Important message from director,Stopsmartmeter.org !
As bad as the extortionate and punitive smart meter ‘opt-out’ fee policy seems at the moment, utilities in California are pressuring the CPUC to increase the fees, and take away the choice of an analog meter, forcing us to pay hundreds of dollars/ year for a digital ‘radio off’ meter with many of the same problems as the ‘smart’ meter. It’s been revealed that utilities like PG&E have scrapped millions of perfectly functional analog meters- now they want to charge us for purchasing new ones. We refuse to be charged for the incompetence of for-profit, corporate utilities.
IT IS CRITICAL TO ATTEND THESE HEARINGS AND TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO ATTEND. Approach your family, neighbors, friends, and local elected officials now about attending and speaking at one of these hearings.
We are demanding:
-no-cost, purely electromechanical analog meters for water, gas and electric utilities
-the right for apartment complexes, and cities and counties to opt out
-the right for businesses- as well as residences to refuse smart meters
The CPUC has ignored widespread pleas from the public to schedule these hearings at a time when they would not conflict with the holidays. Many are speculating that these dates were chosen to diminish public turnout.
Don’t let them get away with this!
If you cannot attend the hearings, please send comments (see below).
The specifics of the hearings are as follows:
BAKERSFIELD (PG&E and SoCalGas territories)
December 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Bakersfield City Hall Council Chambers
1501 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
SANTA BARBARA (PG&E, SCE and SoCalGas territories)
December 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
County Administration Building Board Hearing Room, 4th Floor
105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
LOS ANGELES (SCE and SoCalGas territories)
December 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Junipero Serra State Office Building
Carmel Room – Auditorium, 1st Floor
320 West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
SAN CLEMENTE (SCE, SoCalGas and SDG&E territories)
December 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
San Clemente Community Center – Ole Hanson Fireside Room
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, CA 92672
SANTA ROSA (PG&E territory)
December 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Steel Lane Community Center – Dohn Room
415 Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
More information about what to expect at public participation hearings here: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/aboutus/Divisions/CSID/Public+Advisor/Public+Participation+Hearings.htm
Questions being considered in the Phase 2 opt out proceeding are:
1) Should more than one opt-out option be offered to customers who do not wish to have a wireless SmartMeter (e.g., a digital, non-communicating meter)? Should different fees be assessed based on the type of opt-out meter selected by the customer and, if so, what is an appropriate level for such fees?
2) Should all costs associated with the opt-out option be paid by only those customers electing the option, or should some portion of these costs be allocated to all ratepayers and/or to utility shareholders?
3) What fees should be assessed on customers who elect the opt-out option and should the fees be assessed on a per meter or per location basis?
4) Should there be an “exit fee” imposed on customers who elect the opt-out option and later return to a wireless SmartMeter?
5) Should the opt-out option be extended to local governments and communities?
If you are unable to attend these hearings, you may submit written comments to the to the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at the address noted below. Please refer to the application filing number, A.11-03-014 et al, when writing. Please state if you would like a response, otherwise no response will be sent. Your comments will become a part of the formal file for public comment in this proceeding. The Public Advisor’s Office will circulate your comments to the five Commissioners, the ALJ, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), and to CPUC staff assigned to this proceeding. You may also write to the CPUC if you need advice on how to participate in this proceeding, or would like to receive further notices regarding the date, time, and place of any future hearing in this proceeding:
The Public Advisor California Public Utilities Commission 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 E-Mail: Public.Advisor@cpuc.ca.gov
Locations for these hearings are wheelchair accessible. If you need interpreters for language or for the hard of hearing, please contact the Public Advisor’s Office at the following numbers at least five (5) working days in advance of the meeting date:
Telephone: (415) 703-2074 or toll free: 1-866-849-8390 TTY: (415) 703-5282 or toll free TTY: 1-866-836-7825
Joshua Hart MSc
Director, Stop Smart Meters!
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