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Sedona AZ (August 25, 2014)The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

aps logoIs this Video Proof APS Is Lying Again?
Information & Opinion by Warren Woodward
August 24, 2014

Last month, APS finally admitted how often their “smart” meters transmit.

APS said no more than 125 times per day.

They lied.

Watch my YouTube video, APS Caught Lying Again, linked in my letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission (below), and you’ll see an APS “smart” meter that knocks out 53 microwave transmissions in just a minute and a half. At that rate, the daily total is 50,880, nowhere near 125.

Warren Woodward
Sedona, Arizona 86336

August 24, 2014

Arizona Corporation Commissioner (ACC)
Docket Control Center
1200 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

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


APS is lying again.

On July 7, 2014, commissioner Brenda Burns submitted to this docket APS’s answers to questions asked of them by the Sedona Smart Meter Awareness organization. (Here: images.edocket.azcc.gov/docketpdf/0000154543.pdf )

navopache electricSome of APS’s answers are outright lies.

For video proof that APS is lying, search YouTube for my name and APS Caught Lying Again. (Here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVjRBEG03hI )

APS is on record as stating that their “smart” meters transmit only 122 times per day if they are a “node meter”, and 125 times per day if they are a “gateway meter”.

APS did say there may be some additional “unscheduled” transmissions for the following reasons: “service control messages (connects, disconnects, demand/kW resets, etc.), power outage and restoration messages, meter tampering messages, unscheduled on-demand electric usage reads, voltage threshold messages, and software upgrades.” APS also said that in the event a meter cannot connect to the mesh network then it would transmit a message every 2.5 minutes.

However, even allowing for unscheduled transmissions, APS tells another lie by claiming that their “smart” meters transmit “less than one percent of the time.”

APS: “A typical electricity meter has an overall transmit duty cycle (scheduled and unscheduled transmissions) of less than 1% (it transmits less than one percent of the time).”

The ACC is tasked with the responsibility to protect AZ ratepayers by weighing the costs and benefits of all state utility requests.

The ACC is tasked with the responsibility to protect AZ ratepayers by weighing the costs and benefits of all state utility requests.

It is obvious that the first APS “smart” meter measured in my video is transmitting much more than 1% of the time and, were I to stand there measuring it all day, much more than 122 or 125 times per day. As you can see, this APS “smart” meter basically never stops transmitting. In just a minute and a half of measuring, the APS “smart” meter transmitted 53 times. At that rate, the daily total of microwave transmissions is 50,880. So, in this instance, APS was off by only 40,704 percent.

By the way, utility lying about “smart” meter transmissions is commonplace. For example, California’s PG&E was also drastically understating the number of their “smart” meters’ microwave transmissions until PG&E was under oath. Then they admitted their “smart” meters actually transmit from 9,600 to as many as 190,000 times per day.

After pressure from concerned citizens, Sacramento Municipal Utility District revised their ‘only 6 times per day’ “smart” meter transmission story and now admit to as many as 240,396 transmissions per day.

And, here in Arizona, Navopache Electric Cooperative is still telling their ‘6 times per day’ fairy tale on their website despite being exposed as liars by me last January in my YouTube video, Navopache Caught Lying.

Another lie told by APS is, “The amount of radio frequency energy emitted from Node Meters and Gatekeeper Meters, when operational, does not vary in amplitude for any reason at the point of emission.”

smart meter national grid richborough towersHaving spent several days measuring APS’s “smart” meters from Flagstaff to Phoenix and parts in between, I know that particular APS statement is another outright APS lie. But don’t take my word for it, watch my video, APS Caught Lying Again (as well as APS Caught Lying) and you can see for yourself. The intensity of APS’s “smart” meter transmissions vary greatly. Even the same meter can transmit at differing strengths.

As always, it is also worth taking note of APS’s deceptive, misleading language. “Radio frequency energy” sounds much more benign than “radio frequency radiation” or “microwave radiation” which is what it really is.

“Energy” is the spin word the industry uses instead of “radiation” since energy is perceived as a good thing and radiation has bad connotations.

Commissioners, when I proved that Navopache Electric Coop was lying about their “smart” meters I asked you some questions that were never answered.

I asked you the same set of questions when I proved APS to be lying about the strength of their “smart” meter transmissions (APS Caught Lying on YouTube). The questions went unanswered again.

Now that I have proved APS to be lying again, the same questions apply. Will you answer them this time?

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?

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

smart metersIf 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?

When are you going to actually regulate instead of vegetate?

Commissioners, in my opinion your continued indifference to APS’s serial lying makes you complicit in those lies. I see you as willing accomplices in an ongoing fraud.


Warren Woodward
Sedona AZ

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  2. Not Warren. Opt out of Smart meter while you can. Can someone give the APS 800 number?

    132,000,000.00 in second quarter earnings by way of $600,000 in political donations.

    SUCKERS!!!!!!!!! Bought for pennies on the dollar. A cost efficient microwave radiation tool too. No testing. Who cares?



  3. Appreciates this article!

  4. N Baer says:

    It’s no mystery that the smart meters are running 24/7/325 per year in perpetuity USING ELECTRICITY!!!

    CALL APS 1-800-253-9405 and be persistent – Follow up by completing the coupon and mailing it via certified/return receipt:

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  6. Thank you for a VERY well written explanation of the Smart Meter situation. I protested against them with a group in Encinitas, California, but the those who are supposed to represent we, the people, didn’t care. Today politicians at the local, state, and national levels are now a totally corrupt political machine run by lobbyists. People need to stop voting for them as the lesser of two evils because the lesser of of two evils is still evil. I agree with the angry words Ray Bradbury said in my library back in 2006, “Vote ’em all out.”

  7. N. Baer says:

    A handful of Londoners in some of the capital’s busiest districts unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child, during an experiment exploring the dangers of public Wi-Fi use.

    The experiment, which was backed by European law enforcement agency Europol, involved a group of security researchers setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot in June.

    When people connected to the hotspot, the terms and conditions they were asked to sign up to included a “Herod clause” promising free Wi-Fi but only if “the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity”. Six people signed up.


    F-Secure, the security firm that sponsored the experiment, has confirmed that it won’t be enforcing the clause.

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