In this invitational presentation to the San Francisco Tesla Society consulting engineer Rob States explains how PG&E's so-called 'smart' meters work and why they endanger health and privacy.

  • Smart meters do not save energy. They simply make a homeowner more aware of their energy consumption and encourage them to reduce consumption.
  • Smart meters are part of a mesh network, meaning depending on where your meter is located in the network, it could have a near-continuous duty cycle.
  • Smart meters have a dipole antenna that radiates laterally, irradiating humans in nearby homes. 
  • Non ionizing radiation breaks Van Der Waals bonds, which are important in the biological processes of protein synthesis and replication of DNA. 
  • A Swedish study showed that between 3 and 35% of the population is moderately to severely sensitive to electromagnetic radiation.
  • The Italian smart grid communications without RF radiation.
  • A smart meter can spy on your activities inside the house via an inexpensive DSP chip that can analyze the power signature. We don't know with certainty whether the smart meter has this chip in it because the utilities claim the software block diagrams are proprietary.

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