Pacific Gas & Electric SmartMeters Coming To Santa Cruz County

SCOTTS VALLEY (KCBS) – At the end of June, Pacific Gas and Electric plans to install SmartMeters in Soquel, Scotts Valley and Watsonville areas where opposition to the wireless devices has been strongest.

Residents can choose to delay installation until state regulators decide whether to allow an option that would allow for the wireless radio signal in the SmartMeter to be turned off, said PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith.

Customers can put their homes on the delay list by calling 877-743-0263.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Local SmartMeter opposition groups predicted widespread resistance to the installations, fueled in part by a recent World Health Organization finding that similar radiation from cellphones may pose a cancer risk.

Capitola and Watsonville have each passed symbolic moratoriums on SmartMeters, as has Santa Cruz County. Those local laws are superseded by the California Public Utilities Commission’s authority to regulate Smart Meters.

Customers on PG&E’s delay list will receive the new meters once the CPUCC issues its decision on non-radio Smart Meters.

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  1. RobertWilliams says:

    SMART METERS LINKED TO CANCER.

    Utilities and Health Departments based previous safety claims on World Health Organization (WHO).

    But June 1 2011, WHO says Wireless Smart Meter radiation is linked to CANCER (possible human carcinogen – same as Lead, DDT, etc), and that means it also damages bodies & brains (including children’s) in many ways, other than cancer.

    1. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
    Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes).
    http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

    2. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS.
    Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes).
    http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946

    3. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.
    2-page Press Release:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

  2. RobertWilliams says:

    MISREPRESENTATIONS OF WIRELESS SMART METERS.

    The utility information generated by Wireless smart meters is NOT real-time and it is NOT formatted for customer use so it does NOT assist customers to use less energy or lower their utility bills. The information only assists the Utility Company to bill customers and shut off customer power remotely.

    In countries where Wireless smart meters are being installed, energy use is NOT decreasing, customer UTILITY BILLS ARE INCREASING, there are problems with SECURITY, HACKING, ELECTRICAL FIRES & ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE.

    The Utility companies are salivating over eliminating the jobs of the full-time-with-benefit meter reader employees and replacing them with phone operators in India and the Philippines who read scripts to customers over the phone for $4 per day with NO Benefits.

    Wireless smart meters are NOT mandated by the US Federal Energy Program, as California’s PG$E pretends.

    42 Cities & Counties in California have taken positions AGAINST Wireless smart meters and 13 have passed Ordinances prohibiting the Wireless meters.

    ALSO: every appliance has or will have its own electronic signature, so yes, Wireless smart meters will give the exact information to the utility company and the government every move you make in your home. Existing analog meters only provide total usage and therefore protect your privacy.

    High-tech home robbers (and high-tech child molesters) will also hack this information and know exactly your habits and when you are not home (and when your children are home).

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