In a replay of his declaration that a PG&E customer could “go back to an analog meter,” CPUC President Michael Peevey last week granted a Southern California Edison customer the same request. “That’s an affirmative answer,” he told Topanga resident Elizabeth Barris when she pleaded to be allowed an analog.
This happened during the public comment period of a October 6th meeting in Los Angeles, one of several southern California CPUC meetings scheduled this month.
Peevey’s comments: “Well, we certainly had that experience [asking for and getting an analog] with PG&E, when they expressed a willingness to remove the meter. And I would assume [Southern California] Edison would do the same thing. Gentleman?…. That’s an affirmative answer.”
Now the CPUC has granted this sort of public request for an analog meter twice. But currently there are many, many more people in California who are desperate to have analogs put back on their house, or keep the one they already have.
Is this the hoop we must pass through? Public begging at scheduled CPUC meetings? This piecemeal approach is an unconscionable way to address the serious health consequences that the “smart” meters are causing for thousands of state residents.
In addition, the issue which Ms. Barris raises, but which President Peevey refuses to address, is the cost of opting out to analog. Ms. Barris quotes a cost of $4000 for her landlady to opt out.
View entire meeting: http://www.californiaadmin.com/cpuc.shtml
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