ALERT: Smart Meter Opt-out Fees May Double - Attend a CPUC Meeting Dec. 18th to Speak Out

Public Participation Hearings on smart meter opt-out fees, which SDG&E would like to double, will be held in December.

SDG&E Customers / CALIF ALERT: Opt-out Fees May Double to $400 a year - Speak Out Against All Opt-out Fees at Local CPUC Meetings in December

This is a red ALERT about local CPUC public participation meetings to be held in December, 2012, concerning opt-out fees. We encourage San Diego Gas & Electric customers in San Diego and Orange Counties to attend the meeting in San Clemente, on Dec. 18th, from 6-8 PM, to speak out against all smart meter opt-out fees, which may soon double for SDG&E, SCE, and So CA Gas customers. If you live elsewhere in CA, go to the nearest meeting.

It is noteworthy that the state of Vermont legislated a free smart meter opt-out, statewide, for all utility customers, this year. The system is working well, according to our reports. We feel that there should be no fees and that these are, in fact, illegal, breaking numerous state and federal discrimination laws and California public utility codes. Click Opening Briefs on Discrimination Laws & Opt-out Fees at CPUC (7/20/2012) for more info.

If you can't do so, we ask that you write the CPUC (address below). We encourage you to bring as many people as possible to these meetings, as your presence does matter and is counted, and can impact CPUC decisions made after meetings are held.
CPUC Sets Public Participation Hearings on Smart Meter Opt-Out Costs
The CPUC has set five Public Participation Hearings to hear from consumers about costs and cost allocation issues associated with requiring Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) to offer an analog opt-out option for residential customers who do not wish to have a wireless Smart Meter installed at their location. Each Public Participation Hearing will run for two hours at the following locations:
BAKERSFIELD (PG&E and SoCalGas territories)
December 13, 2012, 6 p.m.
Bakersfield City Hall Council Chambers
1501 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301
SANTA BARBARA (PG&E, SCE, and SoCalGas territories)
December 14, 2012, 3 p.m.
County Administration Building Board Hearing Room, 4th Floor
105 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
LOS ANGELES (SCE and SoCalGas territories)
December 17, 2012, at 6 p.m.
Junipero Serra State Office Building
Carmel Room – Auditorium, 1st Floor
320 West 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
SAN CLEMENTE (SCE, SoCalGas, and SDG&E territories)
December 18, 2012, 6 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 p.m.
Steel Lane Community Center – Dohn Room
415 Steele Ln., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP) , a La Mesa-based nonprofit, continues to support consumer interests in the CPUC smart meter opt-out and smart grid proceedings. We are advocating for a free and expanded opt-out, disability and medical condition rights and accommodations, and banning of all smart meters. To learn more about our positions and for talking points, go to
Brief filed by Center for Electrosmog Prevention on 07/05/2012
Brief filed by Southern Californians For Wired Solutions For Smart Meters (SCWSSM) on 07/19/2012
http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/EFILE/BRIEF/171335.PDF (282 kb)
to learn more about the above meetings and opt-out fee issues, go to:


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With very best regards,
Susan Brinchman
Director, Center for Electrosmog Prevention
P.O. Box 655
La Mesa, CA
Center for Electrosmog Prevention www.electrosmogprevention.org
Smart Meter Dangers
SCASM Southern Californians Against Smart Meters http://www.causes.com/causes/610453-southern-californians-against-smart-meters-scasm
American Coalition Against Smart Meters (ACASM) www.causes.com/acasm

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MaryJane December 18, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Malaprop- I am zeroing in on your employer.
MaryJane December 19, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Malaprop, I am probably twice your age. Kindness is the only way you will get far in life.
Susan Brinchman December 21, 2012 at 05:21 AM
The meeting was exceptionally well-attended. Many speakers (about 45) passionately described serious illnesses and other objections to fees and smart meters - such as privacy concerns, the gathering and selling of personal data (concerning habits in the home and more), smart meter fires, hacking of data and use of smart meter information by thieves, before the impassive CPUC Administrative Law Judge Amy Yip- Kikugawa. Speakers were only given 2 minutes each and the meeting was cut off early without any apparent good reason, to the objections of the audience, after 1 1/2 hours. CEP audiotaped it and took some pics, offered in an uncensored pair of YouTubes. Part 1 of 2 http://youtu.be/bO2ulWvDdg4 Part 2 of 2 http://youtu.be/JmgOMICt01I
Mike Walker February 01, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Would you voluntarily financially support the following: Giving away for free our public lands to the likes of Goldman Sachs and the Carlyle Group for energy sprawl. The destruction of sacred Indian lands, the destruction of endangered species. Being coerced into purchasing a product from a seller you don't want to buy from. Certainly not, then go off-grid.
Chris February 02, 2013 at 04:26 AM
I don't have a smart meter but I do hear the constant buzzing noise all the time. Even if I go "off-grid" the utility still uses my property to transmit through. Thus, being off-grid doesn't solve the problem.


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