Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Co-Operative (PSREC) disconnected electricity to the family of Stop Smart Meters! Director Josh Hart at 2pm on February 19th, 2014 for refusing to pay the extortionate ‘opt out fee.’
UPDATE July 2nd, 2015: the electricity has been restored to the Harts, and opt out fees dropped after an appeal hearing in Superior Court.
We renew our demand that PSREC (and all utilities) allow analog meter choice to all their customers, at no charge. Below is a summary of the dispute between the Harts and PSREC. Please donate and support our work today. Thanks everyone.
Stop Smart Meters! Dispute Coverage:
July 23rd, 2015: CPUC Hangs PSREC’s Marshall Out to Dry
July 6th, 2015: Victory in 16-month Standoff as PSREC Drops Fees & Restores Electricity
May 1st, 2015: Local Coverage of Legal Victory over PSREC
April 16th, 2015: Judge Rules Electric Utilities’ Smart Meter Opt Out Fees Violate State Law; PSREC Refuses to Reconnect
Sept. 18th, 2014: PSREC Tries to Get Us Arrested for Attending their Annual Meeting
May 29, 2014: Forced Off Grid for Speaking Out: 3 Months on, the Hart Family Finds Hardship- and Self-Reliance After PSREC Cuts the Wires
March 21, 2014: PSREC: “Go Live in the Forest”
March 18, 2014: Lots of Storytelling Going on at the PSREC Call Center
March 14, 2014: PSREC Tries to Gag us From Speaking About Illegal Disconnect
March 13, 2014: Letters to Portola Reporter Editor Over Josh Hart’s Disconnect
March 6, 2014: Local Paper Publishes Highly Biased Article On Our Disconnect
February 27, 2014: PSREC Comes Clean About Their “Smart” Meters
February 26, 2014: PSREC General Manager Loses It After Illegal Disconnect
February 21, 2014: Thank you for your Support- Now please Take Action!
February 20, 2014: Utility Attempts Stalking/ Intimidation Tactics After Disconnect
February 19, 2014: Disconnected: PSREC Shuts us off
February 12, 2014: Op-Ed by Josh Hart in Portola Reporter Feb. 12th 2014
Hart Letter to PSREC October, 2013 (pdf)
Full Timeline of PSREC- Hart Dispute
Template for refusal of fees
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TO MR BOB MARSHALL , TAKING ELECTRICITY AWAY FROM CITIZENS IS A SIN AND A CRIME AS WE THE PEOPLE HAVE A VOICE AND IN ORDER TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM GREEDY CORPORATIONS WE HAVE TO STAND UP TO WHAT IS RIGHT . THE TIME IS HERE AS A GREAT SHIFT IS HERE TO TAKE OUR POWER AND FREEDOM BACK , PEOPLE ARE AWAKE FINALLY . FREE ENERGY IS HERE AND HAS BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME BUT OUR GREEDY CORPORATIONS HAVE MADE SURE WE WOULD NOT KNOW THAT SO YOUR TIME IS REALLY SHORT BEFORE YOUR LOOSE YOUR CONTROL FOR EVER , ENJOY WHAT LITTLE TIME YOU HAVE LEFT . GIVE JOSHUA HART HIS POWER BACK .
As well as kicking up a lot of noise all those pissed-off people should chip in a couple of dollars and set the Harts up with a super-sized U-beaut solar and/or wind system* and tell the company to get stuffed.
THEN send a legal notice of claim charging the power company rent for the crap ~ cables, meters, etc. they’ve ‘stored’ on the Harts’ property.
It’s a separate angle of attack, but there’s no reason y’can’t fight the good fight and let down their tyres as well.
All the best.
*and also tell the Harts to modify their use of electricity ~ I average usage of 3kwh per day here in Southern Victoria, Australia, which has a very similar climate is to California’s .
My system’s been up for four years (grid-connected, which means I get paid for the power I export to the grid) and so far I’m getting about $1600 pa after expenses. However, the expenses continue to increase (last bill the ‘Service to Property’ increased a further 20% on the previous quarter ~ altogether up 350% in the four years) but I saw all that coming and initially sized my system to run the whole house ~ with plenty in reserve ~ so that when they stopped sending me money I’d simply disconnect and run the entire house via a stand-alone battery system.
I lived with solar-power alone for 22 years from 1981. Not only is it possible to do so, but the components for doing so are so cheap and reliable these days (gotta shop around though) that I’m surprised everybody isn’t doing it.
For example:- then cost of the ‘Service Charge’ alone over three years will buy me a batter-bank that’ll last for ten years. Do the arithmetic.
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All the best….and remember the old saying:- nil bastardo carborundum !
For the Josh Hart family Your actions will one day be known for the truth you hold.
Thank You and know many stand with you, opposition is growing with citizens & including political views have stated its been costly with no incentives to what this industy stated. May God’s Blessings deliver you and your family providing hands reaching out to you as you stand for all of us. In Jesus we ask Amen
I posted this to PRSEC’s Facebook:
Please turn the power back on for the Hart family. They have paid for all their electric, and having electric service shouldn’t require them to give up health, privacy, or pay extra to retain those. “Since 1937” you’ve been delivering and charging for electricity without radiation-emitting devices. Your efficiency should be high by now – there’s no reason to charge more for doing the same thing you’ve always done, independent of energy rates.
It seems like you and other utilities charging these “opt-out” fees are trying to penalize people simply for not wanting a new product. It’s not sustainable business to treat customers this way. You want to charge extra to the Harts so that other people won’t get rid of the wireless meters too. If the wireless meters are so good, how come nobody wants them – except Big Gov’t and Big Energy? Your customers – the ones who pay you – area the ones you should be listening to. Ignore them at your own peril – that’s how business works.
In summary, opt-out is visible for what it really is – extortion and coercion. Bullying customers because they don’t want to buy a new product is not the way to succeed in business. Instead I would recommend listening to the needs of your customers – and I know no one has been asking you for smart meters. I’m sure it’s the opposite – people have been asking about them because they don’t want them. There was and is no demand for smart meters by consumers. So stop trying to strong-arm your coop members into taking the things.
I’ve been trying to call them as well, but they don’t pick up. I’m wondering if they see an unknown area code and decide not to pick up thinking it is someone calling about your situation. My heart goes out to your family, Josh. I hope this hardship ends soon. I hope they see the foolishness of what they are doing to you.
It’s happening in Australia. It’s happened to me 🙁
Just as these I allege now proving to be Evil Electric Power Companies C.E.O’s keep on gloating over the continual ripping off more and more money from their customers, which is STEALING for sure. In the next life after they these Electric power company moguls die on Earth who have wickedly enslaved decent citizens, so will the good things in the next life be kept from them these thieves of the Electric power companies and all forms of thieves, so proclaimed Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
Excuse me, Richard, you have a little something on your sleeve.
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