Senior PG&E director admits snooping on Smart Meter critics

The PG&E director who oversees the utility's controversial Smart Meter program has admitted using a false name to try to join an online group opposed to the smart meters and secretly monitoring other online forums critical of PG&E. The disclosure by William Devereaux, senior director of PG&E's Smart Meter program, is likely to be yet another public ... Full Story
Anonymous_PhD_ph ysics

San Rafael, NM

#1 Nov 12, 2010
Though I was taught these types of exposures were safe, I eventually realized that I too have electrical sensitivity. It is a huge problem. There have been lots of studies showing the pineal gland responds to EMFs, and we know there is magnetite in the brain and in bones in the sinuses. There also seems to be calcite, and we don't know what it's doing so far (it's a semiconductor, interestingly). And we know that the body has piezoelectrics, especially in the bones.
People should certainly be allowed to opt out of these meters. And why are the utilities "racing" to install them? Actually the utilities have "dismissed" the complaints. What they have not done is address the science, except to point hollow reassurances from the WHO committee run by one of their own, or ICNIRP which they also control. And they don't want to get into the science because it would also expose the danger of the traditional power lines (see the book Cross-Currents by Robert Becker). Look at the 2009 study of Alzheimer's and transmission lines in the Swiss population. It's devastating.
Jim

Eureka, CA

#2 Nov 14, 2010
I don't think public trust can be restored until these people resign or are fired;

Peter Darbee (the man who stated he brings his "Christian values" to the company - Wrong!),

Chris Johns (Mealy mouth that tows the line right or wrong),

Geisha Williams (ruthless snake lady aka "spin doctor"),

Greg Kiraly, Kirk Johnson, Bill Hayes....and more!

They all need to go to restore some resemblance of trust again!

Since: Feb 08

Hana, HI

#3 Nov 14, 2010
There is so much false information being put out by the government, the power corporations and the meter manufactures it is hopeless.
First, the new digital/radio meters are billing devices only, that is their only function, and they are not capable of controlling any individual load inside of a building. In the distant future, the power corporations hope to be able to control appliances and devices in a building with remote controls, only if the customers allow it by buying special appliances and thermostats that allow it. That is the DISTANT future, and no external controls can be forced on customers. If they try it, there will be many legal challenges, and the corporations will lose.
The new billing meters are NOT part of the power grid, they are billing devices only.
The power grid in this country is the largest business investment, and it is very old.
The power poles, transformers, transmission lines, sub stations and related switchgear are inadaquate and most of it is 50 years old or more. The SCADA controls are 40 years old and interoperability between the nodes leaves much to be desired.
The new digital meters are funded by the ratepayers and federal stimulus taxpayer dollars, they are not funded by the investors/owners of the power corporations. The sole purpose of the SmartSynch meter program is to eliminate some of the 861 meter reading jobs in PG&E, and to provide big profits to the venture capitalists investing in the manufacturing of the meters. The new meters don't prevent power outages or save any customers any money on their electric bills, in fact in the distant future, the meters will make it possible for the power corporations to charge more for power used during the hours of the day when it is the hottest.
PG&E insists on a proprietary mesh network and radio network, which cost the ratepayers $5 per month, but Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are selling their cell phone network for billing communications in other parts of the country which cost only a few cents per month.
There is no standard of interoperability between the various manufacturers of the meters across the country. It is a very greedy scam to make big dollars.
Bobby

United States

#4 Nov 15, 2010
Jim wrote:
I don't think public trust can be restored until these people resign or are fired;
Devereaux has resigned. All better now?
Jim

Eureka, CA

#5 Nov 15, 2010
That's a start Bobby!
Grammar Nit

Dixon, CA

#6 Nov 15, 2010
I suspect Mr. Devereaux was the direct object of the transitive form of the verb "resign." He probably signed an agreement not to speak publicly about the matter &etc, and was given a symbolic parting gift. Of one thing we can be sure: as he proceeds to search for a new job, he would do well to avoid applying for any position in IT.

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