Here is the update on the Attorney General’s response, essentially recommending that the program be extended only until April 2017 (4 months) at $700,000 with a cost cap to minimize confusion over multiple rates changes.  ($700,000 still seems like a lot of money to me)

http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoomAPI/api/Attachments/Get/?path=16-149%2fAGO_Opposition_102716.pdf

PAGE 1; On September 27, 2016, the Department issued a Notice of Filing and Public Hearing and Procedural Conference. On October 20, 2016, the Department held a public hearing and procedural conference. A final procedural schedule has not yet been established for this proceeding. Since the Company’s filing of its Petition, the Attorney General’s Office (“AGO”), has issued one set of discovery questions. Additionally, the Department has received 17 sets of comments from interested parties, all of which oppose the extension of the Pilot due to concerns regarding cost overruns during the initial Pilot term and the health effects of the Pilot.
PAGE 2 According to the Company, if the Pilot and Smart Pricing rates end on December 31, 2016, customers will have to be switched back to standard Basic Service rates, and if the Smart Pricing rates are thereafter extended, customers will be placed back on Smart Pricing. Motion, p. 1. The Company states that multiple rate switches within a short timeframe are likely to cause customer dissatisfaction and confusion. Motion, pp. 1-2. The Department should deny the Motion, as proposed, because the Company has already far exceeded its Pilot budget as approved in D.P.U. 11-129. 
The AGO does not object to extending the Company’s Smart Pricing rates on an interim basis to help minimize customer confusion. 2 However, given that there has been no opportunity to fully review the Company’s proposed Pilot extension, certain safeguards must be put in place to contain Company spending. Specifically, the Department should establish a set end date for the interim extension and a set a cost cap on the additional program costs incurred during the interim extension period. Moreover, to the extent the Department decides to allow interim approval, it should do so only for the Company’s Basic Service Tariff, M.D.P.U. No. 1296.
PAGE 4 In the Company’s latest Pilot cost recovery docket, D.P.U. 16-28, the Company recognized this budget and stated that its current forecast, including operation and maintenance (“O&M”), capital and cost of removal is $60,393,000. Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, each d/b/a National Grid, D.P.U. 16-28, Exh. AG-1-13. This amount is $14,593,000, or 31.9% above the Department-approved budget amount. Department approval of an interim extension of the Pilot as proposed, with no cost control measures incorporated, may result in additional cost overruns to be borne by the Company’s ratepayers. The Company has not provided any information, either in its Motion for interim approval or in its Pilot extension proposal generally, regarding its ability to control costs. In light of the fact that the Company has already far exceeded the original Pilot budget, the Company should only be allowed to continue the Pilot on an interim basis if the Department imposes some cost control measures. 
PAGE 5 In order to limit the costs associated with an interim extension of the Pilot, while still allowing sufficient time for a full adjudicatory proceeding in this matter, the AGO proposes that a set end date be established for the Company’s interim extension. The Company is requesting approval of a revised Tariff for Basic Service, M.D.P.U. No. 1296 (replacing M.D.P.U. No. 1250), in this docket in order to continue its Smart Pricing as set forth in Section 8 of its current Tariff for Basic Service.4 Given that the Company’s next Basic Service rates will go into effect on May 1, 2017, April 30, 2017 is a logical end date.5 A four-month extension is more than sufficient ameliorate customer confusion concerns while the issues in D.P.U. 16-149 are fully reviewed and the Department issues its final order.

 

PAGE 6 In order to further control additional cost overruns associated with the Pilot, the AGO strongly urges the Department to place a cost cap on the costs that may be incurred during any interim extension period. The Company’s estimated budget for its two-year Pilot extension, representing the estimated O&M post Pilot expenses, is $2,035,000 per year. Exh. WFJ-2. As stated above, the AGO does not oppose a limited, four-month interim extension of the Pilot, which would represent roughly one third of a year. Given this timeframe for an interim extension, a reasonable cost cap could be calculated by taking the Company’s proposed $2,035,000 annual budget for the Pilot and multiplying that by one third. This would result in an approximate rounded four-month budget of $700,000. As noted above, the Company has already greatly exceeded its Department-approved budget for the original Pilot. In order to prevent further overruns of the Company’s original Pilot budget, the AGO proposes a cost cap on costs incurred during any approved interim Pilot extension of $700,000.

This is reprinted from our S.A.F.E. Helps You website for education about electrosensitivity. People who can’t tolerate the frequencies from electromagnetic fields including those emitted from smart meters can experience symptoms. This is one woman explaining what she goes through.

“But what does it feel like?” This is the most popular question I’ve been asked in the last three years. In a nutshell — it feels like unremitting, wired, electrified torture. It feels like I am fused with a force field, that I’m no longer human but part of a circuit. It feels like my body is pulsating to an artificial frequency. If I were to check off some boxes in a physician’s waiting room, my symptom list would include numbness, tingling, muscle twitching, vertigo, loss of balance, pressurized headaches, spinal pain, rashes, insomnia, memory lapses, cognitive dysfunction, altered heart rate, tinnitus, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress and urological spasms — just for starters.
My symptoms worsen to torment based on dose and duration of EMF intensity, and diminish only with distance from the offending source. Which means, if there’s something energetically hurting me, there’s no waiting it out, there’s no “maybe I’ll get used to it,” there’s no “Alison, can’t you just deal with it?” And if I can’t shut it down, there is only one thing to do:
Leave.”
written by Alison Main,  a freelance graphic designer and writer with a focus on environmental health, EMF safety and natural living. You can read her nonfiction essays at uncommonalchemy.me and her published work atalisonmain.me.

On Saturday, September 10, at 7 pm, the Woodstock Smart Meter Forum will launch its fall series. The first speaker of the season will be Dafna Tachover, founder and CEO of We Are the Evidence. She will discuss the environmental and health impacts of the 5G Spectrum Frontiers standards for cell phones and smart meters. The 5G protocol will create the technological framework for the Internet of Things.

The FCC decision will facilitate implementation of the 5G platform in 2017, and it will be intensely infrastructure rich. For example, in the case of cell phones, the new standard calls for mini-cell towers on every telephone pole and on/in houses to support signal saturation. This is necessary since the signal cannot travel through walls. The program is designed to enable billions of microchipped appliances to seamlessly communicate—and it will spread unprecedented amounts of radiation through the environment and peoples’ homes.

Dafna Tachover’s We Are the Evidence is an advocacy group for the protection of the rights of those injured by wireless radiation. Ms. Tachover herself developed electro sensitivity (ES) in 2009. She is licensed to practice law in New York State and Israel and she has an MBA. Further, she has a technical background, which dates from her service in the Israeli Army. There she was a communications and computers officer and commander of the computer center of the Israeli Defense Force Operations Center and Headquarters.

The Woodstock Smart Meter Forum is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place at the Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane in Woodstock, NY.

Apparently, National Grid has decided not to pursue demand response in the UK.
(As you know, National Grid is a UK corporation).
Given that the MA roll-out of smart meters is being justified to support demand response as a form of energy efficiency,
it seems that this is a crucial development that warrants investigation before MA ratepayers are saddled with the costs and other additional risks.
Watch the part about smart meters and why its bad to sign the opt out contract for not wanting the utility company to install a smart meter.
Published on Aug 8, 2016

The “Opt-Out” contract IS A SCAM! This video presents detailed info how to more effectively refuse and challenge harmful and illegal programs which attempt to force you to accept dangerous policies such as vaccinations and spying/transmitting utility meters. This video goes into detail to present your legal options and explain the powerful free documents at FreedomTaker.com which are designed to put the authority back in your hands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIELtYIsbD4

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chair and former director of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), has had decades-long contempt for health/enviro effects from EMF/RF — it is barely concealed here in a short clip from his recent announcement re: 5G. There’s a short notation that someone previously asked him about cancer and wireless and he brushed it off saying “Talk with the medical people.” Well the “medical people” have been talking ’til they are blue in the face re: this and he bats them aside too. Over 200 MDs and Ph.D’s signed a petition last year alone, plus the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Environmental  Medicine and other august medical groups have too.What exactly does it take? After this segment another link comes up from his briefing at the National Press Club where his technophoria is downright creepy. He’s supposed to be a regulator, not a cheerleader. The Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council filed an 11-page comment (attached) prior to FCC’s vote because it’s important to get on record, but honestly, it’s running headfirst into a brick wall. 5G is dangerous. Other countries throughout Europe and New Zealand have elected to study 5G’s effects before deployment — but not in the USA.
This clip shows how Tom brushes off the question about cancer and 5G… so much for freedom of information or investigating all sides of the story. Basically they are in bed with the telecom industry.For those who want to know, Hillary is very pro 5G (it was her husband who introduced all this back in the 1990’s); not sure about Trump.

Thanks to Michele Hertz. And to Kevin Mottus for asking the question. very short clip

 

 

analogamrmeterThis meter looks like a safe analog. But it has a wireless transmitter hidden inside. It appears that utility companies have been hiding wireless transmitters  in so-called ‘analog’ meters, without informing the public.  If you are paying a surcharge for a meter reader to come and a safe analog with a spinning disc or dials, but it is still pulsing microwave radiation.  To make sure your analog is not a ‘trojan horse’ is to use an RF meter and test it yourself.

A Trojan horse ‘analog’ meter (L&G MX model) has been linked with a case of throat cancer in California that is currently the subject of litigation.