Wireless warning | The Canberra Times

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 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

Via: Letters to the Editor, The Canberra Times

 

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Outsmarted | The Canberra Times

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

Via: Letters to the Editor, The Canberra Times

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Queenslanders: More smart meter information sessions for your diary…

Queensland retailers are ramping up smart meter rollouts!

Come along to one of the following sessions and become informed.  Bring your family and friends.  Spread the word!

Time: 1 pm
Date: Tuesday, 28th November
Venue: Kookaburra Village, 123 Mark Road East,  (Cnr Daniel Street and Mark Rd),                           Caloundra West, QLD

Time:  2 pm
Date:  Wednesday, 29th November
Venue: Caloundra Gardens, 72 Mark Rd, Caloundra, QLD

Time:  5 pm
Date:  Saturday, 2nd December
Venue: Verandah Room at Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny, QLD

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Screening of GENERATION ZAPPED in Oakleigh (Melbourne), Sunday 3rd December, 3.30 pm

                Join us for a special screening of

                          GENERATION ZAPPED

A new documentary film about the health risks of wireless technology

Date:  Sunday, 3rd December 2017

Time: Commences at 3.30 pm

Location: Oakleigh Grammar Community                          Conference Centre

   77 – ­81 Willesden Rd                               Oakleigh  (Hughesdale)

Tickets: Entry by donation

The screening will be followed by a discussion
Close 5 pm

Visit www.generationzapped.com for more information on the film.

Hosted by Stop Smart Meters Australia Inc

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Kawana (Sunshine Coast) Smart Meters Information Session, 19th November, 2.00 pm

Smart meter rollouts in Queensland have begun. AGL is sending out letters offering you the “opportunity” to upgrade your meter.  They do not mention that the upgrade will have a radiofrequency transmitter which emits in the microwave range!

World-wide, including more locally in Victoria, these meters have caused sickness, increased bills, house fires and appliance damage.

Come along to this information session and become informed.

Time:    1.30 pm for a 2.00 pm start
Date:     Sunday, 19th November
Venue:  
Sunshine Coast Safe Communities
                Unit 4, 10 Textile Avenue
                Kawana (Warana, Sunshine Coast)

Admission: $5.00 per head (includes afternoon tea)

RSVP to Molly on 0438 989 756 for catering purposes.

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Residents of NSW, QLD, SA, Tas and ACT: It’s time to say NO!

If you live in NSW, Qld, SA, Tas or the ACT, don’t be lulled into complacency by the opt-out provisions of the new national electricity rule starting 1st DecemberThe right to opt-out and keep your existing meter ONLY applies to ‘working’ meters.

If your retailer decides to do a ‘maintenance replacement’ deployment (because sample testing has shown a likelihood of meters becoming faulty) instead of a ‘new meter deployment’, there is NO requirement for your retailer to forewarn you, other than to notify you of a power interruption.

This means that you MUST convey your refusal IN ADVANCE.  If you have taken this step, the new rule provides for you to be given a smart meter if your meter is subject to a maintenance replacement – but it will be one that does NOT have its wireless communications enabled.  A meter reader will continue to read your meter, and you and your family will not be bathed 24/7 in microwave radiation from your own meter.

Don’t be caught out – get your ‘Do Not Fit a Smart Meter’ notice on your meter box and get your letter of refusal to your retailer NOW. 

Taking these two steps also gives an added safety net if a new meter deployment (which comes with the right to opt-out) is being carried out in your area.

SSMA’s presentation on the new rule is now available on YouTube.

The 14 minute 35 second presentation gives a rundown of the problems with smart meters and provides easy steps for opt-out and refusal, plus it clears up the confusion on the various names and functionality of meters under the new national electricity rule.

This presentation was first shown on 28th October at the ‘A Green Life or a Green Lie?’ conference held in Paterson, NSW.  

For previous posts on the new national electricity rule, see:

Smart meters by stealth

Power distributors advocate optional smart meters in Victoria – But will the Victorian Labor Government listen?

Victoria delays implementation of national arrangements for metering competition

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Meter Concerns – The Canberra Times

A 2017 University of Canberra report stated that the introduction of electricity smart meters in Victoria had not been a success based on cost-benefit analysis, with overall costs significantly outweighing any savings.

The same report said that smart meters risk being hacked.

Other observed disadvantages of smart meters include a substantial rise in household utility bills, and adverse health effects for some people from a device that wirelessly emits pulsed microwaves 24 hours a day, every day.

Perversely nonetheless, the Australian Energy Market Commission made a new rule intended to open up competition in metering and to facilitate deployment of smart meters (type 4 meters).

The new arrangements begin on December 1, 2017 in SA, Qld, NSW, Tasmania and the ACT. Customers can opt out if they have a working meter. But after December 1, all new meters will be smart meters, through one’s electricity retailer.

Stop Smart Meters Australia asks whether this is the slippery slope to much wider use of smart meters, and advise sending a refusal notice to retailers in advance of December.

By doing so, a type 4A meter can be supplied in future if required, that is one with its wireless capabilities not enabled, but still able to be read by a meter reading person.

Murray May, Cook

Via:Letters to the Editor, The Canberra Times

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