23 Mar '12, 4pm

Smart Meter Opt Out Requirements Spreading Through California

Smart Meter Opt Out Requirements Spreading Through California

Just last month, the California Public Utility Commission ruled that PG&E must allow customers to opt out of smart meter installations after groups had formed to protest the new wireless meters, but those customers will have to pay a fine and a monthly fee for keeping their analog meters. Now San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) have been handed the same orders from the commission, spreading the opt-out option across the whole state of California. SDG&E and SCE can charge up to a $75 fine and $10 a month, the same that PG&E will charge its customers, to cover the cost of sending meter readers out to read the old meters and other costs. The reasons for protesting the smart meters remain the same: health concerns related to the radiation emitted from the devices (which studies have found emit far less than a cell phone ) and concerns about th...

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