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Richard Mazzucchi - Positive Point: SmartMeter bleaters and cheerleaders

There are 13 comments on the Red Bluff Daily News story from Feb 14, 2011, titled Richard Mazzucchi - Positive Point: SmartMeter bleaters and cheerleaders. In it, Red Bluff Daily News reports that:

Richard Mazzucchi is a retired research engineer specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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Robert Red Bluff

United States

#1 Feb 14, 2011
Good information as always. I can not believe the fear surrounding smart-meters. I realize that change is always difficult, but the amount of emotions wrapped up in this smart meter thing is beyond the pale. Is there any issue left in our country that the right can't turn into some socialist plot to take over their lives?
Red Bluff Libertarian

United States

#2 Feb 14, 2011
I got the letter and pamphlet from PG&E this weekend. After reading the entire packet, I'm not terribly concerned about the issue. I do plan to check the reading on the old meter prior to the change, and will watch to see if/how my usage changes after the switch.

However, since I do use the internet a lot, I will be able to target usage by being alert for time-of-use issues. I can certainly hold off running a load in the dishwasher if it makes a difference to me cost-wise. Same with filling the stock troughs, watering plants, laundry etc.
Round Up Man

United States

#3 Feb 14, 2011
Robert Red Bluff wrote:
Good information as always. I can not believe the fear surrounding smart-meters. I realize that change is always difficult, but the amount of emotions wrapped up in this smart meter thing is beyond the pale. Is there any issue left in our country that the right can't turn into some socialist plot to take over their lives?
You definitely are not as smart as the new smart meter robert. Never knew the smart meter was a political issue until now. When they install it at my residence I will demand that it be an independant meter.
Mooving Experience

United States

#4 Feb 14, 2011
Round Up Man wrote:
<quoted text>You definitely are not as smart as the new smart meter robert. Never knew the smart meter was a political issue until now. When they install it at my residence I will demand that it be an independant meter.
The only choice you will have is to refuse service and generate your own power since it is not cost-effective or practicable to use independent metering systems for billing purposes. Your best bet is to install your own generation - seems you might be interested in one of those non-existant clean coal systems, or maybe you can build your own dung-fired steam turbine since you seem to have an abundance of that to share....
sanity

Redding, CA

#5 Feb 14, 2011
The phone lines are right near the power box. It makes no sense to me that they have to use wireless when the phone lines are right there. I don't use cell phones and I never agreed to being microwaved. Microwave is a form of radiation. It can cause headaches, nausea, tumors, visual distortions, hot eyes, popping noises in the ears, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. It does chromosomal damage. It is RADIATION folks.
Robert Red Bluff

United States

#6 Feb 14, 2011
Mooving Experience wrote:
<quoted text>The only choice you will have is to refuse service and generate your own power since it is not cost-effective or practicable to use independent metering systems for billing purposes. Your best bet is to install your own generation - seems you might be interested in one of those non-existant clean coal systems, or maybe you can build your own dung-fired steam turbine since you seem to have an abundance of that to share....
Now that's funny!
RobertWilliams

United States

#7 Feb 14, 2011
RICHARD MAZZUCCHI MADE ALMOST AS MANY ERRORS IN THIS ARTICLE AS HAS PG$E.

1.Over 90% of the opposition is opposed to WIRELESS. Few are opposed to "Smart."

WIRED smart meters would correctly and safely send the utility use signal information through shielded cables or fiber optic cables.

WIRED smart meters eliminate (a) security problems,(b) hacking problems from potential home invaders (c) Unnecessary and invasive transmitting & receiving antennas placed onto each home and (d) the unnecessary and invasive non-ionizing radiation from being absorbed and passing through the brains and bodies of people's children.

2. The Federal Government did NOT mandate WIRELESS smart meters.
PG&E chose to have WIRELESS meters AFTER getting the project approved with WIRED meters. It saves PG&E millions by eliminating jobs and turning off customer's power remotely with the click of a mouse. Plus PG&E will make more $$$ millions on re-connect fees.

3. Accuracy of meters was NOT verified.
KION/Fox News tested a WIRELESS smart meter side by side with a re-calibrated original analog meter and after three months, the results show PG&E collecting $430 million more dollars from customers per year due ONLY to the meter change.

The company that was supposed to do an independent study of the meters was IN-BED with PG&E, and they did NOT reconcile the 100's of thousands of increased bills from customers after WIRELESS smart meter installation.

4. The California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) report that was done on the health effects said that more investigation needs to be done on the specific type of radiation emitted by WIRELESS smart meters.

World renowned scientists with integrity have done laboratory experimentation with the type of radiation coming from WIRELESS smart meters and they have found cell damage, breaks in DNA chains and breaches in the blood/brain barrier in both test tube experiments and tests on the brains of lab rats.

VIDEO: Top Wireless Radiation scientists reporting at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Nov 18, 2010: cell damage, DNA breaks, blood/brain barrier breaches.
http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagne...

5. Insurance companies will NOT INSURE THE HEALTH IMPACTS from WIRELESS smart meters. VIDEO: http://eon3emfblog.net/...

6. WIRELESS smart meters do NOT give customers information they can use to lower energy usage or utility bills. The information from WIRELESS smart meters is NOT real-time information, but PAST information that is not aligned with the monthly billing cycle.

Real time energy monitors can assist customers, but they are NOT included with a WIRELESS smart meter.

The only thing a Smart meter can do is allow Time-Of-Use billing and WIRELESS is NOT needed for that either.

Economists have identified that Time-Of-Use billing is exclusively for the advantage of the utility company, NOT for the customer. It will allow PG&E to collect more money for the same amount of electricity provided. Utility bills will NOT go down. Some bills will go up less than others.

6. The author of this article, Richard Mazzucchi, has blurred the concepts of WIRELESS, WIRED, GRID, SMART and METER and he has misrepresented the status of numerous issues, as has PG$E.

7. Seven cities and counties that investigated these issues in depth, not just how it seems or what PG$E says, passed ordinances AGAINST WIRELESS smart meters. Two dozen other municipalities have also requested a moratorium AGAINST WIRELESS smart meters and requested a WIRED option.

They are NOT afraid of new technology. They are NOT against 'Smart."

They have identified the significant problems created by WIRELESS meters, the INCREASED COST and problems for customers & communities and the total lack of advantage for anyone other than PG$E.

27 million WIRED smart meters in France and many other successful WIRED smart systems in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

'WIRELESS' IS THE PROBLEM!!!
Schlickster

United States

#8 Feb 14, 2011
RobertWilliams wrote:
RICHARD MAZZUCCHI MADE ALMOST AS MANY ERRORS IN THIS ARTICLE AS HAS PG$E.
....6. The author of this article, Richard Mazzucchi, has blurred the concepts of WIRELESS, WIRED, GRID, SMART and METER and he has misrepresented the status of numerous issues, as has PG$E.
....'WIRELESS' IS THE PROBLEM!!!
Mr. Williams sir,

Are you able to provide a few credible links to substantiate your information and claims?

Thank you for the ones that you provided, I'm interested in a few more that offer the specifics you've brought forward.
Daryl

Redding, CA

#9 Feb 14, 2011
Them meter summa'beeches can read your brainwavs and control yourn thinkin and you kant do enything about it. don be a fool and beeleev them ok?

free yur mind!.. Yee-haw
RobertWilliams

United States

#10 Feb 14, 2011
Hi " Schlickster "

Here is what you requested related to my numbered items in my comment above:

#7. Passing Ordinances: Cities of Capitola, Watsonville, Rio Dell, Fairfax; Counties of Santa Cruz, Marin, Mendocino. You can check their websites to download the ordinances. Read the most current ones, like Santa Cruz - very informative.

Attorney General of Connecticut did a cost benefit analysis and easily determined that $ COST of WIRELESS meters is greater than $ benefits. And that does NOT include the security, hacking and health problems from the WIRELESS meters.
http://www.intelligentutility.com/article/11/...
Or:
http://tdworld.com/customer_service/connectic...

Skyrocketing Utility Bills after smart meter installation (3 minutes, 19 seconds)
http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.h...

#6. Call PG$E and ask them if their meters give Real Time information. No they don't. They send back information to you 24 hours later. Make sure to get past a phone operator - they have NO idea what is going on.

Don’t be fooled when they say LATER you can get real time information cause that would require purchasing all new appliances, home heating systems, air conditioning systems, home networks, etc that have wireless communication through your home to the meters and that would cost $ Thousands of dollars. Also, PG&E claims their meters only send utility information rarely throughout the day. That is false, but it demonstrates the inconsistencies that PG&E claim to promote their misrepresented program.

Inexpensive energy monitors exist if people want to buy one to assist them to lower their energy usage. PG&E makes their WIRELESS meters MANDATORY, because rational decision makers will NOT pay $300 for a WIRELESS PG&E meter that only assists PG&E, nor do we want to pay for the other complementary equipment in total costing $2.2 Billion dollars, all paid by customers, not PG&E.

#5 is already referenced with the video.


#4 is already referenced with the video. Follow up the peer reviewed articles by these scientists and others if you have the time.

#3 Structure Group is the name of the company that pretended to be "Independent when checking WIRELESS meter accuracy." Check them out and you will find that they are a consulting group and PG&E is one of their biggest clients.

#2 Do your basic research on the Federal program funding this grid improvement and you will see that there is NO mandate for WIRELESS meters. Italy has a WIRED system with 27 million meters. In the U.S. check WIRED systems at Idaho Power, EPB Tennessee, Indiana Electric, Kennebunk Maine.

#1. The Wired smart meters transmit signal radiation in all directions being received by the other meters on other people's homes in your community and then they continue to be relayed until they finally reach a PG&E collection box up to one mile away. This is called a "Mesh network." It saves PG&E the cost of the shielded cables to carry the signal radiation. It is similar to sending raw sewage through people's homes and down streets to save the cost of sewer pipes.

The WIRELESS meters and antennas that PG&E places on your home are capable of sending signal radiation a mile or more. Yes, the brains and bodies of your children will absorb some of the radiation and some of the radiation will pass through their brains and bodies, even while they are sleeping.

People would reject the transmission antenna and receiving antenna that PG&E places on each home, but because the antennas are miniaturized and hidden in the WIRELESS meter enclosure, people don't realize that they are now essentially living under a radio tower: transmitting and receiving not steady signals, but pulsed signal radiation, the worst kind.

Radiation Measured From Smart Meter Mounted On A Home (6 minutes, 21 seconds)


Schlickster - hope this helps.

Best,
RW

“Sustainable and Spiritual Soul”

Since: Nov 09

Los Molinos, CA

#11 Feb 14, 2011
RobertWilliams wrote:
RICHARD MAZZUCCHI MADE ALMOST AS MANY ERRORS IN THIS ARTICLE AS HAS PG$E.'WIRELESS' IS THE PROBLEM!!!
Mr. Williams concerns about the wireless communications of SmartMeters leaves the impression that their electromagnetic radiation field (EMF) is somehow different than that of cellular phones - it is not. In fact the level of impact on humans is far lower for PG&E billing meters because of the duration of data transmission, proximity to human flesh, and field strength.
Digital billing meters calculate true power instantaneously, have no mechanical components subject to wear or disturbance from adjacent magnetic fields, and are inherently accurate by design. Any deviation from that reported by analog meters is solely due to the analog meter deficiencies, which have a tendency to run slower over time - so analog meter replacements may give an illusion of increased energy consumption do only to their greater accuracy.
Time of use meters collect and store consumption data in real time, and transmit data files to the utility periodically at which time the real time data is made available for examination and analysis. The meters can be electronically polled in real time if necessary for program evaluations and optimization efforts. The fact that data is wirelessly transmitted as a periodic batch process reduces EMF exposure potentials significantly.
Use of wired communication is not practicable in many cases because many meters are not located in proximity to telephone lines and the economies and reliability of a uniform wireless mode of data collection that is applicable in all cases. Furthermore land-lines are far more vulnerable to tapping, hacking, and disconnection problems that their wireless counterparts.
Finally, as a regulated private utility PG&E is self-insured, so there is no need to bear the expense of private insurance coverages. Furthermore since the installation have been approved by the CPUC following their due-diligence review those claiming damages can also sue the State of California if desired. As mentioned at the conclusion of my column if you need further information or have evidence of unresolved problems please contact the CPUC immediately. Mr. Williams might do the same, however it appears he would rather fan the flames of ignorance with conspiracy theories and reports from those with rows to hoe.
Isaac Clark

Newark, NJ

#12 Feb 14, 2011
Bleaters??? Thats right I'm a highly educated professional and I have the vocabulary to prove it.
sanity

Redding, CA

#13 Feb 15, 2011
So many people don't understand that EMF fields are a totally different energy than RFI waves. Microwaves are waves of radiation, like light waves. The only way to block it is a Faraday cage type contraption and materials. It is also not natural to our planet because the atmosphere blocks it from the sun.

EMF fields, are electro-magnetic fields. They are proximity based. Our planet has a huge EMF field around it, protecting it. Electronic equipment, plugs, TV's, etc produce fields. The further you are, the less of a problem.

People, learn the difference! Think about your microwave oven for a second.. There is screening to hold the radiation inside the machine. Think about cell towers. That radiation is damaging your cells and chromosomal structures. We will not know the true nature of Pandora's box until later. Upside, the teen pregnancy rate has really dropped.(maybe they can't stop texting long enough....)

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