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[3] FPL smart meter opt out fees should be rescinded, and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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FCC needs input regarding allocation of spectrum for 5G

Original here: http://www.saferemr.com/2016/08/fcc-needs-input-regarding-allocation-of.html

5GThe FCC needs your input regarding allocation of spectrum for 5G. The deadline is September 30, 2016.
Submit your comments regarding allocation of additional frequencies within the 5G spectrum that the FCC is going to vote on including 24-70 GHz as well as higher spectrum: 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 95 GHz.

For more information about these proceedings: http://bit.ly/FCC16-89A1.

If you follow the instructions below, you can comment on five different dockets at once. You may want to comment specifically on the ways they want to use 5G technology such as: “machine-to-machine communications, healthcare devices, autonomous driving cars, and home and office automation.”

Follow These Instructions to Make Comments:

1. Click on this link   http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.

2. Click on “Submit a Filing” Tab at the top of the page.

3. Click on “Express a Comment” (on top of the page) to just make a comment or “Standard Filing” to attach documents (one of which can be your comment).

4. You can make one comment for all five docket numbers at once. Simply type in or Copy and Paste each of these Docket numbers one at a time into the “Proceedings” Field and make sure they are accurately displayed in the window:

14-177

15-256

RM-11664

10-112

97-95

5. Fill out all required fields and click “Enter” or “Return” before you go to the next field. There is a check box to request an email confirmation.

6. Once all fields are filled out – click continue screen.

7. Review and submit.

8. Write down your confirmation # so you can check on your submission.

I submitted the following express comment today:

In light of your upcoming votes on allocation of additional spectrum for 5G, I want to draw your attention to the International EMF Scientist Appeal (https://EMFscientist.org) which calls for stronger regulatory standards on radio frequency (RF) emissions.

The Appeal has been signed by 221 scientists from 41 nations. All of these scientists have published peer-reviewed research on electromagnetic fields and biology or health.

The FCC’s RF guidelines were adopted 20 years ago. Many scientists and health professionals believe these guidelines do not protect the population from non-thermal health risks due to RF radiation exposure. To ensure public health and safety, the FCC should commission an independent review of the biologic and health research to determine stringent RF standards before allowing additional spectrum to be used for new commercial applications.

I also wish to remind you that the FCC has yet to act on NOI #13-84, “Reassessment of Federal Communications Commission Radiofrequency Exposure Limits and Policies,” issued in 2013 and a similar NOI issued a decade earlier. The 2013 NOI has received more than 900 submissions–almost all call for stronger regulation of RF radiation. Links to key submissions can be found on the Electromagnetic Radiation Safety website at http://www.saferemr.com/2014/08/part-i-why-we-need-stronger-cell-phone.html.

Finally, the General Accountability Office issued a report entitled, “Exposure and Testing Requirements for Mobile Phones Should Be Reassessed” (GAO-12-771: Published: Jul 24, 2012. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-771). The report made the following recommendations which have yet to be addressed by the FCC:

“FCC should formally reassess and, if appropriate, change its current RF energy exposure limit and mobile phone testing requirements related to likely usage configurations, particularly when phones are held against the body. FCC noted that a draft document currently under consideration by FCC has the potential to address GAO’s recommendations.”

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Offline is the New Luxury

Original here: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2016/08/24/offline-is-the-new-luxury/

This documentary, Offline is the New Luxury, is well worth a watch. Although it does not address the issue of RF health impacts specifically, it does flirt with the issue a number of times. Adopting the EHS terminology of “white zone” it documents how those areas without internet access are quickly vanishing from the face of the planet, driven by companies like Google and Facebook, and their quest for new markets.

Truly terrifying when you layer the  carcinogenicity and toxicity of RF on top of the existing social consequences of our tech addiction.

Technology can be a good thing, but let’s keep it wired, and within reason. Unfortunately the tech behemoths have other ideas in mind for our future.

So get out there and defend a white zone today! Not so sure about reporting it through an iPhone app though…

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Tom Wheeler Dodges Tough Questions at FCC Hearing

Originally posted here: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2016/07/18/tom-wheeler-dodges-tough-questions-at-fcc-hearing/

Also, see here for a journalist account of security intimidation at the FCC meeting, after he requested to see a t-shirt carried by an attendee with a wireless safety message on it. The repression and intimidation of the press and of the public by agencies which we fund and ostensibly serve us– is not acceptable.

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Wireless Health Science Firmer Than Ever as FCC Poised to Say “Screw Health” and Approve 5G Wireless Micro-Cell Invasion

Original here: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2016/07/08/wireless-health-science-firmer-than-ever-as-fcc-poised-to-say-screw-health-and-approve-5g-wireless-micro-cell-invasion/

wireless-office-cubes-copy-300x198In May, the results of a “game-changing” $25 Million study on the cancer risk of wireless technology, carried out by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) was released.  The study determined that ambient radiofrequency radiation (RFR) of the type emitted by cell phones and smart meters produces statistically significant increases in DNA damage and cancer in mice and rats.* The results of the study, according to authors, “could have broad implications for public health.” A handout on facts vs. myths about the wireless/ brain cancer issue has been produced by UC Berkeley’s Joel Moskowitz, and is a useful reference point to counter widespread misrepresentations in the media.

In light of the NTP research, Stop Smart Meters! reissues our demand for a halt to any planned smart meter deployments worldwide, a recall of hazardous smart grid technology, and independent investigations into the corruption that led to toxic technology being forced on our communities.

One thing is for sure. Following release of the NTP study results, it no longer credible to remain in denial of the fact that wireless technology damages human and environmental health. The question we should be asking as a society is, what are the policy implications for such a finding?

Wireless tech companies and the corrupt government officials in their pockets (Exhibit A) will argue that there simply aren’t any policy implications, and that their (extremely lucrative) business should continue as usual, whatever the cost in human lives, our genome, and damage to the living environment.

Exhibit A: Wireless industry henchman (former CTIA chair) Tom Wheeler now heads the Federal Communications Commission

Exhibit A: Wireless industry henchman (former CTIA chair) Tom Wheeler now heads the Federal Communications Commission

To that end, this Thursday July 14th the FCC is holding a hearing to consider opening up higher frequency spectrum to so-called “5G” wireless technologies, a regulatory move that would open the door to RF exposures on a level far beyond the exposures presently seen, and pose a mortal threat not only to our health but also to our essential landline systems and other safer wired technologies. Even wireless industry news sources claim “we don’t yet fully know what effect incredibly dense mmWave radio networks pumping out really hot signals might have!” and recommending “don’t throw out that tin foil hat just yet.”

How very reassuring.

Meanwhile, journalists with courage to speak out, like Maryanne Demasi of the science program Catalyst in Australia, are being intimidated and demoted, their reporting censored, simply for reporting the scientific facts related to this issue. The original, excellent full broadcast has been removed from by ABC but can be found online here.

Researchers are being attacked and losing their jobs for speaking out on the wireless issue. Dr. Olle Johannson, who has carried out essential research into wireless health hazards, and who believes we are facing an existential threat related to wireless exposures, is being forced into early retirement, his work suppressed.

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Wireless developers breathlessly await 5G as their promotional materials seem to suggest something like a thermonuclear explosion over some unfortunate “smart city”

Are you as revolted as we are by these disgusting attacks against those whose highest goal is to protect our health and the environment? A revolt is exactly what we needed to ensure that truth and sanity prevail over profits, recklessness and hype.

Going along with policies so clearly out of touch with the science–with so much at stake–is no longer an option.

Take Action Now:

Your prompt action is needed to get our opposition to 5G high frequency band wireless technologies on the record:

 1.  Submit a comment to the FCC (proceeding number is 14-177)

2.  Contact Senators on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and demand that the “game changing” NTP results inform wireless policies and protect the most vulnerable. If you have health issues related to wireless exposure, describe them.

*SSM! remains opposed to all forms of animal experimentation–unnecessary and immoral abuse of sentient creatures. More than sufficient evidence of wireless harm exists to justify action.
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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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