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com January 31, 2012 Re: Public Comments on CPUC Agenda item 28 SmartMeter Opt Out/Proceeding number A.1103-014 To: Karen Miller, Public Advisor email@example.com CPUC Commissioners President Michael Peevey firstname.lastname@example.org Catherine Sandoval email@example.com Michel Florio firstname.lastname@example.org Timothy Simon email@example.com Mark Ferron firstname.lastname@example.org Judge Amy Yip Kikugawa email@example.com Dear CPUC Commissioners and President Peevey, These comments are submitted as part of the public record. I request that the CPUC recall PG&E s wireless SmartMeters and the associated wireless mesh grid. Until there is a recall, the revised SmartMeter Opt Out proposal must be modified. There should be: y y y y y An Environmental Impact Review and Hearings on the health impacts of the wireless mesh grid and wireless SmartMeters No initial or monthly cost for an analog meter No co-location of SmartMeters Community wide Opt Outs Immediate relief for people who cannot live in their homes due to a wireless SmartMeter
We need Fiber Optics for our Smart Grid. PG&E knows that a fiber optic Smart Gird is the smart choice. They chose a wireless mesh network because it is cheaper to implement. The purpose of the Smart Grid is for energy savings not for convenience and increasing shareholder profits. Abu Dhabi reports 85% reduction in carbon emissions from their fiber grid. Chattanooga, TN projects $300 million in energy savings and reduced outages over the next 10 years from their fiber grid. What energy savings are projected by PG&E from their wireless mesh Smart Grid? None. The only projected savings are based on ratepayers changing their energy usage patterns.
PG&E ratepayers and tax dollars have funded $2.2 billion to implement the SmartMeter program. This comes to approximately $250 per SmartMeter and has resulted in over $300 million in profits to PG&E. The current SmartMeter Opt Out proposal would charge ratepayers a $70 fee to retain their analog meters. This fee is in spite of the fact that these ratepayers have already had to pay for the SmartMeters that they will not be using and in spite of the fact that many of them still retain their analog meter. It is well documented that the radiofrequency microwave radiation emitted by SmartMeters is linked to non thermal health effects and that the FCC Guidelines on exposure are not protective of these non thermal effects. According to the EPA there are no safety standards for chronic cumulative exposure. The microwave radiation emitted from the SmartMeters is a Class 2b Carcinogen and it is therefore unethical to place the meters onto our homes. Recently, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called for an immediate moratorium on wireless SmartMeters and the respective wireless Smart Grid due to the inadequacy of the FCC exposure guidelines and the large body of evidence that radiofrequency microwave radiation has ill health effects at levels far below the guidelines. These documented effects occur at levels currently found in many homes. Many people have found that the addition of a wireless SmartMeter onto their home or even neighboring homes has caused chronic ill health impacts. They report ringing in the ears, insomnia, headaches and other symptoms that started soon after a SmartMeter was installed on their home. Studies show evidence of a chronic stress response from the microwave radiation emitted by SmartMeters and other wireless devices. Each device has an additive effect leading to an increase in the power level for exposures. As the power level goes up, the effects become more pronounced and more sensitive populations become chronically ill. The only solution for a person who has become sensitized is to minimize all exposure to microwaves. As a wireless SmartMeter cannot be turned off it will cause unavoidable and irreparable harm. PG&E was exempt from doing an environmental impact study in their initial proposal. They later changed the proposal to a wireless mesh grid. This wireless mesh is adding billions of microwave radiation pulses to our environment and our homes. Some homes may already have dangerously high levels of microwaves present due to nearby cell towers and other wireless infrastructure and from internal devices such as cell phones, cordless phones, WiFi routers and computers. In addition each SmartMeter has a second transmitter intended for use with appliances. This will even further increase the levels of microwaves. PG&E s wireless SmartMeters are not UL Certified. The head of Southern Company's Smart Grid has filed a lawsuit claiming that the wireless SmartMeters installed in Alabama are defective and causing fires and inaccurate bills. He asserts that Southern Company knew of the defects prior to deployment and even prior to receiving $165 million in federal funding therefore violating the False Claims Act. SmartMeters added to a home's wiring might cause dangerous situations. Many of our homes have wiring that was not designed to carry the high frequencies injected onto the wires by wireless SmartMeters. In addition some homes have wiring faults. Both of these situations aggravate potential fires and appliance melt downs due to SmartMeters. Prior to the installation of a wireless SmartMeter all home wiring must be inspected and certified as fully up to code.
References http://wirelessmess.org/introduction-to-smart-meters/ http://emfsafetynetwork.org http://stopsmartmeters.org/ http://www.electrosmogprevention.org http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/ http://stopsmartmetersirvine.com/ Southern Company Law Suit http://stopsmartmeters.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Alabama-Baker-SensusComplaint.pdf American Academy of Environmental Medicine - AAEM letter to the CPUC calling for a halt on wireless Smart Grids http://aaemonline.org/images/CaliforniaPublicUtilitiesCommission.pdf Santa Cruz County Public Health Department report on SmartMeters http://santacruzhealth.org/pdf/2012%20Report%20on%20SmartMeters.pdf Cell Towers and Wireless Radiation Living With Radiofrequency Radiation http://www.scribd.com/doc/24352550/Cell-Tower-Rpt Fiber References Chattanooga, TN A Bright Idea December 1, 2011 http://urgentcomm.com/networks_and_systems/mag/chattanooga-fiber-optic-smart-grid201112/ Etisalat Study Reveals Fiber Optic Smart Grid Reduces Carbon Emissions by 85% Abu Dhabi, January 19, 2010 http://etisalat.ae/index.jsp?lang=en&type=content¤tid=10c8e15c0b56a010VgnVCM100 0000a0a0a0a____&contentid=324628b181b36210VgnVCM1000000c24a8c0RCRD&parentid=fa5 8800d1f52a010VgnVCM1000000a0a0a0a