CPUC: Give millions more to PG&E and continue smart meter extortion fees

sddefaultsquare_gallery_thumbCalifornia Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Judge Amy Yip-Kikugawa and President Michael Peevey have issued two proposed decisions in the smart meter opt-out proceeding. Here’s a recap of what they state:

  • Give 37 million dollars to Investor Owned Utilities (PG&E, SCE, SDG&E and So Cal Gas) for providing the opt-out program.
  • Adopt permanent fees for residential customers who “do not wish to have a wireless smart meter”.
  • Continue the same interim fees of $75 initial fee, plus $10 a month, and $10 initial fee and $5 a month for low income.
  • Local governments and multi-unit dwellings may not collectively opt out of smart meter installations.
  • Charging an opt-out fee does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • They will not address health and safety impacts in this decision.
  • Assess fees on a per location basis, for example if you have two or more meters on your property, that will be one fee, per utility company.
  • If you have two utilities, they can both charge you fees.
  • Peevey proposes putting a cap on the opt-out fees at 3 years.
  • Both Peevey and Yip-Kikugawa refuse to consider a no fee option.
  • ALJ Amy Yip-Kikugawa’s Proposed Decision
  • Michael Peevey’s Alternate Proposed Decision

“It is in everyone’s interest to promote moving to smart meters.” -Amy Yip-Kikugawa, CPUC proposed decision

A proposed decision is not necessarily the final authority.  In 2011 the proposed decision stated the opt-out meter for PG&E would be a radio-off smart meter.  After strong public opposition the final decision allowed for the analog meter.

What you can do:

Send your comments by email to ALJ Amy Yip-Kikugawa: ayk@cpuc.ca.gov and to Michael Peevey’s advisor Manisha Lakhanpal: ml2@cpuc.ca.gov You can also request to meet with the Commissioners in person.

Go to the CPUC meetings.  A current list of CPUC meetings is here. The CPUC is located at 505 Van Ness Ave San Francisco CA.

To  learn more about this issue read the EMF Safety Network brief.

6 thoughts on “CPUC: Give millions more to PG&E and continue smart meter extortion fees”

  1. The “public utilities” people are now flexing their muscles! They have a monopoly on supply, and are spending much money, to make the supply of electricity, a “Robot Operation”)! Much ado about the “wonders” of the “Smart Meters”! (No need to list them here); but in reality, smart meters do ONE thing: Eliminate the meter readers! BIG business and BIG corporations, are spending much money and installing equiptment, to make their operations; Labor-Free!
    ( “It is in everyone’s interest to promote moving to smart meters.” -Amy Yip-Kikugawa, CPUC proposed decision); this is a Quote! Amy Yip-Kikugawa, is no doubt; “On the take”; and certainly not looking out for the consumer! There was a time; when the Customer was always right! Exceptions not included! Today; it seems the customer is a “captive”; nowhere to turn; NO other supplier, and you buy the product: “OR ELSE”!!!
    It’s a pretty good bet; when the “PUC”, makes a decision; the Consumer is the “Goat”!!
    “Job-Creation; started out by adding more federal government “jobs’; These monopolistic compamies and corporations; are doing their best to eliminate any!
    Is the “PUC”; FOR the consumer, or FOR the ????!

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