California Smart Meters Action: All utility companies must allow customers the right to retain or restore analog utility meters on their home or business. No federal or state law forces Smart Meters on customers. The utilities are currently imposing punitive, arbitrary and likely illegal fees to not have Smart Meters. We will continue to fight for no cost analog option and evidentiary hearings on the health and safety impacts of Smart Meters.
1. Refuse Smart Meters:
If you still have analog utility meters, one option is to tell the utility you never opted in! If you have Smart Meters you can call your utility and have them removed:
- PG&E: call 1-866-743-0263 , or submit PG&E’s online form. or send a certified letter to Pacific Gas and Electric, PO Box 997315, Sacramento Ca 95899-9900. PG&E *commercial customers send this letter to PG&E by certified mail.
- SCE: call 1-800-810-2369 SCE Commercial Smart Meter opt-out letter
- SDG&E: call 1-877-357-8525, or submit SDG&E’s online form, or send a certified letter to San Diego Gas & Electric, Attn: Smart Meter Opt-Out CP42I, PO Box 129831, San Diego, CA 92112-9985.
- So Cal Gas: call 877-238-0090
Privately owned utility companies (POU) in California are governed by their board of directors and likely by Federal law, which only stated to offer Smart Meters, not force them on people’s homes. If you are a POU customer you’ll need to contact your utility to inquire about Smart Meters. One example is SMUD in Sacramento.
- SMUD: call 1-888-742-7683
WHAT TO DO ABOUT PUNITIVE FEES? If you have been charged fees to retain or restore the analog meter you can pay them or refuse to pay them. Not paying involves the risk of hassle with the utility who will likely threaten to turn off your power. If you’d prefer not to hassle with them you can write a separate check for the fees and write “PAID UNDER DURESS” on your check. Although PG&E has threatened shut offs, no one that we know of has yet to have their power cut.
Talking points for refusing Smart Meter fees:
- The interim fees are unjust, arbitrary and unreasonable, which violates of Public utilities Code 451: “All charges demanded or received by any public utility, or by any two or more public utilities, for any product or commodity furnished or to be furnished or any service rendered or to be rendered shall be just and reasonable. Every unjust or unreasonable charge demanded or received for such product or commodity or service is unlawful.”
- If you avoid RF for medical reasons, to pay more for a different meter violates PUC code 453(b). “No public utility shall prejudice, disadvantage, or require different rates or deposit amounts from a person because of ancestry, medical condition, marital status or change in marital status, occupation, or any characteristic listed or defined in Section 11135 of the Government Code.”
- The federal government never made Smart Meters mandatory: Energy Policy Act of 2005, Title Xll, Subtitle E, Section 1252, (a), (14), (C):“Each electric utility subject to subparagraph (A) shall provide each customer requesting a time-based rate with a time-based meter capable of enabling the utility and customer to offer and receive such rate, respectively.”
- Time of use metering is not mandatory: CPUC Code Section 745(d)(1):“Residential customers have the option to not receive service pursuant to time-variant pricing and incur no additional charges as a result of the exercise of that option. Prohibited charges include, but are not limited to, administrative fees for switching away from time-variant pricing, . . .”
2. Where to Complain:
- If you have had smart meter related problems (health, safety, billing etc.), or have been charged punitive fees for an analog meter, please file a complaint with your utility and follow up with a CPUC Complaint.
- If your problem is health related contact the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) email: SmartMeter@cdph.ca.gov
- Contact your CA State legislators, and CA Governor Jerry Brown
- Complain to the FCC!
- Complain to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) This form can be used for any injury from EMF’s, including Smart Meters. Download and complete the form, print out and mail to: US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health Document Mail Center -WO66-G609 / 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
You can also contact the CPUC with comments or questions c/o Public Advisor 505 Van Ness Ave. Rm. 2103 San Francisco CA. 94102. phone: 866.849.8390 fax: 415-703-1758 CPUC Commissioners are: Mike Florio 415-703-1840/ Catharine Sandoval 415-703-2593/ President Michael Peevey 415-703-3703/ Carla Peterman 415- 703-1407/ Mark Ferron 415-703-2782.
3. Submit a declaration
If you are a CA utility customer, and have experienced health impacts, interference, over billing, fires, burnt out appliances, or any other problem related to the deployment of Smart Meters please send us a declaration. Declarations are needed for legal efforts at the CPUC and potential future lawsuits. This is a legal document, that you believe is true to the best of your knowledge and you will testify to. Click here for more info.
If you still have analogs, post signs on your meters: Sign for Utility Meters or Smart Meter NOTICE or Do not Install Smart Meter or make your own sign! Some people are locking meters for additional security. See other ideas below.
EDUCATE your neighbors, friends and family! (see links to flyers below)
EDUCATE your city and county to follow the actions of many cities and counties- call for a moratorium, or adopt an ordinance banning smart meters.
Write and send letter to the editor!
Contact Governor Jerry Brown to ask for President Michael Peevey’s removal from the CPUC. Requests for removal from a Governor appointment must be done by email, fax or mail. EMAIL Governor Jerry Brown
MAIL: Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814
Hand out flyers: (Note: These flyers below are older, but may provide ideas for making your own FLYER! )
CA flyer: Dumb Meters flyer
CA flyer: Restore the Analog Utility Meters
PG&E Spanish SM flyer
Smart Meter poster designed by Kathy Boake, BC Canada
EDUCATIONAL PACKET: Reasons to say NO to Smart Meters
Wear this: PiGie Sue T-shirt, Order NOW
Electrical Box Protector IDEAS
Utility meter locks call (707) 579-3183
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