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?

Steven Golden April 21, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Earlene April 21, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Susan, Congratulations on a job well done! You have been very instrumental in affecting this change and I applaud you for all your hard work. Since the consumer is the ONLY one paying the price, I strongly feel we should have been given an opportunity to decide whether we wanted to keep our old analog meter, etc., but SDG&E, PG&E and Edison jumped the gun and shoved these meters down our throats. Now we have to pay more to have them reinstalled as well as a monthly charge which will be $120/year. Be that as it may, I'm calling SDG&E the first thing Monday morning and asking them to reinstall my old meters! All I ask is that they notify me when they will be here to do the exchange so I can unplug everything in my house AND garage. I won't have to worry that they might burn up my golfcart and refrigerator this time as I will be ready! Again, thank you - I, for one, am most appreciative.
Earlene April 21, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Well said and I wholeheartedly concur with all your statements. (Can't wait until this corrupt, lieing, egotistical maniac is kicked to the curb and deported back to Kenya!)
Earlene April 21, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I became aware of a $20 increase in my bill after the Smart Meter was installed and I'm not alone. Two of my bills were identical in price, even down to the penny, but when I questioned them I was told by SDG&E that was a correct reading. When I asked they send someone out to check the Smart Meter, the rep said "that's not an option!" .... so it was pay up and shut up!
ty April 21, 2012 at 04:04 PM
School Mom April 21, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Our bill has gone up over $30 a month but I stacked it up to increased prices not incorrect readings although I did question this. I'm changing just on the chance that they are a potential health hazard.
Kevin George April 21, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Steve, just hoping you didn't take my sarcastic Obama comment seriously. The funny thing about this group is that they have all the characteristics of progressive liberals. But they strangely reject this idea even though it's original purpose was to save energy and their mother Earth. My comment was a shot, with tongue firmly in cheek.
Earlene April 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
This says it all - BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING! Everyone should read the url posted by ty. I'm not paranoid, but you might just as well have a wiretap on your home so all your pertinent information can be passed to whomever the power company wishes to send or sell it to. The trouble with our society today, as I see it, is that they're far too busy to bother with such trivia or become interested in their own future as it pertains to their rights or their health, so they let others who are not always truthful rule over them with complete trust---big mistake!.
Earlene April 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Ragnar, like you, I would dearly love to get off the grid, but right now the cost of solar energy panels are just too expensive to install on my roof. I think it dastardly that SDG&E have greatly reduced the price of extra energy to those who sell back their surplus to the power company. I hear its now only pennies. How unfair is this? They must have several individuals who are up all night thinking of ways to cheat those who have elected not to be on their grid and supply their own energy.
Super Terrific Response April 21, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Steven, Stick to your medication, pal. The next connection you'll make in all this will probably include the Trilateral Commission and the Illuminati.
Eric F Schaller April 21, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Earlene is absolutely correct. Individuals need to have the courage to challenge these invasions rather than be intimidated by the attempted belittling sarcasm of folks like Super Terrific Response. Don't let yourself be fooled into thinking you're not doing the right thing by becoming educated concerning these issues.
Steven Golden April 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM
>Steven, Stick to your medication, pal. The next connection you'll make in all this will probably include the Trilateral Commission and the Illuminati< Did you check the link? Did you do any research at all before commenting? Open your eyes and open your mind-if you trust the government you are a fool
Susan Brinchman April 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine says that the smart meters are to be viewed with extreme caution and recommend a complete moratorium on them. This is a national physicians' org with thousands of members. They tell us that they have multiple, scientific, peer-reviewed studies with evidence to the level of causation that this kind of RF radiation is dangerous for human health. To keep these on our homes may be a criminal act, there needs to be a massive investigation. Meanwhile, I encourage everyone to get these off any way you can, for your health and safety. We are working on a ban and will work on getting these fees returned. Citizens may also take the company to small claims court, someone in Santa Ana did this and forced the smart meter off that way. www.electrosmogprevention.org for more info re: AAEM on health effects.
Susan Brinchman April 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Center for Electrosmog Prevention will be in Booth 411 at the Earth Fair in Balboa Park today - hope to see you there!
Earlene April 23, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I called SDG&E this morning to request an appointment to have my not-so-Smartmeter removed from the exterior of my home and have the analog meter replaced. However, I was told "We're not doing that yet." What!!! When asked why, I was told by their rep that they're not making any appointments as they must first notify everyone. When asked if he was referring to all their customers, he said no, just those whose names were on the list. I told him my name was on the list, but was told I had to wait until they notify me. What a bunch of frick & frack answers from a power company who just refuses to get with an order from the CPUC. I really hope we can be successful in making SDG&E return any monies spent by customers for the switch back to analog meters. Talk about screwing their customers, this company is the worst! I detest the way they do business.
Susan Brinchman April 23, 2012 at 08:59 PM
According to the Administrative Law Judge's order on April 19th, "As part of implementing the opt-out option, SDG&E shall comply with the following guidelines: 1. Residential customers may begin signing up to participate in the opt-out option 20 days after the effective date of this decision. SDG&E shall have a dedicated phone number for customers to call and sign up for the opt-out option. This number shall be staffed by customer service representatives trained to explain the opt-out option and fees." (p. 24) The effective date is 4/19/12, and so 20 days is 5/9/12. SDG&E previously had been stating over the phone that they had established an opt-out list and were taking names and annotating accounts. That is why we recommend writing them at info@sdge.com and telling them that way. They will write you back. Share what they say. Best to get it in writing. SDG&E has not wanted to provide an opt-out so we must stay on this and force them to do what the judge ordered, if need be. More at www.electrosmogprevention.org, with the actual ruling you can read and cite to them in your email.
Cliff Smith April 23, 2012 at 09:30 PM
SDG&E just "upgraded" my smart meter with newer version today. The new version meter does not spike my Cornet EMF meter every ~30 seconds as before. I did not opt out, and was not expecting this swap out. I am relieved to see the improvement. Does anyone have more info on this. I live in 92127.
Earlene April 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I have no knowledge of any "upgrade." This is news to me. How long did you have the previous meter?
Cliff Smith April 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Earlene, I have had the previous smart meter for around a year.
Susan Brinchman April 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
No, but you could call them and ask what it is, get specifics. Meanwhile, take a closeup photo and send to me at director@electrosmogprevention.org and we'll also find out more. Is this yet another experiment on us?
Cliff Smith April 24, 2012 at 04:21 AM
All, I am embarrassed to say I had my EMF meter in the wrong mode. The upgraded smart meter is as offensive as previous model. Sorry for the mistake.
Don Lambert. April 24, 2012 at 10:11 PM
If you sign on to get a tax break for a solar system, read the small print, as you will be required to have a smart meter on your solar system to get the tax break. don
Earlene April 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM
To Don Lambert - It appears SDG&E will stop at nothing to get their piece of the pie. We get solar power so we can tell them to take a hike and they inject their greedy little hands in a sneaky effort to grab as much as they can from those who want to separate themselves from them.
Don Lambert. April 26, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Earlene; Check this out: http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/stop-ca-smart-meter-news/ca-public-utilities-commission-pge-smart-meter-opt-out-fees-suspended/ Looks like the CA PUC and the utility companies are trying to cover their behinds now that folks are becoming aware of this scam. don
Earlene April 28, 2012 at 05:55 AM
I called SDG&E yesterday and spoke with one of their reps who knew absolutely NOTHING about any ruling by the CPUC, so I decided to call them today and this time I got a gentleman who also denied any knowledge of this, saying, '"Well, that's PG&E and we're SDG&E," (as if I didn't know who my power company is!) He also denied knowledge of it, so I told him to Google it. He then proceeded to read it to me and said it wasn't so. Again, he pointed out this was a ruling for PG&E; HOWEVER, I reminded him that the CPUC has control over ALL power companies in the State of California, so what is granted to one is granted to another. I hate talking to these people as they always try to make you feel so dumb. I might add both companies have a deadline by which you can make the switch from your Smart Meter to the analog meter. Why put a deadline on when one can switch meters of June 15? I told the lady if I go ahead and pay the $75 installation fee and the extra $10 a month and the CPUC decides NOT to charge us, will my money be refunded? She stated that remains to be seen. I think they purposely try and confuse anyone who wishes to make the switch, denying any order from the CPUC!
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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