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Smart meters’ lack of UL or CSA approval; lack of safety testing

Research has been ongoing to try to get to the bottom of what appears to be a complete lack of both UL (or equivalent) certification, and lack of safety testing in all regions throughout North America, and possibly worldwide.

In an email, a UL engineer said:

“Today utilities have to make sure the meter itself is being type-tested under ANSI C12.1, 10 and 20 of which UL can also offer the testing certificate service without UL mark as other lab doing. … UL has developed a standardized set of safety requirements for utility meters, including “smart” meters.”

However, even though there are standards, and even though UL says utilities need to ensure testing, no utility to date (that we know of) has been able to provide evidence of any UL or CSA certification, or accredited safety testing whatsoever.

That utilities are installing a untested, unapproved device as significant as a utility meter governing all electrical usage is a major, massive safety concern to all citizens.  Further, there appears to be obfuscations and witholding of truths going on with or between UL, ANSI and each utility.

During filming, I interviewed John Horgan, NDP Energy Critic in BC, and asked him how it is remotely possible that BC Hydro is getting away with installing unapproved devices.  He responded,

I don’t know… I don’t know.  It’s mind-numbing, isn’t it?

If anyone has further information on the current status of the lack of certification or safety testing of smart meters or other smart grid devices, please contact us at Take Back Your Power: contact us page.

What do you think?

3 Comments

  • gadrogeek
    Posted November 21, 2014 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    So, apparently approval by Measurement Canada is all that is needed?! How does that give us any assurances of safety? Measurement Canada defaults to Health Canada with respect to safety! Congratulations to Port Angeles and Saskatchewan!

  • oddie
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    This smart meter is a farce…our Electricity is rediculas…it goes up every month…way to go Ontario Hydro…good way to screw people…and then they have nerve to send another letter informing us that we are using more electrify then the person next door ..another stupid cost of our money…a waste of money..you have 3 entities get rid of them all and sell to a private enterprise…anything the Government of Ontario is connected to is a farce

  • saner
    Posted February 16, 2015 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Any follow up on what John Horgan has done since? Right, nothing.

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