Victory in 16-month Standoff as PSREC Drops Fees and Restores Electric Service

IMG_1024At last Monday’s court hearing, after it was revealed that Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman has a no-cost self-read analog meter at his home, and after PSREC’s legal arguments defending their “opt out” program fell apart, the utility’s General Manager Bob Marshall agreed to reconnect our electricity, drop all past fees and provide self-read analog service at no charge.

Electricity was restored at our home on Thursday afternoon, and the analog meter remains in place.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and kept us going through our 16-month stand. It has not always been easy.  However, when push comes to shove, it is clear that utility company bullying just does not stand up in court.

In the end, what undermined PSREC’s case was their pattern of wanting to have their cake and eat it too.  They insisted their AMR meters were not “smart meters” but then insisted that the recent CPUC smart meter decision justified their extortionate fees.  They proclaimed their independence–as a cooperative–from CPUC regulations, but then leaned heavily on the CPUC’s December opt out decision–specific only to the four main investor owned utilities in California, to justify the legality of their fees.

The takeaway? For customers of municipal or cooperative electric utilities not regulated by a state utility commission, small claims and superior courts are able and often willing to take an independent look at the legality of utility policies, unencumbered by state regulatory decisions. Don’t just go along with a forced smart meter or unjust fees- take them to court!

Here are the legal briefs submitted for the appeals phase of our case, available for download:

PSREC Brief
Hart Response Brief

Hart v. PSREC is officially still an open case pending the signing of a written settlement agreement this week (we have not “settled” for anything by the way). We reserve the right to a superior court trial if PSREC fails to carry out any of the agreed actions.

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Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters! Challenge to Ruling that Smart Meters are “Safe Enough”

MAineStopSMartMeter LogoLegal update from Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters!:

After a 3 year PUC investigation into the health and safety of smart meters following a Supreme Court remand, the Commission ruled smart meters were basically “safe enough.” There was no vote held by the two commissioners and one of them recognized RF could probably cause adverse health effects and thought no cost opt outs [using a smart meter with transmitter disabled] should be available when suggested by a physician. Because the opinion made little sense and Central Maine Power never met their statutory burden to show safety was ensured with smart meters, opponents have appealed the decision, once more to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

You can read the text of the legal brief here.  Well worth a read for anyone fighting smart meters, it lays out the arguments and evidence nicely. Now let’s hope the Maine Supreme Judicial Court is independent enough to make a just decision.

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Indiana Regulators Reject Duke Energy Smart Meter Plan

smart-meter-deniedThanks to SmartGridAwareness.org for this encouraging update:

“State regulators have rejected a proposal from Duke Energy to raise customers’ rates (to install “smart” meters).  The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission said in early May in a ruling that the company didn’t provide enough details for its $1.9 billion, seven-year plan.”

Read full post here.

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Court Date Announced for Hart v Plumas Sierra Rural Electric

Josh PicA de novo trial has been scheduled for June 29th at 10am in Quincy, CA in the Hart v. PSREC dispute.

In the first round, Plumas County Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde ruled that PSREC was violating CA Public Utility code 453(b) by charging us more for an analog meter. PSREC has appealed that verdict.

Thanks to your support and donations, we have been able to hire Michael Jackson of Quincy, CA, a successful environmental attorney, to represent us.

IMG_0802The hearing is open to the public and people are encouraged to attend and demonstrate support for the Hart family whose electric service was illegally and unnecessarily disconnected on Feb. 19th, 2014, causing hardship.

Please donate to help offset our legal costs. We need to be prepared to continue to defend our own rights and those of everyone else hurt by the madness of smart meters and other wireless technologies.  Thank you.

Details:

Monday June 29th at 10am
Dept. 1, Plumas Superior Court
520 Main St. Quincy, CA 95971

We will continue to report on this case on StopSmartMeters.org

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“Everything the CPUC has Done Should be Re-Opened”

Mia Severson, former Attorney for the City of San Diego, talks to EON about the corruption that threatens the health, safety, and lives of the people of California, and how she and Mike Aguirre are suing the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for backroom dealings regarding the recently shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Diego County.

She suggests that corruption and coziness between industry and regulators is so rife, every decision the CPUC has made over the past several years, including the $3 billion+ California smart meter deployment- should now be re-opened. We could not agree more.

  More info about the “regime change” now needed in California can be found here.

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