Please come to the next CPUC public meeting, this Thursday, Jan. 12th, at 9 a.m. in San Francisco. Arrive at 8:45 to sign up to speak.
We’ve said it before: CPUC President Michael Peevey’s proposed opt-out is both illegal and extortionate, an assessment shared by no less than Dennis Herrera, the City Attorney of San Francisco, who said his official comments on the proposed decision:
The City [of San Francisco] recommends that the Commission reject the PD [proposed decision] in its entirety for two reasons. First, the PD makes these findings without a hearing and without allowing the parties to this proceeding – other than PG&E – to submit any evidence. The Commission cannot make such a finding when it prevented the parties other than PG&E from making a record.
Second, the fees imposed on customers are arbitrary and appear to be intended to dissuade customers from opting-out…. The proposed fees will likely be cost-prohibitive for many PG&E customers…. The deficiencies in the PD cannot be remedied. For this reason, the City … asks the Commission to reject the PD [emphasis ours].
The CPUC, our one protection from utility abuses and profiteering, has clearly abdicated its proper role here, and according to the legal assessment above, it has taken egregious and illegal shortcuts in this particular legal proceeding. The program should be halted, and the process reframed–with proper, open, public hearings, not some stop-gap, individual-only opt-out. In addition, this proposed decision will short-circuit the right of communities of any size to act as a body to defend themselves against “smart” meters. The PD makes no provision for municipalities opting out. The CPUC continues to act as if it is ignorant of the fact that the federal government stated that “smart” meters were to be offered to residential customers, not forced on them (Federal Energy Act of 2005).
Where are we at this point? Desperate people made sick by their “smart” meters have removed them (with professional help) on their own, and paid a heavy price; thousands more suffer effects without taking direct action, understandably fearful of PG&E’s bullying tactics. Hundreds of complaints continue to flow into SmartMeterHelp.com. PG&E is not keeping track in any way of health complaints made to it. Only a tiny fraction of customers actually regularly use the online “smart” meter information–information that can be had by anyone by looking at any type of meter.
This is an ill-conceived, poorly researched, poisonous, and exorbitantly expensive program–a program offering customers enforced irradiation with a class 2B carcinogen that is already causing illness, invasion of privacy, and no benefits that can’t be had for a much cheaper price using other technologies. Pull the plug on the whole “smart” meter program in California, before more people are made ill, and before more good money is thrown after the bad $2.3 billion already spent–OUR money.
Meanwhile, PG&E and the other CA utilities continue to install “smart” meters with reckless speed. This apartment building (see below) recently got a bank of them put in, with no notice and no option to decline. The very strong RF radiation field around the bank is an unavoidable part of the residents’ lives–many of whom are elderly–as the meters are located in the trash room. The RF is also intense in the apartments above the meters. This same situation is found in tens of thousands of multiple-unit buildings all over the state, and the nation.
I WANT TO SUPPORT FULLY THE PROJECT TO TAKE DOWN THE SMART GRID NOW! I AGREE FULLY WITH ALL THE ABOVE REPORTS AND COMMENTS AS I HAVE REPORTED AND RESEARCHED MY OWN LOCATION IN A MULTI-UNIT SENIORS APARTMENT BUILDING WHERE I AM SANDWICHED IN BETWEEN 60 SMART METERERS. 30 METERS IN A CLUSTER ON ONE SIDE AND 30 METERS IN A CLUSTER ON THE OTHER. MYSELF AND MANY NEIGHBORS SUFFER GREATLY SINCE THE METERS WERE INSTALLED JUNE 2010 AND JANUARY 2011. WE ARE MAD AS HELL AT PG&E AND CORRUPT CPUC MICHAEL PEEVEY FOR FORCING THESE SICK METERS AND NOT LISTENING TO CUSTOMERS AND BEING ARROGANT FACISTS WITH THE PROCESS FOR HEARINGS!!!
I AM SURE ALL TRUTH POINTS TO TAKING DOWN THE SMART GRID AND OPTING OUT FOR THE WORLD! MANY PEOPLE CANNOT TRAVEL FREELY ANYMORE! EVEN STATE PARKS ARE FILLED WITH WI-FI.
IN THE MEANTIME I SUFFER AND TRY TO GET OUT OF THIS TRAP THAT HAS ALREADY COST ME MANY HOURS AND DOLLARS WITHOUT RELIEF. WE THE CUSTOMERS SHOULD BE SUING PG&E AND OUR FAKE CPUC (YOU CAN TAKE THE WORD PUBLIC OUT OF IT!) FOR THEIR ABUSIVE ATROCIOUS ARROGANCE AND ILLEGALITIES BEYOND BELIEF. I TOLD PG&E I WANT TO OPT-OUT AND SO DO ALOT OF MY NEIGHBORS WHO HAVE SICKNESSES SYMPTOMS FROM THESE STUPID SMART METERS, BUT SORRY WE CANNOT AFFORD THE COSTS REQUIRED AND KNOW THESE CHARGES ARE EXTORTIONS WHILE PG&E/CPUC ACTS AS TERRORISTS INFLICTING HARMS AND DANGERS AND ADVERSARYS TO OUR PUBLIC CONCERNS FOR HEALTH, SAFETY, PRIVACY AND COSTS TO RATEPAYERS.
I REPORTED EVERYTHING VIA EMAIL AND PHONE AS I AM 500 MILES NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO AND COULD NOT ATTEND CPUC MEETINGS.
I HAVE REPORTED MY SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS IN DETAIL PRIOR TO THIS AND CANNOT AFFORD THE TIME TO KEEP TALKING TO DEAD WALLS. I AM TRYING TO PLAN MY ESCAPE FROM THIS NIGHTMARE OF A TRAP I AM IN AND HOPE I MAKE IT OUT BEFORE IT TAKES ME OUT!!!
I HAVE HUGE EMPATHY GENES AND HAVE WORKED AS HEALTH CARE PROFESIONAL… SO I FIND PG&E/CPUC EXTREMELY CRUEL, COLD, CORRUPT, CRIMINAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND UNCONSCIONABLE ADVERSARIES OF THE PUBLIC GOOD AND WILL OF THE PEOPLE! PG&E SHOWS TOTAL CONTEMPT FOR THE PUBLIC CONCERNS. WE SHOULD ALL TAKE EM TO COURT AND WE WILL TAKE EM TO COURT. GOT TO TAKE DOWN THE SMART GRID.