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??

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

My Experience

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 person.

I have a B.A. in physics from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. and spent six months studying Appropiate Technology at the Farallon Institue when it was in Occidental, CA in 1983. This included Wind, Solar, Hydropwer 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 hydropower energy forcasting at 3Tier Inc. (now Vaisala) In 1985 - 1989, our volunteer group set up the enitre 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 are:

  1. Smart Meters are not financially viable. Our sister city Springfield, OR on the other side of the river decided to keep their analog meters. The Smart Meters are only gauranteed for 2 years verses 40 - 60 years for the analog. They require setting up Time of Use Billing, attenas, 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. Nobody is going to get up at 3 AM to run their dishwasher or do their cooking. It was all too complicated for them. They have no extra money to burn so they decided not to touch this one. Also, they respect working people and do not want to lay them off, but give them jobs.
  2. 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 Familes 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!!
  3. Cause on average utility rates to go up by 50 percent after installation.
  4. Put out an immense amount of Microwave Radiation in the 1 - 300 Gigaherz bandwith. 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 !!
  5. Monitor all your activities in your home and invade your privacy.

You can read more about it in this two page pamphlet please: page 1           page 2

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 them.

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 here