SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – California regulators said Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can start charging its customers fees to avoid having wireless utility meters installed in their homes.

Four members of the California Public Utilities Commission approved a proposal Wednesday that allows PG&E to charge residential customers an initial fee of $75, and a monthly fee of $10 to opt out of the company’s SmartMeter program.

Low-income customers who want to opt out can be charged an initial fee of $10, plus an extra $5 each month.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Dozens of people and advocacy groups from Fairfax to San Luis Obispo testified at the commission’s meeting saying exposure to radio frequencies and radiation from the wireless electricity and gas meters harms people’s health.

PG&E maintains that the meters are safe and will bring down the utility’s meter reading costs.

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Comments (3)
  1. Robert Williams says:

    Most People Cannot Afford The Fee so Most Everyone Will Be Damaged By These so-called Smart Meters.

    This Country Has Gone To S’t.

  2. Angela Flynn says:

    PG&E ratepayers won another round here. These fees will be challenged. You can bet on that. The only reason the CPUC backed down on forced SmartMeter installation is because they were challenged on the illegal forcing of microwave SmartMeters onto our homes. The Obama Administration is so worried about people waking up regarding microwave exposure that he sent out IT CZAR Aneesh Chopra to lobby for the forced microwave exposure. I won’t quit until the entire wireless mess grid is taken down and replaced with fiber optics. Is cancer really a fair price to pay for business as usual placing profits over health?