Or …. Play Now And Still Play to Win Another Day?
Each private man or woman who is an account holder must decide individually if they can afford to take a gamble while they continue to face down the big guns of extortion fees and disconnection notices.
No one can or should make that decision for anyone else.
On the positive side, if you have used Claim of Right and Notice of Default, then unless you abandoned that Claim unnecessarily, you have lawfully defended your own property and retained your meter. That alone is a huge accomplishment. You still have a safe meter and a lower frequency pocket of greater safety around you. Your house is not an uninsurable hazard or under threat of fire. And you did this yourself.
HYDRO is clearly panicking due to the news all over Canada that SaskPower in Saskatchewan has been instructed by the Saskatchewan government to yank smart meters installed to date, and they are busy removing a full 20% of those which had already been installed to date, out of a planned half a million meters now halted in mid install.Imagine the wasted billions involved here.
So well over 100,000 smart meters are being pulled off at a cost of about 90 million MORE dollars (guess at whose cost this will likely be?) and smart meters are being replaced by good old safe analog meters, due to a series of smart meter fires and insurance issues and investigations.
They are returning analogs to everyone so fast they are almost tripping over themselves.
Liability has come home to roost.
Catch JUST A FEW of the very latest headlines:
Smart Meters Removed in Medicine Hat Alberta, too
The City of Medicine Hat, Alberta was in the process of installing the same meters, and has now announced that no more of these meters will be installed until an information-gathering process has been completed.
Province Wide Smart Meter Recall In Saskatchewan
Quebecers worried about SaskPower order to remove all smart meters
Smart meters recalled in Saskatchewan; fire risk identified in Ontario
Saskatchewan customers hope bills drop after smart meters are removed – Some people saw bills double after installation
Smart meter recall cost balloons to $47 M, SaskPower says – CBC News
PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast
Smart meters safe, B.C. Hydro maintains, as Saskatchewan opts to remove them
BC Hydro says its smart meters safe after fires force SaskPower to pull meters
BC Hydro defends smart meter safety after fires force SaskPower to kill program
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UTILITY SMART METERS
Read the observations of the Ontario Fire Marshal –
The OFM wants to explore the recording of both current and voltage readings in order to identify arc faults occurring before or during fire incidents
During our initial research of the new meters we encountered an unusual amount of fire incidents involving smart meters
After discovering these incidents our main question was;
were they one off incidents or was there a similar systemic root cause
Anecdotal information supported problems occurred after the old analog meters were updated to the new digital Smart Meters
One report in particular included a number of meters in the Cobdin area of Eastern Ontario where the meters had experienced overheating
However prior to any proper investigation the utility company had removed and replaced the meters from the effected areas
Other reports indicate problems with metal-oxide varistor (MOV) overheating and initiating fires
The OFM has observed drastic differences to how meters and the meter bases react in a fire
The Measurement Canada LMB – EG – 07 specification used wording like shall be mechanically and electrically sound, and sufficiently shock proof.
What does that mean?
Compared to the C22.2 No 115-M1989 Meter-Mounting Devices it was extremely lacking in defining safety specific construction
Both standards state the components must be able to withstand abuse, have performance requirement tests (accuracy tests), require current carrying parts be separated along with temperature rise tests.
However the meter base standard has additional simulation tests to ensure the structural integrity of all components
Why was that missing from the Measurement Canada LMB – EG – 07 specification.
Well simply it was because the mandate of Measurement Canada was only to ensure accuracy.
This was confirmed by the Measurement Canada Utility Metering Division Manager, who stated that Measurement Canada was only tasked with ensuring the accuracy of the meters.
Further any references to the construction in the specification was only there to ensure accuracy over the life-span of the meter not to ensure that it operates safely during that life-span.
During our discussion with the Metering Division Manager we asked him if he knew who was responsible for ensuring the safety of the meters and/or any standards which applied to the meters and he wasn’t sure but indicated that only some had UL symbols on them
Considering both the meter bases and meters are both current carrying components and literally plugged/meshed into one another shouldn’t the way they react to heat in a fire be almost the same.
In addition, we still have the anecdotal information supporting that the problems are occurring after the old analog meters are being updated to the new digital smart meters
This would support that there is maybe something wrong with the installation
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But as the smart grid gold rush bubble begins to look as if it might have reached maximum bulge prior to possible bust, and as the costs of reversal of “techno-trespass technology turning toxic”, the usual finger pointing, insurance awakening, and brand slamming all begin to escalate, …. back in what some used to call la la BC the utility continues giving-us-the-business… as usual.
Apparently on this side of the Rockies the utilities are affecting an unconvincing air of cool complacency and indifference to fast growing alarm everywhere else.
Hydro apparently wants us to “believe” that unlike everywhere else, one brand of meter differs from all the rest, since, after all, we only have “cause unknown” fires which are somehow exempt from liability.
However, it is more apparent each day that a reckoning is coming.
Consequently our own electrical energy monopoly seems to actually be growing daily more desperate.
Hydro has made a July 30th., 2014 announcement on their website that SaskPower meters are “different” than BC meters. Maybe they mean they were manufactured in a different part of the same Chinese factory?
The fact is all meters of all brands are likely similar if not identical in the same way that countless “brands” of fridges are only made by as few as two or at most three manufacturers.
See excerpt here from Take Back Your Power award winning movie website -
Thanks to Josh Del Sol:
After multiple house fires in Saskatchewan caused directly by “smart” meters, SaskPower is recalling and removing all 105,000 meters which have been installed throughout the province:
We applaud Bill Boyd, Minister Responsible for Energy and Resources, for his abilities to use logic and foresight in ordering the removal. Other public servants and utilities (and the individual executives) who have kept streamrolling the agenda despite being made aware of the facts will later regret those decisions, as they will be held fully liable.
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DESPERATE CORPORATIONS ARE NOT A PRETTY SIGHT
MOST CON ARTISTS TEND TO CON THEMSELVES FIRST.
Seen one Ponzi scheme, seen them all.
HYDRO IS PLAYING A VERY REAL GAME – more so than ever as they themselves begin to see their program facing down insurance challenges …. and more to come, such as smart grid property devaluation lawsuits which are proving very successful.
On the bright side, those who have used and still understand their own Claim of Right are those who do not have a smart meter and they do still have the original meter and need not be subject to any pressure to swap away ownership of anything at all.
That in itself is a huge accomplishment.
At this point the only question is how much longer Hydro’s “all stick no carrot” commodification of humans can expect punitive penalty fees will be able to continue to be required to be paid by their customers, simply to not be harmed, invaded, have their homes and private data stolen and/or potentially end up dead.
Think about this:
They have spent millions to get hold of the meters we still have. That can only mean that what we possess must be worth its weight in gold to the corporate entities so seemingly desperate to steal them.
Meanwhile, any possible bloom is off the rose. There is no going back, We are fully awake. We have seen that the pathological will stop at nothing. We are prepared.
This is the gift of reality. We cannot un-know what we now know.
Criminal or not, this is not yet a level playing field for those who are not able to defect.
And Dr Strangelove does have his hand on the controls, the energy lever, the most likely suspect to switch it off for any number of motives.
As of the last week or so, a few who used docs are nevertheless getting disconnection notices and even the last step, …. “the phone call”.
There have been only a small handful of reports – effective today.
Hydro is announcing, in some cases, that tomorrow, – on BC Day, – gotta love the ironic sick humour of these guys – August 1. 2014, is set to be the day they are told they will be allegedly disconnected.
True? or False?
Does it matter? You decide.
Your taxes pay entire teams of utility lawyers to dream up this kind of entrapment and threat junk. Who knows?
The reality is that any alleged disconnection date sent to even a very few will differ for each personal hydro account … … since Hydro has staggered all accounts to be at differing stages of the process they have implemented for an alleged disconnection.
DISCONNECTION: REAL OR NOT?
BE AWARE: Because everyone is at a different stage in Hydro’s brinksmanship procedure, not everyone of way over one hundred thousand hold outs will even receive a Payment Required notice, ….. or a Disconnection e-mail, ….. or a Disconnection hard copy notice by way of Canada Post, ….. or a disconnection phone call.
The strategy used here is intentional unpredictability.
The reality is that they only need to cut power for a very few to crack the whip for the many.
You know this and so do they. They need your fear as much as they need your consent.
Nor will those who DO get a “call” get it at the same time as others who do or do not get it earlier or later.
This is part of the strategy, …. to interrupt solidarity of response.
Legally, (under normal protocol which ended before the smart grid even began), Hydro does not need to have reached you in person, nor left a message with you by phone to still follow through with a potential disconnection based on failure to pay usage owing.
Legally, they only have to have tried to let you know about a disconnect through some or a few or all of the same series of steps which we have been including in the VOID process to date. However, there is no guarantee that any VOID process will VOID intent to carry out a physical disconnection, right?
Did they use fraud to get to this point?
Are they ignoring lawful procedures?
Is their silence their consent to our terms?
DO THEY CARE?
Maybe far more than they show – but like some warped de-energizer bunny, until they are stopped they will just keep on going.
This is why it is important to carry out two parallel endeavours:
1) CONTINUE TO VISIT HERE JUST IN CASE THERE ARE ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE LAWFUL PROCESS, TO CORRECTLY VOID FOR DEFECT ALL DOCS YOU MAY RECEIVE, SO AS TO TO CORRECTLY RETURN THEM TO SENDER.
2) MAKE A DECISION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT TO MAKE AN OVERPAYMENT TO POTENTIALLY BE FOLLOWED UP LATER ON BY AN UNDERPAYMENT.
TIME IS POWER.
OH, THE INJUSTICE OF IT ALL!
RIGHT OR WRONG?
Understand that right or wrong,…. ethical or not, …. desperate or not, ….. insurable actions or not, ….. violation of electrical and building code or not… THIS UTILITY MONOPOLY GAME is predatory corporatism at its most venal and those practicing this PPP (Predator Prey Protocol) are relentlessly following a dinosaur version of an outmoded, “has been”,(but tried and true for decades) ruthless procedure from the past, now to justify a legal disconnection for monies owed, regardless of whether the monies charged are fair or not.
The DIFFERENCE this time is that the threat is tied to monies owed but these are not owed for energy used but for alleged fees for alleged “choices” to keep a very real, safe electromechanical meter that is already yours to keep by means of your Claim Of Right.
Each person literally has no way to know if the utility is bluffing or not. It is kind of like being confronted by an armed psychopath high on their own addiction to greed.
The “choices” – hydro’s coy word for an ultimatum by a monopoly – are – FOR THE MOMENT fairly straightforward.
THE LADY OR THE TIGER
PAY TO KEEP POWER….
DON’T PAY ANY ALLEGED BOLT-ON FEES…
(and wait to find out if you somehow get lucky – or are suddenly living get off grid).
Of course, anyone who has nothing to lose may prefer to to face down this latest threat and/or “wait and see” up to or even past the last minute if they may be bluffing – or not
That said – time is of the essence and timing can determine the difference between energy and none.
Anyone can choose to stave off greed demented wolverines circling one’s bank account and is free to make a lump sum payment of an amount that is NOT the alleged amount demanded but is an amount slightly larger than that alleged amount “owed”.
Only you as a private person can decide if you want take chances or not, to see if they mean it. It is kind of an all or nothing game.
If you decide you can take or lave the threat risk, and choose the latter, then just be sure to be prepared to live off grid. Otherwise, do what it takes to keep the theoretical blackmail wolf away from the energy switch door.
There is literally no way to second guess things at this stage, now that they are sending out a calculated deep chill by calling some customers and telling them power is about to be shut off tomorrow – or not calling at all and maybe doing this anyway, we do not know.
TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY – THAT IS THE QUESTION
ONE POSSIBLE CHOICE: Pay whatever way you usually do.
You can choose to pay what they tell you you owe in the Payment Required Notice
You can pay much more than this, the amount they say you owe them on the bill, which may or may not be the final assessment.
WE HAVE THEORIES BUT NO CONFIRMED IDEA TO DATE ABOUT WHY THESE TWO FIGURES TEND TO DIFFER.
If you should decide to make a non specific down payment on your account, please note that the lower figure stated on the Payment Required Notice may not be the same amount that which is stated as being the amount owed in full on the bill itself. Your call.
We simply cannot tell if or why this is the case – or not.
IF YOU DO make a down payment now, it might be wise to not spell out what such is to be allocated to, This way you retain your options later on to subtract an overpayment from later bills once the smoke clears ….. (from smart meter fires?)
Meanwhile? If you pay a lump sum down, do NOT discuss with anyone at Hydro WHY you paid whatever amount you choose to pay. Do NOT enter into any discussion concerning whether or not this money you have paid is to be allocated to any particular part of what is owing.
You can use their automated system if you think it wise to choose this path, in which case you will never encounter an actual person.
The purpose if you choose to go this route route would only be to get these parasites temporarily off your back and to quash the disconnection threat, with the full understanding that parasites are extremely difficult to get rid of.
If you have already been through a series of threats of disconnection, and feel unable to tell if this time the cry of wolf is real, make certain to OBTAIN A CONFIRMATION RECEIPT number to prove you made a late payment on time.
The other option is for those who feel that they will NEVER give in to extortion whether they lose power or not.
IF you call or talk to any real person for any reason, DO NOT use the term legacy fees.
All you are trying to do is determine what it will take to make your account flush for now.
If so, you will need their department to update this fact immediately. IN the event of encountering any actual person, DO NOT get caught in any discussion about this at all.
WHO DECIDES WHAT ANY PAYMENT IS ACTUALLY FOR?
In theory, they do.
In fact this is a two way street and over payment can be the mirror image, the face of underpayment later on.
Eventually the very idea that we were EVER expected to pay a fee to not burn in our beds will be seen as a travesty – Perhaps this will happen only after so many devalued smart metered homes also catch fire and after insurance corporations to go after more utility corporations which seem to expect insurance to bear that cost of utility gross negligence.
THIS IS NOT AN EITHER OR ISSUE.
YOU CAN PAY A LUMP SUM AND CONTINUE TO VOID WHATEVER THEY SEND AND TO BE SAFE YOU SHOULD DO BOTH.
Money used for payment for one purpose is not a different colour than money used for another purpose. No one receives two sets of bills for alleged fees versus actual usage. It all goes in one pot.
Note: Don’t try to discuss any of this with any utility personnel….. (for whom you had best remember YOU are the one who pays their wages) …
Do not assert whether or not the lump sum you make is intended for alleged fees or in fact may be one way to buy time whilst making a down payment on future usage.
It is none of their business what you are doing.
REMINDER: An alleged Payment Required Notice, followed by either an alleged Disconnection Notice by e-mail and/or by regular Canada Post mail and then finally followed by a phone call (whether you are home or not, only an attempt need be made) appears to be a procedure that is indistinguishable from a usual legitimate procedure used for customers who are overdue with regular bills for usage, a procedure which is usually done prior to any actual disconnection.
Hydro only has to have tried to call ONCE prior to a follow through for a disconnect.
NOTHING LENDS ITSELF TO HAVING NERVES OF STEEL BETTER THAN TOTAL FINANCIAL SECURITY AND/OR A POWER OUTAGE OR OFF GRID BACK UP SYSTEM READY TO ROLL ON A MOMENT’S NOTICE
Some will choose to consider calling the utility bluff.
The following is a suggestion and ONLY a suggestion:
Do nothing at all ONLY if you can afford to
- take a gamble
- be without power for an extended period of time
- pay a reconnection charge if you change your mind
- pay a security deposit if you change your mind
Only in that case may some feel free to consider this overpayment/underpayment ploy as a stage to be ignored.
Risk aversion varies considerably from one person to another.
If, however, you determine that you yourself cannot afford a disconnection at this time and you are aware that you also cannot afford smart meter fees – where the sky is the limit and 1000% increase in bills is not unusual……
YOu always have the option to make a LUMP SUM payment – taking care to assure that this amount is NOT the figure they demand, larger than but not the same as the exact figure. It is up to you whether you use the smaller figure on the Payment Notices or the larger one on the current billing statement. To reiterate, while one might speculate, we have no idea to date why these two figures differ – when they do.
Let’s say, for example, you were to decide to pay a given sum, not the one THEY ask for, but slightly different, so as to not inadvertently confirm that this is why you are doing what you are doing.
Let’s suppose that you need to do so today, prior to an alleged imminent disconnect.
Let’s assume you are one of those who have already actually received that phone call where they said that your disconnect was/is scheduled for, say, tomorrow.
Well – then in this case …
YOU MUST NOTIFY THEM TODAY THAT YOU HAVE PAID AND ALSO MUST OBTAIN CONFIRMATION THAT YOU DID SO IN ORDER TO AVERT ANY ACTUAL DISCONNECT.
You would o so by paying a sum of your own choosing, preferably on line, bearing in mind that they will no longer accept payment other than in person after a certain point in this process.
Then you would dial up and use their automated system designed for last minute late payments which will provide you with a confirmation Notice and number when you do so.
Once you are deemed to have exceeded their procedural deadline, they will then only accept payment in person at a Hydro office (not on line) and the risk is present that they may disconnect you anyway.
There are no guarantees in life.
Meanwhile, do everything possible to work toward a slim new energy independence and the goal of grid defection, which is now a rapidly growing sector.
There is only one way to stop any utility from behaving no differently than hard line dope dealers who abuse those over whom they think they have a monopoly.
If we want them to stop treating us like energy junkies, what do we do?
Find a way to grow our own power.
PLEASE HIGHLIGHT THE WHITE LINKS FOR BETTER VISIBILITY:
The link below tell you how to make late payments. Remember that a late payment is not connected to a threat of disconnection until you yourself proactively connect it using the automated system to do so.
Be it more than the figure on your alleged notice or the sometimes different charges which appear on your bill, if you do decide to choose to make a payment, then immediately after paying, call the number number at the link below to alert the automated system that your account is now paid. Tell them the account number, the date, the amount you paid, etc. Be sure to also get a confirmation receipt number while there.
Whether it is a mobile/cellphone, a wifi router, a walkie talkie, a baby monitor, a portable phone, an alleged smart meter or any other wireless device, the second your data becomes wireless, as of that moment you no longer own nor have any further claim of ownership over your own private data.
Once the data enters or leaves the wireless device at all it has become a wireless transmission. Legally, the owner of the data, has relinquished ownership rights by use of wireless devices and has no jurisdiction over the air.
GET IT IN WRITING
FOR THE INSTALLER(S):
A list of demands to expect of any alleged installer, temp employee, technician, electrician or other etc:
Provide written proof of the following:
- full name
– proof of ID and ID badge and number
– license plate number
– name of company/corporation with which installer is affiliated
– name of installer’s own insurer
– written proof of installer’s electrician and/or electrical engineer qualifications, – installer’s license
– work order file number
– insurer identification papers
– name of company, policy ID number, and proof that the installer s in possession of insurance papers from insurance provider for installer’s own personal errors and insurance and/or liability insurance
– a signed disclosure fro the utility co-signed by the installer that the installer is fully aware of and fully liable for any and all hazards and risk associated with performing a hot swap under live load and for all subsequent damage to the homeowner’s entire electrical system, which is inherently electrically incompatible with all wireless grid devices and the frequencies they generate and enable.
FOR THE UTILITY CEO:
The list of demands to expect of the CEO of the utility, to be provided in the form of written information sent to the customer by registered mail:
Submit in writing a request for the utility CEO’s own personal written assurance that they will assume all liability and demand a guarantee signed off on by the CEO of the utility that they will provide proof in writing forthwith that:
- this microwave bi-directional transmitter device is fully safety approved by every possible agency, national and international and every independent non industry related body able to guarantee absolute safety and insurability
As is done in Sweden:
- demand free of charge a professional electrical installation to be installed in tandem with the alleged “meter” and before or inside the service panel, a specifically designed, smart grid compatible, insurance approved, industrial grade whole house transient suppressor
In this written submission request the inclusion of the utility CEO’s own assurance and guarantee that
- the alleged “smart meter” and grid wireless frequencies will not generate nor enable the creation of any harmonic distortion nor introduce into the home system any transients, spikes, surges.
– this industrial grade suppressor and alleged “smart meter” device are both fully insurable
– this industrial grade suppressor is designed to smooth and neutralize all grid and device related hazards and invasive aspects of the smart grid
– this industrial grade suppressor and alleged “smart meter” device is able to prevent damage and property devaluation from all electrical and/or wireless sources introduced by the utility into the personal private electrical system of the owner
– this suppressor and alleged “meter” meet the standards for and will protect all house contents and structural components from all related frequency interference and harm, invasion or violations, biological and otherwise
Demand in writing within this guarantee that this device and the frequencies it generates and enables are in every way insurable because they are 100% electrically compatible with
– the meter base
– the service panel
– the circuit box
– all uninsulated home wiring
– all firewall separations
– all electrical codes
– all building codes
– all occupants
– will not compromise or void homeowner insurance,
– pose a fire hazard
– corrode the meter base metal
– cause the temperature of any component of the home’s electrical system or the meter itself to change/increase, overheat
-insurable for full safety from all future malfunction, risk, fire hazard, property depreciation, privacy invasion, or potential to compromise health
Be certain to demand a written guarantee that this is not a wiretapping device.
Ask the utility CEO to include in this written assurance that the device’s SMPS (switching mode power supply), its antenna(s), its radio transmitter(s) and Zigbee chips inside will not
– cause any physical or data or electronic interference whatsoever with your own biological bioelectrical system, your electrical system, your appliances, your electronics, your firewall separations, the current structural specification of your home which were not designed for microwaves
Make certain that the CEO of the utility can give written assurance that this device will not
– violate any rights
– invade privacy
– share information
– undermine health
– frequency graph
– remotely control the customer’s service panel,
– analyze, network, or broadcast wirelessly private customer data or metadata outside the alleged “measurement” device
– collect, remove or rebroadcast into the air the customer’s personal data and metadata