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Sign the PETITION :  Stop “Smart” Meters Until They Can Be Proven Safe

By 2016 all of the Hawaiian islands are due to be blanketed with “smart” meters. The health risks of electromagnetic radiation exposure and other issues such as skyrocketing bills, privacy invasion, in-home surveillance and hacking vulnerabilities have not been addressed. The World Health Organization has classified radio frequency radiation a Class 2B potential carcinogen. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has called for a moratorium on smart meters in homes and schools. Experts agree that smart meters are unnecessary for grid modernization. We’re calling on the Governor and the state legislature to stop smart meters until they can be proven safe.


NextEra sweetens deal for HECO customers in buyout

Posted: Aug 31, 2015 9:58 PM PDTUpdated: Sep 01, 2015 1:08 AM PDT

By Rick Daysog 
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –NextEra Energy Inc. plans to expand Hawaiian Electric Co.’s smart meter pilot project to nearly all of its 450,000 customers in Hawaii.That’s a key highlight of the Florida company’s latest filing, in which NextEra promises 50 new conditions or benefits for consumers as part of its $4.3 billion buyout of HECO. NextEra said the deal will save consumers nearly half a billion dollars over the next five years.“Hawaii has some of the highest bills in the nation, arguably the highest electric bills in the nation. We believe we can partner with Hawaiian Electric in helping lower those costs for customers,” said Robert Gould, vice president and chief communications officer for NextEra.Smart meter advocates say the high-tech devices improve reliability and provide customers with more control over their costs. These meters, which use FM signals to send data back and forth between the customer and the utility, provide residents with their up-to-the minute information about energy consumption so that consumers can adjust their energy usage accordingly.But worries about costs and health risks from electromagnetic radiation have prompted consumer opposition on Kauai and parts of the Mainland such as Marin County in California.Gould said studies have shown that smart meters are much safer than cell phones or microwave ovens. They also provide for more reliable service since they can help detect outages immediately, which saves money.“At the end of the day, it’s about putting advanced smart grid technology for the benefit of the utility and the customer,” Gould said.NextEra previously provided about 35 conditions or benefits for consumers and business as part of its buyout offer. Today, it added 50 more conditions to address critics of the buyout, which include Gov. David Ige and state Consumer Advocate Jeffrey Ono.Many of those benefits addressed concerns over the loss of local control of Hawaii’s largest company. NextEra said Hawaiian Electric’s management will be given the authority to make decisions on deals $20 million or less. The company will also expand its corporate givings to about $2.2 million a year for the next 10 years.But critics said that NextEra still hasn’t provide enough information on the deal.“We would hope the PUC would dismiss the case that they simply haven’t produced enough hard facts to move forward,” said Henry Curtis, director of Life of the Land.“Life of the Land still believes that it is a very bad deal for consumers.”NextEra’s Gould said that’s inaccurate.“That’s really unfair. We have been filing responses after responses, some 40,000 pages of responses to intervenor questions and concerns,” he said.

Over the next two months, the state Public Utilities Commission will hold public meetings on all islands. Formal hearings are scheduled in November.

Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now 




Hawaii: Summons for Federal Injunction Helps Kauai Re-think Smart Meters and Democracy

By Penny Apay, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii March 28, 2012

Nataan Kauakahi

No aloha for smart meters.

Sparks are flying on the island paradise of Kauai, Hawaii, with yesterday’s serving of summons to appear in Federal Court for possible injunction to halt smart meter installation, received by the Board Directors of the local electric utility, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, (KIUC).

The purpose of new wireless ‘smart meters’ on all homes and businesses, to replace the existing electric meters, is unclear, because the efficiency has not been demonstrated, while problems with higher rates and sickness have brought protests and lawsuits in many communities.

51 local governments in California alone have issued official statements to delay or criminalize ‘smart meters’. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepson urged his state to reject ‘smart meters’ in 2009 because the pilot project showed no savings.

Nataan Kauakahi of Lihue, Kauai is watching the progress of the smart meter injunction here closely. Behind the wall in his HUD apartment is a bank of 8 new wireless ‘smart meters’, installed without the account holders’ consent . They will be turned on soon, if the injunction against them is not upheld in court.

“These wireless meters emit pulsed microwave radiation many thousand to 190,000 times a day”, Kauakahi said. “But our utility only told us about the 6 daily transmissions back to their base to deliver data. I’m disabled and home all the time. With 8 ‘smart meters’ a few feet away, together sending maybe a million pulses every day, year after year, what are chances my health will not be effected?”

In 2007, the Bioinitiative Report was published in which health symptoms appearing in public from exposure to radio frequency (RF), far below FCC safety guidelines, was cataloged. The European Parliament adopted the reccomendations of .

The number of emissions mentioned by Kauakahi, is for the Landys Company ‘smart meter’. This number was hidden from the world’s public until California Judge Amy C. Yip-Kikugawa, ordered a report Oct 18, 2011.  For years, the incomplete story of only 6 data packages per day has been used by utilities nationally to convince public that ‘smart meters’ are benign.

“Somehow there is an agreement between industry and the Dept. of Energy to not share the whole truth” said Ray Songtree of   “The roll out of smart meters is actually global and is not due to demand for an excellent proven technology, as it has never been tested.  So who organized and pushed this and why have they hidden health risks in all their literature?”

Kauai Resident Marilyn Axtell told the utility Board yesterday, “I am electro-sensitive. Electro-sensitivity is not anecdotal as you have stated.”

Kauakahi told the utility, “ You say, what if you are right and they are harmless? I say, what if you are wrong?”

The health concerns of Radio Frequency (RF) was underscored by the May 31, 2011 World Health Organization classification of RF as a possible class 2b carcinogen along with lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

However, the injunction served at same meeting where Axtell and Kauikahi testifed yesterday was not based on health concern. Privacy and security are the focus.

The plaintiff  for the federal injunction prefers not to publicize his name. “I feel threatened by your statements”, he told the Board, moments before his federal lawsuit was served.

According to KauaiEclectic blog, the plaintiff said,  “All I want, is for KIUC to honor the sanctity of my home and never attempt to install a ‘smart meter’ without my written permission. If the utility agrees to that, the lawsuit will be over.”

Kauai Island Electric Cooperative (KIUC) has changed their policy statements on “opting-out” several times in the past few months. At a December 3, 2011 Board meeting, a unanimous vote supported an “opt-out”, but residents who sent in opt out letters were denied. Then on Feb 15, 2012, KIUC used new words ‘deferred installation’. A month later, at a March 15, 2011 meeting in Kapaa, the coop’s CEO David Bissell said that “eventually people who don’t want a ‘smart meter’ may have their power turned off.” Four days later in a press release he used the words “indefinite deferred installation.”

“The utility is playing word games to trick the public. What they refuse to do is offer a permanent opt-out choice up front,” said Songtree. “Unfortunately our Board is hiding behind many confidentiality agreements so there is isolation and a lack of communication. Remember, this is supposed to be a member owned coop.”

The Kauai Island Utility Coop signed an $11 million federal contract on Sept 28, 2010  for the wireless ‘smart meters’. $5.5 million would come from Federal grant, and $5.5 million from owner/members, but the owner/members of the electric coop have never been shown the terms of contract.

“According to the second principle of our coop, we owner/ members are supposed to have active participation in setting our policies and making decisions.” Says Janet Ashkenazy, another concerned Kauaian.

KIUC Counsel David Proudfoot was asked about how the Coop Principles effect legal status of decisions by Board. He said, “The principles are aspirations, not binding by law.”

Ashkenazy said, “Since the KIUC Board of Directors has never honored the Second Principle of member active participation or other co-op values such as equality, solidarity, and openness, it appears that KIUC is not entitled to its co-op status.”

Christopher Schaefer of Kapaa, Kauai asks, “I wonder what the IRS would think of an electric coop which takes tax breaks but does not function like a coop?”

“Additionally” Ashkenazy said, “KIUC has violated the Cooperative Principle of Education which mandates that it provide necessary information to its members to reach satisfactory decisions.  KIUC has failed to provide accurate information about health and privacy problems connected with ‘smart meters’, claiming for instance that ‘smart meters’ are harmless and do not invade privacy.”

The federal injunction here is all about privacy. The plaintiff has said, “Change the words ‘smart meter’ to ‘camera’,  and it will make it easier to understand where I’m coming from.”

According to 2009 Colorado Report by Elias Leake Quinn , software already now exists to identify any individual home appliance, because every electric device has a unique signature in the way it consumes power.  New “smart” appliances with RF chips are coming soon and then, identifying all usage patterns in home with a ‘smart meter’ will be automatic.  According to Quinn research, some Public Utility Comissions have already given permission and encouraged utilities to share customer information with third parties. Combined with an erosion of constitutional protections, ‘smart meters’ appears to some to be a dangerous threat to freedom.

“On Kauai we don’t have an anti-smart meter group,” said Songtree. “What we have is very independent people who question ‘smart meters’ for health, or privacy, or democratic reasons, and are in touch with each other. The knowledge base takes expression as individual efforts, like this court action, or new websites, or new Facebook pages and many letters to local newspaper.”

“I could be silent no more” said native Hawaiian, Mark Naea, a retired network engineer, who started .

Smart Meters are touching off constitutional sparks in other places besides Kauai. In Napersville Illinois, a similar request for federal injunction against the utility has awakened that community to property rights.

Asked about what they hoped from the federal injunction request for Kauai, Ashkenazy said, “No smart meter roll out and a real Coop.”

Kauakahi said, “Freedom of choice.” 


Hawaii House Resolution Offered for Smart Meter Moratorium

Hawaii Smart Meters

As electric utilities in Hawaii continue to deploy smart meters across the islands of the nation’s 50th state, a legislative house resolution was introduced on March 7, 2014, “expressing support of an immediate moratorium on the installation and promotion of smart meters until they are proven safe to the public health and the environment, economy, and security of the state.”

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Hawaiian Electric in Smart Meter Deal With Sensus

 David Ehrlich   

The Aloha State will be getting a smart grid under a new contract announced today between Hawaiian Electric and Sensus Metering Systems. Sensus said that Hawaiian Electric, which provides electricity for 95 percent of Hawaii’s residents, plans to install Sensus FlexNet smart meters for 430,000 residential and commercial electric customers, subject to approval of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Sensus did not disclose the financial terms of the 15-year agreement.

Hawaiian Electric, part of Honolulu’s Hawaiian Electric Industries, first teamed up with Raleigh, N.C.-based Sensus back in October 2006. After a successful trial involving 500 smart meters on Ohau, Hawaiian Electric upped the ante to 3,000 meters in early 2007.

The technology provides automated meter reading, data collection, voltage monitoring, notification of outages and remote control of customer loads. But that doesn’t mean the utility will be controlling your fridge — these smart meters are for communications between the meter and the utility, not for talking to any smart devices you might have in your home.

The remote control feature usually comes into play with large business customers or electricity-generating plants, allowing the utility to temporarily shut off or lower electric loads to help reduce excessive demand, or to turn on generators to help relieve the demand. It could also be set up to increase or lower electricity use in response to changes in market prices.

Under today’s deal, the new meters are expected to be installed between 2009 and 2015, with 19 tower sites throughout Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island to provide two-way radio network coverage for the system.

Last month, computer giant IBM announced some moves in the smart grid market, making deals with utilities American Electric Power and Consumers Energy to deploy and test smart grid technology. And in October, Landis+Gyrsaid it would provide a major portion of the 5 million smart meters set to roll out under PG&E‘s four-year, $1.7 billion SmartMeter program.