Monthly Archives: November 2015

From India: Smart Meter Cyber Attacks ‘Could Bring the Country Down to its Knees’

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions The installation of ‘smart’ meters under India’s National Smart Grid Mission could pose a serious threat to the country’s critical infrastructure, one of India’s leading experts in cyber security has said. According to Sachin Burman, … Continue reading

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‘Smart’ Meters are the Great Consumer ‘Rip-off’ of our Time

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  A UK Money Mail investigation has found that ‘smart’ meters represent “The great smart meter rip-off: Energy giants will use devices to DOUBLE the cost of power when you need it most.” As reported by … Continue reading

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The Role of Consumer Watchdog Groups in Protecting Consumers from Abusive ‘Smart’ Meters

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  Earlier this year, I wrote that Indiana Regulators Reject Smart Meters for Duke Energy.  The headline news was that state regulators rejected a proposal from Duke Energy to raise customers’ rates, in part to pay for … Continue reading

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Suzanne Somers Warns about ‘Smart’ Meters as a Toxic Threat

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  Some fight the aging process, but Suzanne Somers, at 68, celebrates her age, and she has the perspective of having lived a life filled with varied experiences, including that of actress, author, singer, businesswoman and … Continue reading

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New Itron OpenWay Riva ‘Smart’ Meters Combine RF Mesh, PLC and Wi-Fi Communications and Poll Data Once per Second.

At the recent European Utility Week, Itron provided a demonstration of its new OpenWay Riva ‘smart’ meter. SkyVision Solutions has several concerns with this new ‘smart’ meter.  First, the Itron representative made mention that the new meter polls data once … Continue reading

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Utility Industry RF Safety Expert: Utilities need an opt-out strategy for customers who can’t tolerate a ‘smart’ meter on their house.

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Someone sent me a link to a smart grid-related webinar video from 2012 where a utility industry RF safety expert made some surprising but yet rational statements on the need for ‘smart’ meter opt-out programs. … Continue reading

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‘Catastrophic’ Failures Expected with ‘Smart’ Meters

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions ‘Smart’ Meters are expected to occasionally fail catastrophically while analog meters do not normally have that failure mode.  This was the information presented by an industry representative at a recent conference sponsored by the Edison … Continue reading

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Oral Arguments to be Heard this Week by Maine Supreme Court in Smart Meter Case

Note:  This article has been updated with additional information based upon the oral arguments held 11/3/2015.  Refer to the end of the article for the updated content. Oral arguments in an ongoing smart meter case will be heard on November … Continue reading

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