Many people with analogs are receiving a certified letter from PG&E–a legalistic and intimidating tactic. Ignore it. If you missed the postal carrier, and are stuck with a pick-up slip, don’t waste your precious time going down to the post office to stand in line. Let the PO return it to them. The letter tells you about the opt out, the cost, and the “deadline” they have invented, May 1, 2012. If you want, you can read about the opt out on their website, http://pge.com.
The opt out as it is currently being implemented is far from meeting the needs of many ratepayers. Most notably, communities cannot yet opt out, despite the fact that there are 49 cities and counties with bans as of now. People living next to banks of meters are left without options. Smart-meter-free zones are not provided for. And many of us are wondering why don’t we get a rebate for turning down the smart meter, thereby saving about $250 in equipment and labor charges to our utility. Instead we are asked to cough up a fee to keep what we have, or have removed a device we never asked for.
We have said all along that meeting and talking to neighbors is crucial: the utilities have counted on ignorance to pull off this deployment, and a little information from someone you know can go a long way. A group of neighbors in Santa Cruz County has worked to retain all their analog meters. Recently one member sent us an excellent letter he is using to communicate in the group about the opt-out. So we offer a modified version of that letter to you, to help address the subject and talk to your own neighbors. Customize and distribute it in your neighborhood, to let everyone know they can keep their analog or ditch their smart meter.
Many people don’t realize how smart meter radiation doesn’t recognize property lines. Analog meters make good neighbors!
Documents referred to in the letter:
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Health Risks Report on Smartmeters. http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Health-Risks-Associated-With-SmartMeters.pdf
American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s letter to the CPUC recommending the smart meter program be halted. http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/AAEM-Resolution.pdf