CONTRIBUTION · 23rd October 2011
Jennifer Lewis for Mayor
Byron, Thank you for your question.
My Smart Meter was installed last week and I am really worried about what impact this meter is going to have on my garden and the long term health of my family. Our smart meter installations have increased our exposure to the microwaves.
I have concerns about the food security issues and the installation of these meters in our community and the impact on the honeybee and other benificial bugs for my garden and how this will impact our food supply and our ablitiy to grow our own foods in the future.
Not to mention the increase of the condensed mirco radiation waves our families are being exposed to.
If the Federal and Enviromental Health and Safety have not yet developed policies concerning possible risk from long term non thermal exposures then why are they installing them in our community?
I don't understand why this wasn't investigated prior to installation?
It is worth community dialogue to find soulutions for the health of our community.
I took the following definition from the internet about Smart Meters and consumer benefits.
I have read the UNBC resolution that was passed at the recent UNBC meeting. I have attached both below for your review.
Definfition from the internet.
There are also concerns that the microwave radiation emitted from smart meters could have adverse health effects. Partly for this reason, they have been banned in some jurisdictions, such as areas of California. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Norbert Hankin, Center for Science and Risk Assessment Radiation Protection Division, “Federal health and safety agencies have not yet developed policies concerning possible risk form long-term nonthermal [radiofrequency radiation] exposures.”
Since the inception of electricity deregulation and market-driven pricing throughout the world, utilities have been looking for a means to match consumption with generation. Traditional electrical and gas meters only measure total consumption and as such, provide no information of when the energy was consumed. Smart meters provide an economical way of measuring this information, allowing price setting agencies to introduce different prices for consumption based on the time of day and the season.
From a consumer perspective, smart metering offers a number of potential benefits to householders. These include a) An end to estimated bills, which are a major source of complaints for many customers b) A tool to help consumers better manage their energy use - smart meters with a display can provide up to date information on gas and electricity consumption in the currency of that country and in doing so help people to better manage their energy use and reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions. Some more progressive countries also recognise the potential social benefits of smart metering - for example, the potential for telehealth and social care services that can help to reduce the burden on government health services and enable consumers to live independently for longer. There is also the opportunity to target assistance at vulnerable and low income consumers more effectively and end disconnection for electricity customers.
Electricity pricing usually peaks at certain predictable times of the day and the season. In particular, if generation is constrained, prices can rise from other jurisdictions or more costly generation is brought online. It is believed that billing customers by time of day will encourage consumers to adjust their consumption habits to be more responsive to market prices. Regulatory and market design agencies hope these "price signals" will delay the construction of additional generation or at least the purchase of energy from higher priced sources, thereby controlling the steady and rapid increase of electricity prices.
There are some concerns however that low income and vulnerable consumers may not benefit from intraday time of use tariffs. This will not be good for our most vunerable of our citizens in Terrace.
Smart metering offers many potential benefits but there are concerns that many of the consumer benefits will not be realized.
BC HYDRO WIRELESS SMART METERS
WHEREAS significant and serious health, privacy and other concerns have been identified regarding
the installation of wireless smart meters in British Columbia;
AND WHEREAS BC Hydro is proceeding with its program to install wireless smart meters in British
Columbia although it recognizes there is active discussion and ongoing research into the possible
health and environmental effects related to radio frequency signals and it is aware the World Health
Organization has called for further investigation on this matter in its press release issued on May 31,2011:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a moratorium be placed on the mandatory installation of
wireless smart meters until the major issues and problems identified regarding wireless smart meters
are independently assessed and acceptable alternatives can be made available at no added cost to the consumer.
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 25th October 2011
I have heard many concerns, but had not given much thought to honey bees and beneficial bugs. You are right in that this can greatly impact local food security, thank you for adding another dimension to my growing concerns.