New Critical Problem with 'Smart' Meters: The Switching-Mode Power Supply (SMPS)


[Left: Warning label on side of a typical ‘smart’ meter. ]

by Mary Beth Brangan and James Heddle

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Opt-Out
Ironically, now that PG&E is offering to disable the wireless RF function (for a hefty price) in their smart meters, we find that there’s an another extremely critical problem with the meters.

Just when you thought you had mastered all the esoteric acronyms, and all the problems with ‘smart’ meters, here’s one more: Switching-Mode Power Supply or SMPS. This new element in the ‘smart’ meter controversy deserves immediate full official and public attention.

In our on-going investigation into why so-called ‘smart’ meters being installed by PG&E against rising public opposition are causing so many people to be sick, and so many problems with other electric and electronic equipment, we have been fortunate to obtain the advice of electrical engineers.

On examination of typical meters, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, they report that, in addition to its RF transmitter, each wireless digital meter also has a component called the ‘switching-mode power supply’ (SMPS) – switching power supply for short. Its function is to ‘step down’ the 240v alternating current (AC) coming in from the utility pole power lines to the 2 to 10 volts of direct current (DC) required to run the meter’s digital electronics which record the electricity usage data.

The SMPS function emits sharp spikes of millisecond bursts constantly, 24/7. The SMPS on the OWS 514 NIC model, for instance, which is the smart meter model widely installed by PG&E throughout its territory, has been measured to emit spikes of up to 50,000 hz and higher. This constant pulsing of high frequencies, in addition to the RF function, is causing not only interference with other electric and electronic equipment in many homes with smart meters installed, but also is causing havoc with biological systems in its field of exposure. (see wikipedia and Prevention Magazine articles below)

Dirty Electricity
When current flows through the wiring of a building it generates a surrounding electro-magnetic field that radiates outward all around the wires at right angles to the direction of the current’s flow and reaches out into the room.

It is well known that switching power supplies can generate spikes of so-called electromagnetic interference (EMI), or high frequency transients, which then travel along the wiring in the walls, radiating outward in the wiring’s electromagnetic field.

Such spikes are known as ‘dirty electricity’ and can be conducted to a human body that is within the range of the radiating field. This function is on all smart meters used by all utilities and is on constantly, 24/7.
[For more on dirty electricity check out Dr. Sam Milham’s website and his new book, DIRTY ELECTRICITY: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization and watch this blog for our in depth interview with Dr. Milham – coming soon. ]

One of the engineers explains it this way:
“Extensive measurements have demonstrated that all of the meters measured so far, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, emit noise on the customer’s electric wiring in the form of high frequency voltage spikes, typically with an amplitude of 2 volts, but a frequency anywhere from 4,000 Hertz, up to 60,000 Hz. The actual frequency of the phenomena is influenced by the devices that are plugged into the customer’s power. Some houses are much worse than others, and this observation has been confirmed by PG&E installers that have talked to us.”

Wikipedia agrees that SMPSs have this drawback:
“Disadvantages include greater complexity, the generation of high-amplitude, high-frequency energy that the low-pass filter must block to avoid electromagnetic interference (EMI), and a ripple voltage at the switching frequency and the harmonic frequencies thereof.
Very low cost SMPSs may couple electrical switching noise back onto the mains power line, causing interference with A/V equipment connected to the same phase. Non-power-factor-corrected SMPSs also cause harmonic distortion.’ ”

Another Fatal Flaw in ‘Smart’ Meters
Our consultants believe that it is this ‘dirty electricity’ generated by the e-meters’ switching power supplies that is a major contributor to the symptoms being reported by growing numbers of people in association with the e-meters thus far installed.

The ‘opt-out-for-a-price’ arrangement put forward by PG&E, in which the wireless meters would, at the ratepayer’s expense, have its RF transmitting function turned off, would still not eliminate the ‘dirty electricity’ flowing into the buildings wiring, and so would not prevent negative health effects in the buildings’s occupants.

This is further reason for the CPUC to declare a moratorium on e-meter deployment, and schedule a fully transparent public hearing on all aspects of the meters’ operation.

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From Alexander Binik
Director, DE-Toxics Institute, Fairfax, CA

What follows are a few quotes on this subject from a pair of 2009 Prevention Magazine articles. (I however highly recommend your reading the entire articles, as they are extremely informative.) (You may need to paste these links into your browsers URL field.) http://www.prevention.com/health/health/healthy-lifestyle/electromagnetic-fields-and-your-health/article/9e60d47569225210VgnVCM10000030281eac

… a particular kind of EMF, a relatively new suspected carcinogen known as high-frequency voltage transients, or “dirty electricity.” Transients are largely by-products of modern energy-efficient electronics and appliances–from computers, refrigerators, and plasma TVs to compact fluorescent lightbulbs and dimmer switches–which tamp down the electricity they use. This manipulation of current creates a wildly fluctuating and potentially dangerous electromagnetic field that not only radiates into the immediate environment but also can back up along home or office wiring all the way to the utility, infecting every energy customer in between…

… “Opposite charges attract, and like charges repel. When a transient is going positive, the negatively charged electrons in your body move toward that positive charge. When the transient flips to negative, the body’s electrons are pushed back. Remember, these positive-negative shifts are occurring many thousands of times per second, so the electrons in your body are oscillating to that tune. Your body becomes charged up
because you’re basically coupled to the transient’s electric field.”…

And, from the second article, at http://www.prevention.com/electroshocker/index.shtml:
“A report that cited more than 2,000 studies found that chronic exposure to even low-level radiation (like that from cell phones) can cause a variety of cancers, impair immunity, and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, heart disease, and many other ailments.

One likely way: EMFs open the blood-brain barrier, causing blood vessels to leak fluid into the brain and damage neurons. 

What’s more, a less–well known kind of EMF, known as “dirty” or transient electricity, may play an even more damaging role. Transients are largely by-products of modern energy-efficient electronics and appliances—from computers, refrigerators, and plasma TVs to compact fluorescent lightbulbs and dimmer switches—which tamp down the electricity they use.

This manipulation of current creates a wildly fluctuating and potentially dangerous electromagnetic field that essentially charges up the electrons in every cell of your body. Some research suggests that by overlapping the body’s signaling mechanisms, transients may interfere with the secretion of insulin, drown out the call and response of the immune system, and cause other physical havoc.”

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Here is a letter recently sent to the CPUC by engineer Rob States:
[ To view a video of a recent presentation by Rob, click here.]

Two engineers have been diligently working on Smart Meter dirty power and RF issues – the combined team possess two MS degrees from MIT, a California P.E. license (Professional Engineer’s License), and a PhD from Stanford in Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude. They have been working on this nearly continuously for the last four months.

The scientific data tells us that 5% of the population will get sick immediately from RF disease, and another 10% will develop the disease over time. This means about 4.5 million people in California are potential victims.

Since individuals with no history of RF disease are experiencing symptoms the first day the meter is installed, we can assume the meter’s RF emissions are not the only problem. The RF network is activated months after initial meter installation.

Extensive measurements have demonstrated that all of the meters measured so far, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, emit noise on the customer’s electric wiring in the form of high frequency voltage spikes, typically with an amplitude of 2 volts, but a frequency any ware from 4,000 Hertz, up to 60,000 Hz. The actual frequency of the phenomena is influenced by the devices that are plugged into the customer’s power. Some houses are much worse than others, and this observation has been confirmed by PG&E installers that have talked to us.

Since 85% of the population is not immediately effected by this phenomena, the knowledge about what is causing symptoms in PG&E’s customers will be slow to evolve. We expect word of mouth to be the primary information source since the media is so disconnected from this phenomena.

The scientific literature has studied microwave illness since the 1930’s when radar operators became ill. Radar equipment emits radiation that is intermittent, and recent scientific papers have increasingly reported that pulsed radiation is significantly worse than continuous radiation. Humans have been exposed to continuous microwave transmissions from radio for decades. Exposure that Smart Meters present to California citizens is new and unlike previous electromagnetic emissions.

PG&E has published none of the functional specifications of the meters now being installed, including their BLOCK DIAGRAMS, SCHEMATICS, or BILL OF MATERIALS. The scientific community has been prevented from identifying any of the design problems prior to their installations.

The decisions by PG&E and the CPUC to conduct NO SAFETY STUDIES has forced them to discover the current problem after the meters have been installed and after significant capital has been invested in this project. Even a rudimentary safety test with 100 randomly selected people would have probably uncovered this problem long before its appearance in PG&E’s customer base.

The fix for preventing dirty power disease in PG&E customers is expensive. Because the dirty power must be stopped in the customer’s LOW IMPEDANCE house wiring, all of the filter components must handle high power, and therefore are expensive. Current estimates put the end customer cost at $500, and that does not include fixing dirty power interactions that Smart Meter causes with devices already in the customer’s home, such as computers, FAX machines, copiers, plasma TV’s, and the like. Merely treating 15% of the California households puts the total liability for after market problems at $2B, approximately equal to the entire cost of the existing program’s roll out.

Though 15% of the population has early and obvious symptoms, a large number of microwave disease related health problems will not surface for some time. As science advances, the links between microwave disease and its sources will only improve, causing ever increasing liability for societal institutions that are responsible for the offending emissions. Though the cell phone industry has purchased immunity from liability through their extensive lobbying efforts, the experience of the tobacco and chemical industries has shown that this immunity can fade as priorities of the general population affects the political process.

Though microwave disease is not directly observed in 85% of the population, the asymptomatic effects (meaning effects that have no apparent symptoms) are well published in the scientific literature, and span a wide variety of lethal and debilitating diseases, including cancers, auto immune diseases, suicide risk, depression, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and a host of others. Steve Job’s pancreas and liver problems are particularly conspicuous when manifested in a life long vegetarian who was chronically exposed to pulsed microwave emissions from wifi, computer power supplies, and the like. Liability for microwave diseases could explode in the future, as data in the cell phone industry already suggests.

Among the population of affected individuals, there are sure to be attorneys who are experienced in class actions suits, and who clearly recognize a $2B avoidable cost has been imposed on an unwilling public. This type of law suit has been responsible for some of the largest corporate liabilities in our civilization’s history, and has already affected PG&E and the CPUC in the past (i.e. hexavalent chromium in Hinkley CA).

Once the California real estate community becomes aware that 15% of the general population will no longer be able to live, work, or shop in their properties, the potential liability will be in the trillions of dollars, and will effect a population of wealthy individuals who have significant political influence in Sacramento. These entrepreneurs have been particularly skilled at legally punishing institutions that are responsible for declines in their asset values. In fact, the asset base of the retirement trust of California’s state employees is significantly exposed to California’s real estate market.

A reasonable person could conclude that the potential liability PG&E currently faces, both immediately and in the evolving future, could be significantly larger than their asset base. Their long term survival as a corporation could be at risk, and a potential outcome could include the wholesale transfer of their asset base into receivership pending settlement of outstanding liabilities.

Legal liability could force PG&E to approach the CPUC for a doubling of the existing utility rate. This would be a politically untenable request, and could result in the dissolution of the CPUC’s existing regulator authority.

The future for both the CPUC and PG&E is uncertain, and potentially disastrous. A prudent course would be to treat the entire Smart Grid project in California as a major risk, and to aggressively engage in damage control. Since the technology that is actively being dismantled by the CPUC and PG&E has previously demonstrated none of the current risks, an aggressive plan to offer an analog meter opt out is a prudent option. Since so much damage has already been done, there are no guarantees that even this measure will prevail.

PG&E’s current course of relying on PR spin has little chance of stemming the trends that have already been set in motion.

Rob States, M.S., P.E.
Chief Engineer, Wave Dry, LLC.
415-927-2739 Office
415-596-2718 Cell
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64 Responses to New Critical Problem with 'Smart' Meters: The Switching-Mode Power Supply (SMPS)

  1. Kim Hahn says:

    Thank you so much for printing this!
    Just a little note: Is it SMPS? That would be Switching Mode Power Supply, not Switching-Power Mode Supply.

  2. John Waidner says:

    This “controversy” is patent nonsense generated by people with – apparently – no better way to spend their time. 15% of Californians have this so-called “RF disease?” Diagnosed by who, exactly? Is this medical fact or anecdotal accounts by those who can’t abide change of any sort? Not to worry though. The objective evidence is not on your side regarding this issue. For instance, all humans are constantly exposed to naturally occurring high and low frequency electromagnetic radiation generated by the interaction of the solar wind and the upper atmosphere. Another fact: Everyone, including those offering opinions here, no doubt use cell phones, laptop and desktop computers, watch entertainment on plasma and LED flat panel TVs, cook their food with microwave overs, amuse themselves with handheld electronic devices, and drive cars. Guess what? All of those devices (and many others) use switched mode power supplies, and many, such as with autos, have multiple switched mode supplies. Why is it that this so-called “RF disease” is only showing up now? The answer of course is that there is no epidemic of “RF disease.” The cases cited where RADAR technicians were sickened happened at power levels thousands of times greater than anything anybody not working on RADAR is ever likely to encounter. There is a hugely greater opportunity to develop cancer after years of sunbathing or using tanning booths than will ever be the case due to emissions from switched mode power supplies.

    Contrary to the opinion offered by engineers States and Dry, filtering a switched mode power supply is simple, inexpensive, and does not require “high power components.” Such filtering certainly would not cost anywhere close to $500! Their conclusions are immediately suspect given the apocalyptic nature of the disaster they predict. Some of the other “evidence” they offer as symptoms due to exposure to RF energy was common among people well before there was artificially generated radio frequency emissions. Gentlemen, stick to the facts and, if you’re not knowledgeable yourself, talk to someone who is and learn the details of what it is you’re going on about.

    Get a grip, folks, and find more productive ways to occupy your time.

  3. Bruce says:

    Sorry to hear all the bad news about switching-mode power supplies! That means we also need to get rid of our computers, whether laptop or desktop. They ALL use SMPSs; otherwise they would be much too bulky and heavy. At the same time, we should throw out our cell phone chargers, TVs and most electronics, because most all have these SMPSs!

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  5. Stephen Dubovsky says:

    Try this patent test. Straightewn out an iron coat hanger, bend it into an L shape,
    Hold it gently in one hand and support the bottom end with the palm of your hand.
    Hold it overhead so that it can spin. Everywhere that I have tried this within 200 feet of
    where smart meters are, it rotates readily and rapidly. It may stop and reverse. If I turn off
    the main power to a building this no longer happens inside. I have been using this device tofollo underground pipes for over twenty years. This is no longer possible since smart meters went in, all I get is full continuous rotating sometimes reversin direction. I haven’t measured the torque but it is significant, it takes considerable planning to achieve that effect in a motor. The wire does it all by itself, with the help of a smart meter in the neighborhood. Also a good lin filter eliminates it, such as with a filtered battery backup. I’m convinced, used my evidence to find this supporting article.

  6. Mia Nony says:

    Dear Mary:
    Could you please confirm whether the SMPS is also installed as an integral part of the Itron Centron II Openway Smart Meter being deployed here in British Columbia at top speed?

    Is there also an SMPS which still operates and risks harm even if the meter is hard wired to the copper wire in phone line?
    I am wondering if this potential “option” is only a bait and switch tactic which will not reduce harm., even if considered by B.C. Hydro for those with medical reasons.
    Also?
    Health Canada laws use Safety Code Six – (which, please note, is absolutely no different than the same Code used for all countries including the USA, as these are the international code standards of safety).

    International Health Law as well as the version for Canada in Safety Code Six law as good as states that any wireless device with incompatible frequencies capable of exciting human tissue and causing the “heat effect” are by All Health laws, Canadian ones and those everywhere, “to be avoided” Think about those implications legally!!
    This means that smart meters are right now LLEGA, illegal according to every country’s own health safety laws which state the same thing as Canadian law everywhere else.

    Testimony has been given to our government by a man named Curtis Bennett to this effect and I gather that it has been pointed out to the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada in a Standing Committee that Health Canada has “omitted” by “error of omission” this clause of their own laws and Health Canada has also as good as suspended the use of the weight of evidence of incompatibility of frequencies between biological entities and wireless devices but that Health Canada only did so for this sole issue of wireless devices.
    Busted.
    Safety Code Six in Canada states that an SMPS is on every computer as well.
    If so, my other question is this: Is the SMPS also constantly creating microbursts up to 50,000 gigahertz from a computer and causing equivalent harm to the user at close range or otherwise?

    Also are you aware that there is a lawsuit in process in the US based on the fact that Health Canada is in violation of its own laws which are no different than yours regarding excitation and stimulation and resulting heat effect on human tissues from frequency conflict between these devices and the human body which has a frequency of about 7 to 7.5 hertz and which has absolutely no EMF shielding? Even a simple coaxial cable has shielding! We have NONE!

    • James Heddle says:

      Hi Mia,

      You ask good questions. I can only guess, since I’m not an electrical engineer.

      I haven’t had the opportunity to have an engineer check an Itron, but I would
      assume that the reason that the Landis & Gyr meter had an SMPS would
      also be the case with any other model of automated meter.

      The reason they need to have that function would be the same for all of them.
      The only difference might be that some SMPS may be filtered better than
      the model we spoke about.

      Electrical engineers need to examine the Itron and let us know.

      As to the SMPS and meters hooked to phone lines, I’m not sure about that either.
      But I do know that others have cautioned that using phone lines will just spread
      the ‘dirty electricity high frequency transients’ to those lines as well. So, whether or
      not the SMPS would be required in that case, the pulsing of the RF could cause
      problems for those who are sensitive.

      Let me know if you find out anything, please.

      All the best,

      Mary Beth

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  8. Mia Nony says:

    Globally endorsed EMF terrorism is not too strong a term to use to describe the travesty that is unfolding everywhere as we use digital weapons for amusement and profit to drag us and our ecosystem into a state of electrical failure.
    Secrets hide right out in the open. Where or why is there ANY question about the harm from EMFs? RF frequencies and microwave frequencies have for ages been used by the military as a weapon to kill identified enemies.
    Those using the weapons wear EMF protective suits.
    Do you?

  9. Mia Nony says:

    Given that even an agency as reactive and non proactive as the World Health Organization has finally allowed “limited” evidence to surface that is the FIRST evidence NOT funded by the cell phone industry. This evidence shows that there IS a link and that EMFs are a possible carcinogen.
    Studies in the obvious, anyone?
    One might well ask – how ever did the truth manage to slip through the barrier of global corporate stonewalling and sabotage?

  10. Mia Nony says:

    Anyone who has asked how a microwave oven “cooks” meat has the answer to whyEVERYONE should at very least unplug everything digital after very brief exposure, beginning with smart meters. Anyone who has seen how tough meat gets in a microwave should but does not make the connection. This is also why we should have total EMF insulated wiring in our homes, EMF screens on front, back and sides of all TVs and all cables and monitors and computers, or else toss them out before locking up our analog utility meters. Not to mention we bathe in exposure from all the other so called “modern” kitchen & other appliances now equipped with radiative RF antennas that CANNOT be disabled or shut off EVER unless at the circuit box.
    Why is this happening?
    The better to use a meter as a 24/7 search without a warrant. The better to help your appliances speak to your smart meter, my dear.
    Yet some irrational commenters on this site insist that this fear is not only not justified but is all nonsense. Do THEY know how the laws of electricity work?
    For the sake of illustration, let’s keep the explanation really simple here:
    Microwave ovens “cook” meat (meat which is no longer a biological electrical entity since it is dead) . the microwaves “cook” that meat by exciting the tissue, by stimulating the atoms & molecules in the slab of meat into that state of excitation in order to produce what is called the “thermal heat effect”.
    That is EXACTLY the effect which the Health Laws of Every Western Country have on the books concerning electromagnetic frequencies and in every country they are the same on this issue.
    AS one Safety Codes state that the “heat effect” MUST BE AVOIDED – (but only for humans).
    Apparently bees, butterflies, bats and birds are irrelevant to health agencies.
    Where the so called Health Agencies derail is by then providing junk science which states that we are deemed “safe” just as long as we are being cooked SLOWLY by EMFs (not to mention sterilizing the lifetime supply of ovarian eggs & the nerves of testicles of small children bathing all day in WiFi in schools).
    The LAW we have entrusted ourselves to this global human experiment is all fine, just so long as the frequencies in a domestic or work or school setting are still below a certain level measured in microwatts per square centimetre.
    The argument goes that they can ignore the causal relationship between those frequencies and our own because the LAW does not recognize human beings as electrical entities. Which is odd since medicine does.
    We are getting an epidemic of profit generating cancers from toxic sources such as digital technologies which create frequency conflicts.
    The coaxial cable in your house has better protection than you do.
    But the Health agencies do not recognize humans as electrical beings capable of induction even though all of the reviewed science taught to electricians makes it perfectly clear that we are indeed electrical, even though all of the medical brain waves & electrocardiograms make it perfectly clear that we are electrical beings.
    This is sort of like watching those we elect pretending that only part of our beings are exposed to frequencies and then listening to them arguing (incorrectly) that if only part of us cooks slowly enough that no harm is done.
    So Safety Codes are essentially asserting that there is no harm unless we cook more quickly and that the thermal heat effect occurs only above a certain cooking speed.
    Hello?
    Feel better now?
    BTW? They use meat thermometers to arrive at this junk science conclusion about us.
    In this EMF example, the only difference between a microwave oven and a high intensity gigahertz device is that WE are then that slab of MEAT and we are not dead – yet.
    It is such a simple concept.
    That must be why so many don’t “get” it.
    There is a huge disconnect going on here.
    Government knows that EMFs OVERHEAT BODY TISSUE.
    We are cooking ourselves slowly.
    Slow is okay.
    No wonder EMFs are carcinogenic! EMF damage must start with cognitive impairment first. That is the only way to explain how so many resist understanding something this simple.
    Or else they complex-ify the issue until it is sufficiently inaccessible to ordinary minds.
    Even the latest WHO evidence on cancer causing frequencies is equivocal, a case of too little, too late.
    The WHO wording would have been that EMFs are a PROBABLE cause of cancer instead of a POSSIBLE cause of cancer but it looks as if the cell phone industry still had some kind of influence on the wording and therefore on the category of threat.
    After all money is worth more than preserving the entire ecosystem, right?
    By means of the correct use of thermography, heat specialist CURTIS BENNETT, president of Thermografix has witnessed the heat effect first hand. He can clearly see the results of the ways in which cell phones cook human flesh. He has documented the heating of human tissues after extremely short exposure to man made EMFs. Why? All biological beings are unprotected and uninsulated dynamic electrical entities operating at 7.8 hertz frequency. When faced with higher frequencies, we begin to go into electrical failure. If exposed for long enough, even to low frequencies incompatible with our own, we will fail altogether.
    This heat effect from EMFs violates all Safety Code standards of human health IN ALL democratic countries.
    Health Safety Codes are internationally on the same page in all western countries.
    Every one of these codes continue to ignore the on-the-ground science which demonstrates that we electrical beings as humans are not only destroying ourselves fast but are taking down all other biological species with us and destroying our own future food supply by wiping out indispensably necessary electrical entities called “pollinators”.
    So far, there is only ONE single agency of which I am aware which is acting on what it recognizes, the growing global damage to the immune systems of bees, the rapid increase in the global numbers of bees succumbing to these diseases, and the dramatic disappearance of bees sue to the EMF destruction of magnetite in their brains which is wiping out their navigational ability. ONe agency recognizes this as a major global threat and sees what is coming. The name of that agency? The CIA.

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  25. Brian Lee says:

    Are you serious????

    SMPS’s have been used for a very very long time. Every computer, laptop power adaptor, TV, DVD play, stereo…. you name it…. has a Switch mode power supply!!!!

    SMPS’s are used because they are vastly more efficient than the old analogue transformer based power supplies. Granted, the EMF radiation from SMPS’s can interfere with radio’s etc, but the it is minuscule compared your microwave oven!!!!

    By the way, I have a degree in Electrical Engineering and know exactly how SMPS’s work.

    If SMPS’s do cause harm, every person world be dead by now as it is used in every piece of electrical equipment which is powered from a wall socket.

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  33. samson says:

    your elite owned government is trying very hard to kill all of you and me with as little kindness as possible ,,,,,why else would the meter just not transmit more than 30 seconds per month to tally and send your ata to the a holes at pg$e…..specious ..
    their actions are illegal and medicaly and legally unsanctioned and open to huge multiple lawsuits …..
    where is gov. brown on this ,,well he’s busy dismantling the rest of your rights as a parent on vaccine safety ,,,there is none as in no safety in that genre either …

    pg e really dresses up the s t u p i d meter commercials about how you can while away your day on the puter looking at your usage ,,,how utterly rediculous

    this non mandated program must be stopped and recognized for what it is ,,a massive genocide program …30,000 hertz lights now also to be mandatory ,,why how thotful of gov. al la stalin and memories of 70 million murdered under red irgun terror communism in the soviet union…
    the guvt has also forbidden you to grow food in your yard under bill s-210 and now has scrapped habeus corpus and also can just pick up anyone anytime and whisk you away with the new treason combatant or such bill just passed ..

    read solshenytzin ,, this stuff going on around you is purely illegal and unenforcibal treason and sedition against your health and freedom …
    next they will come for the guns and anyone who has more than 7 days of emergency food ,,they are already doing this …

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  36. we have been resareching the cost the health the privacey and the safety of these meters for a few years now and they are NOT SAFE to be on our homes. the research is there there are drs all over the country coming out about this…. we have to stand up and fight them… i had the meter on our home and i got symotoms i know it was the meter. im ok now!!!!! please help in the fight for our privacey ND OUR 4TH AMM RIGHT TO BE FREE IN OUR OWN HOMES……… please visit http://www.w4ar.com for more info.PAULINE HOLETON MICHIGAN

  37. Patrick says:

    Well written articles. It is just unreal that smart meters are being implemented. There was nothing wrong with the original analog meters. Millions of well running analog meters are being replaced with millions of smart meters that have health effects, environmental effects and privacy violations.

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  42. Todd West says:

    I was made sick by the dirty power and RF my smart meter spews long before I knew what type of sickness I had, what caused it, or that I had a smart meter or what a smart meter is. As someone who is basically dying from RF sickness, I can tell all you naysayers you don’t know what you’re talking about. Wait till it happens to you or someone in your family or someone you love. Then come back and tell us how safe smart meters are! Smart Meters WILL make you sick and can KILL you! undergroundrecords.org/treason.html

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  45. Wayne Prather says:

    I havent read every article, however the ones Ive read have never stated the very obivious:
    These meters are labeled safe and are measured as to RF output. My concern is I have 3 , Gas, Water, and Electric. The data collection point is a few blocks away. When you multiply each house by 3 times the number of houses in your area, and I live in a small valley. The 1241 homes times 3 + 3723 times the RF output of a single unit (may have passed) . I have no doubt that the safe limit is exceded.
    We should all discuss this from this view point, even the politicians should realize their own families are in danger. We are continually bathed in high level Microwaves.
    I myself worked around Microwaves in the Navy and had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and now reciently developed 2 Melanoma one of which was 3C. Still undergoing treatment.
    Wayne

  46. aslgunn says:

    Smart Meter slapped on front of residence by BGE a few weeks ago. Since then six outlets in my residence are non-functional. Tomorrow a repairman coming to fix a refrigerator (freezer section works fine – refrigerator section cooling only to the unsafe temperature of around sixty degrees). I know the freezer operates in cycles controlled by internal timer which apparently is not functioning correctly, if at all. Look forward to repair persons take on situation. ALSO, my laptop has been experiencing delays.
    Have others experienced these type electrical problems following installation of a “Smart Meter”?

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  53. Brenda Luke says:

    I am really happy with the electricity/power board that I have got. And for a woman, I can fix things myself when the thing overloads or whatever, and I have never had a problem with it. We should have the choice.

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  56. Sharon Noble says:

    I have been told by some electricians that the SMPS in the smart meter can contribute to fires, and, as I understand it, it is the bypassing of the circuit breaker box that somehow can contribute to this. The Ontario Fire Commissioner contributed the fires to the MOV (metal oxide vasitor) http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca/html/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Smart_Meter_Fires.pdf Has anyone looked at the possibility of these (MOV and SMPS) as being causes of fires?

  57. Debbie Rubin says:

    Is it possible for a smart meter not to have an smps. I have this email from TECO in Tampa:

    My question to Caldwell of TECO: Does the digital meter come with SMPS, switching-mode power supply?

    His answer: No, it is not a switching-mode supply. The meter uses a different type, called a Doppler Capacity supply.

    Follow up question: If so, have you detected transient electrical spikes from the element?

    His Answer: The meter uses a different type of power supply, called a Doppler Capacity supply. No transient spikes or other harmonics have been found in testing or use of the meter.

  58. Debbie Rubin says:

    Also, lately, I have been wondering about the meters operating out of specifications, Itron is within spec’s only up to 95 % humidity, noncondensing–In Florida, in the summer, it is often 100% as it pours torrents almost daily. Often, the weather is so humid, we have condensation from the relative humidity level. What happens when the meter operates outside of the manufacturer’s specifications? Is the reading accuracy still guaranteed–is the meter emitting more radiation to send its signal or having to resend more often due to interference?

  59. Linda says:

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    I’ve written you about this before, but received no reply.
    Thank you. Your articles are wonderful.

  60. David Betz says:

    I live in a apt. building that has 8 smart meters all together on one wall. They were installed in June of 2011.I was not informed they were being put on,nor about all the health problems you have described.I have experienced many health problems,my legs from the knees down and my feet are swollen making it very painful to walk,constant itching of my skin and eyes making it hard to sleep.My T.V. screen went out,only 3 old,my laptop computer went out as well as the regulator in my Maytag washing machine,all having to be replaced at over one thousand dollars.When I contacted Cobb E.M.C.they said would not compensate me for any of my problems.because they were complying with state and local city regulations,needless to say I am very angry at their don’t care attitude.Sincerly, David Betz dbetz39@yahoo.com for any help with problem!

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