Concern over Smart Meters increases
February 11, 2011
A property manager in Marina recently installed cages around the 142 electric and gas meters in the 70-unit apartment complex on Monterey Bay in response to PG&E’s attempt to deploy the wireless device throughout town.
On Thursday, a PG&E representative called Tobie Cecil and told him to remove the cages immediately or PG&E would call the Marina Fire Department to have fines issued.
Marina Fire Chief Harold Kelly inspected the cages and said, “As long as the meters are accessible, they’re fine.”
Meanwhile, the Capitola City Council passed an ordinance banning Smart Meters within city limits.
The council also unanimously voted for the city to write a letter of support for State Assembly Bill 37, introduced by Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, that would require the Public Utilities Commission to allow PG&E customers to opt-out of Smart Meter installation.”
There are now 25 cities in the state who have decided on some type of ordinance, resolution, or moratorium for Smart Meters.