That now makes sense.
You aren’t powering the emonTx Shield from the a.c. transformer - that voltage is only being used to measure a representation of the mains voltage. The power actually supplied by the a.c. transformer is about 1 mW - almost nothing. All the power to operate both the Shield and the Arduino comes from the 12 V d.c.
There’s no reason why what you’re trying to do won’t work, but you must get the connections right.
- Both Arduinos must have their common GND (the negative side of the 12 V) terminals connected together.
- You should only need to use one half of the 9 - 0 - 9 V transformer, and the a.c. plugs must be connected in parallel, barrel to barrel and centre pin to centre pin.
- If you need to use a separate half for each Arduino (because of phase considerations), then you must connect the two barrels to the 0 V centre tap and the two centre pins to the 9 V ends.
The load on the 9 V transformer is very low, approximately 100 µA, so if the connections are correct, there should be no discernible effect when both are connected, once the software filter in emonLib has correctly stabilised. If you connect the second whilst the first is running, then I would expect a disturbance that will die away after about a minute.
If this does not solve your problem, then you must say exactly how the results you see differ from what you expect.