PG&E files game-changing smart meter opt out plan. But will it work?

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By: SGN Staff

Quick Take:  At last – although only at the insistence of a judge – PG&E has done something right with its smart metering program. As you will read below, it has offered up an opt-out program for customers who do not want smart meters (typically because they fear the health effects of the RF radio inside).

 

How do I know they got it right? Because neither side is happy… the sign of a good compromise. PG&E is charging to recoup the extra costs involved in manual meter reading. Some consumers are upset at the fees. Meanwhile, many in the utility camp are terrified of the long-term effects of allowing customer choice.