‘My smart meters are giving me headaches’: Man calls for investigation into the devices

Ever since he has had two smart meters installed in his home, John Lawn has been having headaches.

And now Mr Lawn, from Sheringham, has called for an investigation into the possible side effects of the devices and the radio waves they emit.

Mr Lawn, 65, said: “Whenever I’m in the same room it seems I’m in their way.

“I’m in quite a bit of discomfort, actually.

“It may be just that I’m one in a million, but it’s something that should be looked into.”

The meters use radio waves to allow remote readings to be taken from gas and electricity meters.

Mr Lawn said he has had suffered headaches since his meters were installed last week.

He said he no longer felt comfortable inside his home because of the headaches.

Mr Lawn said the start meters were installed by SSE, and when he challenged them over their side effects, they advised him to contact North Norfolk District Council to assess the devices.

But an SSE spokesman said Public Health England (PHE) research showed smart meters were no danger to health.

The spokesman said: “A study carried out by PHE shows that exposure to radio waves from smart meters is one million times less than international health guideline levels and is much lower than that from other everyday devices such as mobile phones and wi-fi equipment.”

And Robert Cheesewright, policy and communication director from Smart Energy GB, said: “Exposure to radio waves from smart meters is one million times less than international health guideline levels.”

But Mr Lawn’s calls have echoed growing concern over the devices.

A nationwide campaign called Stop Smart Meters has been launched, with its proponents criticising not only the alleged heath effects, but issues including costs, privacy and the risk of the devices being hacked by an outside source.

One campaigner, JV Tolentino, has started a petition on 38degrees.org.uk, which so far has gathered more than 21,000 signatures.

He said: “‘Smart’ meters emit a continuous stream of pulsed microwave radiation, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“These fields are intensely bio-active and affect the people and natural ecology in and around each home as well nearby.”

Stuart Anderson, North Norfolk News

-What has been your experience of having a smart meter? Have you suffered any ill-effects such as headaches, and you believe your smart meter may be responsible?

Email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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Full-body scanners to be installed at Australian domestic airports

New security measures announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget include the deployment of body scanners at major and regional Australian airports.  Although the Government’s press release omitted to indicate what sort of technology will be used, Fairfax media claim the scanners will use full-body X-ray computed tomography (CT) technology.

Currently, body scanners are only located at Australian international airports.  The full-body scanners at these terminals use non-ionising millimetre-wave technology.  According to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s Millimetre-wave Body Scanner Health and Safety information sheet the penetration into the human body from the high frequency used in the millimetre-wave body scanner is “lower than from most other exposures encountered in daily life”.  The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), in its infinite wisdom, claims that these scanners – which use extremely high frequency radiofrequency radiation in the gigahertz bands – do not pose a health risk to passengers or operators.  ARPANSA is equally sanguine about full-body X-ray backscatter scanners, although this technology has lost favour elsewhere.  No mention is made on its website of how it views CT full-body scanners.

Selection of passengers at Australian international airports for current full-body scans is random.  It is unknown whether this policy will be extended to domestic airports.  Australian Business Traveller claims the new full-body scanners will replace the current metal detectors at many screening points.

Unlike policy in countries such as the USA, where passengers can usually request a pat-down to avoid a full-body scanner, refusal to be scanned in Australia means you will not be allowed to pass through the security screening point or board your flight.

Although it is unclear at this stage what sort of technology will be used to irradiate travellers, and under what circumstances, it is obvious that we will be subject to yet another source of radiation.

This physician maintains that we do not know for sure that full-body scans are safe in instances of long-term chronic exposure.

Although alternative screening processes are not normally available in Australia, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s TravelSECURE website states that an alternative is available for travellers with special needs.  However, there is one catch: you must inform the security screening officer of your circumstances before you begin the screening process and be ready to provide supporting documentation.

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

It’s now becoming more widely known that microwave radiation is not the only type of radiation from smart meters that is causing illness.

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 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.

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.

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.”

Another Fatal Flaw in ‘Smart’ Meters
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.

James Heddle and Mary Beth Brangan. Abridged from: SUMA – NW

 

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Webinar with Nicole Bijlsma: “Electromagnetic radiation – Is it damaging your health?”

The Health Australia Party has announced that it will be holding an online webinar featuring building biologist, author and principal of the Australian College of Environmental Studies, Nicole Bijlsma.

The webinar is one segment of a 10-part Health and Lifestyle series commencing 16th April.  The purpose of the event is to help raise funds to support its coming election campaigns, and also to help educate and promote a healthier lifestyle for its members and the wider community.

The webinars will be held online via ZOOM and will be recorded and emailed to those who cannot attend on the day.

Webinar: Electromagnetic Radiation – Is it damaging your health?

Date:         Monday, 30th April 2018

Time:        7.30 p.m.

Price:        $25 (one webinar)

 To purchase your ticket, click here.

 To view a flyer on the complete 10-part Health and Lifestyle series, go here.

The Health Australia Party (HAP) has formulated a policy on electromagnetic radiation (EMR) pollution.  If you would like to view the contents of its EMR policy, go to Code 3.3.1 in the HAP Current Policies document, available on this webpage.

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Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: prime time South African journalism program investigates

It’s a little known medical condition but Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity is a growing health concern worldwide.  With increased exposure to WiFi, smart meters and mobile phone towers, patients report diverse symptoms of illness, which only seem to dissipate when they are far away from electromagnetic fields or radiation.  Carte Blanche, South Africa’s longest running investigative journalism program, explores this medical phenomenon.

Click image below or here to view the short documentary.

Running time: 8.22 minutes

Source: https://carteblanche.dstv.com/electromagnetic-hypersensitivity/

See also related information on electromagnetic hypersensitivity published on Carte Blanche’s webpage: https://carteblanche.dstv.com/electromagnetic-hypersensitivity-symptoms/

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Water authorities rolling out wireless smart meters!

The industry spin spruiking the benefits of smart meters has now seduced Australian water utilities.

Coliban Water, a regional Victorian water authority with a service area encompassing 49 towns, has bravely commenced on a six-year rollout of wireless smart meters to all residential and non-residential customers.

Coliban Water’s Summer 2017- 2018  Customer Update leaflet and Digital Meters webpage coyly refer to the new equipment, which is to be installed on existing water meters, as ‘digital’ meters.  There is no mention of the fact that radiofrequencies – and more specifically, microwaves – will be used as the means of transmitting data from these ‘digital’ meters to network gateways, and from there on to telecommunication towers.

Only those customers keen enough to click on its ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ will be alerted to the technology underpinning the rollout.  Naturally, the public is assured that the digital meters do not pose a health risk to customers or the community as the battery-powered meters transmit data every hour through low level radiofrequency waves, which “are well within Australian safety standards”.

Sadly, the Frequently Asked Questions webpage does not also inform customers that Australia’s radiofrequency standard is not fit for purpose.  Or that 24/7 hourly radiofrequency transmissions impact, not only humans, but also the environment.  The rollout of smart meters and gateways, which is reported to be using LoRaWAN network architecture operating in the same crowded spectrum as Australia’s mesh electricity smart meters, will add another ubiquitous layer of electro-pollution.

It appears that the public is to be stung again by an essential service provider.  Whilst Coliban Water states that it is installing the digital meters because it is “always looking for innovative ways to identify cost savings and network efficiencies for our customers”, it remains to be seen how many customers might welcome the possibility of Time of Use tariffs; these have been flagged in Coliban Water’s Pricing Submission 2018  to the Essential Services Commission as being a vehicle to “empower customers”.  Time of Use tariffs have been a resounding failure with Victorian electricity customers.

Other Australian water service providers are also keen to go down the wireless smart meter path.  Western Downs Regional Council, in Queensland, received funding to replace its water meters with smart meters.  Cairns Regional Council announced in June 2017 a $15.9 million project to install smart water meters.  Melbourne water utilities City West Water, South East Water, and Yarra Valley Water are reported to have undertaken in-field ‘digital’ water metering trials.

Members of the public have until Friday, 9th March to give feedback on Coliban Water’s 2018 price proposal.  If you think the costs and benefits of Coliban Water’s ‘digital’ meter deployment don’t stack up, this is your opportunity to have a say.  As an alternative to using Engage Victoria’s form for making your submission, the Essential Services Commission has confirmed that comment can be emailed to water@esc.vic.gov.au until Monday 12th March 2018.

A sign to print out and put beside your water meter is available here.

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Smart meter price pain as power spikes – The Australian

Electricity smart meters have been recommended for all households and businesses, a move that would raise the cost of power during peak periods in a bid to lower demand, as data shows Victoria and South Australia are unable to produce enough energy on extremely hot days with little or no wind.

A bipartisan federal parliamentary committee report released yesterday says the introduction of smart meters and dynamic billing is critical to managing the electricity grid as demand grows and different types of generation come online.

As federal and state governments clash over the National ­Energy Guarantee and renewable energy policy, the House of ­Representative committee recommended the Australian Energy Market Operator consider a rollout of smart meters to all electricity users. It said the meters would help households and large-scale consumers to manage prices and habits by allowing networks to charge consumers more during times of high demand and less when there was an energy surplus.

The committee, chaired by ­Nationals MP Andrew Broad, made 23 recommendations in a 133-page report that laid bare how “the reliability of the grid at times of peak demand has become of particular concern”.

Mr Broad said Australia faced a “trilemma” of needing to meet ­climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement, ensuring stable supply so the “lights don’t go out”, and mitigating rising electricity costs. Smart meters and dynamic pricing should become part of the solution, he said.

“We were very mindful that there was criticism of the price of smart meters and we didn’t want to load more costs onto the grid, and one of the discussions we had on the smart meter was, does it alter behaviour, and generally speaking, no, people don’t look at them, but it will become part of ­demand management particularly as people understand how to use it,” Mr Broad told The Australian.

The federal government is ­imploring state governments to back the NEG, which is ­focused on boosting energy security through dispatchable power projects such as coal, gas, hydro and storage.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has upped his calls for the states and territories — including South Australia and the ACT — to support the plan, as new analysis of the National Energy Market shows Victoria and South Australia struggled to cover their own peak energy needs when the wind isn’t blowing. “Despite the best ­efforts of AEMO, the supply-­demand ­balance in South Australia and Victoria is precarious,” Mr Frydenberg said.

“There is no better illustration of this than the need to rush in expensive, polluting diesel generators that use up to 80,000 litres an hour as back-up.”

The data shows that in Victoria, installed capacity is currently 10,938MW. If there is no wind generation, however, this decreases to 9442MW, more than 1000MW below Victoria’s highest peak demand of 10,446MW on January 29, 2009. In South Australia, installed capacity is 4916MW. If there is no wind generation, this decreases to 3110MW, below the state’s highest peak demand of 3380MW on January 31, 2011. The data does not include emergency generation from the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader scheme and 175MW of diesel generation in South Australia as both operate outside the market.

“What we are seeing this summer only reinforces the need for more dispatchable power, which can come from coal, gas, hydro and storage,” Mr Frydenberg said.

He is preparing to meet state ministers at a Council of Australian Governments energy council meeting next month, where he will confront South Australia and the ACT, who have both pushed back against the NEG.

SA Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis reiterated his opposition to the NEG. “Our power supply has been more reliable than the coal-reliant grids in the eastern states,” he said. “South Australia has experienced two heatwaves this summer, and our system coped very well.” He said the independent Australian Energy Market Commission recently modelled power bills in South Australia to come down by about $300 over the next two years, in part due to additional competition from new renewable energy projects

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio hit back at suggestions the grid was unstable. “NSW almost plunged into darkness last year, but was bailed out by energy generated in Victoria through the National Energy Market — a fact Josh Frydenberg conveniently ­ignores,” she said.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation gave evidence to the committee that while investing in renewables and storage in ­advance of coal capacity closure would minimise costs to consumers and maintain energy security, smart-technology solutions were important for improving system resilience and lowering costs. The committee recommended that AEMO work with retailers to ensure bills were dynamic, providing customers with control over how much information they received in relation to cost and usage.

Smart metres measure and ­record electricity usage every half-hour. The data is collected by electricity distributors who pass the information to retailers for billing purposes. They use the real time data to change prices accordingly to demand. Victoria is the only state where smart ­meters are compulsory.

Samantha Hutchinson and Graham Lloyd, The Australian 

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