CPUC delays smart meter opt-out proceeding

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just extended the deadline for the smart meter opt-out proceeding to Feb 6, 2014.  By statutory deadline it was supposed to conclude within 18 months,  or on Dec. 8, 2013.  They are extending it for 60 days, but I’ll be surprised if they complete it within that time, as they must address community opt-out, and need to write proposed decisions on the legal briefs and opening briefs. The reasons they cite for the delay include the issues are complex and they need more time to resolve.