Poll: Will You Consider Trading in Your Smart Meter for Old Analog Model?

SDG&E and Southern California Edison customers are given the right to "opt out" of new meters.

Health fears aside, wireless smart meters lost a battle Thursday when the state Public Utilities Commission ordered SDG&E and Southern California Edison to allow customers to trade their new electric and gas meters back for older analog versions. The change-out comes at a cost. Most customers will pay $75 to restore an analog meter and then $10 a month, as we reported. So the question is: Are the perceived dangers of smart meters worth the expense?

Susan Brinchman April 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM
That is when you should demand to ask for a supervisor. They have a dedicated phone line now for the Opt-out . It is 1-877-357-8525. The person in charge of the SDG&E Opt-out Program is Tesa Howard (not sure if first name is spelled correctly). SDG&E has sent certified letters out to anyone who complained or was on the Delay list or still has an analog, with directions for opting out. Go to www.sdge.com/smartmeter also, for online info about opting out. We will file a complaint with the CPUC for this behavior, above. Disgusting. Read "Smart Meter Opt-Out Update (April 27, 2012)", the latest Patch blog on this topic at http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/smart-meter-opt-out-update-42712.
CaptD April 30, 2012 at 08:25 PM
it is the Energy SYSTEM itself that is keeping the US from going Solar (of all flavors) much quicker... Many, many more would install Solar if the Utilities paid those that installed Solar for the energy they put INTO the grid, at the very same rate that the Utility charges for that same Energy to folks that take Energy OUT of the Grid! By not paying the same amount, the Utility shareholders receive additional money they do not deserve and the folks that have installed solar end up with a much longer payback period! You can be sure if these Utilities operate their own Solar Farms, they will pay themselves every penny they can... Remember Solar usually adds Energy during peak period of use (daytime) and it is only fair that if the Utility charges more for Energy used during that period (by using Smart meters) then they should also credit that exact amount to those with Solar that add Energy during those periods! It is time to STOP THE SOLAR ENERGY RIPOFF! http://is.gd/eQog1d
Earlene April 30, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I wholeheartedly agree with you, CaptD! However, we live in a very greedy society and the little man can never prosper due to the massive corporations who feel they need a finger in every pie to give, as they say, a dividend to their shareholders. Maybe we should go back to wood-burning stoves and oil lamps?
David Haessig May 01, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The utilities should pay the same rate to residential solar providers that they pay to obtain energy from the grid. And that may not be as much as we think, as the bills we pay include taxes, transport charges, and special fees. The should not be allowed to collect transmission fees for energy sent to them, then returned to the user (Net 0 Energy). While there is a cost, it is a soft cost and is offset by the peak load relief.
Doug Curlee May 03, 2012 at 02:28 AM
steven.. i think they call this "spam".. it's on a couple of other threads, too.. doug


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