PG&E to hold South County forum on Smart Meters

February 6, 2011

PG&E will host a public forum Tuesday afternoon to address concerns South County residents have about wireless Smart Meters.

The forum will be held at the South County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande from 3 to 5 p.m. Jess Brown, Director of PG&E’s Energy Solutions and Services will be the primary speaker. Brown is expected to answer audience questions about Smart Meter installation and operation.

Wireless Smart Meters continue to comes under attack from many in the environmental and scientific community. Several counties in northern California are trying to ban the devices outright.

PG&E is currently focusing on installing wireless Smart Meters in North County, but plans call for all of San Luis Obispo County to eventually have the meters.

The event is being hosted by the League of California Cities.


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8 Comments

  1. amusselm says:

    If I was able to attend, I would focus data privacy and security. If you talk to a real electrical engineer, computer engineer or computer scientist (like myself), you would find that the greatest concern over the deployment of these smart meters focuses around these issues. After all, these are the new part of the system. We have had radio and microwave transmitters for half a century now. The only reported injuries from RF involve HUGE amounts of power. Things like sticking your arm into a live microwave oven or being stuck in front of a high-gain high-power microwave link antenna for an extended period of time. Not little 5w transmitters that are in a box on some corner of a house or apartment building.

    I would ask what their data retention policy is. How long will they keep hour-by-hour customer usage data? Who will they share the data with? Under what circumstances? What happens if law-enforcement asks for the data en-mass? How is the data secured when it is transmitted over the air? What encryption algorithm and key size will they use? How will the system prevent unauthorized transmitters from transmitting bogus information? Will the computer source code that the units run be available for public inspection to verify that the units are securely designed? Remember, it isn’t that hard to stick an antenna in the air and listen to all traffic that happens to be passing by. We should demand something better than security by obscurity.

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  2. Susan says:

    I call for the Smart Meter program to be ENDED. Bills are inaccurate, but more importantly, the public health is harmed. Visit sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/ and read everything, all the tabs, to learn how. Many eminent world scientists are extremely alarmed and are calling for the end of this misguided program that is dangerous to all life on earth. Read the Seletun Scientific Statement to learn what eminent scientists are saying about this type of radiation exposure, calling for an end to these increasing exposures.

    “Many smart meters are close to beds, kitchens, playrooms, and similar locations. These wireless systems are never off, and the exposure is not voluntary. The smart meters are being forced on citizens everywhere. Based on this, the inauguration of smart meters with grudging and involuntary exposure of millions to billions of human beings to pulsed microwave radiation should immediately be prohibited until ’the red flag’ can be hauled down once and for all.” (Dr. Olle Johansson, Stockholm, Sweden, leader of scientists issuing Seletun Scientific Statement)

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  3. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    I have had my smart meter now for a couple of months. There are times that I can sense the meter trying to communicating with me, but I just pull out the tin hat I purchased in SLO and everything is good.

    I must also confess that the tin hat has the uncanny ability to pull in KVEC in the weekday afternoons. I still don’t know what that’s all about.

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  4. RobertWilliams says:

    SHORT VIDEOS THAT GIVE MORE ACCURATE INFORMATION THAN PG$E.

    Smart Meters do NOT need to be wireless – Wired smart meters eliminate many problems.

    1. Skyrocketing Utility Bills after smart meter installation (3 minutes, 19 seconds)
    http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.html?tab=video

    2. Insurance Companies Won’t Insure Wireless Device Health Risks (3 minutes, 13 seconds)
    http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382

    3. Microwave radiation dangers in our home (6 minutes, 20 seconds)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAnrmJ3un1g

    4. Truth about Smart Meters – Dr. Karl Maret, MD, Biomedical Engineer
    (Dr. Maret’s presentation begins at 23:40 on the video telecast).
    http://www.communitytv.org/programs/online/truth-about-smart-meters

    5. Radiation Measured From Smart Meter Mounted On A Home (6 minutes, 21 seconds)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OE

    6. Wounded by Wireless Smart Meters (14 minutes, 19 seconds)
    http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=8403.

    7. Top EMF scientists in the world reporting at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Nov 18, 2010: cell damage, DNA breaks, blood/brain barrier breaches.
    http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/

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  5. Dave says:

    I am disappointed that PG&E is holding this important workshop in the late afternoon, when most people are working. Why not have this in the evening??? It gives the impression that PG&E really doesn’t want a big turnout.

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