Friday, March 13, 2015

Smart Meter Over-billing Issues in Quebec

Smart Meter Over-billing Issues in Quebec

Lots of people in Quebec with overbilling issues will soon be faced with the same predicament as this man, because on April 1st Hydro-Québec will again have the right to cut power to those deemed late in their payments - even if the amounts due are fraudulent. And the most astounding thing in the first video there, is that the BC Hydro worker has an Accenture card as his sole identification.... I'm sure you know very well about Accenture's 12-year involvement with BC Hydro - I've put together for you ( see after the following health-related excerpt from my next newsletter ) various revealing info about Accenture, just to be sure you are aware of this... And interestingly, the smart meter fiasco in Ontario (Ontario Smart Meter Fiasco Wins Government "Waste Award" - Ontario Ombudsman details 'shocking' billing practices at Hydro One) may also have much to do with Accenture's involvement there: Accenture providing Hydro One Networks with asset management analytics solution...


It's about a breakthrough German study that may finally precipitate a change to the World Health Organization's classification of EMF from possibly to probably carcinogenic and, even soon, proven carcinogenic for man. I'm sure you'll be interested in this info... My comments below are in French - from my French newsletter


En plus, les appareils 'intelligents' rendent les gens complètement accros à leurs bidules... On se demande ce qu'il y a d'intelligent là-dedans!

Tumor promotion by exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields below exposure limits for humans

Prof. Dr. Alexander Lerchl,  Melanie Klose, Karen Grote, Adalbert F.X. Wilhelm, Oliver Spathmann, Thomas Fiedler, Joachim Streckert, Volkert Hansen, Markus Clemens.

Received 19 February 2015, Accepted 25 February 2015, Available online 6 March 2015


* Tumor-promoting effects of RF-EMF exposed mice have been reported in 2010.
* We have replicated the study with higher numbers of mice per group.
* We could fully confirm the previous results, thus the effects are reproducible.
* Apparently, no clear dose-response relationship is evident.
* We hypothesize that metabolic changes are responsible for the effects observed.

The vast majority of in vitro and in vivo studies did not find cancerogenic effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF), i.e. emitted by mobile phones and base stations. Previously published results from a pilot study with carcinogen-treated mice, however, suggested tumor-promoting effects of RF-EMF (Tillmann et al., 2010). We have performed a replication study using higher numbers of animals per group and including two additional exposure levels (0 (sham), 0.04, 0.4 and 2 W/kg SAR). We could confirm and extend the originally reported findings. Numbers of tumors of the lungs and livers in exposed animals were significantly higher than in sham-exposed controls. In addition, lymphomas were also found to be significantly elevated by exposure. A clear dose-response effect is absent. We hypothesize that these tumor-promoting effects may be caused by metabolic changes due to exposure. Since many of the tumor-promoting effects in our study were seen at low to moderate exposure levels (0.04 and 0.4 W/kg SAR), thus well below exposure limits for the users of mobile phones, further studies are warranted to investigate the underlying mechanisms. Our findings may help to understand the repeatedly reported increased incidences of brain tumors in heavy users of mobile phones.


RF Cancer Promotion:Animal Study Makes Waves (March 13, 2015)
The RF-cancer story took a remarkable turn a few days ago. A new animal study challenged many of the assumptions which lie at the heart of claims that RF radiation -whether from cell phones, cell towers or Wi-Fi- are safe.The new study, from Germany, a replication of an earlier experiment, also from Germany, found that weak cell phone signals can promote the growth of tumors in mice. It used radiation levels that do not cause heating and are well below current safety standards. Complicating matters even further, lower doses were often found to be more effective tumor promoters than higher levels; in effect, turning the conventional concept of a linear dose-response on its head.

(...) Lerchl has shown that mice exposed in the womb with a known cancer agent, ENU, and then exposed to a UMTS cell phone signal had significantly higher rates of tumors of the liver and the lung, as well as of lymphoma than with ENU alone. (UMTS is a third generation, 3G, system based on GSM.) His study was designed to repeat, with a larger number of animals, an experiment published in 2010 by Thomas Tillmann of the Fraunhofer Institute of Toxicology and Experimental Medicine in Hannover. When Tillmann first presented his results a couple of years earlier, he called them "remarkable" (see "3G Can Promote Tumors"). Since then, the study has  been largely ignored -until now. 

(...) "Our results show that electromagnetic fields obviously enhance the growth of tumors," says Lerchl in a press release issued by Jacobs University in Bremen, where he is a professor of biology. 

(...) Enough To Change RF to a "Probable" from "Possible" Cancer Agent?

Current RF standards are based on the assumption that exposures below 4 W/Kg are safe and the radiation does not entail a cancer risk. "The fact that both studies found the same tumor-promoting effects at levels below the accepted exposure limits for humans is worrying," write Lerchl and his colleagues. Beyond the safety standards is the equally controversial issue of cancer. In 2011, a panel convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified RF as a possible human carcinogen. At the time, the panel stated that there was only "limited evidence" of cancer promotion from animal studies. The confirmation of the Tillmann study by Lerchl could change that. (The panel had little to say about the Tillmann paper; see p.279 of the IARC RF Monograph.)

"This new study, in conjunction with previous work, makes a much stronger case for an IARC classification of 2A, a probable human carcinogen," said David Carpenter, the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment in Albany, NY, in an interview.

Lung Cancer Linked to Pulsed EMFs in 1994

While most RF-cancer studies have looked at brain tumors, as well as acoustic neuroma, a major French and Canadian epidemiological study found a "strong" association between pulsed EMF signals and lung cancer among electric utility workers back in 1994. The nature of that link could not be sorted out because the sponsor, Hydro-Québec, blocked further access to the data set (see our report: MWN, N/D94, p.1 and p.4). We asked Paul Héroux, who designed the EMF meter for the French-Canadian study, about the Lerchl paper. "There are some obvious parallels between the new German study and what we showed 20 years ago," he told us, "both show exposure to pulsed electromagnetic energy, both show EMFs to be a cancer promoter and both show a link to lung cancer."


Hydro-Québec Bars Further Work on Transient Data by McGill University

Hydro-Québec (HQ), a Canadian electric utility, is refusing to allow researchers at McGill University the opportunity to analyze further the data collected in the $3 million Canadian - French epidemiological study released earlier this year (see MWN, M/A94). "I can't use the data anymore," said Dr. Gilles Thériault, who led the research project and is the chair of the De- partment of Occupational Health at McGill University's medical school in Montreal. "It's in the contract that the data belong to the utility and so I can't use them."
Dr. Claude Cardinal, HQ's electromagnetic field (EMF) program manager, confirmed that the utility is barring further access to the data. "All the data belong to the utilities and there is no mandate to start a new analysis," Cardinal told Microwave News. Dr. Michel Plante, an HQ medical adviser in Montreal who has been a utility liaison to the McGill team, said: "We have a contract problem that has to be solved and there will be no new mandate until it is solved."

HQ officials are furious about the November release of a paper by the McGill team that shows an up - to - tenfold increased risk of lung cancer for exposures to high frequency transients (HFTs) (see p.4). "We never planned to collect the HFT data and there is no mention of HFTs in the specifications of the study," Cardinal said. Plante argued that by publishing the HFT results, Thériault had violated an agreement with the util- ities. Thériault countered that, although he was under intense pressure not to work on transients, "It has always been clear that I would analyze the HFT data and that if I found something, I would inform everybody."
No lawsuits have yet been filed by either side, both Thériault and Plante said. But Thériault did say that, "Both parties have consulted lawyers." Plante said that talks to resolve the disagreement are continuing between HQ and McGill.

Thériault told Microwave News that he felt a professional obligation to release the transient findings because of their potential significance. "The HFT observation deserves the at- tention of my scientific colleagues." He said that, "This is the first epidemiological data to support the promotion hypothesis," referring to the possible synergy between HFTs and the carcinogenic chemicals in cigarette smoke. "My interpretation is that the HFT data may turn out not to be important, but, at this point, we don't know - we should find out."

In its paper, published in the American Journal of Epidemi- ology, the McGill team explained that if the association between lung cancer and HFTs is causal, it "would have substantial implications for public health." Dr. Anders Ahlbom of the Karo- linska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, echoed this concern: "Clearly, if the HFT-cancer link is true, it makes a big difference to public health because lung cancer is a very common disease."

In addition to measuring 50/60 Hz EMFs, the Positron dosimeter used in the study also measured HFTs. The meter was originally designed by Dr. Paul Héroux while he was working at IREQ, the research arm of HQ. Héroux is now at McGill and collaborates with Thériault. "HQ sponsored the development of the meter and at the beginning they were very pleased to have the HFT data," Thériault said. "But in the middle of the study they did not want to use it anymore."

News of HQ's decision to block further analysis of the HFT data stunned many of those at the Department of Energy's (DOE) annual EMF research review, held in Albuquerque, NM, November 7-10, though it was never formally acknowl- edged. Most of those interviewed at the meeting were incredu- lous that the HFT finding was not being actively pursued.

Dr. Samuel Milham, an epidemiologist and consultant based in Olympia, WA, said that the contrast between the 50/ 60 Hz links to brain cancer and leukemia in previous studies and the HFT link to lung cancer in the McGill study is "like black and white." "Clearly there is something different about HFT exposures that needs to be followed up."

"It's unfortunate for the sake of science," said Dr. David Savitz of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "There's a lot of work that can be done with the data."And Dr. Jerry Williams, the director of Johns Hopkins University's Radiobiology Laboratory in Baltimore, said, "I cannot understand anyone not wanting to pursue this."Both Dr. Nancy Wertheimer, based in Boulder, CO, and Dr. Richard Stevens of the Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs in Richland, WA, commented that limiting access to the data was "outrageous." Wertheimer said that, "The results should be out there so that others can work on them." And Stevens added that, "The utility is shooting itself in the foot. The cover-up will draw much more attention than the results." CLIP [MALHEUREUSEMENT CE N'EST PAS CE QUI S'EST PRODUIT...]

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As you can see at is a company with a long history of 'wrongdoings'... to put it mildly... Apparently Accenture has been and is still shepherding the deployment of most if not all smart meter projects by utility companies around the world... including Hydro-Québec. (see the links to French articles on this further below)

As you can see in this Polaris Institute Report...

February 2003 - The Canadian Province of British Columbia's Crown (Province owned) Corporation BC Hydro and Accenture, signed a 10-year $1.45 CDN deal in which a newly formed subsidiary of Accenture, Accenture Business Services of British Columbia Limited, will take over BC Hydro's customer services, information technology services, network computing services, human resource services, financial systems, purchasing and building and office services. The deal completes a process begun by BC Hydro in October 2001 of looking to the private sector to take over some of the utility's services. The deal has produced an outcry from many British Columbians, including a class-action lawsuit brought against BC Hydro and the Province, who claim that the deal is the beginning of the total privatization of hydro services in the Province.


Province of Ontario, Canada - Accenture has a huge, problem-filled contract, to 'streamline' the delivery of welfare in Ontario (see problem contracts below). In 2000 and 2001, Accenture gave $20,000 Canadian to the governing Tories. Interestingly, they started making donations to the Tories only after the Tory government's Accenture contract was given a scathing review by the Provincial auditor, and they were forced to renegotiate the contract. Said Deputy Liberal Leader Sandra Pupatello: "They [Accenture] were fearing that they were going to lose the contract altogether because the government was taking far too much heat on this contract. Then, suddenly, they started contributing to the PC Coffers" (Hamilton Spectator ['Briefly' Section] "Tory Welfare Donations Under Fire" October 25, 2001; "Consulting Firm Boosts PC Coffers, Liberals Say" Richard Brennan, Toronto Star, October 25th, 2001)

They have HUGE cost overrun problems it seems in everything there are involved.

The Auditor General of Ontario in 1998, on the unexplained massive increase in Accenture's contract price in Ontario's Welfare privatization: "We could find no documentation or any evidence at all as to how it moved from Andersen's [Accenture's] estimate (of between $50 to $70 million) to $180 million, and why it was agreed upon."

Jerri New, President of the Office and Professional Employees Union Local 378 (which represents employees of BC Hydro and Accenture), making comments in February 2003 after the BC Hydro/Accenture deal was announced: "This Privatization is now final, but this is the first chance British Columbians have had to see any of the details. There has been no chance for public review of this huge change, as it's all been done in secret until now."

So apparently this 10-year deal was renewed in BC...

Also from HERE, more on some of the 'problems' plaguing this company...

En mai 2013, une cour d'appel des ÉU a réaffirmé un jugement contre Accenture (1) de payer 44.4 M$ à Wellogix Inc pour avoir volé leur technologie et s'être approprié malicieusement de ses secrets de fabrication. Accenture fut condamnée à payer 26.2 M$ en compensation pour dommages et 18.2 M$ pour dommages punitifs

Suit alleges that the three companies formed an alliance with vendors and have been giving each other kickbacks on government contracts since the late 1990s (1).
Accenture received more than $20 million in payments from alliance partners between 2000 and 2006, the DOJ alleged. In some cases, the alleged kickbacks came in the form of stock purchase agreements, the DOJ said in its filing.

The Department of Justice has announced that a $64 million settlement has been reached in a whistleblower lawsuit filed in Eastern District of Arkansas (1) against Accenture LLP which alleged the technology service company rigged bids, inflated prices, and paid kickbacks.

Accenture, a company for technology services and consultancy, was sued by the state of Connecticut for losing confidential information (1) related to hundreds of accounts in the state's banks and 58 Connecticut taxpayers.

ScanSource says Avanade lied about its ability to do the job, resulting in a project disaster.

British Gas is suing Accenture for £182m in costs connected to the failure of a new billing system put in place by the consultants in 2006.
Problems with the system led to a massive increase in complaints against the gas supplier. Centrica, British Gas's parent company, has already written off £200m due to problems with the system.

The first class action against Accenture Inc. , holds the consulting firm discriminated by using a 10-year-old conviction record to automatically disqualify Roberto Arroyo from a full-time job even after he'd proven himself (1). The second alleges the U.S. Census Bureau's requirement that all applicants be run through the FBI database and provide proof of the dispositions of any arrests, was onerous and discriminatory.

Law360 (1), New York (April 26, 2010, 3:42 PM ET) - Accenture LLP has been hit with a class action alleging the consulting and outsourcing firm discriminated against older information technology workers.

CASE NO. 30-2011-00496293-CU-OE-CXC (1)
On August 1, 2011, a former salaried, exempt employee of Accenture Inc. (« Accenture ») filed a lawsuit seeking to represent a class of current and former « exempt » employees of Accenture who worked in California in any Analyst, and similarly situated positions, from August 1, 2007 to the present. The lawsuit alleges that Accenture failed to pay its information and technology (« IT ») workers overtime, failed to provide meal periods, failed to provide rest periods, failed to timely pay wages to employees at the time of separation from Accenture, failed to provide accurate itemized statements, and implemented unfair business practices.

A circuit court judge ruled on June 2, 2005 (1) that the Elections Board's director did not have the authority to enter into the agreement with Accenture, but nevertheless upheld the contract on the grounds that the board retroactively ratified the contract on January 27, 2005 - more than a month after the contract was legally challenged.

The selection of Accenture to develop Wisconsin 's voter registration list is particularly controversial. The company had a hand in the notorious purge of suspected felons from Florida voter lists before the 2004 elections. More on Accenture's role in the Florida felon purge.

HERE ARE COMPLEMENTARY LINKS (for the Bcc recipients of this email) about Accenture's involvement with Hydro-Québec...

Des employés étrangers travaillent chez Hydro-Québec
Une firme mandatée par Hydro-Québec fait travailler plusieurs dizaines d'employés étrangers en Inde, à l'Île Maurice, mais également à Montréal, a appris TVA Nouvelles. Depuis plusieurs années, Hydro-Québec donne des contrats à Accenture, la plus grande compagnie de conseil au monde.Cette firme a conseillé la société d'État dans le dossier des compteurs intelligents, mais s'occupe aussi du système informatisé des appels des clients qui a englouti jusqu'ici au moins 537 millions $ après plusieurs dépassements de coûts.Mais cette entreprise n'hésite pas à engager des travailleurs étrangers. Entre 30 à 40 employés travaillent en Inde ou à l'Île Maurice sur des mandats d'Hydro-Québec. Parallèlement, la firme engagée par Hydro-Québec a aussi fait l'embauche de travailleurs étrangers (une soixantaine) de toutes nationalités au 700, de la Gauchetière à Montréal, directement dans les bureaux d'Hydro-Québec. Contacté à cet effet, le syndicat des spécialistes et des professionnels d'Hydro-Québec a dénoncé vertement la société d'État.
(...) Hydro-Québec a confirmé ce partenariat avec la société Accenture, contrat qui devrait prendre fin en 2016. «Hydro a un contrat forfaitaire avec Accenture pour des besoins spécifiques temporaires pour différents mandats à l'intérieur de l'organisation», a souligné Patrice Lavoie, porte-parole à Hydro-Québec.

Compteurs intelligents - Hydro minimise l'hypersensibilité

Les bénéfices d'Accenture

La firme Accenture, qui «accompagne» le projet de compteurs intelligents d'Hydro-Québec, a reconnu hier avoir une relation d'affaires avec au moins un fournisseur de services d'Hydro-Québec lié à ce projet, qu'elle refuse d'identifier, a admis le responsable de cette firme internationale, Bruno Lafeytaud. Ce dernier a reconnu avoir fourni à Hydro-Québec ses connaissances du marché, que plusieurs procureurs de différents groupes s'acharnent à miner depuis deux jours.

L'Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA) et Stratégies énergétiques (SE) ont durement critiqué cette entreprise en signalant que son rapport d'évaluation contient une mise en garde qui aurait dû «susciter de la prudence» chez Hydro, écrivent-ils. Accenture y précise qu'elle est «habilitée à revendre divers produits et services et/ou à recevoir divers bénéfices ou compensations de ces fournisseurs, que ce soit sous la forme de frais ou autrement». Hydro aurait reconnu que ces «alliances peuvent être bénéfiques à Accenture», mais s'en accommode.

Ce qui n'a pas été le cas du gouvernement des États-Unis qui a poursuivi Accenture en 2007 sous une cinquantaine de chefs d'accusation, lui reprochant d'avoir conseillé à des ministères et organismes publics des systèmes ou équipements de sociétés commerciales qui la récompensaient par en arrière en argent, en actions, en réductions, etc. Accenture a réglé cette poursuite à l'amiable pour 63 millions sans reconnaître de culpabilité.

Parmi les commentaires:

L'ombre d'Enron sur Hydro-Québec?
Résumons. Hydro-Québec paye Accenture pour, on le suppose, des conseils éclairés, neutres et impartiaux sur le choix du meilleur compteur à acheter. Or, non contente d'accepter ce mandat d'Hydro-Québec, Accenture informe cette dernière qu'elle pourrait aussi accepter une rétribution de l'autre partie, c'est-à-dire une entreprise qui vend les compteurs. Où sont l'objectivité et la neutralité de cette firme qui mange à tous les râteliers?
N'est-ce pas sur les cendres de la défunte Arthur Andersen qu'est née la firme conseil Accenture? Et n'est-ce pas Arthur Andersen qui était complice de la funeste Enron, le courtier en énergie électrique pour lequel son ex-dirigeant Jeff Skilling est toujours à purger sa peine de prison pour malversations? Accenture est-elle de la même farine que son ancienne compagnie mère? L'ombre d'Enron plane-t-elle sur Hydro-Québec?




Comme Hydro-Québec l'a mentionné à plusieurs reprises devant la Régie de l'énergie, elle a mandaté la firme multimilliardaire d'envergure mondiale Accenture, sûrement à très grands frais, pour « évaluer » son Projet de lecture à distance (LAD), obtenir conseils et recommandations pour la prise de décisions stratégiques, la gestion de son réseau maillé et le choix de la technologie la plus rentable pour Hydro-Québec, soit les compteurs «intelligents» à radiofréquences de Landis+Gyr, et d'Elster pour les Phases 2 et 3, installés gratuitement, et en option de retrait les compteurs d'Itron «non communicants».

(...) Nous constatons qu'Hydro-Québec s'est fait prendre dans les filets du Cisco Smart Grid Ecosystem impliquant Landis+Gyr, Elster et Itron avec ses partenaires corporatifs de l'Internet of Things, Accenture étant le traditionnel joueur de flûte enchantée qui a attiré Hydro-Québec dans son giron entouré de toutes ses alliances avec qui Hydro-Québec n'a pas le choix de faire affaires: Landis+Gyr, Elster, Itron, Capgemini, C3Energy pour ne nommer qu'elles, déjà sous contrat. Hydro-Québec s'étant alliée à la gouvernance mondiale avec Accenture, son Projet ne peut qu'aboutir à nous exploiter davantage.

Le site internet d'Accenture nous apprend notamment que : «Accenture est une entreprise mondiale de conseil en gestion, de services technologiques et d'impartition, comptant plus de 305 000 employés au service de clients dans plus de 120 pays.»

( ... ) « Accenture collabore avec les clients pour les aider à devenir des entreprises et des gouvernements hautement performants. L'entreprise a généré un revenu net de 30,0 milliards $ pour l'année financière ayant pris fin le 31 août 2014.»

Voir la suite dans le site internet d'Accenture :

Dans la décision de la Régie de l'Énergie du 5 octobre 2012, à la section 4.2.2 Choix technologique (paragraphes [26] à [29]), Hydro-Québec fait remarquer à la Régie que son conseiller, la firme Accenture, a confirmé son choix, lui a dit que cette technologie était la norme de l'industrie, etc. Hydro-Québec mentionne également qu'elle suit toutes les recommandations de ses consultants d'Accenture. Voir pp. 10-31 chapitre 4. Position du Distributeur :

Hydro-Québec déclare que son Projet rencontre toutes les recommandations de la National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), une agence du Département du Commerce des États-Unis. Mais ses compteurs ne sont pas approuvés CSA ni UL au Canada.Est-ce qu'Hydro-Québec est devenue une compagnie privée américaine ? Même ses Conditions de Service ont été modifiées récemment pour se conformer au format international sur les instructions d'Accenture.

Nous retenons d'une recherche sommaire que la firme Accenture s'appelait Andersen Consulting jusqu'en janvier 2001, qu'elle était liée à la firme de comptables agréés Arthur Andersen connue pour son rôle dans le célèbre scandale Enron. En 2001, le groupe de consultants Andersen Consulting s'est détaché de l'infâme Arthur Andersen, a changé de nom pour celui d'Accenture et s'est trouvé une adresse en Irlande (paradis fiscal) avant la faillite d'Arthur Andersen en 2002.

Depuis lors, Accenture est devenue une spécialiste internationale de la gouvernance mondiale. Ce qui nous trouble, c'est que les gens d'Accenture ont toute une histoire d'escroqueries. Ils encadrent étroitement leurs clients, ils mènent le bal et leur garantissent des revenus inégalés grâce à leur expertise, leurs conseils en gestion et l'utilisation optimale des compteurs intelligents, de l'Infrastructure de Mesurage Avancé (IMA) et des technologies de l'information (TI). Et parfois, trop souvent, ils mènent leurs clients à des pertes financières importantes.

Accenture offre de multiples services; entre autres, elle recommande à ses clients à travers le monde la vente à des tiers des métadonnées dont leurs clients disposent, comme celles qui seront stockées en permanence dans la base des compteurs électroniques, communicants ou non, et prêtes à être analysées et exploitées par des compagnies faisant partie des réseaux «intelligents» (Smart Grid) de Landis+Gyr et Itron.
Hydro-Québec aurait déjà donné un contrat à la compagnie américaine C3Energy [VOIR : HYDRO-QUÉBEC SE DONNE AUX AMÉRICAINS «Au lieu de soutenir l'emploi local, la Société d'État favorise des entreprises étrangères. Et la dernière? C'est une entreprise californienne qui rafle le contrat de traitement des données des nouveaux compteurs intelligents.» ET Compteurs intelligents: les données transférées à une entreprise des É.-U. - AINSI LA NSA, ENTRE AUTRES, VA POUVOIR Y ACCÉDER PLUS FACILEMENT...], le partenaire obligé lorsqu'on mandate Accenture, pour le traitement des données d'Hydro-Québec, i.e. tous les détails de notre consommation d'électricité provenant des compteurs intelligents ou non-communicants.

Liste des Alliances avec Accenture :

Voir les courtes vidéos suivantes expliquant «Comment faire beaucoup d'argent avec les données obtenues de vos clients»; plus elles sont raffinées, plus elles prennent de la valeur.

Data Monetizing

Data Supply Chain: Data is Currency, Seize the Benefits

Hydro-Québec nous promet qu'elle prendra toutes les mesures nécessaires pour assurer la protection de nos renseignements. Permettez-nous d'en douter puisqu'elle obéit à Accenture; le Gouvernement du Québec, ancien et présent, semble avoir abdiqué au profit d'Accenture. Dans quelle aventure, quel pétrin, Hydro-Québec nous entraîne-t-elle ?


BRISER LE MYTHE du 1% de refus des compteurs

Il faut briser ce mythe qu'Hydro-Québec fait circuler à l'effet que «seulement 1% des Québécois dans la Phase 1 de son déploiement auraient refusé son compteur nouvelle génération («intelligent») de Landis+Gyr.
Le 1% de refus est le seuil établi par Accenture pour qualifier de succès l'implantation des compteurs intelligents. HQ n'a probablement compté que les clients qui ont choisi l'option de retrait pour un compteur non-communicant (Itron C1S) avec frais d'installation et de relève; nombreux sont ceux qui croient erronément que le «non-communicant» est le compteur mécanique à roulette qu'ils pourront conserver; grave erreur, ce dernier n'est pas une option; si on veut le garder par principe de précaution, il faut le protéger;

a) Hydro-Québec se targue d'une grande acceptabilité sociale de ses compteurs, mais les gens n'ont pas «accepté» le nouveau compteur; il leur a été imposé, bien souvent à leur insu et même contre leur gré, sous les menaces, sans leur consentement libre et éclairé; de plus, Hydro-Québec interprète un avis écrit de non-consentement à leurs deux compteurs comme étant un refus non- valide, donc, un refus non-comptabilisé;

b) Hydro-Québec n'obtient pas de ses clients le consentement libre et éclairé requis pour procéder au déploiement. D'ailleurs, un sondage Léger avait démontré en avril 2014 que 50% de la population n'en voulait pas de leurs compteurs intelligents. Voir le sondage Léger avril 2014;

c) le compteur «intelligent» est gratuit, il est installé en quelques minutes, sans avertissement et sans faire de bruit, par les employés de Capgemini qui ne sont PAS des maîtres électriciens; tout se déploie sans aucune connaissance de la part de l'abonné; donc, on ne peut pas parler d'un consentement libre et éclairé; nombreux sont ceux qui ignorent que leur compteur a été remplacé;

d) il y aurait quelque 100 000 clients d'Hydro-Québec dans la Phase 1 qui ont réussi à garder leur compteur mécanique à roulette (nombre à confirmer après vérification);

e) les gens ne connaissent pas la nature de la bête qui sera apposée au mur de leur résidence, mais dès qu'ils sont mis au courant par des gens bien informés, la très grande majorité de ces gens refusent les deux compteurs et veulent savoir comment protéger leur compteur électromécanique à roulette; de plus en plus souvent, il est déjà trop tard, le mal est déjà fait; ces gens pourront se prévaloir de l'option de retrait maintenant que les frais punitifs ont été réduits sensiblement; CLIP

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