Patterson calls for suspension of Smart Meters
March 1, 2011
County supervisor Jim Patterson wants PG&E to temporarily suspend installation of wireless Smart Meters in San Luis Obispo County until specific issues are addressed. [Tribune]
Patterson, 5th District supervisor, will ask fellow board members next week to send a letter to both PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission expressing concerns about the meters and asking for a halt.
The proposed letter is on the board’s consent calendar for next Tuesday, which is where they place noncontroversial items that they do not intend to discuss. However, any supervisor can pull an item and talk about it. Patterson needs three votes to have the letter sent.
However, Supervisor Frank Mecham remains away from work, following back surgery.
And board chairman Adam Hill has said that he wants a letter sent expressing concerns about the Smart Meters, but not calling for a complete halt. Hill argued that the county has no legal authority over PG&E and, at best, the board can only express its concerns.
A ban on Smart Meters can only come from the Public Utilities Commission.
PG&E has begun to install the meters in Paso Robles, and expects to have them in an estimated 13,000 homes throughout the county by the end of 2012.