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Electrical Engineer explains billing increases with Smart Meters … from stopsmartmeters NZ site

 

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This is from stopsmartmeters.org.nz  A recent post here concerning the billing increases for our elderly people raised the question, ‘are Smart Meters a factor in this equation?’ It’s reported the elderly are staying in bed long hours to keep warm & to avoid turning on heaters. In a country that has fast retreated from its welfare state status, this is heinous … to some at least. But not to those in power who are blatantly ignoring the plight of youngsters who attend school without lunch and families living in garages and tents because there is an affordable housing shortage … while at the same time selling off the housing stock and borrowing millions a week to keep us afloat. At the same time the power companies are doing very well thank you very much. Contact Energy in the year to June 30 2015, produced a 17.6 per cent increase in net profit of $234 million. Any suspicions I’ve had about the Smart Meter contribution to billing hikes is confirmed by this Electrical Engineer. If you’re still in doubt please watch the award-winning documentary, Take Back Your Power. 

Here are some excerpts from the article by the Electrical Engineer:

  • “My research shows that the increases will all be above a 20% increase from previous billings  … 

  • What the Smart meters can an do very efficiently is totalises up all these extra frequencies up to the 20th harmonic and produces a greatly inflated bill for power that you cannot utilise and invariable produced illegally above the Standard 5% threshold.The revolving Analogue Meter absorbs these and do not speed up to increase the billed amount…

  • With the health issues aside the use of the Smart Meter Technology is claimed to have many benefits to the consumer, retailer and the country as a whole by better utilizing resources and decreasing our carbon imprint.In New Zealand nothing could be further from the truth. What every consumer will notice immediately with out any doubt is the increase of their Billing Costs over the old Analogue meter billing.”

Read more at the source:  http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/an-electrical-engineers-perspective-on-smart-meters/


Check out our Smart Meter pages for further info and links

EnvirowatchRangitikei

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Wind Farms: Little People vs Corporate Power in the Central North Island

Imagine …  a transformation from the stunning, pristine view above … to this!

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How corporate, big business loves to impose their footprint, all with an eye to profits and usually without true consultation or consent from the people their decisions will affect.

If you’re not up to speed with wind farms and how they work take a look at the events that have gone down with this particular proposed wind farm in the central Hihitahi Plateau, North Island, NZ. Follow the links also to the website that is the voice of those who are trying to oppose this violation of the environment. The site features articles and details of their struggle. There are many question marks over the cost efficiency and safety to human health of wind farms.

PROJECT CENTRAL WIND

Introduction & Timeline of Events:

Meridian Energy Limited (MEL) a state owned enterprise, sought and obtained consents for two wind monitoring masts on the Hihitahi Plateau in 2006 in preparation for a proposed wind farm in the area.  MEL subsequently sought resource consent in 2008 for Project Central Wind (PCW) – a 47 square kilometre site located east of SH1 between Waiouru and Taihape and just north of Moawhango. The site covered six farm properties and sits within three local government jurisdictions – Rangitikei District, Ruapehu District, and Manawatu-Wanganui (Horizons) Region. Consent was sought for the construction of 52 x 135m  turbines and ancilliary works.  Consent with some conditions was granted 11 February 2009…. Read more:  https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/project-central-wind/ 

~ EnvirowatchRangitikei ~

The less publicized hazards of wind farms

Here are two articles brought to my attention by a local person who lives in the vicinity of Project Central Wind.

These farms that are promoted as green and healthy are, when truth is known, far from either. Search the articles here and on Youtube … you will find verification of this. They are heavily subsidized by governments and bring many health problems.

Here we have added difficulties highlighted, one being hazards for light aircraft and a death trap for bats. It’s also known they have a propensity to kill birds, understandably.

EnvirowatchRangitikei

 


Pilots warn of a disaster as wind farms flourish

Sunday Express – Paula Murray – October 4, 2015 (windaction.org)

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Wind turbines pose risks for light aircraft – an accident waiting to happen

“Light aircraft pilots have warned it is “just a matter of time” before wind farms cause a “disastrous” accident in Scotland.

Small planes along with helicopters, gliders, microlights and other hobbyists make up the biggest user group of the UK airspace in terms of low level flying and contribute some £3billion to the economy supporting close to 40,000 jobs.

Member organisations admit the fast-growing renewables sector has created some “fairly significant” issues which they have fought hard to resolve.

Their main concerns relate to downwind turbulence from the turbine blades plus problems with visibility especially in poor conditions…”

The fast pace of development mean maps and charts are often well behind of the size of existing farms and new developments with anenometer masts springing up to scout potential development sites.

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Bats Killed in Large Numbers at United States Wind Energy Facilities

BioScience – Mark A. Hayes – December 1, 2013  (windaction.org)

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Bat fatalities due to wind turbines

“The development and expansion of wind energy facilities is a key threat to bat populations in North America. Dead bats are being found underneath wind turbines across North America, and bat fatalities have been documented at almost all of the wind facilities at which thorough bat surveys have been conducted. This paper examines the scale of the problem. The abstract and conclusions of the paper are provided below. The full paper can be accessed at the links on this page.

Abstract (from bioscience.oxfordjournals.org)

Bats represent a substantial contribution to mammalian species diversity and ecosystem processes in North America, including their role in performing important economic service functions. The development and expansion of wind energy facilities is a key threat to bat populations in North America. Dead bats are being found underneath wind turbines across North America, and bat fatalities have been documented at almost all of the wind facilities at which thorough bat surveys have been conducted. The results….”

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How wind turbines can affect your health – from the Council of Canadian Academies

Very relevant to the Rangitikei with Project Central Wind … to read more that project go here. For further links to articles go to ‘categories’ on the main page or check out  the Health Effects of Wind Turbines page. 

RECENT RESEARCH:

Expert Panel finds that annoyance can be caused by wind turbine noise — a clear adverse health effect

Ottawa (April 9, 2015) – A new expert panel report, Understanding the Evidence: Wind Turbine Noise, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies provides an in-depth examination of 32 potential adverse health effects linked to wind turbine noise….

The Panel’s report stresses that, given the nature of the sound produced by wind turbines and the limited quality of available evidence, the health impacts of wind turbine noise cannot be comprehensively assessed and further information and study are required.

The Panel outlined 11 main findings discussed in the full report. Some findings include:

1. The evidence is sufficient to establish a causal relationship between exposure to wind turbine noise and annoyance.

2. There is limited evidence to establish a causal relationship between exposure to wind turbine noise and sleep disturbance.

3. The evidence suggests a lack of causality between exposure to wind turbine noise and hearing loss.

4. For all other health effects considered (fatigue, tinnitus, vertigo, nausea, dizziness, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, etc.), the evidence was inadequate to come to any conclusion about the presence or absence of a causal relationship with exposure to wind turbine noise.

5. Technological development is unlikely to resolve, in the short term, the current issues related to perceived adverse health effects of wind turbine noise.

6. Impact assessments and community engagement provide communities with greater knowledge and control over wind energy projects and therefore help limit annoyance.

Read More: http://www.scienceadvice.ca/en/news.aspx?id=146