Archive for Saturday, January 15, 2011 holding smart-meter chat

January 15, 2011


You’ve been asking, so Westar Energy is going to answer.

Based on the amount of comments and questions on our recent stories about smart meters, we’re hosting a live chat with Hal Jensen, director of Westar Energy's SmartStar program. The chat will be held on on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jensen will answer questions about the SmartStar program and the installation of smart meters in Lawrence.

But you don’t have to wait until then to submit a question. Log on to and submit a question in advance. You can also read transcripts of past chats and see more upcoming chats.

Do you have an idea for a live chat? E-mail it to


Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago


Will Smart Meters Give You Cancer?

You'd think Marin County, California, famous for its hippies, would be all for "smart" household electricity and gas meters, which experts say are a key part of greening our aging energy grid. But earlier this month, the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to impose a moratorium on installation of the devices, primarily because of concerns about the electromagnetic radiation the devices emit.

So how likely is it that your new electricity meter will give you a brain tumor? And how about privacy issues: Are smart meters big brother's little helpers? And will consumers benefit at all from the new meters, or just the utility?

For the answers, click here. [READ MORE]

Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

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Do we want meter readers to lose their jobs in the interest of greater corporate profits?

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Smart Meters Are Being Forced On Ratepayers

Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

Smart Meter Danger in apartment buildings Martin Weatherall

23 March 2010

Dear Committee Members

The danger posed by microwave radiation is well known and well researched.

The adverse health effects have been known for many years. It would be irresponsible for the Ontario Government to force large numbers of the population to be exposed to microwave radiation. A comparison of the danger, may be spraying all apartments in Ontario with small amounts of dangerous poisons, irritants, harmful emissions and dangerous gasses.

Many of the modern diseases which are plaguing the world today have been scientifically linked to microwave radiation and other forms of electro magnetic radiation. Signals from apartment smart meters will not simply travel from the meter to the reception point, they are likely to travel on the electrical systems that circulate around apartment buildings and may harm the tenants by re-radiating inside the apartments.

All humans are sensitive to electro magnetic radiation. The tremendous increase of electro magnetic radiation, because of wireless devices, is causing many people to become more sensitive and others are becoming electro hyper-sensitive. If the Ontario Government contributes to the amount of electrical pollution, it may be very difficult for some people in Ontario to live normal lives.

Electro sensitivities, made worse by the Government installing smart meters may lead to huge legal claims against the Province. If many people develop significant illnesses because of exposure to electro magnetic radiation, the Provincial health system is likely to break down. Please do not under estimate the dangers posed by this new wireless pollution.

The cost to implement smart meters to all apartment buildings around Ontario will be huge, with little likelihood of any major energy savings. In coming years, as more knowledge about the health effects of microwave radiation emerge, there is a real chance that all these new ‘Smart Meters’ will have to be replaced with ‘safe ones’ again, at a huge cost.

An important place to learn about the health effects of electro magnetic radiation is the scientific information contained in the Bio Initiative Report, which can be accessed at . Another location to find out about the dangerous mixture or electricity and radiofrequency pollution is . Canadian Internet sites containing information about the health effect of EMR include – .

Yours sincerely,

Martin Weatherall

Co Director WEEP

(The Canadian Initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution)

Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

Study: Smart meters not enough to save home energy

==================================================================== Smart Meters and Grids

It is the plan of power authorities worldwide to replace current disk-style hydro power meters with digital

"Smart Meters." These are wireless devices that use radiofrequency waves to transmit information about each household's electrical consumption. They are being enthusiastically promoted by governments and industry as a "green initiative," supposedly enabling hydro companies to efficiently monitor consumption during peak and "down" times, and encourage wise use of energy. The vision is that Smart Meters will eventually be one component of an even wider ranging "Smart Grid."

The information-carrying radio waves, transmitting 24/7, will effectively blanket homes and neighbourhoods with radiation that could adversely affect not just humans but all living systems.

In particular, these meters have the potential to affect not only electrohypersensitive persons, but children and pregnant women, persons with medical conditions such as heart arrhythmia, those with compromised immune systems, and others who rely on medical and/or metal implants or equipment. In addition to health concerns, Smart Meters bring with them questions about fire and security hazards.

The costs of installing the new digital wireless meters is substantial, their accuracy is debatable, and there is much controversy as to whether or not the readings serve to decrease power use, or simply to increase power costs to consumers.

Employees who now read the disk-style meters are men and women. Digital Smart Meters will effectively eliminate these jobs.,25,0

Flap Doodle 7 years, 5 months ago

The pollution from internal combustion lawn care machines is much more dangerous than smart meters.

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