Victor Odlivak for EWEB Commissioner AT-LARGE
I, Victor Odlivak am running for EWEB Commissioner AT-LARGE position in the
May 2018 primary in Eugene. I have worked for the last five
years to stop smart meters in both Seattle and Eugene with the
Families for Safe Meters. I was so fed
up with the reversing
of the OPT-OUT to automatic OPT-IN policy that I am running to
make an effort to change this and educate people. The important
thing to realize is that Smart Meters are a big distraction from
our real task which is to Get off Fossil Fuels
How do we do this??
Here is a preview of my election pamphlett statement.
I will devote myself fully to implementing the policy I have layed out above. This
will include office hours at EWEB for people to visit outside of normal work times.
Since I am retired, I have the time to spend 10 days a month or more to follow through
and research any agenda items for board meetings. I want to thoroughly investigate exactly
where our energy and money is going.
- No extortion fees for Opt-out of Smart Meters. Our sisters over
in other parts of Oregon now have to pay a fee of $137 plus a monthly meter
reading fee of $36. You can read it right here from
Pacific Power Comapny Opt-out Fees. Note Pacific Power
used to be part of Con Edison Power Company. This can be the future for Eugene, if we do not watch out.
Continue EWEB’s current support of 350 dollars per year for low income individuals.
This includes the Financially Stressed Program and the Customer Care Plus.
- Support Rental Unit Weatherization as EWEB’s next major conservation strategy.
This would lower bills for students and working people. They are entitled to the same level
of comfort their landlords have.
- Keep ownership
of Harvest & Foote Creek Wind Farms In the coming years when all the cheap
fracking fossil fuel is gone, this will be a major asset. We must plan seven generations ahead
as our native people said.
- End now our long-term contract with the Seneca wood-burning plant north of Eugene.
This is burning fossil fuel and putting Carbon Dioxide and other pollutants in the environment.
- Drop the connection fee on our electricity bill! This would make the
bill 20 dollars cheaper for all. Also us solar electricity generators would not charge a connection fee. This is only fair!
- Pay us the same rate for electricity generated as we pay EWEB when we
purchase it in the winter months. That is 9 cents per KWH.
We sell electricity back in the sunny half of the year and only get 3 cents
per KWH. Springfield Utility Board (SUB) reimburses rate payer generators
at the same rate they buy electricity. They also charge about 40 percent
less for their monthly connection fee, that is $12.60 instead of $20.50
Double the EWEB reimbursement from 1500 to 3000 Dollars for solar PV
- Realize that when electricity is generated locally there is not the
5 to 10 percent loss in transmission across long distance power lines
Even though 90 percent of EWEB electricity is hydro power, by the time it
reaches you at least 10 percent is lost due to the long distance traveled.
The solar generated locally is gone within one mile being used
by all the surrounding houses with a less than 2 percent transmission loss.
Lastly connect with the mother earth! Keep our analog meters and let us
watch them spin backwards. Once a year we can take a picture of the meter
to verify the 500 to 1000 KWH it has turned backwards. This is truly a joy!
Even on a rainy day, I still get 4 KWH of solar! There is never a zero KWH
Do not lay off anymore EWEB personnel.
This is beautifully stated in an Oct. 2017 Letter to the
Editor here .
- Aside from all the problems mentioned with Smart Meters below, here is the absolute biggest one:
They depersonalize the process of giving good caring service to humans! Earlier, if somebody did not pay their bill for 3 months a human investigates and sees, Oh My God, this is a very poor person with 3 children living in a
poorly insulated house. If the power is cut off now, the family could freeze to
death. I will NOT cut off the power, the Meter reader reports. But Now, the Smart Meter, can automatically shut off the power with a Software Program. Or somebody can make a mouse click and your power is off. This is Outrageous! and should never be allowed to happen.
We need to keep EWEB headquarters on its waterfront property
Do not sell this land to developers!
Preserve Mother Nature in all her healthiness Eugene is one of
the few places in the USA with no fluoride in the water. We have to
keep it that way. We need to be conscious of everything that can go
in the water we drink. i.e. Stop now the Aerial Spraying of Herbicides
This gets in our water. Make sure no factories are dumping chemicals in our
Put all electric wires underground. This has been done in Berlin since
1875. You would not put a gas line above ground, so why on earth put a power
line above ground? In Dec. 2016, when we had the big ice storm in Eugene, it took
four and a half months to trim all the trees back so they would not interfere
with the power lines. We imported contractors from Indiana to do this and had
to put them up in hotels. We had pledged in 1987 to put all the lines underground
and we still have not done it!! People would donate freely to a fund to do this
so that they do not have to experience power failures again.
Please remember the goal Reduce Fossil Fuel , not spending
200 million Dollars over the next five years on Smart Meters. You can read later
on this page about the Dumbness of so called Smart Meters
I am currently retired and have been working the last 6 years as the
volunteer treasurer for ASALV , a non-profit for rehabilitating
street children in Nicaragua. I also volunteer with
Community Rights Lane County working on the banning
of Aerial Herbicide Spray and giving mother nature the rights of a
I have a B.A. in physics from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. and
spent six months studying Appropriate Technology at the
Farallon Institue when it was in
Occidental, CA in 1983. This included Wind, Solar, Hydro Power and Biogas.
I worked two years as a high school physics teacher and 25 plus years in
tech support in the computer field. This included working with wind, solar
and hydro power energy forecasting at 3Tier Inc. (now Vaisala)
In 1985 - 1989, our volunteer group set up the entire recycling operation
for Watertown, MA including building the ramps and bridge to load up the
glass and metal containers.
Dumbness of so called Smart Meters
Not much is generally known about Smart Meters. First of all
they are not at all smart. Some of the things they do
Smart Meters are not financially viable.
The Smart Meters are only guaranteed for 2 years verses 40 - 60 years for the analog.
They require setting up Time of Use Billing, antennas, transmitters and other equipment.
An outside vendor would have to set up a computer system for the Time of Use Billing.
The city would then be at the mercy of that vendor for any changes to the system. The
actual energy savings from Smart Meters is null for the average household. Nobody is going to get up at 3 AM
to run their dishwasher or do their cooking.
Our sister city Springfield, OR on the other side of the river decided to hold off on deploying AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure)
at this time. They will not presently (March 15, 2018) according to Jeff Nelson (SUB Manager)
be setting up Time of Use Billing, antennas, transmitters and other equipment. They want to take more time and see how AMI develops.
- Burst into fire or CUT OFF POWER instantly . This has happened so often that Saskatchewan
Province in Canada has outlawed them. Note, the fix for this that EWEB
implemented is to buy the "smarter" Smart Meters made by Sensus. If they
get too hot, they automatically shut off! But what if you are asleep
at night with a medical device to breath more Oxygen into your lungs .
Many people suffering from Emphysema have this. Are we going to immediately
dispatch people there to turn on a backup generator for the household? Do
we have several hundred personnel ready at all times to do this? The old
mechanical Analog meters never got too hot and cut off power. We are setting
ourselves up for a very horrific situation here! I asked Frank Lawson in
person with our entire Families for Safe Meters group, if they have a data base
with all the people on ventilators and what medical procedures they have in an
event of a Smart Meter shutoff. They had no answer to this!!
Cause on average utility rates to go up by 50 percent after
Put out an immense amount of Microwave Radiation in the 1 - 300
Gigahertz bandwidth. The energy of the radiation is 10 K what your cell
phone emits. This is a major health hazard . This causes
massive headaches in people, dizziness, nausea
and cases of brain cancer have been documented. In the film mentioned below,
all the birds that a gentleman in Renton was feeding suddenly disappeared
from the area, once the smart meters were installed. If you can not go to
the performance of the film, you can download it and just pay whatever you
like. Please see the website also referenced below. Thank you !!
Monitor all your activities in your home and invade your privacy.
You can read more about it in this two page pamphlet please:
There is a lot of confusion out there between Smart Grid and
Smart Meters (AMI) . They are totally different things and have
nothing to do with each other. The idea of a Smart Grid is to get us
all using renewable energy generated locally for maximum efficiency as
opposed to monopoly fossil fuel power companies controlling the price
and distribution. For more info, read this
excellent report created by
Dr. Tim Schoechle, who invented Smart Meters and now speaks out against
If you are in the Seattle or Pacific Northwest USA, please see
here for more information.
There are various showings wherever you live of the film
Take Back your Power. Please see the take back
your power website mentioned