The relationship of the consumer to the company providing the products in this country appears more and more to be taking on the proposition that we, the consumer, are at the provider’s mercy, no matter how flawed or dangerous the product might be. We are being asked to accept by blind faith that the articles we purchase are safe for our use or consumption.
The question which needs to be asked at this time is, when does the quest for corporate profits exceeds the concern for the welfare of the consumer? That question seems to be at the heart of the issues centering on the growing problem of the malfunctioning of smart meters throughout the United States.
The following catalogue of damage and death is provided to us from the Smart Meter News of October 10, 2014:
In July of 2010, a fire took place in Vacaville, California the source of the fire was associated with a recently installed Smart Meter, and the fire resulted in the death of the 42-year-old home owner Larry Nikkel.
In July of 2014, fires associated with the recently installed Smart Meters in Portland, Oregon lead to Portland General Electric replacing 70,000 recently installed Meters.
In September of 2014, the Reno and Sparks Nevada fire chiefs asked the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to investigate the safety of smart meters installed by Nevada Energy on homes and businesses throughout the state due to the number of fires believed to be associated with the meters, including one fire which killed a 61-year-old woman.
One questionable action on the part of the Utility companies has surfaced that takes place whenever a utility provider is confronted with a claim to be reimbursed for damage from a smart meter— the utilities are quick to state that the meter was approved by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for installation. Investigation has revealed that many of the meters were indeed tested by Underwriters Laboratories, but never given the Certification as having passed all of the tests; instead they were verified
As an example of the questionable pre-testing and preparation of the Smart Meter the following section of this article is taken directly from a report filed by Nevada Energy with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission; the information is contained in Docket 10-02009 of the Commissions archives. It constitutes the Utilities response to the Commission regarding problems in the Smart Meter operation.
In the category of Bad Metrology the following meter problems were addressed, “a.) High voltage error, b.)The meter stopped recording, c.)The meter reading process failed.”
In the category of the Consumed Meter, the following meter problems were addressed, “a.)Burnt meter, b.)Internal fault, c.)Smoked meter.”
In the category of Broken Parts, the following meter problems were addressed, “a.)Bar code will not scan, b.)Broken base/cover, c.)Loose parts, d.)Parts broken at receiving.”
The installation of the first smart meters took place in this country in the early 2000’s. As a result of the time span involved, and the fact that these meters have been functioning 24/7, the inherent problems with these machines are becoming all too apparent. It is time for the utility companies which received enormous amounts of money from the federal government as a part of the stimulus grants programs, to state there is a problem with the Units which they want to correct and to make things right.