PG&E Works on SmartMeter Opt-Out Plan

PG&E Works on SmartMeter Opt-Out Plan

Although the California Public Utilities Commission announced its decision to direct PG&E to create an opt-out option for SmartMeter installation Thursday, some Berkeley residents and other PG&E customers – who have been pushing for a moratorium on meter installation – are apprehensive about the details of the proposal.

The new wireless technology has raised numerous complaints about inaccurate fee increases, an invasion of privacy and negative health effects since PG&E began installing the meters last year. Following the lead of other Bay Area cities, the city of Berkeley wrote a letter to Michael Peevey, president of the commission, in June requesting an opt-out option and further investigation of the device.

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