The analog electrical meter: the long-lived workhorse of the residential customer’s electrical system—safe, generally reliable, simple, mechanical. It is something many of us never gave much thought to, until something happened along to replace it, that was everything the analog was not…
The “smart” meter has shown itself to be dangerous, unhealthy, unreliable, complex beyond usefulness, and vulnerably electronic, rather than mechanical. Also, its life span is only half that of an analog meter. We never knew what we had till it was (mostly) gone.
Many of us want them back, or are holding onto the one we have for dear life. For those fighting to get an analog restored to their homes, one of the stock answers that PG&E gives when groups or individuals is: “We have no analog meters.” Or, “No one makes analog meters anymore.”
So, after installing millions of “smart” meters, replacing analog meters both old and new, one has to ask PG&E: Where did all those analog meters GO?
Many of those meters had not reached anything like their life term, which is an average of forty (40) years. For people sick from “smart” meters, relief in the form of a slightly-used analog would be immensely welcome. One man, Mr Chandu Vyas, recently asked the CPUC for just that—and he was granted it by President Peevey.
However, when PG&E technicians came to his house later that week, they installed NOT an analog, as ordered, but a non-transmitting digital meter. We hear that Mr Vyas has not recovered his health yet, and we wonder why the simplest solution, the one that would have been complying with CPUC orders, was not followed: install an analog meter, even one slightly used and refurbished.
And refurbished is indeed what is done with these meters. As we heard from Monise Sheehan, during her recent trials trying to get PG&E to honor her request for an analog, the PG&E executive Sidney Bob Dietz told Monise that there is a refurbishing facility in Fremont CA. We have no doubt that there are many, many analog meters there, all recently pulled from houses by “smart” meter installers.
Yesterday David Wilner, a EMF consultant and one of the parties fighting the unconscionable terms of the PG&E op-out proposal, filed this document (pdf) “Emergency Motion to Require PG&E to Retain Analog Meters”[Click: MotiontoRetainAnalogMeters] with the California Public Utilities Commission. He is asking them to make provision for those who want and need analog meters to preserve their health and well being, before, one supposes, PG&E disposes of them. This is sensible and far-seeing. Because although we don’t believe that right now they really have “no analogs,” they may be working quickly to make that a reality. They must not be allowed to do so.
In addition, Mr Wilner filed these statements to support his motion, including just how possible it is to obtain analog meters:
I, David L. Wilner, declare as follows:
1. I am familiar with the record in this proceeding, and am prepared to competently testify as to the matters set forth in this motion if requested to do so.
2. I have been informed by Hialeah Meter Company in Florida that it reconditions and calibrates electromechanical electrical meters (analog meters) to conform with ANSI standards.
3. This firm can supply 100,000 or more reconditioned analog meters at competitive rates over a reasonable period of time.
4. I have also been advised that this firm, and others that are qualified, can recondition analog meters taken out of service by electric utilities on an ongoing basis. As such, there would be an ample supply of analog meters in the future.
5. PG&E has advised me that it has approximately 552,600 analog meters in service, and no longer has the capability to recondition and recalibrate analog meters as it has done in the past.
6. PG&E has also advised me that a General Electric licensee located in Taiwan may be manufacturing analog meters as well.
7. PG&E has also stated that there is another domestic company (Vision Metering) in South Carolina that also refurbishes analog meters.
8. The information stated about PG&E’s failure to provide an analog meter to Mr. Vyas, and the fact that the digital meter that PG&E installed instead did not solve his problem is accurate.