For the past five years, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District (PUD) has wisely held off on installing wireless “smart” meters. Their managers have watched as utilities such as PG&E have come under immense public scrutiny for installing new wireless electrical “smart” meters that have increased electrical bills, damaged people’s health, started countless house fires and have invaded privacy.
However, over the next 12 months, the Truckee Donner PUD would like to start installing a wireless “smart” meter system. The system may be fully operational within 3 years. Their idea – for now – is that Truckee residents will not have a choice in the matter of what goes on their property (a big mistake that other utilities have also made).
You can stop this proposed “smart” meter system before it starts by sharing this information with the community and speaking out against this project. The citizens of Ashland and Eugene, Oregon spoke out and now “smart” meters are optional in their towns (with no fees to keep their original analog meters). The same thing has just happened in Port Angeles, Washington.
Around the world, people are demanding that “smart” meter programs be stopped. Here are the primary reasons:
- Skyrocketing bills once smart meters are installed (with customer’s usage habits staying the same, but the new meters measuring the electricity incorrectly – and this is before the “Time-of-Use” pricing that will come later).
- Invasion of privacy (the new meters provide detailed data about your in-home activities (in one-minute intervals) that the Truckee PUD can then sell to other businesses at a handsome profit). Just watch this video:
- House fires are starting around the world because of “hot sockets” where the cheaply made plastic “smart” meters do not integrate with home wiring. This person was killed in Reno from a “smart” meter fire.
- Serious health issues with a percentage of people experiencing the exact same symptoms after “smart” meters are installed. The current research on microwave radiation shows that human health will be negatively affected
Here is my recent TEDx talk on the wireless smart meter issue at TEDxBerkeley:
If you think it is impossible for people to be harmed by wireless smart meters, consider the following. Here is one of the most powerful utility commissioners in the United States and former CEO of the utility Southern California Edison, Michael Peevey of the California Public Utilities Commission, admitting in a 2010 email to a PG&E executive that they know people are being harmed by smart meters.
“Take Back Your Power” is an award-winning documentary film that explains this issue – you can watch the film here:
The following is a series of short 1-minute videos that explain the meter situation.
Video 1 – Current analog meter – the safe and wise solution going forward:
Video 2 – Current low-powered, one-way, digital communicating meter:
Video 3 – Wireless “Smart” Meter as deployed by utilities throughout the United States. The proposed Truckee smart meters will be very high powered (can send pulses that transmit your personal data for miles) and pulse between 10,000 and 200,000 times per day (not the 45 seconds the utility will say).
Note: The nearly continuous pulses from this wireless “smart” meter max out this measurement device (this is what the “1” means). The “clicks” are all bursts of microwave radiation from the “smart” meters that take place for the meters to communicate with each other. This is called the “wireless mesh network” and will fill this pristine community with another layer of microwave radiation (a Class 2b carcinogen – same as DDT & lead).
Video 4 – A new AMI Smart Meter installed in Truckee 2017/2018. The pulses heard in the following video are part of the ZigBee 2.4 GHz antenna that is meant to communicate with the “smart” appliances within the home.
The Truckee “Smart” meter programs are costly and completely unnecessary. This program will cost you additional money, invade privacy, damage the environment and human health and will eventually need to be completely replaced once the public understands the risks. Contact the Truckee Donner PUD and demand that they stop this program before it starts.
You are not required by law to have a wireless “smart” meter. Further, the legality of fees to “opt-out” of the smart meter program is in question. The best solution for all parties is for residents to have a choice in this matter – and to not pay for the basic right to protect one’s privacy, safety and health. Communities around the world now have this basic right. All citizens deserve to determine what goes on their home/property.