In California you can now rid your home of a smart meter. That’s good news. However PG&E is imposing fees to do so. That’s the confusing news.
The facts about the FEES: Besides being arbitrary, punitive and likely illegal, they are INTERIM fees… What are INTERIM fees? They are a strategy designed to intimidate and confuse customers who don’t want smart meters.
The costs to opt out and who should pay are still being evaluated by the Public Utilities Commission. Hearings will be held within the next couple of months.
From a CPUC press release: “The costs are subject to adjustment upon conclusion of a second phase of this proceeding where issues concerning the actual costs associated with offering an analog opt-out option will be addressed.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO: If you have smart meters on your home-have PG&E replace them with analogs. Call (866-743-0263)
If you still have analog meters- DELAY TILL MAY. The final decision should be completed by then.