Will the PSC Enable More FPL Greed? Updated Information re: FPL service hearings & Rate Hikes

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Our sincere thanks to Stop Smart Meters Florida (http://www.stopsmartmetersfl.org/) for providing the following information, which we have modified slightly:

FPL is requesting to increase rates in 2017, 2018 and 2019. These increases will bring your monthly fixed charge from $7.87 to $10.30, a 31% increase. The non-fuel kilowatt charge is expected to increase 25% for the first 1000 KwH, and 19% for KwH over 1000. These increases do NOT include fuel charges.

If global elites drive gas and oil prices back up again — which is likely to happen — your fuel charges could double.

FPL is currently allowed, under the 2012 Order, to earn 10.5% (+/- 1%) after tax profit. For the last 3 years, they have earned the upper limit (2015 – 11.5%, 2014 – 11.5%, 2013 – 11.06%). This indicates their current rates are healthy. As the Retail Federation Assoc. speaker told us, FPL’s request amounts to a 18.7% profit before taxes (outrageous), while the OPC’s recommendation would give them 14.4% before tax profit (more than adequate).

FPL has benefited through this unprecedented financial crisis since 2008 while all others have sacrificed. All key financial rates – 10 yr Treasury rate , Prime rate, etc, and especially the rates you receive on your money – have taken a SIGNIFICANT hit, decreasing dramatically. FPL’s return on equity has INCREASED dramatically during this period. Why are they immune?

FPL’s parent, NextEra Energy (NEE) is significantly out-performing its peers. Their 10-year Total Shareholder Return is 250% versus the S&P Electric Utility Index of 94%, per their recent SEC proxy filing.

Suggested points for FPL customers regarding Smart meters:

[1] PSC disallowance of testimony during the 2012 service hearings was improper,
[2] In light of the NTP study just released (see: http://www.bioinitiative.org/cell-phone-radiation-study-confirms-cancer-risk/ and https://www.rfsafe.com/smartphones-cause-cancer-u-s-government-expected-advise-public-health-risk/ and https://smartgridawareness.org/2016/05/25/radiofrequency-radiation-boosts-cancer-rates-in-animals/), the Commission should re-evaluate its smart meter policies for all Florida utilities,
[3] FPL smart meter opt out fees should be rescinded, and
[4] Analog meters should be provided upon request.

FPL has caused environmental damage to our drinking water (see http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article73233802.html and ratepayers should not pay for the clean up. The Turkey Point Nuclear Plant expansion should be put on hold.

The remaining service hearings schedule is below. We hope the remaining hearings can get better attendance.

FPL remaining service hearing Meetings will be as follows:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach
County
7501 North Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Brevard County Governmental Center
Commission Room, Building C, 1s Floor
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Melbourne, FL 32940

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Museum of Arts and Sciences
352 S. Nova Road
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Monday, June 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135-1300

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
County Commission Chambers
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
South Regional/Broward College Library
7300 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Florida Memorial University
Lou Rawls Auditorium
15800 N. W. 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054

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Smart Meter Deployments: Based upon Biased and False Assumptions for Providing Eco-Feedback to Consumers (Part 2)

[Please see also:

Assessing the Prevalence of Bias in Studies Showing Savings Linked to Energy Consumption Feedback (Part 1)
https://smartgridawareness.org/2016/06/03/accounting-for-bias-in-energy-consumption-feedback-studies/

… plus other recent articles documenting the (so-called) ‘Smart Meter’ scam, here:
https://smartgridawareness.org/ ]

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Smart Meter Deployments: Based upon Biased and False Assumptions for Providing Eco-Feedback to Consumers (Part 2)

What if the billions and billions of dollars being spent to deploy so-called “smart meters” smart-meter-enabled-eco-feedback-imagewere found to be justified based upon biased and false assumptions?  Should consumers still be required to pay for smart meters that were erroneously promoted as being installed for their benefit, i.e., to help them manage their energy bills?

This article will demonstrate that based upon the latest research and under the most optimistic circumstances, consumers within the general population might reduce their energy consumption by only as much as 0.5 to 0.7 % if they have access to enhanced feedback from smart meters.

Continue here:

https://smartgridawareness.org/2016/06/05/smart-meter-deployments-based-on-biased-and-false-assumptions/

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Re: FPL Proposed Rate Hike… Please Attend FPSC Hearings Starting This Week!

PSCFPL[Thanks to www.stopsmartmetersfl.org for providing the following alert.]

As part of a rate filing, field customer service hearings are required. The Florida Public Service Commission has issued its notice of meeting dates, times and locations for the hearings to be held for the Florida Power & Light rate case. The notice can be accessed at this link- http://www.floridapsc.com/library/filings/16/02635-16/02635-16.pdf

Pertinent information on meeting dates, times and locations follows below. Please make an effort to attend one of these hearings and give testimony on the smart meters and FPL’s service. Many of you have had your analogs stolen and replaced with digital meters, without notice and consent, and some had to fight hard to get an analog back. Please let the Commission and FPL know how you feel about how they have mishandled those opting out. For those that had to accept a smart meter due to lack of funds to pay the extortion fees, this is your time to tell the Commission how you feel. If you are an AARP member, please note that AARP has intervened in this rate case and will be there too. Demand they fight for your interests and help procure a cost free opt out for struggling Floridians.

www.stopsmartmetersfl.org

The  purpose  of  these  service  hearings  shall  be  to  take  testimony  from  the  public  on  the  quality  and  adequacy  of  FPL’s  service  and  other  matters  related  to  FPL’s  petition  for  a  rate   increase. The procedure at these hearings shall be as follows:  The Company will present a brief summary  of  its  case  and  then  members  of  the  public  may  present  testimony.   Members  of  the  public  who  wish  to  present  testimony  are  urged  to  appear  promptly  at  each  scheduled  hearing  time  since  the  hearing  may  be  adjourned  early  if  no  witnesses  are  present  to  testify.    All  witnesses shall be subject to cross examination at the conclusion of their testimony.

In  accordance  with  the  Americans  with  Disabilities  Act,  persons  needing  a  special  accommodation to participate at this proceeding should contact the Office of Commission Clerk  no  later  than  five  days  prior  to  the  hearings  at  2540  Shumard  Oak  Boulevard,  Tallahassee,  Florida  32399-0850,  via  1-800-955-8770  (Voice)  or  1-800-955-8771  (TDD),  Florida  Relay  Service.

Meetings will be as follows:

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 5 p.m.
School Board of Lee County
Board Room
Lee County Education Center
2855 Colonial Boulevard
Ft. Myers, FL 33966

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Sarasota City Commission Chambers
Sarasota City Hall
1565 1st  Street
Sarasota, FL 34236

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach
County
7501 North Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Brevard County Governmental Center
Commission Room, Building C, 1s  Floor
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Melbourne, FL 32940

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Museum of Arts and Sciences
352 S. Nova Road
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Monday, June 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135-1300

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
County Commission Chambers
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
South Regional/Broward College Library
7300 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Florida Memorial University
Lou Rawls Auditorium
15800 N. W. 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054

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Major US study links cell phone radiation to cancer

[h/t: The following text is from a newsletter from EMF Safety Network: http://emfsafetynetwork.org]

cellphonebadBig news! This week, a new peer-reviewed study was published by the National Toxicology Program. This U.S. study cost 25 million dollars and took a decade to complete. The researchers exposed rats to whole body cellphone radiation (RFR), and found an increased risk for brain and heart tumors. The study summary includes, “Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to RFR could have broad implications for public health.”

The news of this study was released yesterday. Mother Jones called it a “game-changing study”, and stated “It’s the moment we’ve all been dreading.”

The Wall Street Journal reported, “A major U.S. government study on rats has found a link between cellphones and cancer, an explosive finding in the long-running debate about whether mobile phones cause health effects.”

And surprisingly, the IEEE reported that Dr. Kenneth Foster, an outspoken critic of the link between RFR and health effects, expressed concern. The IEEE reported: “With the NTP study results, Foster expects more governments to put out cautionary guidelines and radiation labeling for cellphones. He says he wouldn’t be surprised if California adds RF radiation to its Proposition 65 list of carcinogenic chemicals, and if the IARC ups its classification rating from 2B: possibly carcinogenic to humans to 2A: probably carcinogenic to humans. “And they wouldn’t be out of line in doing that,” he says. “This is going to change the rhetoric in the field. People can point to much more hard evidence that [cellphone RF exposure] really is a problem.”

More information about this study can be found here:
http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/results/areas/cellphones/index.html

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‘Mobilize’ documentary: A Film About Cell Phone Radiation – FREE viewing May 21 – June 25, 2016

Original here: http://www.clearlightventures.com/mobilize

MOBILIZE

Mobilize is an investigative documentary that explores the long-term health effects of cell phone radiation, including cancer and infertility.

Clear Light Ventures is sponsoring free viewing of Mobilize from May 21 to June 25, 2016 – enter promo code “ClearLight”.

Mobilize from Dreamscape Media on Vimeo.

FILM SYNOPSIS

In 2011 the World Health Organization stated, “The electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The cell phone industry has vigorously disputed these findings.

MOBILIZE is an explosive investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation, including brain cancer and infertility. The politically charged film examines the most recent scientific research and the harsh challenges politicians face trying to pass precautionary legislation. Featuring interviews with expert researchers, mobile phone industry representatives, and prominent politicians, MOBILIZE illuminates how industry’s economic and political influence can corrupt public health.

Featuring Gavin Newsom Lt. Governor of California, Lawrence Lessig, Esq., Steve Wozniak, Richard Branson, Devra Davis, PhD, MPH and many more.

INSTRUCTIONS TO VIEWERS FOR FREE STREAM:

To stream Mobilize compliments of Clear Light, simply click the Rent button, enter your email address and password (create one if need to) and then click APPLY PROMO CODE. When that field opens, enter “ClearLight” and hit APPLY. The rental fee will be waived. You DO NOT need to enter your credit card information.

If you would like to purchase the DVD, it is available directly from the publisher Dreamscape Media or on Amazon. If you are interested in licensing the film for a small group screening, please contact Soundview Media Partners at info@soundviewmediapartners.com.

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Dr. Magda Havas: WiFi in Schools is Safe. True or False?

Is Wi-Fi in schools safe? Find out by watching this video. Learn how the Wi-Fi routers used in schools differ from those in homes; learn about studies that have documented the adverse effects of this radiation on rats, blood cells, the heart, cancer; learn about alternatives to wireless routers that are cost effective, energy efficient and that don’t emit microwave radiation.

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Are Recent Florida Barn Fires — Killing Horses — Linked to ‘Smart’ Meters?

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Update (4/7/2016):
So far we can say that the fire in Fort Pierce does not appear to have been caused by a “smart” meter.
The meter was “smart,” but it was not burned. The property had a trailer and a barn. The pole by the trailer had a smart meter and a line running to the barn; the barn burned down, not the meter and trailer.

The horse barn in which 12 horses died in a fire, also appears (not 100% confirmed) to have a “smart” meter. Sources are examining the fire report. That fire might be a “smart” meter fire. Time will tell.

[H/T http://stopsmartmetersfl.org ]

There were two recent barn fires in Florida killing horses. Reports indicate they were electrical fires and one mentions the electric meter specifically.

Links are here:

12 horses killed in barn fire in Boynton Beach
http://www.wpbf.com/news/12-horses-killed-in-barn-fire/38541292
“Fire investigators said it was an electrical malfunction that blew the power meter, which in turn set a large pile of hay on fire.”

3 horses killed in barn fire in Fort Pierce
http://cbs12.com/news/local/3-horses-killed-in-barn-fire-in-st-lucie-county
“”It looks like it started in the wall where the electrical service came out. That was also where the hay storage was,” said Fire Chief Mike Merritt.”

Most of the time the utilities swoop in and take the meters from the scene and the official explanation is that the faulty meter box caused the fire.

Let’s hope that these fire departments do an honest investigation. So-called “smart” meter fires continue to occur throughout the country (and world).

For more on “smart” meter links to fires, see: http://microwavechasm.org/?s=fires

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Car Hacking – The Issue We’re Wrongly Ignoring

[Our comment: Gee, ya think?! It is astonishing to us that so many of the people who seemingly can’t wait to have their own ‘autonomous’ vehicle, have apparently never heard of (or forgotten?) the notorious ‘blue screen of death’…  when computer operating systems freeze up. And now, with their obvious vulnerabilities to hacking, why would anyone trust these connected vehicles, even at their current state of (non-autonymous) deployment?]

Original here: http://bestride.com/blog/car-hacking-awareness/31326/

2017 All-New GMC Acadia Denali Infotainment

March 3, 2016 by by Nicole Wakelin

Everyone knows computers can be hacked and cars can be stolen.

According to a recent study, most of us have no idea that car hacking is a serious problem, too.

The news comes from Kelley Blue Book and is based on a study conducted in the summer of 2015. Fully three quarters of respondents said they couldn’t recall any news of car hacking in the last year.

This despite a Jeep Cherokee in Pittsburgh being hacked all the way from St. Louis in an effort to demonstrate the vulnerability of cars to hackers. They took control of the car messing with the brakes, radio, windshield wipers, and transmission. This hack was done with the owner’s knowledge as a demonstration, but imagine if it was done maliciously.

There’s also the problem of information security. You connect your phone and transmit all kinds of personal data to your car. Where you live, work, and visit are all there thanks to your navigation system. Your contacts with their emails, phone numbers, and social media accounts are all there, too.

The amount of information up for grabs, combined with the possibility that someone could take control of your car, is cause for worry.

Continue here: http://bestride.com/blog/car-hacking-awareness/31326/

 

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Google’s Loony Experiment Approved by FCC

Note: The direct link for this press release is:
http://www.stopglobalwifi.org/documents/GUARDSPressReleaseMarch2016.pdf

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Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space

GUARDSlogowww.stopglobalwifi.org

For Immediate Release

 Date: March 21, 2016

Contact:                 
Catherine Kleiber, Wisconsin USA, 920-478-969
Ed Friedman, Maine, U.S.A., 207-666-337 info@stopglobalwifi.org

Google’s Loony Experiment Approved by FCC

On March 17, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave Google permission to conduct its Project Loon experiments in the U.S., despite evidence it will violate human rights and harm human health and the environment.

Based on details in the application, the experiments may take place at any location and any time or continuously, will pollute public and private environments indoors and outdoors in the U.S. with microwave radiation, and do not include any requirement to notify people in the area who will be exposed to an altered experimental environment.

In ignoring an evidence-packed objection filed by GUARDS to Google, Inc.’s high-altitude balloon-based project, the FCC letter announcing the approval relies on an unsupported assertion by Google, Inc. “Google states that its proposed operations present no meaningful health or environmental risks,” says the FCC.

The microwave radiation utilized by wireless technology for communication is part of the radiofrequency (RF) spectrum. Project Loon uses both ground-level and balloon-borne RF-generating equipment designed to encourage proliferation of RF radiation reliant wireless communication systems, particularly in areas formerly without radiation saturation.

Over 200 scientists have signed an Appeal to the United Nations asking for RF limits that are more protective. The Appeal states, “Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.

The FCC’s RF limits are undergoing revision, slowly. Comments were due in 2013 on the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry. Hundreds of comments from citizens who are already suffering from the out-of-control proliferation of microwave radiation in our environment asked the FCC to revise its RF limits to be biologically protective as soon as possible.

Wisconsin farmer Dan Kleiber is one of millions harmed by current RF standards, “None of the common uses of wireless technology comes close to justifying the monetary, physical, emotional, and social price our family has been forced to pay for it. …  I wonder if I will get to see my sons grow to adulthood together or if one or both will have their lives cut short by the lack of meaningful biologically-based safety limits for radiation from wireless devices. They are sweet intelligent wonderful children and do not deserve to suffer or pay the final price so telecom companies can make more money.

The FCC’s RF limits are based on the premise that if no thermal (heating) damage occurs, there are no biological effects. The 2012 BioInitiative Report, a review by a global group of experts, refutes that premise, finding, “Public safety standards are 1,000 – 10,000 or more times higher than levels now commonly reported in mobile phone base station studies to cause bioeffects.

Section 15 by Prof. Igor Belyaev, Stockholm University, in the 2012 BioInitiative Report states, Our analysis suggests that different (bandwidth, frequency, modulation, polarization) NT MW [non-thermal microwave] signals should be considered as separate agents in setting the safety standards. The data also indicate that duration of exposure may be as important as power density (PD) and specific absorption rate (SAR), and, therefore, the ‘dose’ and duration of exposure should also be considered in safety standards along with PD/SAR.

Balyaev’s section of the Report cites studies showing bioeffects at very low radiation levels. China and Russia, as well as other formerly Soviet countries, have RF limits that are one hundred times more protective than the FCC’s RF limits. Salzburg, Austria has RF limits that are one million to ten million times more protective.

The U.S. Congress is complicit in the problem. On September 13, 1995, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, which had drafted population-protective, biologically-based RF exposure regulations, was de-funded by the Senate Appropriations Committee, which wrote, “The Committee believes EPA should not engage in EMF activities.” The FCC has no environmental or health expertise, yet the 1996 Telecommunications Act gave the FCC sole responsibility for setting RF safety limits. At the same time, the Act prohibited municipalities from considering human health or the environment when siting cell towers.

The FCC response to GUARDS’ objections noted, “Issues regarding the risk of harm to life and property from the balloon potentially crashing or interference with airplane operations are outside the regulatory authority of the FCC and should be referred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as they have authority over those matters.” This seems to indicate that the FCC, previously described by Harvard Ethics researchers as a “captured [by those they regulate] agency,” has not bothered to consult with the FAA and prefers to ignore this risk approval could impose. Meanwhile, there are instances of airplane pilots becoming ill, most likely from RF exposure in the cockpit, and of essential cockpit instruments malfunctioning due to RF interference. The safety of aircraft, crew, and passengers seems to be of no concern to the FCC.

GUARDS calls for an urgent reassessment of this situation. The Senate Appropriations Committee must allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resume its RF regulatory responsibilities. The FAA must be allowed to put safety first. The FCC should be directed to work with the EPA, the FAA, and other federal agencies tasked with protecting health and the environment before granting unilateral approval of projects with such far-reaching consequences as Google’s Project Loon.

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Resources:

Objection Filed To Google, Inc. License Application at FCC https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=170563&x=.

FCC’s Response to GUARDS’ Objection https://www.stopglobalwifi.org/documents/GUARDSResponseLetterfromFCC.pdf

Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space (GUARDS) www.StopGlobalWiFi.org

EMF Scientists Appeal to the United Nations www.EMFscientist.org

Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates http://ethics.harvard.edu/files/center-for-ethics/files/capturedagency_alster.pdf

2012 Bioinitiative Report: www.bioinitiative.org

International RF Limits: http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/science/intguidance.asp 

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Action Needed on US Senate Bill 2012

Originally posted here: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2016/03/11/action-needed-on-us-senate-bill-2012/

Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 3.08.01 PMHeads up, Smart Meter Activists!

(A Message from Stop Smart Meters Montana):

S. 2012 is now before the Senate and will be voted on imminently.
“Introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the Energy Policy Modernization Act aims to help modernize the grid and reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”

It is easier to stop funding of Smart Meters/Smart Grid at their source, rather than try to remove them once they have been surreptitiously installed.  Much of the funding for our current SMs came from the Stimulus Package of 2009 with matching industry funds. Senate Bill 2012 has already passed the House and is before the Senate now. This bill includes provisions for the further Federal development of Smart Grid programs.

Please contact your Senators, and ask them to please REMOVE any provisions, including section 2305, for Smart Meter/Smart Grid Programs from Senate Bill 2012.  Smart Meters/Smart Grid are dangerous, unsafe and a public health threat.  Taxpayers should NOT be forced to fund something which will be harmful to them.

Please call your Senators and ask them to remove all funding and provisions, including section 2305, for a Smart Meter/Smart Grid system from S. 2012.

To find your Senators  http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Thank you.
Please Spread the word.

Stop Smart Meters Montana

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