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July 20, 2014

Urgent! Public Hearing on PSO Rate Increase Monday 7-21-14

OK-SAFE, Inc. – OK-SAFE joins the Tulsa 912 Project in their opposition to PSO’s proposed rate increase and smart meter rollout.

From the Tulsa912 Project:

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Oklahoma Corporation Commission – Notice of Public Meeting

Oklahoma Corporation Commission has issued a “Notice of Public Meeting” to discuss PSO’s request for a rate adjustment in the amount of $24 million, for the purchase and installation of 520,000 wireless “Smart Meters.”

Meeting Information:
8:30 a.m., Monday, July 21
Room 301, Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Public comment will be permitted

Tulsa 9.12 Project is opposed to the rate hike for numerous reasons – health issues, privacy issues, safety issues as well as the burden of this rate increase and future increases on citizens on lower and fixed incomes.

If possible, we would like many people to attend Monday’s meeting. The more concerned citizens that are sitting in the gallery, the better. You don’t need to speak during public comment, we have people that are prepared to speak on the different issues we are opposed to.

If you can attend tomorrow’s meeting and would like to carpool/caravan with others from the Tulsa area we will be meeting at…

Reasor’s in Jenks
446 S Elm St, Jenks, OK 74037 map
6:30 a.m.
Monday, July 21, 2014

I apologize for the late notice.
Sincerely,
Ronda Vuillemont-Smith
Tulsa 912 Project

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NOTE: Please call the OK Corporation Commission to voice your opposition to PSO’s rate increase and the smart meter rollout in their service area.

Phone: 405-521-4114

Email: j.palmer@occemail.com

 

November 8, 2013

PSO Plans for Full AMI (SmartMeter) Deployment

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Prepare to be sick:  Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) leadership has approved the full AMI (Smart Meter) deployment across their 30,000 sq. mile service territory.  This means another 522,000 smart meters are coming to a neighborhood near you.

AMI – “Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is an architecture for automated, two-way communication between a smart utility meter with an IP address and a utility company.  The goal of an AMI is to provides utility companies with real-time data about power consumption and allow customers to make informed choices about energy usage based on the price at the time of use.   AMI is seen as an important part of any smart grid initiative.”
Smart Meter

Below is the message sent from Howard Ground of AEP to OK House members on November 8, 2013:

PSO Plans for Full AMI Deployment

AEP’s executive leadership team has approved full deployment of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program across PSO’s 30,000 square mile service territory. The project is contingent on regulatory approval, which will be filed in January of 2014. The $120 million project is slated to start in late 2014. 

AMI utilization across PSO will include modern upgrades to PSO’s existing infrastructure including the replacement of 522,000 meters with advanced digital meters over a three year period. The result will mean greater benefits for customers. Potential benefits include:

· Accessible account information – energy use and price information will be accessible by customers via an on-line web portal.

· Enhanced energy management – data available to customers will empower them to more effectively control energy use. In addition, customers will be able to participate in voluntary energy efficiency and demand reduction programs.

· Improved outage restoration – remote connection abilities will enable PSO to detect pocket outages, leading to more efficient response times.

· Enhanced customer service – quicker response to services including remote meter reading and service connections performed within seconds.

The AMI portion of the gridSMART program has already been implemented in Owasso, Sand Springs, Okmulgee, and at the University of Tulsa campus. A total of 31,500 advanced digital meters were installed.

“This program has helped many customers in our pilot areas control their energy usage and has led to greater customer service and increased customer satisfaction,” said Derek Lewellen, manager gridSMART and MRO.

But customers aren’t the only ones benefiting from the cutting-edge technology. There are many benefits to PSO as well including fewer trips made to access customer facilities and more efficient outage restoration.

“We are already planning the implementation phase of the project, which includes working with vendors to ensure a smooth transition,” said Lewellen. “We are excited to expand this program, allowing more customers to benefit from the technology.”

To voice your opposition to this planned deployment you may wish to contact the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. 

 

OCC Street Address
2101 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

OCC Mailing Address
P.O. Box 52000
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2000
(405) 521-2211

Tulsa Office
440 S. Houston Ave., Suite 114
Tulsa, OK 74127
(918) 581-2296

For more information on EMF health concerns and Smart Meters:

EMFSafetyNetwork

StopSmartMeters

Stop Smart Meters in Oklahoma;

RefuseSmartMeters.org;

MichiganStopSmartMeters

StopSmartMetersNY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 30, 2013

Opposition to Smart Meters Leads to Tulsa Hearing – Thursday 10/31/13

OK-SAFE, Inc. –Oklahoma Smart Meters and the Constitution

Tulsa County – A hearing on concerns associated with the forced use of smart meters in Oklahoma will be conducted in Tulsa County Court House on Thursday, October 31, 2013.

Smart MeterIn additional to the Constitutional question on the infringement of rights, Owasso resident Joe Exposito has serious concerns about the HEALTH/SAFETY/PRIVACY issues associated with the controversial meters.  

During the spring/summer of 2013 this Tulsa County resident obtained a permit from Tulsa County to replace his new Smart Meter with a standard analog electric meter.  Returning to the traditional style electric meter was necessary to counteract the numerous negative health effects Esposito began experiencing after the new Smart had been installed on his home.

Even though properly permitted to do so, PSO responded to the change in meters by turning off power to the home for 66 days, during the hottest days of the summer.

The resident’s attorneys negotiated with PSO, working out a compromise that restored power to the home for a few months (by by-passing the meter and averaging the utility bill).  However, a more permanent solution could not be reached.  

PSO is again threatening to turn off power to Esposito’s home, due to his continued refusal to accept a Smart Meter on his home.

The resident’s Constitutional concerns will be heard at 1:30 pm in the District Court of Tulsa County on Thursday October 31, 2013 by Judge Rebecca Nightingale.  The Tulsa County Court House is located at 500 S. Denver, in Tulsa, OK.

 

July 24, 2013

10 pm Update: PSO Update on Storm Outages in Tulsa, 7-24-13

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , — oksafeinc @ 3:27 pm

(If you have specific questions about your area, we suggest you call Oklahoma (PSO) Customer Service directly at 888-218-3919.)

Tulsa District – 10 pm 7/24/13 Update from PSO:

As of 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, PSO had restored power to nearly half of the approximately 96,000 customers in the Tulsa metro area who lost service in the early morning storm, and it continues its around-the-clock effort to complete power restoration as safely and efficiently as possible.

Rest of 10 pm update here, pluse outage map.

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Tulsa District – 7 pm 7/24/13 Update from PSO:

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, PSO had restored power to about 20,000 customers who lost service in the early morning storm, leaving approximately 76,300 customers in the Tulsa metro area without electric service. PSO has restored service to 16 main feeder power lines, with 76 still out of operation.

Customer outages continue to be most numerous in the southwestern portion of the metro area.

At present, there are approximately 370 PSO line and tree workers focused on restoring power in the Tulsa metro area. PSO has secured an additional 1,030 workers from other AEP companies and other utilities to support restoration efforts.

Based on damage assessment, and barring any future weather events, PSO estimates it could take until 5 p.m., Sunday, July 28, to complete power restoration to 95% of all customers who can take service. The electric service to many customers will be restored much sooner than that time.

This initial estimated time for completing power restoration will be updated as the storm recovery work progresses.

In accordance with pre-arranged plans, PSO will use a portion of Expo Square for parking the work vehicles of out-of-town crews, for refueling vehicles, and for staging materials.

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OK-SAFE, Inc. – If you live in the northeastern part of the state of Oklahoma, Tulsa in particular, you may be one of the 93,000 without power today.

Last night (or early this morning) winds between 60-80 mph swept through this part of Oklahoma.  The following information is provided by PSO on expected duration of outages, and who to call about your situation.

PSO Link: https://www.psoklahoma.com/outages/details.aspx?stormName=July%2023-24%20Storm

Storm Response Update:  Wednesday, July 24, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

PSO is dealing with significant weather-related power outages across the Tulsa metropolitan area due to a severe thunderstorm packing 60-80 mph winds that struck in the early morning hours.

OUTAGES AND RESTORATION EFFORTS
Tulsa District
As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, approximately 93,000 customers in the Tulsa metro area were without electric service.  Customer outages are most numerous in the southwestern portion of the metro area.

At present, PSO has approximately 370 line and tree workers focused on restoring power in the Tulsa metro area.  An additional 1,030 workers from other AEP companies and other utilities have been requested to support restoration efforts.

At this early stage in the storm recovery PSO is still assessing damage to the electric system while working to make repairs and restore power.  Initial assessment found that there are a number of Distribution poles that are damaged along with several Transmission structures.  Currently, 93 main feeder lines are out of operation.  PSO hopes to complete damage assessment later today.

Also, later today PSO hopes to issue a “global” estimate of when power will be restored to all customers who are able to take power.  That initial estimated time for restoration will be updated as the storm recovery work progresses.

CUSTOMER MESSAGES
Customers should prepare for a multi-day power outage and are urged to take necessary steps to ensure their health and safety while PSO works to restore power.

For safety’s sake, assume that any downed utility line is energized with deadly electric current.  Stay away from the line and do not touch it with anything.  Report it to PSO at 1-888-216-3523.

INFORMATION
We will continue to provide additional information to you as the restoration effort moves forward.

A “snapshot” view of current outages is available anytime at PSOklahoma.com. Go to the Outages and Problems section of the site and click “View Outage Map.”

Next Update: 07/24/2013 – Approximately 4:30 p.m.

 Oklahoma (PSO) Customer Service
(888) 218-3919

May 16, 2013

EPA’s Regional Haze Plan Leading to Higher Utilities in OK

Filed under: Events, Sustainable Development — Tags: , , , , , — oksafeinc @ 3:15 pm

OK-SAFE, Inc. -The EPA hates coal.  And it could cost Oklahoma’s PSO customers a 12-15% rate increase unless the public does something about it.

The Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be conducting a public hearing on the EPA’s Regional Haze requirements and PSO’s coal-fired energy plants on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the 1st Floor Multipurpose Room of the DEQ headquarters, 707 North Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.  

A brief review of the EPA’s Regional Haze requirements (basically, aiming to end the use of coal-fired energy production and replace it with tax-subsidized “renewables”) shows they tie into the burgeoning Smart Grid scheme. But that’s another story.

EPA Regional Haze Map

See important details below about what you can do to prevent this rate increase in Oklahoma.

Forwarded message:

The unreliable science of Regional Haze mandates being pushed by the EPA and Sierra Club is starting to take hold in our great state of Oklahoma. For some reason the EPA thinks there is too much pollution in NE Oklahoma that hurts the view of the Wichita Wildlife Mountain Refuge….does that make sense, are they trying to fool us to just to impose their liberal agenda?   Attached is a PDF to explain the point even further.

Moreover, in Oklahoma we are in a battle to keep the EPA and Sierra club out of our state and to stop their over-reaching into our pockets.  Even more, these federal mandates have promoted the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to form state regulations concerning regional haze that could affect consumer and business electric rates even more!

The simple fact is that if we as Oklahomans stand back, our rates will go up at least 12% in Public Service Company of Oklahoma territory (PSO-Oklahoma) in 2016 and up and up and up in the years following.  That is HUNDREDS of dollars for each and every Oklahoma family during these tough times – we cannot let unelected bureaucrats raise our rates and take money out of our pockets.

However, you can fight this power-grab by contacting the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality before their May 20th hearing on this topic and telling them you don’t want a rate increase in Oklahoma.

Written comments regarding the proposed revision should be emailed to Ms. Bradley
Cheryl.Bradley@deq.ok.gov

or mailed to:
Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division
P.O. Box 1677
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-1677
ATTN: Cheryl E. Bradley

Comments may be submitted by fax to the Air Quality Division
ATTN: Cheryl E. Bradley, at (405) 702-4101.

If you would like to attend the hearing, here is the information:
Monday, May 20, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the 1st Floor Multipurpose Room of the DEQ headquarters, 707 North Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Full details below – following information below:
http://www.deq.state.ok.us/aqdnew/RulesAndPlanning/Regional_Haze_rev2013/Public%20Notice%20RH%20PSO%20Revision%20for%20web%20posting%20Final.pdf

http://newsok.com/epa-haze-plan-raises-costs/article/3692448

Sierra Club on the issue:
http://oklahoma2.sierraclub.org/content/sierra-club-applauds-northeastern-coal-plant-retirement-announcement

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