This afternoon at 2pm, Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative (PSREC) trespassed on our property and (after unsuccessfully trying to install a “smart” meter) disconnected the power to our home though we have paid every penny of our electricity usage in full. The fees- and the disconnect- are in violation of state public utility code and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we intend to fight this abuse to the full extent of the law.
This is the first disconnect by PSREC for failure to pay “opt out” fees. No one in PG&E/ SCE/ SDG&E areas of California have been disconnected solely for refusal to pay “opt out” fees, and thousands have been ignoring toothless disconnect warnings and deducting the fees from their bill every month.
As an electric “co-operative” PSREC is only partially under the jurisdiction of the CPUC and apparently also feels that it is above the law. Its chickens will come home to roost. Utility personnel- challenged about their actions- replied that they were “just following orders.”
Now we have pressing matters such as how to keep our food from perishing and keep our home warm in freezing temperatures tonight.
Why are utilities going to such lengths to silence critics of their smart meter policies? The answer is profits and defending a stubborn dogma that says wireless is safe.
We are determined and will not give in to utility abuse or threats.