Edison installs one millionth smart m...

Edison installs one millionth smart meter in Redondo Beach

There are 34 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Jul 12, 2010, titled Edison installs one millionth smart meter in Redondo Beach. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

A small crowd gathered Monday on the grassy yard of a house in Redondo Beach to get a look at what's been billed as the "heart" of Southern California Edison's new communications system.

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Rip-Off Meters

United States

#1 Jul 12, 2010
Smart Meters are a rip-off to customers, who will pay the millions for them. Rates will dramatically increase now, especially at peak time. This is a terrible thing for customers, who should protest these dumb meters. What we really need is cheap, reliable, non-polluting nuclear and hydro power plants, not the coal and natural gas plants all over the place in California. Let's get expanding our nuclear plants for reliable, clean power. Dumb meters cost too much and will enable the power companies to rip off customers. They will not reduce usage. Usage is going up with more electronic devices and appliances in homes. What a joke on the customer.
BeeVee

Oxnard, CA

#2 Jul 12, 2010
These new meters will also eventually lead to the rationing of electricity useage by homeowners, as our government continues to try and foist the "global warming" fraud upon us all.
Kelly M Bray

Fountain Valley, CA

#3 Jul 12, 2010
Global warming is real, but I still don't want to pay for it.
BeeVee wrote:
These new meters will also eventually lead to the rationing of electricity useage by homeowners, as our government continues to try and foist the "global warming" fraud upon us all.
party

United States

#4 Jul 12, 2010
quit your whining and cut your service then. get a solar installation or something that pollutes even more than the coal plants if you want. you do have options, even if you do not want to pay for them.
Kelly M Bray

Fountain Valley, CA

#5 Jul 13, 2010
Umm, humor is lost on you this time of night, eh?
party pooper wrote:
quit your whining and cut your service then. get a solar installation or something that pollutes even more than the coal plants if you want. you do have options, even if you do not want to pay for them.
Different Numbers

Hilo, HI

#6 Jul 13, 2010
Has anyone else noticed their usage has increased significantly since the new "smart" meter was installed? My usage has gone up about 20% since I got the new meter, and coworkers report similar numbers. I don't have AC, and none of my electricity patterns have changed during this time. I'm not talking about billed rates or tiers - I'm talking the total actual kilowatt hours that they're saying I've used.
Corn

Lawndale, CA

#7 Jul 13, 2010
I think we need to look at the new meter. I know that it's been a lot cooler this year and I have yet to turn on my A/C. Each month SCE sends you a compairson of what you consumed in energy. I received my new meter last month and my bill was 1/3 higher from the year before.I wrote to SCE and told them that I wanted the old meter back. They were nice enough to reply, but said no. I think we should get a break. Think of all the meter reader jobs SCE just eliminated.
My curent bill was higher then any of my bills throughout the past year (including Christmas).
joy

Moorpark, CA

#8 Jul 13, 2010
Corn wrote:
I think we need to look at the new meter. I know that it's been a lot cooler this year and I have yet to turn on my A/C. Each month SCE sends you a compairson of what you consumed in energy. I received my new meter last month and my bill was 1/3 higher from the year before.I wrote to SCE and told them that I wanted the old meter back. They were nice enough to reply, but said no. I think we should get a break. Think of all the meter reader jobs SCE just eliminated.
My curent bill was higher then any of my bills throughout the past year (including Christmas).
"gotcha"
TMAX

San Antonio, TX

#10 Jul 13, 2010
The smart meters are a boon to the power companies and a bane to the consumer. The old style meters were fixed and to increase revenue, the companies would have to apply for a rate hike. With the smart meter, a simple few key strokes from some business office and bada-bing bada-boom, adjustments on what your paying for electricity have been quietly implemented without your knowledge (at least until the bill arrives). The opportunity and potential for abuse with these things is awful.
I have a friend who lives in Northern California. He tells me that everyone he knows who have been saddled with these new type meters have had the same experience.. instant higher electric bills. He's dreading the day he sees the power company installers in his area.
Jim

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Jul 13, 2010
Different Numbers wrote:
Has anyone else noticed their usage has increased significantly since the new "smart" meter was installed? My usage has gone up about 20% since I got the new meter, and coworkers report similar numbers. I don't have AC, and none of my electricity patterns have changed during this time. I'm not talking about billed rates or tiers - I'm talking the total actual kilowatt hours that they're saying I've used.
It's because the old meters are just that, old, and under report actual usage.
OldAl

AOL

#12 Jul 13, 2010
Give me a break it's a little late maybe but 1984 is here and Edison proves that. If you like Big Brother you should be thrilled
Dispassionate Observer

El Segundo, CA

#13 Jul 13, 2010
Corn wrote:
I think we need to look at the new meter. I know that it's been a lot cooler this year and I have yet to turn on my A/C. Each month SCE sends you a compairson of what you consumed in energy. I received my new meter last month and my bill was 1/3 higher from the year before.I wrote to SCE and told them that I wanted the old meter back. They were nice enough to reply, but said no. I think we should get a break. Think of all the meter reader jobs SCE just eliminated.
My curent bill was higher then any of my bills throughout the past year (including Christmas).
But Edison tested these meters and built them to spec! Honest Injun!
Different Numbers

Seattle, WA

#14 Jul 13, 2010
Jim wrote:
<quoted text>
It's because the old meters are just that, old, and under report actual usage.
Fair enough, but I specifically had SCE come and check my old (non smart) meter when I moved into my house, and they claimed it was functioning properly. This was about 9 months ago. If SCE had reason to think my meter was undercharging me by 20% don't you think they would have fixed or at least mentioned this when they checked my meter?
Thomas Alva Edison

Arcadia, CA

#15 Jul 13, 2010
Different Numbers wrote:
<quoted text>
Fair enough, but I specifically had SCE come and check my old (non smart) meter when I moved into my house, and they claimed it was functioning properly. This was about 9 months ago. If SCE had reason to think my meter was undercharging me by 20% don't you think they would have fixed or at least mentioned this when they checked my meter?
Why spend the money to replace your meter with the same old technology when you are scheduled to get the new meter in a few months?
Steve H

Bethpage, NY

#16 Jul 13, 2010
What I'm looking forward to in these meters is their capability (Edison assures me) to INSTANTLY spot and automatically report electrical outages. So, no more calling Edison to say "the lights are out for four blocks in every direction" only to have them reply "Well nobody ELSE has called it in, you must be imagining it."
Jim

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Jul 13, 2010
Different Numbers wrote:
<quoted text>
Fair enough, but I specifically had SCE come and check my old (non smart) meter when I moved into my house, and they claimed it was functioning properly. This was about 9 months ago. If SCE had reason to think my meter was undercharging me by 20% don't you think they would have fixed or at least mentioned this when they checked my meter?
Functioning properly may not imply accurately. Since it was under reporting you were benefiting.

I heard this would be the case from SCE (but no % given) but you would think they would mention this as part of the smart meter install. 20% is quite a bit.
THESAULSTER

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Jul 13, 2010
Jim wrote:
<quoted text>
Functioning properly may not imply accurately. Since it was under reporting you were benefiting.
I heard this would be the case from SCE (but no % given) but you would think they would mention this as part of the smart meter install. 20% is quite a bit.
Well the good part is now i can lock my gate and grow my weed in peace without those pesky meter readers.
junior

Tujunga, CA

#20 Jul 13, 2010
2 problems.

they are controlled by the home office, which in turn has a computer to control the meters, which in turn can be hacked into.

secondly, no need to have all those meter checkers runnin around. loss of jobs.
joy

Moorpark, CA

#21 Jul 13, 2010
THE NEW METERS WERE MADE IN CHINA

so i guess China got us again
ElRushBoFan

Newport Beach, CA

#22 Jul 13, 2010
Kelly M Bray wrote:
Global warming is real, but I still don't want to pay for it.<quoted text>
Global warming is NOT real but you'll still PAY for it thanks to the phony liberal politicians who personally profit from so called green projects that do nothing but cost money and jibs for our struggling economy.

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