This is an article about the Smart meter “debate” applicable to consumers in the USA.
Exactly the same issues, except that the potential danger of starting fires is probably higher there. It would be interesting to discover if any Australian government, authority or power company members use their influence to also opt out from the program?
“By Catherine J. Frompovich The backlash agains members in Australiat retrofitting AMI Smart Meters (SMs) on utility companies’ fire- and RF/EMF-safe analog meters for electricity, gas and water customers is growing exponentially across the country. In states where customers are refusing SMs and wind up going to court, some interesting legal repercussions are happening. Here’s what happened in California in late June of 2015:”
“After a 16-month standoff in California between an electric utility customer, who refused an SM, and the utility company PSREC (Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative of Portola), it was revealed that Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman has a no-cost, self-read analog meter at his home! (What does the Judge know about SMs, and why did he not have an SM on his house?) As a result of those findings during the appeal process, PSREC’s General Manager Bob Marshall agreed to connect the customer’s electricity, drop all past fees, and provide self-read analog service at no charge. [Source: Email to CJF citing “Stop Smart Meters Bulletin”.]”
“The utility industry report issued by the EPRI “Accuracy of Digital Electricity Meters,” published in 2010, calls the analog meter “an amazing piece of engineering work.” So, why did utilities opt for fire and hazard-prone AMI Smart Meters (SMs)?””
“There’s another problem with SMs, according to the Report: With electromechanical meters, modes of failure tend to be permanent. Once a meter or its register fails, due to wear, dust, etc., it is generally still found to be in a failed state when tested later. Software flaws, on the other hand, could create a transient glitch, leaving a meter that checks-out perfectly afterwards. This possibility complicates the diagnostic process for solid state meters and may make it difficult to discern the root cause of problems. Probably that’s the reason why utility companies explain that nothing is wrong with customers’ high bills, even when they check out the SMs, and they do nothing to correct the SM’s erroneous ways of over-reporting to the delight of utility companies’ bottom lines.”
We still await justice in Australia, as the same issues of safety, mainly radiation, apply here. Mandatory installation of Smart meters is not justifiable except for political reasons which override any consumer concerns of health, privacy, susceptibility of electronic failures, incorrect bills, hacking and accidental or deliberate power disconnections.
Observable Effects of RF/MW Radiation via Smart Meters
Smart meters spiral | Herald Sun
Smart Meters Have Failed and Were a Dumb Investment
Smart Meters – RF Radiation Dangers are Real and Cannot be “SAFE”