UCAN smart meter opt-out proposal gets green light from Commission
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), has finally agreed to allow SDG&E ratepayers the choice of not having their electric consumption monitored by digital smart meters. In a decision today, on an application brought by UCAN last year, the Commission gave permission for SDG&E ratepayers who don't want smart meters installed on their property to "opt-out".
SDG&E customers who choose to opt out will pay a $75 load fee and an extra fee of $10 a month thereafter. Low income ratepayers in the CARE program, "California Alternate Rates for Energy", will be charged $10 to opt out, and $5 more per month.
Those charges will cover SDG&E's extra costs for carrying both types of meters, and will likely be modified at a future date. Customers do not need to give any reason why they don't want to be served by smart meters. They do need to notify SDG&E that they wish to have the smart meter removed and replaced by an electromechanical meter.
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