By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Energy
Ecuador is preparing to kick off the second phase of a project intended to completely overhaul 200,000 electricity meters, with help from GE and Trilliant.
The South American country of Ecuador is preparing to kick off the second phase of a project intended to completely overhaul some 200,000 electricity meters.
Communications firm Trilliant and cleantech giant GE Energy announced on Tuesday that they, in conjunction with local utility company Electrica de Guayaquil, will roll out 25,000 smart meters with the hope of improving grid reliability and efficiency.
The new meter infrastructure will enable remote connect and disconnect of customers, collection of usage information and support demand-response control and pre-payment for later addition. GE will provide the meters and hardware; Trilliant will provide the communications platform it uses to function.
The new system will give EDG data it needs to more finely tune the country's grid and gives GE a stronger foothold on the continent. (Previously, it announced a $500 million research center to be built in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; it also does business with AES Eletropaulo in Sao Paulo.)
That's an important step for a region that's expected to have more than 104 million smart meters and swell to $25 billion by 2020, according to research by the Northeast Group.
"Improving Ecuador's energy outlook is a very important factor in improving Ecuador's economic outlook," EDG's Oscar Armijos Gonzalez-Rubio said in a statement. "The information, network management and efficiency gains from this new meter infrastructure will help us get the most benefit from our electric grid."
Sep 20, 2011
SMART METER PRIVACY VIOLATIONS. 1. Must-See 4-minute youtube video on Smart meters: ??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdI SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER. 2. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION on May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters (and some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List. ???http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf 3. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH months ago (Feb 2011) found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation. ???http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract 4. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed???(1) Human Cell Damage???(2) DNA Chain Breaks???(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier??? from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters. ???http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/ 5. INSURANCE COMPANIES Hired Independent Laboratory Scientists and these scientists also observed Cell Damage and DNA Chain Breaks and now the Insurance Companies will NOT Insure Liability damage from Wireless Smart meters and other wireless devices.??? TV Video (3 minutes) http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382 ???So shouldn???t installation of Wireless smart meters on people's homes Stop? ??? Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user???s discretion, but Smart meters are emitting radiation 24/7 and can not be shut off. ???6. WIRELESS SMART METERS ??? 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.??? Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes) http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/??? ??? 7. WIRELESS SMART METERS ??? CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS. ???Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes) ??? http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946 ??? 8. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.??? 2-page Press Release ???http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release ??? 9. RADIATION MEASURED FROM SMART METER MOUNTED ON A HOME (once active in the utility system) SHOWS RADIATION TRANSMISSION PULSES APPROXIMATELY ONCE EVERY FOUR SECONDS 24 HOURS PER DAY traveling through the bodies and brains of the inhabitants of that home. ???Youtube Video (6 minutes, 1st minute is sufficient) ??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OE NOTE: many of the tests on non-ionizing radiation (the type of radiation emitted by smart meters) have been done using instruments other than smart meters because smart meters have only been in people???s homes for a very short time. But as a Wireless smart meter emits 100 times more radiation than a cell phone, it is not difficult to project. If a machine gun (smart meter) fires 100 bullets in the same time that a pistol (cell phone) fires one bullet, it is not difficult to project the harm that the machine gun can inflict, even if the tests were done with the pistol. CUSTOMER UTILITY BILLS AFTER SMART METERS INSTALLED. 10. Skyrocketing Utility Bills after installation TV News Video (3 minutes) http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.html?tab=video 11. Systemic Smart Meter Billing Errors Over 200% Uncovered in Australia TV News Video (7 minutes) http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/money/article/-/10241945/power-scandal-exposed/ - video NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS DUE TO SMART METERS. 12. CIA Director James Woolsey calls Smart grid ???Stupid??? due to National Security problems caused by so-called smart meters. News Video (1 minute) http://www.energynow.com/video/2011/08/10/preview-mix-james-woolsey