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Are You Still Worried about SmartMeters?

While PG&E says only a few have opted out of SmartMeter installation, a Novato company has filed a complaint with the state Public Utilities Commission.

The wall-mounted digital devices that measure electric power consumption are back in the news.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which started installing SmartMeters to replace analog meters last year, told the that installation is 79 percent complete in Marin County and that only a few thousand people have opted out thus far despite a concern about radio waves emitted by the meters that could pose health risks. Check out the IJ's story here.

Also, a complaint about SmartMeters filed by a Novato company was heard by the state regulatory board but shelved until May 24, according to a story by . David L. Wilner, owner , said the public is not protected enough from SmartMeter radiation and vowed to pursue the issue all the way to the Supreme Court if the state PUC turns him down.

The SmartMeters have generated currents of controversy ever since PG&E began installing them without notifying residents. Homeowners have raised issues of not only of potential radiation danger but of privacy.

According to information on PG&E's website, May 1 was the company's deadline to opt out and go back to an analog meter. A ruling by the state PUC allows PG&E to charge you $75 for the change back to antiquated technology and charge you an additional $10 per month on top of your normal energy charges. PG&E considers the devices to be an essential upgrade to their customer service, making their distribution system more reliable and record-keeping more accurate. Once an account is set up on the PG&E website, a customer can get close to a real-time estimate of energy being used at home.

Do you still have concerns about SmartMeters? Are you satisfied that they won't cause health problems? Are you convinced they do?

Tina McMillan May 25, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Michelle I can't find a single piece of evidence that shows health effects related to SMART Meters. It is up to us as customers if we want to throw a load of laundry in the washer or dryer in the evening. That has always been the case. The primary goal of the SMART Meter here and in other countries has been to get people to conserve energy on their own. Like it or not we are running out of fossil fuels and the more we conserve the longer we can stretch our resources. It's the same with water. The water company charges more money as you go up higher in the tier system of water usage. They do this to encourage conservation. PGE and MEA are not our only resources. Home solar is also a possibility. Here is a link to a NCA article: http://nca4bh.org/ncasite_j17/index.php/en/topics/city-government/297-update-on-marin-energy-authority-opt-out-deadline-a-pge Check out other market based alternatives.
Dave May 29, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Tehy charge more for usage because they are greedy. Do you really think they give a darn about the enviroment? Wake up and smell the $$$
Tina McMillan May 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
No successful business can operate without a profit. Greed destroys businesses, corporations, unions and even countries.The money PGE makes supports its workers as well as its stockholders and allows the company to grow. In Northern California it makes more sense to focus our efforts on improving PGE rather than creating public agencies that purchase pseudo green energy from suppliers such as Royal Dutch Shell and Electricite Francaise. Personally, I like the idea of becoming more energy independent by reducing usage and when able converting to solar. I think wind is harder to get zoned in Marin County due to the actions of groups like the Audubon Society. We have to find a way to compromise so that we can become more energy independent while protecting local wildlife but that also means using the land around us to provide our energy. It's not fair to farm out all the energy production to other cities because we don't like the way it looks. There was controversy originally associated with McEvoy Ranch's wind turbine but now that it is up and running it is a wonderful example of what private innovation can do when allowed to succeed. http://www.kleanindustries.com/s/tire_plastic_recycling_feasibility_studies.asp?ReportID=352398
Tina McMillan May 30, 2012 at 01:15 AM
If you are interested in learning more about SMART meters check out how and why they are being used throughout Europe. Again, this is an effort to teach people how to use energy more responsibly. The average household in Europe uses half the electricity that we use in the U.S. The growth of SMART meters here and abroad is about energy conservation. If the fear that is being associated with radio frequencies is valid then eliminating cell phones, routers, wireless phones, microwaves and other technology associated with radio frequency emissions is the solution. SMART METERS are just a tiny, tiny blip on this very large screen. http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/100-million-meters-coming-to-europe-by-2016/http://economie.fgov.be/fr/binaries/European_Research_Experience_and_Needs_Smart_Metering%20_tcm326-67144.pdfhttp://ec.europa.eu/energy/gas_electricity/smartgrids/doc/20110412_memo.pdf
Ivan September 19, 2012 at 05:15 PM
100% Real. Visit our website smartenergyusa.com or give us a call 1-800-405-1978 Top notch service and installations. Go green and save $$$$

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