UPDATED 1/4/2012 - SDG&E has filed a proposed opt out policy for the CPUC to review. You can review the document yourself, but the cliff notes are that SDG&E is suggesting removing the wireless signal on existing meters and allowing a manual read each month. This cost will be passed on to consumers who want to opt out.
If you are an SDG&E customer and you want to opt out of a Smart Meter, let us know! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
(1) Your first and last name
(2) Your SDG&E account number
(3) If you currently have a Smart Meter installed (Y/N)
We’ll keep you updated as the opt out workshops proceed.
Smart meters. A four letter word in some circles, these devices have caused uproar for a multitude of reasons. From higher bills to health effects, privacy concerns and installation heart aches, some SDG&E customers are outraged by the new meters. While I understand those concerns, my biggest concern and frustration is that SDG&E customers is can’t independently compare their old electromechanical meter to their new smart meter. Sure, they can rely on SDG&E’s reports and studies that show that the new smart meters are accurate. But when SDG&E customers see a spike in their bill and the only answer from SDG&E is that the new meter is more accurate than the old meter and the bill is correct, it’s a tough pill to swallow.
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