California Regulators Map Out Smart Meter Opt-Out Options

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – State utility officials are mulling over whether to provide consumers a smart meter opt-out option for those who don’t want the digital devices installed at their homes.

The possibility was the topic of a public meeting on Wednesday at the California Public Utilities Commission in which many Bay Area residents were able to get answers about concerns they may have about the devices.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Administrative Law Judge Amy Yip-Kikugawa moderated the discussion.

“Whether someone wishes to opt-out, they can have any number of reasons or no reason,” she said.

Utility officials were on hand to answer questions about the digital meters, which record consumption of electricity and gas and communicate that information back to the utility for monitoring and billing.

Among the main complaints from consumers has been a spike in their bills, power surges and a concern about possible health risks from the wireless radio frequencies of the devices.

Any final decision on an opt-out plan is still months away.

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  • Robert Williams


    2. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION on May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters (and some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List.

    3. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH months ago (Feb 2011) found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.

    4. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed
(1) Human Cell Damage
(2) DNA Chain Breaks
(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier
 from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters.

    5. INSURANCE COMPANIES Hired Independent Laboratory Scientists and these scientists also observed Cell Damage and DNA Chain Breaks and now the Insurance Companies will NOT Insure Liability damage from Wireless Smart meters and other wireless devices.
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So shouldn’t installation of Wireless smart meters on people’s homes Stop?

    Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user’s discretion, but Smart meters are emitting radiation 24/7 and can not be shut off.

  • Taken Advantage Of

    Please! Will somebody listen to the concern regarding smart meters?! Please? We’ve had one since May 2011 and for the past 4 months, our bill has TRIPLED what it was previously. (We have records that go back over the last 24 months.) We’ve had SMUD’s person come out and check our appliances, all is well. We have not added anyone or anything to our household. THE. ONLY. DIFFERENCE is our bills went skyrocketing as soon as the “smart” meter was installed. We cannot afford $175. bill in the summer, when we’re not even running the air conditioner! Why is it fair that we must pay this when they can’t even give us a reason for the HIGH bill — it is absolutely KILLING our budget! My husband is in construction and we barely make ends meet as it is.

    Please, if these things don’t run perfectly, they have the ability to put a huge hole in the pocketbooks of those who need $$ most. At LEAST let people OPT OUT!


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