biological/health effects that can damage mental and physical health of exposed people. 236 scientists from 41 countries who have researched on RF-EMR and published in peer-reviewed literature have urged the UN and the WHO to protect public health from this exposure. This group include Dr. Bruce Hocking, former long-serving Chief Medical Officer of Telstra and eminent neurosurgeon Prof. Charlie Teo. See the International EMF Scientists Appeal http://www.emfscientist.org
    More exposure to microwaves from wireless systems recklessly pushed on Australians is a serious problem

  6. Don Maisch

    December 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    The Australian Energy Regulator(AER) has just published a smart meter fact sheet:
    https://www.aer.gov.au/communication/aer-publishes-information-to-help-consumers-understand-their-rights-when-getting-a-smart-meter

    Note that it states”when your smart meter is installed you can ask your retailer to disable its communications functions” However it’s far better to let Aurora know in advance that you don’t want the communications function. A smart meter that does not have this ability is called a type 4A meter.

  7. Tony Stone

    December 1, 2017 at 10:41 am

    When you consider the rising number of destructive weather events, fires and the associated blackouts, along with constantly rising prices you’d have to be brain dead to not have seriously considered and done something to secure your energy requirements other than continue to believe the lies spewed out by the incumbent political system and live in hope, this time they may not be lying.

    Going off grid is so cheap now that you can start with a small backup system and expand it as you go until you are completely non-reliant on the grid system.

    Now that we have lifepo4 energy storage everyone can be off grid and still use all their 240 Volt energy efficient appliances including cooking and water heating.

    These system are so good that all you need to do is connect the system to the power box and disconnect the grid. An electrician can do that for you very cheaply.

  8. Peter Godfrey

    December 1, 2017 at 8:34 am

    My partner and I have just bought a new property. It has mains power at the moment.
    It will be only the second time I have had mains power connected in over 40 years. The last time lasted a year. This time it will not be connected for much longer than that either.
    I will be installing my own stand alone power system and getting rid of the poles and lines as soon as possible.

  9. Don Maisch

    December 1, 2017 at 1:21 am

    It is unfortunate that here in Tasmania, all political parties have uncritically accepted the switch to smart meters and time-of-use pricing with no consideration of any adverse consequence.

    All the evidence from other parts of the world clearly indicate that under this type of pricing the cost to consumers will increase, and then there will be increases in fixed charges which will wipe out any theoretical cost savings.

    See: https://www.aer.gov.au/system/files/Nekon Pty Ltd – Submission on TasNetworks distribution determination proposal for 2017-19 – 15 December 2016.pdf

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