Category Archives: Electricity

Energy giants ‘bully their customers into getting smart meters’: Firms accused of flouting trading laws by telling families devices are a legal requirement

Smart Meters are not compulsory in NZ. I hear folk saying they’ve been harrassed here also, just persistently contacted and told they have to have one. They are being bluffed (unless they included it in the fine print of their contract) … don’t fall for it. I know of one elderly gentleman in a wheelchair who directed his powerco not to install one, and they did anyway. He demanded they remove it and he thought they had but they hadn’t. For more info on your rights in NZ go to our Smart Meter pages (main menu) and/or visit stopsmartmeters nz site.   EnvirowatchRangitikei


From the dailymail.co.uk

  • Households have been bombarded with texts, emails, letters and phone calls 
  • Citizens Advice reports a stream of complaints from harassed customers 
  • Letter from one supplier said: ‘We have legal requirement to change your meter’

Energy giants were last night accused of flouting trading laws by pressuring homeowners into getting smart meters.

Families are being told the digital devices are a legal requirement when they are not. Trading standards chiefs have told power firms that misleading customers in this way is a breach of consumer laws.

Households have been bombarded with texts, emails, letters and phone calls telling them they need a smart meter.

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Fears rotting power poles could kill

From the Otago Daily Times

The serious state of neglect in Aurora’s electricity network has the potential to kill Dunedin residents and leave the city with a power crisis like that of Auckland in 1998, a former Delta employee says.

For the past seven years, Richard Healey has worked for Delta, which manages the Aurora electricity network in Dunedin and Central Otago.

But last week he quit his job over concerns about the state of the “neglected and decaying” network, and believed it could cost up to $100 million to fix.

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Rotting power pole on North Street Dunedin, Photo: Google image

Of particular concern was Delta’s inability to keep up with the replacement of rotting power poles.

Aurora Energy has said it would invest more money into its pole maintenance and replacement programme, and had contacted the Energy Safety Service to organise a compliance and safety audit, in a bid to ensure Aurora Energy’s infrastructure met safety requirements.

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https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/fears-poles-could-kill

 

Header Photo: Google image of North Road Dunedin

The medical experts who refuse to use low-energy light bulbs in their homes: Professors have stocked up on old-style bulbs to protect against skin cancer and blindness

Dailymail.co.uk

How would you view a man who’s stockpiled a lifetime supply of old-fashioned lightbulbs because he believes low-energy bulbs could lead to blindness?

You might well dismiss him as dotty. But the man in question, John Marshall, is no crank. In fact, he’s one of Britain’s most eminent eye experts, the professor of ophthalmology at the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology. So concerned is he that he has boxes stacked with old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs at home.

‘I bulk bought incandescent lightbulbs before the Government made it illegal to import them,’ he says.
‘I can’t give you an exact number, but I have enough to see me out.’

Nor is he alone in his concerns about modern lightbulbs. Another eminent British professor, John Hawk, an expert in skin disease, is warning they may cause sunburn-like damage, premature aging and even skin cancer.

He doesn’t have any low-energy bulbs in his house, explaining: ‘I have lots of old-style bulbs I bought in bulk when they were available.’

Incandescent bulbs had been the standard form of illumination for more than a century. But following an EU directive, the Government banned the import of 100-watt bulbs from 2009. This was followed by a ban on 60w bulbs in 2011 and a full ban on all ‘traditional’ bulbs in 2012.

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Microwaves Are Quickly Killing Us – Barrie Trower, Royal Navy Microwave Weapons Researcher

Microwaves Are Quickly Killing Us – Expert Barrie Trower.

From Smart Meter News

Dr Barrie Trower is an expert Royal Navy microwave weapons researcher

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A Doctor Explains How Smart Meters Are a Serious Risk to Your Health (aka Advanced Meters in NZ

Dr Darren Schmidt explains the technical side of how Smart aka Advanced Meters affect your health. 

Check out our Smart Meter pages for more information on Advanced/Smart Meters, or use ‘categories’ for related articles.  These meters are not compulsory in NZ and they are a known health risk, denied of course by the industries. If you ask your friendly call center person in NZ what are the health risks, they will insist, they’re no more dangerous than a cell phone. If you’ve done your research it’s preferable to by pass them & simply don’t consent to one. Go to Stopsmartmetersnz for information on how to get rid of one. Be sure to watch the recommended doco Take Back Your Power. Really a MUST WATCH because it covers everything you need to know.

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“Clean green” NZ massaging the corporate electricity monopoly with an official green light to “kill solar power”

Now wouldn’t you surely want to encourage solar power? After all aren’t we CLEAN AND GREEN here in Aotearoa? Well apparently not. Again we have the Gov/Corporation comfortably in bed with its corporate mates. Like Local Govt is. They all parade around pretending they are democratically elected government bodies acting for we the people when in fact they are each corporations running on the essential maximize profit bottom line. Which is what corporations are about. However the divide is getting wider and the spin less and less credible by the day.

Think about that. Clean Green NZ wants to quash solar power? Do the math, join the dots & see just who is working for you. It’s not JK that’s for real. Remember this come election time.

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Greenpeace

From the Daily Blog

New Zealand’s electricity watchdog is not fit for purpose and is working with big energy companies to destroy the future of rooftop solar power in New Zealand, according to Greenpeace NZ.

Yesterday, the Electricity Authority (EA) ruled that a controversial move by Hawke’s Bay lines company, Unison, to charge its solar users an extra fee was not in breach of any regulations.

The ruling came on the heel of public uproar, which saw formal complaints being laid with the authority, and a petition asking it to protect solar collecting more than 30,000 signatures in just three weeks.

Greenpeace climate campaigner, Simon Boxer, says the ruling now gives lines companies throughout the country the green light to follow Unison and put a tax on solar.

“This is a blatant move by the EA to wash its hands of protecting and promoting renewable energy like solar so that it can continue to massage New Zealand’s electricity monopoly,” he says.

“It’s no secret that the EA isn’t big a fan of solar. In the past it has even publicly advised New Zealanders not to rush into installing it. By giving the nod for Unison to penalise solar, the EA is effectively attempting to kill the uptake of solar in our near future.

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France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

eiffel-tower-803488_1280This is excellent news. The article is from inhabitat.com via the Guardian

“France just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas to be partially-covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring dramatic changes to the nation’s skylines and bolster the efficiency of all new commercial construction, but the law will help France pick up the pace the solar adoption—which has lagged behind other European nations in recent years…”

Read more: France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building