Smart Meter Opt Out - UPDATED
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. A PDF of the document is attached to this blog.
UPDATED 11/16/11 - In a Commission decision dated 11/10/11, the Commission granted part of UCAN's Smart Meter Opt Out Proposal. Here's a link to the actual decision, as well as the text of the decision summary:
This decision grants in part the application of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN). San Diego Gas & Electric Company is directed to file a proposal for Commission consideration that would provide an alternative to customers who do not wish to have a smart meter with wireless radio transmission. This proposal shall be filed no later than 14 days after the effective date of this decision. We deny UCAN's request to modify Decision 07-04-043, as we find such modification unnecessary. This proceeding remains open to consider the opt-out proposals.
Score one for consumers!
We get a steady stream of calls from concerned citizens about where SDG&E is with their Smart Meter policy. The CPUC recently met with the California energy utilities to discuss the Smart Meter opt-out option that UCAN brought to them in March. Here’s a brief update of where they are in the process.
The million dollar question is “When will I be able to opt out of a Smart Meter?” The absolute earliest would be the end of September 2011.
On July 27, the CPUC and utilities met and discussed what opt out options would look like. As of now, it looks like it will include these three general options: (1) turn off the wireless transmission capability on existing Smart Meters, (2) Retain analog meters where a smart meter has not yet been installed, and (3) install a digital meter with wired transmission instead of wireless transmission.
The CPUC requested that the utilities file more detailed opt out proposals by August 19, to be discussed at a workshop on September 14. If you’d like more information on the topic you can read the CPUC ruling here.