SmartMeter opponents score major victory
March 10, 2011
Pacific Gas & Electric took a major hit Thursday when state regulators announced that they expect the utility to offer customers the option of declining wireless SmartMeters. [Associated Press]
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is giving PG&E two weeks to develop a process where customers can opt out of the wireless meters if they have health or other concerns.
The announcement, made by CPUC president Michael Peevy, came just prior to testimony from dozens of people and advocacy groups at Thursday’s commission meeting that exposure to radio frequencies and radiation from the wireless electricity and gas meters was harming people’s health.
PG&E maintains that the meters are safe. Other PUC commissioners have said they want to see more research on whether the electronic meter-reading system can impact health.
Peevey says he believes PG&E should allow customers to opt out for a “reasonable cost.”