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APS Regulators Questioned About Complicity

Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona AP photo

Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona AP photo

Sedona AZ (January 31, 2014) – The following is a letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission public record, the Governor of Arizona and its Attorney General and copied to the SedonaEye.com editor:

…In my letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission (below) there is a Youtube link to video proof of their lying. The video shows APS “smart” meters transmitting at over 400% stronger than APS claims, and about 20 times stronger than cell towers at 30 yards.

As I ask in the letter, “If APS is lying intentionally, one must ask why. If APS is lying unintentionally then isn’t the public being placed at risk by a monopoly utility so inept that they do not even understand the technology they are using?”

As I establish in the letter — and most unfortunately for Arizonans — the ACC’s lackadaisical and negligent approach to regulating has become such an established pattern, and the ACC’s indifference to the repeated lying of utilities so routine, that I now see the ACC as complicit in those lies, and as willing accomplices in fraud.

AZ Attorney General Tom Horne by Gage Skidmore

AZ Attorney General Tom Horne by Gage Skidmore

Warren Woodward

Ross Circle
Sedona, Arizona 86336
 
January 29, 2014
 
Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC)
Docket Control Center
1200 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007 

Re: Docket # E-00000C-11-0328

Commissioners;

I caught APS lying about the microwave transmissions of their “smart” meters early last year. I brought it to your attention and, characteristically, you did absolutely nothing.

ACC Commissioner Bob Burns

ACC Commissioner Bob Burns

If you see it, will you believe it and do something about it now? Search Youtube for my name and APS Caught Lying [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_TLCd3Litg] and you will see APS “smart” meters broadcasting at over 400% more than the intensity claimed by APS in their dishonest and fraudulent “Myth vs Fact” sheet that APS sends to ratepayers and displays at their website (here: http://apsmeters.com/pdfs/Automated-Meters-Radio-Frequency%282%29.pdf ).

In their “Myth vs Fact” sheet, APS claims their “smart” meters transmit microwaves at a strength of .0009 milliwatts per centimeter squared at 10 feet away. In my video you will see APS meters transmitting at .00389 milliwatts per centimeter squared. My equipment measures in microwatts per meter squared. The 38,900 microwatts per meter squared that I recorded in the video converts to .00389 milliwatts per centimeter squared. I suspect that APS uses milliwatts per centimeter squared because the numbers then seem much smaller and therefore give the impression of being less threatening. In any case, APS is lying — and by 432%. I proved it. 

ACC Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith

ACC Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith

In the video, note also the comparison with cell towers and that the APS “smart” meters are 20 times the intensity of being about 30 yards away from some major cell towers. 

The same questions I posed in my recent letter to you in which I exposed Navopache Electric lying about their “smart” meter transmissions apply in this instance as well:

[http://images.edocket.azcc.gov/docketpdf/0000150913.pdf

If “smart” meter microwave radiation is no big deal, why are utilities nationwide — including APS — lying about it? 

Why are the monopoly utilities allowed to lie and deceive the public?

ACC Commissioner Gary Pierce

ACC Commissioner Gary Pierce

How can ratepayers be expected to make informed decisions if their utility is allowed to lie to them?

If APS is lying intentionally, one must ask why. If APS is lying unintentionally then isn’t the public being placed at risk by a monopoly utility so inept that they do not even understand the technology they are using? In either case, an immediate, thorough investigation by you is called for. In either case – and at the very least – shouldn’t APS be required to tell the truth about their “smart” meter transmissions with the same vigor and zeal with which they lied about their “smart” meter transmissions?

Why haven’t you gotten a microwave analyzer and checked up on these false utility claims like I have been insisting you do for over two years?

Why am I doing the work and research you should be doing with your multimillion dollar budget and hired help?

ACC Commissioner Brenda Burns

ACC Commissioner Brenda Burns

When are you going to actually regulate instead of vegetate? 

Over the last two and a half years I have caught APS lying about almost all other aspects of their “smart” meters and you’ve done nothing. For example, the lies told in APS’s extortion fee request for those ratepayers who refuse a ‘smart” meter are almost too numerous to count. In that request APS is so completely dishonest they even sliced and diced a quote from a 2007 ACC decision to make the quote suit their purpose:

[http://images.edocket.azcc.gov/docketpdf/0000144218.pdf]

I have brought all that and more to your attention, yet you remain complacent and allow this mendacious company to perpetuate a fraud. Again, why is this monopoly is allowed to lie and deceive the public?

Is it because of the money APS funneled (and lied about) to the election campaigns of ACC commissioners Bob Burns, Susan Smith and Bob Stump? [http://www.azcentral.com/business/consumer/articles/20131109arizona-utilities-cash-went-acc-campaigns.html]

ACC Chairman Bob Stump sits on NAURC

ACC Chairman Bob Stump sits on NAURC

The Arizona Republic also caught APS lying about the funding of APS’s solar net metering negative advertising campaign. [http://www.azcentral.com/business/consumer/articles/20131030regulator-calls-out-solar-campaigns.html]. Your response was to reward the liars with a new fee from solar customers. Disgraceful!

Commissioner Bob Burns asked the players involved in the solar net metering issue, including APS, for information about their advertising spending amounts. But no one he asked was under oath! Imagine – he must have expected serial liars to suddenly volunteer the truth. In my opinion, Burns’ “investigation” was strictly for show.

And just like at previous ACC “smart” meter meetings, no one was under oath at the recent solar net metering meeting. Without formal hearings in which companies are under oath, companies can — and have — lied with impunity. 

aps logoCommissioners, your lackadaisical and negligent approach to regulating is such an established pattern – especially when APS is involved – that I no longer see it as inadvertent. Your indifference to the repeated lying of utilities has become routine. So I now see you as complicit in those lies, and as willing accomplices in fraud.

Sincerely,

Warren Woodward 
Cc: Governor Jan Brewer, Attorney General Tom Horne

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6 Comments

  1. Cindy Wilmer says:

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  2. Elaine Brown says:

    Thank you, Warren, for remaining vigilant on smart meter. It has been over two plus years for you, I believe. I am so grateful to you.

    It is exhausting to work so hard trying to help community only to watch people sit on the sidelines reading and figuring it is all good and someone is handling it.

    Things don’t work like that. You HAVE to show up and speak out or your are all done. Once this enters our area, there is no going back.

    Sedona, The Village of Oak Creek or VOC(County run), Jerome and Bisbee showed up. They wrote to the ACC voicing concerns. Cottonwood ignored the subject (small wonder) and Clarkdale let it slide on by.

    Now Clarkdale residents are facing a 65 foot cell tower proposal in the middle of town in an historic area. Just another big “Thank you”. Radiation and grapes don’t mix well, people!!! Radiation and people, especially our children, don’t mix well….

    You are still responsible to do something for yourself and your home. Renters or owners, no matter. You have to tell your neighbors too. It has to be opted out through your entire neighborhood or you will run the risk of being hit by the spiking meters radiation each time you go for a walk or shop. Is this really how you want to spend your days? How about your children?

    Check out this website put together by mothers and fathers:
    http://www.whyfry.org

    Still no time to help? At least opt out until the ACC rules. It costs nothing until they rule. Make sure you are given a blue tag by APS.

    Call APS at 800-253-9405, keeping a record of the date and time you called and the person you spoke with. Expect the staff person to attempt to persuade you to not ‘opt out’ by telling a multitude of falsehoods including huge extra fees for opting out. This is a ruse. NO FEES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED BY THE ACC AT THIS TIME. So don’t fall for the bamboozle. Assert yourself. Demand no “smart” or digital meter. You must get a blue tag.

    http://www.sedonasmartmeterawareness.com/WHAT-CAN-I-DO-.html

    I urge my neighbors in the VOC to call VOCA or Big Park Council and voice a concern.
    VOCA:
    284-1820 or http://www.vocaonline.com/contact-us
    Big Park Council:
    http://www.bigparkcouncil.org/VOC/contact.php

    Sedona is having a special council meeting on Feb. 20th. Please plan to attend. Talk to your neighbors. Let’s help each other, time is fleeting.

    This radiation is very bad for our delicate bodies. Some people will not be able to handle this…….. I love you.

    Elaine Brown

  3. Warren says:

    Here is the link to APS’s “Radio Frequency” page in which they lie about their “smart” meters’ radiation intensity: http://apsmeters.com/pdfs/Automated-Meters-Radio-Frequency%282%29.pdf

  4. @Clarkdale residents are facing a 65 foot cell tower proposal in the middle of town in an historic area. Just another big “Thank you”. Radiation and grapes don’t mix well, people!!! Radiation and people, especially our children, don’t mix well….

    wait until APS puts the screws to Sedona for ticking them off

    you better pass an ordinance prohibiting cell towers within city limits and voc better get the same from county or APS will plan to make you suffer – fact

  5. Nancy Baer says:

    http://www.c4st.org/dr-anthony-miller – Here is Dr. Anthony Miller, World Health Organization (WHO) scientist, at the Government Management Committee about Cell Tower proliferation in the City, stating wireless radiation would be classified 2A (probable) carcinogen if evaluated today and recommends prudent avoidance.

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