Skip to comments.Our Smart Meter Battle Has Started
Posted on 07/07/2012 1:12:52 PM PDT by Windflier
Subject: Our Smart Meter battle has started in the Dallas, TX area...
Last week, we received a Smart Meter installation notification letter from Oncor, and today I refused to allow an Oncor contractor access to our meter. I made many copies of the below letter and hand walked them to all my neighbors. If you have Smart Meter information available that will assist us with this battle, I would greatly appreciate it.
Copy of letter below:
Hello neighbor, On June 29th, 2012, we received a Smart Meter installation letter from Oncor at our home. We intend to REFUSE installation for the below reasons, and highly suggest you conduct research on the subject before allowing it to be connected to your home as well. We have provided an example letter that must be sent certified to two separate locations and we have provided you with two links for your research at the very bottom of this letter.
To: (2) Letters 1st Certified letter YOUR energy provider/ 2nd Certified letter to Oncor
Name of Your Energy Provider
City State Zip
Date of letter
From: (Your Address)
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS AND SURVEILLANCE, NOTICE OF LIABILITY
Dear (Energy Provider) and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,
If you intend to install a Smart Meter or any activity monitoring device at the above address, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of all such devices on the above property. Installation and use of any activity monitoring device is hereby refused and prohibited. Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes.
Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants. Smart Meters violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupants daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those whos activities were recorded.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. Smart Meters are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain Smart Meter data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.
10. Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.
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 occupants, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance and endangerment of health and safety, 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..
This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of smart meters due to the criminal violations they represent.
Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved.
Dr. Johanssons letter re: Smart Grid/Smart Meter dangers to CPUC 7.9.2011
Smart Meter Removal Has Begun
“I find that statement incredible. No one can force you at gunpoint to accept the installation of a smart meter, or any other private company’s device.”
It’s called an EASEMENT. You can try to fight it, and more power to you, but I have a good job and don’t have a few hundred K for legal bills - so I have to bend over and take it.
Believe me, I’m not too impressed by Perry and his ‘Republican’ bitches in our state government.
“At best, all they can do is refuse to provide service to your property if you refuse. If I’m wrong on this, then we’re in deeper trouble than I ever imagined. “
I didn’t get to this part. Yep, we can disconnect from the grid. But, unfortunately, where I live, I don’t have a place for solar panels (and windmills are a joke). Believe me, I have tried to figure out something - but no hope. It’s either BIG POWER or no power, where I live.
Now they can tax you for not using utility sourced electricity.
“Lately Ive been hearing local chatter suggesting that my electric company has switched from 60Hz to 40Hz and that its causing problems.”
No, that didn’t happen. Maybe they’re messing around a bit with frequency, or voltage, but nothing like dropping to 40 Hz.
But then again, I live in Texas, so I certainly wouldn’t rule out anything from this bunch in Austin.
There are plenty of bad things they can do without cutting off your service.
They are already comparing customer’s energy use with their neighbors to try and shame them into using less. There will soon be financial penalties for using too much power or just using it at the wrong time of day.
Smart meters are here to stay but the use and distribution of the information gathered must be strictly controlled.
People should be concerned about this.
For the most part, there’s nothing wrong with smart meters as far as their function is concerned, but there were some that were manufactured with defects.
There are possible security concerns for this type of equipment that could be hacked, and also more concerns for government control. Right now, the power company charges you a flat rate, but in the future could charge you different rates at different times of the day.
My biggest objection is that billions of dollars in stimulus money were used to purchase and install these smart meters, and in addition to that, I believe the electric company is also allowed to charge the customer to install something they may not want or need.
“Most smart meters do only one thing: send a meter reading to the utility every 15 minutes. The rest of what the letter claims is imaginary.”
There actually is a bit more to it. For example, the next generation of appliances will have the ability to be commanded off by your ‘Smart Meter’, for cases like when the wind stops blowing in West Texas - and there are now patents on lockable (by the utility) receptacles that do the same. So it’s best to be your own electrician (like some of us here) so that you can defeat these lifestyle-changing features that our brave new world is bringing us.
The 15 minute reporting is also nothing to play down, being that resolution before the ‘Smart Meters’ was 30 days, or roughly 3000 times as long. What 15 minutes means is that anyone that can access your meter’s data will likley know the following:
a) When people go to bed at night
b) When people wake up in the morning
c) When people go to work in the morning
d) When people come home from work in the evening
e) When people leave to go on vacation
f) When people return from vacation
In Texas, as far as I can tell, there is ZERO PROTECTION of that information (unless someone knows otherwise). This information can legally be taken by a person that works for a utility, or is contracted to a utility, or to a policeman, to a university doing a study, or to anyone else that is interested in your ‘habits’, as the left calls them.
And also don’t think that what you will pay for electrical power won’t be based on when you use that power - its GUARANTEED, for sure. And guess what: Those high-cost times will be when it’s 100F outside.
BTW, I did have an actively controllable device on my electric water heater in the San Diego area back in 1982. The utility could cut power to my water heater to shed load at will.
“I get jealous of California.”
The grass is always greener. California has the highest taxes and most business unfriendly regulatory environment in the United States. It is run by the leftiest of the left, starring Governor Moonbeam 2.0.
We CA FReepers are jealous of Texas.
Ok, here’s the deal.
Some years back, a relative of mine got an electric bill with a surcharge of 300% for one month...owing to having been charged for electricity generated for his house by a generator after a storm. HIS house. In particular. That’s granularity.
Now, in that general area, people have died from a lack of electricity, because of this past set of storms. Ball park: restored. People: dead. How easy is that? After all, it takes either physically restoring lines and poles or resetting motherboards, right? Oh. Did I mention the people were older? Tsk. What a shame, right?
Net meterers of the world, untie! Untie from the Grid!
Here in Maryland, where our provider is PEPCO deservedly the most reviled corporation in America, we were given two choices. 1) get a Smart Meter, 2) disconnect from the grid. There was no appeal, and this was done with the enthusiastic endorsement of our state gubmint and our Goobernor Martin O’Money, who sees himself as the next President.
We are already st up with a solar/hydro alternative system in our mountain retreat. When a coworker was describing our system to a visiting friend, who gushed about our “environmental sensitivity”, I replied, “Green is globaloney for the gullible. I’m doing this because I don’t trust liberals.” You coulda heard a pin drop in the lunch room.
The grid is at risk because of its fragile complexity and the Watermelon’s war on civilization.
(1) It would involve reworking huge chunks of the infrastructure - not possible. (2) You’d notice because most of your stuff like TVs and computers would not work.
Didn’t have a choice. Our meters are outside of the house.
“The grass is always greener. California has the highest taxes and most business unfriendly regulatory environment in the United States. It is run by the leftiest of the left, starring Governor Moonbeam 2.0.”
Of course, I’m not an idiot. My point only is that Texas could be a MUCH BETTER state when it comes to freedom and keeping illegals from setting up a forward base. But we have Perry and his bitches in the legislature - and it is SICKENING to have to deal with that.
“Here in Maryland, where our provider is PEPCO deservedly the most reviled corporation in America, we were given two choices. 1) get a Smart Meter, 2) disconnect from the grid. There was no appeal, and this was done with the enthusiastic endorsement of our state gubmint and our Goobernor...”
Just like Texas, with our so-called conservative governor. No worse there - if you don’t want a smart meter, then disconnect - it’s the ONLY option offered here.
But in California, there’s a third option...
I hope folks aren’t confusing the “smart meter” with the “remote read” meter, which just allows the meter reader to conveniently read the electricity usage from the street remotely.
Both gas and electric companies said I had no choice and one of them cost me a 1,000 bucks after the electricity was shut down in my house a couple of days later after they installed.
>> Ok, heres the deal.
What electric company?
What zip code?