Utility companies are utilizing bully tactics to install “smart” metering and communications technologies across the country. Do not believe the utilities are doing this for you. This is a gimmick to secure corporate profits (from you) in a changing world. There is nothing wrong with the old meters.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005, section 1252, encourages the development of time-based pricing and advanced metering communications and facilitates the electricity consumers’ (voluntarily and individually by request) ability to utilize them.
The act does not mandate that any private consumers utilize these rate structures and technologies, nor be liable for any fictitious and extortionate costs associates with the non-use of the same.
The act states that benefits from not deploying this demand response system shall be recognized. Therefore, maintenance of federal and state privacy rights and safety from possible identity theft/fraud, health hazards, and higher prices are legitimate justifications for not utilizing such technology devices.
Whether or not a meter has been installed, if you wish to keep your rights and safety secure: 1) Stand firm. 2) With your account number, call PG&E at 1-866-743-0263 and tell them you do not want a “smart meter.” 3) Have the representative give you a confirmation number. 4) Post a notice on your meter (as simple as “NO smart meter”). 5) Let your local, state, and/or federal representatives know what you think, again.
I, and more than 85,000 other people in the state—and even more across the country—support you.