By Warren Woodward. Is Arizona Public Services Company (APS) replacing tens of thousands of "smart" meters? A anonymous APS whistle-blower says Yes. Read more in my letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission below.
by Warren Woodward

"Smart" meter recallIn the wake of several massive “smart” meter recalls due to component overheating and subsequent fires, is Arizona Public Services Company (APS) replacing tens of thousands of “smart” meters?

An anonymous APS whistle-blower says, “Yes.”

Read more in my letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission below:

September 2, 2014

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

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


A source within APS has revealed that APS “smart” meters are failing, and failing in a way that presents a fire risk to ratepayers.

My source, whose privacy I must protect, tells me that APS has replaced thousands of faulty “smart” meters, and is scheduled to replace 50 to 60 thousand this year alone due to heat induced failure of the remote disconnect switch and LCD display. (I have seen the failed LCDs.)

Remote disconnect switch failure resulted in a recall of over 10,000 “smart” meters in Lakeland, Florida where 6 house fires occurred [Meters overheating, to be replaced in Lakeland]. And in Portland, Oregon, remote disconnect switch failure resulted in a recall of 70,000 “smart” meters after 3 fires there [PGE replacing 70,000 electricity meters because of fire risk]. “Smart” meter-caused house fires have resulted in massive “smart” meter recalls in Pennsylvania (186,000) and Saskatchewan (105,000).

You must investigate APS at once. State statute demands it:

A.R.S. 40-361.B – Every public service corporation shall furnish and maintain such service, equipment and facilities as will promote the safety, health, comfort and convenience of its patrons, employees and the public, and as will be in all respects adequate, efficient and reasonable.

A.R.S. 40-321.A – When the commission finds that the equipment, appliances, facilities or service of any public service corporation, or the methods of manufacture, distribution, transmission, storage or supply employed by it, are unjust, unreasonable, unsafe, improper, inadequate or insufficient, the commission shall determine what is just, reasonable, safe, proper, adequate or sufficient, and shall enforce its determination by order or regulation.

APS has painted a very rosy picture of their “smart” meters over the years, but have they told you about this dangerous and potentially life threatening inherent flaw, one that analog meters do not have? APS has a history of concealing information from the public and regulatory agencies. APS refuses to come clean about their “dark money” political donations, and, earlier this year, it was revealed that APS did not report an explosion at their Palo Verde nuclear plant for 5 months [‘Explosion’ at Palo Verde nuclear plant not reported for 5 months].

Also, if APS is replacing tens of thousands of “smart” meters, how long will it be until APS comes begging for a rate increase so that ratepayers bear the financial brunt of their (and your) “smart” meter fiasco?


Warren Woodward

  • Forget which make opr brand it is. That is meant to serve as a distraction. Fact: EVERY smart meter has a remote disconnect switch capable of “overheating” the combustible plastic computer they are calling a meter and easily able to exceed its low flashpoint and set your home on fire.
    This can occur during any one of trillions of microwave enhanced over voltage surges, including the inescapable surge which takes place when meters are fully energized and especially the surge involved in a remote reconnection.
    Ask yourself WHY as well as HOW the smart grid has altered the status of your most basic private property rights and your land title claim of right. they transferred liability when they hired amateurs to tamper with and render uninsurable your safety approved “analogue only”meter base by installing an ELECTRICALLY INCOMPATIBLE device on it. They have disregarded the ease with which they can arc, corrode and set fire to your home wiring. They removed your meter, a real estate fixture, an electromechanical meter compatible with YOUR electromechanical compliant UL approved meter base or socket. They also took over your entire circuit panel or service panel and co-opted your uninsulated home wiring to run their grid at your expense.
    Ask yourself how it could POSSIBLY be safe for software to override and in effect replace and usurp your own heavy duty whole house master switch, by using a computer chip on a circuit board to override your own private control of your entire home’s electrical system.
    This issue is criminal. It is not just about a smart meter radiating you and all your neighbours and vice versa. It is about the fact that utilities have completely taken over complete control of the most volatile system in your home. Then if you do successfully refuse this device which is in fact not a meter, they demand payment to not burn you in your bed. This is not a case of a flawed brand. This is a flawed grid run by the amoral who view your property as theirs and you as collateral damage,losses associated with profits.

    • Wow guest! Thank you. I’ve been going through old and new SM articles and this is the best, most articulate, and sensible argument I’ve seen. Save this one for court people! Start to finish, the whole SM debacle is so far over the top in lies, greed, cronyism, traitors of America, murderers of humanity, killers of the earth, stupidity, and hubris, it’s like some kind of sicko cartoon. This is our New World Disorder in spades.

      What’s sad is that if someone like Rebeca’s sister could get the whole street or neighborhood on board with her, I doubt they’d turn off everyone’s elec. (bad press). But, maybe not. They don’t care what we know, see, or do now. It’s in our face with the big finger.

  • These criminals (utilities) must be taken prosecuted ! My sister removed the draconic meter and sent back to DTE, then replaced it iwth an analog. Latert they came and cut power line from the top of tower and left her without power ! We must start a revolution to take them down !

  • Sorry in advance for my english, i’m french

    The meter industry made an unbelievable mistake in making those smart
    meter. In fact it is a design flaw by a change in electric philosophy.


    The old meter was made to act like a Faraday cage, the new one is made to
    act like a containment chamber. Why they did that ? I presume that is a
    constraint to put electronic in the meter.

    The old meter was made with a glass cover with a metal ring and this ring made contact with the base metal connected to the ground. In addition, there is 2 metal
    plates at the back of the meter at the 10h10 position that also make contact with the base metal. So when a voltage surge happen, it will be divert to the ground. The old meter is acting like a faraday cage protecting all the inside and also part of all the electronics of the house. Of course, it’s not a perfect protection and a direct hit by lightning will pass through. But this do most of the job for a very little price.

    For the new meter, to be a containment chamber, they replace the glass cover by a polycarbonate one, the glass was too dangerous because the cover can explode sending glass pieces all around, the glass cannot contain the pressure when voltage surge happen inside and its explode. No more metal ring and the 2 metal pieces are gone. Of course in that way, your appliances are in danger to blow by voltage surge.

    2 incidents happened to prove what i said :

    Palo Alto, August 25 2011, a surge happened for more than an hour, 80 smart
    meters caught on fire and burned out, the 120 old meters touched by the same surge were all ok.

    Forest Standard, Ontario, october 31 2013, 70 smart meters blow out and some really explode and send pieces all around.

    We now know that the voltage surge is the problem for those meters, what cause voltage surge ?

    Lightning strike, live 25kv cable broke and touching the 120/240v cable, branches
    in storm making contact between those cables, defective transformer, bad taps on transformer, etc.

    So no matter what, all smart meters from any companies are dangerous for fire and explosion if any of those cases happened

    About me, i am an ex-technician in a meter shop, i have calibrated or repaired or expertised more than half a million meters

  • I am renting in Prescott Valley, AZ. I have not been feeling good off and on for much of the time that I have lived here, and could not figure out the source of the problem until very recently when I found out there are two smart meters on the outside wall of my apartment, the same wall of my bedroom, the same wall my bed was up against. I immediately moved my bed to the other side of the room, and I am already feeling much better. I spoke with APS to confirm the “smart” equipment and told them it is making me sick. The employee I was talking too was very unsympathetic after telling me that my landlords would have to pay to have it removed, plus pay a monthly fee to have it manually read. I repeated that it is making me sick and requested to speak to manager, which never happened, because they simply put me on hold, hoping I would go away. Why should my landlords have to pay to get rid of something they didn’t ask for and that makes people sick? Why has this been approved by the Commission? I want to sue their asses!

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