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How the Smart Meter ‘Remote Disconnect’ Can Cause Fires

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  I have previously stated that “the most dangerous ‘feature’ included in the majority of smart meters deployed today is the remote disconnect option.” [1] [2]  At the time, I was primarily referencing the increased risk … Continue reading

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Occasional Catastrophic Digital Meter Failures ‘Worth the Risk’, According to Industry Executive

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions A utility industry document written in 2006 has been discovered that reviewed costs and benefits related to solid-state (digital) utility meters used for residential customers [1].  In that document, a senior vice-president for National Grid … 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 have that failure mode.  This was the information presented by an industry representative at a recent conference sponsored by the Edison Electric … Continue reading

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Utilities Remove Burned Smart Meter Evidence from Fire Scenes

We’ve had anecdotal evidence for quite some time that utility companies remove burned smart meters from fire scenes before fire investigators can determine the source of home or business electrical fires.  This was more officially reported this past March when … Continue reading

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When Water Gets Inside Smart Meters, “All Bets Are Off.”

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions In June it was reported based upon a Chicago Tribune investigation that a Chicago Suburb Claims Smart Water Meters Don’t Overcharge. “They Misrecord.”  The Tribune has continued to investigate this issue and has found problems with … Continue reading

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NLRB Case Files and Judge’s Decision Confirm Smart Meter Fires

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions, Updated August 2, 2016 In the original story from 2015, I indicated that Oncor was in the process of appealing the ALJ decision.  Based upon a Decision and Order dated July 29, 2016, Oncor lost … Continue reading

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Safety Authority Rules Ontario Smart Meter Explosion and ‘Ball of Fire’ Not Caused by Smart Meter

In a press release on June 10th, Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) announced that it has ruled out the smart meter as the source of an explosion and fire that occurred on the exterior of a Collingwood house on Sunday, … Continue reading

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Update on Last Week’s Ontario Smart Meter Fire: “Next time we might not be so lucky.”

Last week we reported on a ‘Ball of Fire’ from a Smart Meter Explosion at a home in Ontario, Canada.  Today the local media ran a story with a photo capturing the remnants of the smart meter for the Collingwood home. … Continue reading

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Updated: Homeowner’s Vivid Account of Smart Meter Explosion in Ontario plus Initial Government Reaction

Earlier this week, we reported on a ‘Ball of Fire’ from a Smart Meter Explosion at a home in Ontario, Canada. Veronica Onyskiw was interviewed on Talk Radio AM 640 in Toronto yesterday regarding the smart meter explosion that resulted in … Continue reading

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‘Ball of Fire’ from Smart Meter Explosion

Veronica Onyskiw woke up to the sound of her dog growling and a loud noise like a revving engine coming from outside her Beech Street home (in Ontario, Canada). Worried someone was breaking in, Onyskiw tried to call police, but … Continue reading

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Increased Risk of Smart Meter Fires Remains despite Receiving ‘Passing Grade’ for Nevada Test Samples

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  Underwriters Laboratories (UL) last week gave a passing grade for a sample of 72 smart meters that were previously provided by the utility company NV Energy for product testing. Yesterday, the Associated Press ran with … Continue reading

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‘Smart’ Meters Have Failed and Were a Dumb Investment

Having reached the end of 2014, there is no doubt it has been a devastating year for utility smart meters and smart grid advocates.  Whether all utility executives yet realize it or not, smart meters have failed.  They have failed miserably to … Continue reading

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