Yesterday Energy Safe Victoria issued a press release about the completion of its draft report into the safety of Victoria’s smart meters stating: “….ESV believes it is important that the public receives informed and independent information so they can continue to have confidence that smart meters are safe.”
The Herald Sun adds: “Fears over health risks supposedly linked with smart meters have seen people move out of their homes and others coat their houses in electromagnetic shielding paint amid claims of heart palpitations and other ailments.”
We are having quite an impact. In-fact we are mentioned twice in the report and recognised as a key stakeholder:
1.3 Nature of issues raised
While most of the recent incidents now appear to be the result of criminal damage, ESV believes it is important to answer the additional questions that have emerged in relation to the safety of smart meters.
Most of the issues raised have been put forward by the Victorian Branch of the Electrical
Trades Union (ETU) and Stop Smart Meters Australia, who have questioned the safety of smart meters. The media has reported the concerns raised by these key stakeholders, resulting in a great deal of largely misplaced community concern.
A summary of the key issues and assertions raised include:
• There has been a massive increase in meter failures since the smart meters were rolled
• Smart meters cause fires and explosions.
• All smart meters that are affected by a HV injection on a circuit need to be replaced to
• Smart meters need to be installed on non-flammable backing board to ensure safety.
• Smart meters are being installed on deteriorated backing boards.
• Energy companies have not followed appropriate procedures for testing of smart meters
following a HV injection.
• The smart meters that are being installed are poor quality and unsafe.
• Smart meters are emitting a coloured liquid that is unsafe.
• Smart meters emit high levels of electromagnetic radiation and cause health issues.
ESV is releasing this draft report to provide an opportunity for public comment to ensure that it addresses the key issues of concern to the community about smart meters.
ESV welcomes any comments or further information in response to this report. Submissions should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 June 2012.
After assessing any comments and further information received, ESV proposes to release a final report on the safety of the smart meter component of the AMI rollout in June/July 2012.
We encourage you to make submissions and contribute to the final report. The draft report did not adequately deal with all of the key issues of concern.
KEEP UP YOUR GOOD WORK PEOPLE!