CALL PG&E: OPT OUT NOW! 1-866-743-0263
If you have an analog meter: Tell PG&E you plan to keep your analog meter. When they ask you to agree to the charges tell them, “NO, the fees are arbitrary, punitive, likely illegal, and the fees are being legally contested at the CPUC!”
Be assertive. Here’s the legal scoop: ***PG&Es Advice letter 3278-G/4006-E was posted on the CPUC Energy Division website as NO ACTION. NO ACTION means they cannot act on the advice letter, therefore we believe they cannot legally charge the fees at this time. If they ask you about access to your property, tell them they need to make an appointment.
If you agree to the fees, you can express that you are only agreeing under duress. If and when they charge, write “paid under protest” on your check, and keep a copy. Or don’t pay.** Don’t just ignore PG&E, either call or write a letter, or sign up online. PG&E’s online opt out form does not force you to explicitly agree to the charges.
You can also send PG&E a certified letter to: Pacific Gas and Electric, PO Box 997315, Sacramento Ca 95899-9900. See sample letter.
* May 1 is a PG&E deadline for people on the “delay list”. Any PG&E customer can opt out for any reason at any time.
**RISKS and BENEFITS of NOT paying the fees: This is a form of direct action that can be helpful. PG&E may turn off your utilities, or install a smart meter. If this happens we can bring media attention to the issue.
*** The advice letter was removed from the CPUC website on April 30.
Neighbors meters: Talk to your neighbors about these choices. Some people, if needed-will offer to cover the costs of neighbors opt out, to protect themselves and their children. Print out this flyer and talk to your neighbors:Neighborhood flyer
For more info see: Understanding PG&E Smart Meter Opt-Out fees
(Adapted from EMF Safety Network post)