SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — State utility regulators are considering a plan that would allow Pacific Gas & Electric customers in Northern California to pay to switch off the wireless signals on their so-called “smart meters.”

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey proposed the opt-out fees Tuesday in response to critics who say the devices PG&E started installing in 2007 to eliminate the need for meter readers can cause headaches.

Under Peevey’s proposal, customers would be charged an initial opt-out fee of $90 and an ongoing monthly charge of $15 to have the radio signals on their meters turned off or to have a digital meter without a radio transmitter installed.

PG&E suggested a similar payment plan in March after resistance to smart meters led several communities to place moratoriums on the devices.

The commission could vote on the recommendation as early as January.


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Comments (4)
  1. Protector of the Insane says:

    Try Aluminum foil Hats it works !

  2. Keith Palmer says:

    I just received a letter from PG&E about how they’ve been out to my place so many times to set up my Smartmeter, but no one is ever home. Interesting, no one has rung my door (you have to dial in to my phone to gain entry). Equally interesting is the letter refers to my detached home. I live in a large condo building, PG&E. Guess I won’t be responding to that letter since they have no idea who they are writing to.

  3. RobertWilliams says:

    PUC and PG$E are one and the same.

    This is what they planned many months ago.
    (PUC”s Peevey previously was the Utility Company Executive)

    PG&E proposed $270 initially so that when Peevey said $90, it would sound to people that don’t know better as though Peevey made a compromise.

    How wonderful would it be to inject truth serum into Peevey and then have him speak on TV for all to hear the real truth.

  4. Mr. Widemouth says:

    Smart Meters – something to be afraid of?

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