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PG&E rolls out SmartMeters, grumbles roll in

There are 145 comments on the The Reporter story from Nov 14, 2009, titled PG&E rolls out SmartMeters, grumbles roll in. In it, The Reporter reports that:

PG&E's $2.2 billion program to install 10 million SmartMeters on homes and businesses throughout California to better monitor energy consumption is off to a rough start.

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Vallejo, CA

#150 Apr 23, 2011
Becca wrote:
Gee, how stunning. I go to my account online on PGE.com and I can read my bill, pay my bill, do anything that requires me paying them... however! I cannot compare my bills, or compare my usage. Everytime I click on it, I get a message saying that I've been logged off for my own safety... MY safety? Or their ability to NOT have me compare my bills??
I hear ya!!!!
I am in agreement with the post a few ahead of this vandalism is everywhere.... where is that hammer?
Barb

Santa Cruz, CA

#151 Aug 30, 2011
I left my house for 1.5 hrs. in that time a smartmeter was installed a booklet hanging on my door!I was never told when they would be installing this thing. My question is how do es a person get rid of it? I never wanted it in the first place, by law do we have to have it or what? At the end of my street (for a little while)they where using an vacant lumber co. to park all the vehicles and store the meters until they got picketed then they covered the cyclone fencing w/tarp so that a person couldn't see what was going on in there. then they moved everything to somewhere else(big surprise!)but now they are back. Also, the picketers were only there for 1 day!, strange for Santa Cruzians who will demonstrat their veiws to the very end. It doesn't seem to matter what we want, except if you are home you can tell them to get off your property and call the police if you have to. If I'd have been home I would have done that very thing!!!! Now I have to find some other way to get rid of it. Any suggestions, anyone?
Patty Lindstrum

Moraga, CA

#152 Aug 31, 2011
Barb wrote:
I left my house for 1.5 hrs. in that time a smartmeter was installed a booklet hanging on my door!I was never told when they would be installing this thing. My question is how do es a person get rid of it? I never wanted it in the first place, by law do we have to have it or what? At the end of my street (for a little while)they where using an vacant lumber co. to park all the vehicles and store the meters until they got picketed then they covered the cyclone fencing w/tarp so that a person couldn't see what was going on in there. then they moved everything to somewhere else(big surprise!)but now they are back. Also, the picketers were only there for 1 day!, strange for Santa Cruzians who will demonstrat their veiws to the very end. It doesn't seem to matter what we want, except if you are home you can tell them to get off your property and call the police if you have to. If I'd have been home I would have done that very thing!!!! Now I have to find some other way to get rid of it. Any suggestions, anyone?
Don't like your new PG&E SmartMeter? Tough beans! PG&E has been given monopoly status by writ of government which means they are pretty much in your face and can do whatever it wants to do on your property by right of emanate domain. Not much you can do about except maybe find another utility company to hook up with. See what I mean?

Still have what YOU believe is a legitimate complaint? Dial 1-877-CRY-WAAA. Your call is important to us. NOT!
Max

Walnut Creek, CA

#153 Sep 1, 2011
Patty Lindstrum wrote:
<quoted text>Don't like your new PG&E SmartMeter? Tough beans! PG&E has been given monopoly status by writ of government which means they are pretty much in your face and can do whatever it wants to do on your property by right of emanate domain. Not much you can do about except maybe find another utility company to hook up with. See what I mean?
Still have what YOU believe is a legitimate complaint? Dial 1-877-CRY-WAAA. Your call is important to us. NOT!
Pretty sarcastic response here but just might be a valid response. After all, PG&E has zero competion except for a very few geeks who use solar or wind power at home or place of business. And to top that, the state and federal regulators have been asleep at the switch.

"PG&E, the utility company responsible for the pipeline, has not been terribly helpful in providing information to pinpoint why the disaster happened, nor in adopting changes to head off future disasters of this sort. Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases findings of its investigation of the incident, and of PG&E's handling of it. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:

A defective weld in the pipe segment that ruptured existed from the moment the line was buried under the Crestmoor neighborhood in 1956, said investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board. The flaw would have been apparent if anyone had checked, either then or in the years since, the investigators said at a hearing in Washington, D.C."

Read the rest of the article at the link below:

http://scientopia.org/blogs/ethicsandscience/...

Since: Oct 08

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#154 Sep 1, 2011
Max wrote:
<quoted text>Pretty sarcastic response here but just might be a valid response. After all, PG&E has zero competion except for a very few geeks who use solar or wind power at home or place of business. And to top that, the state and federal regulators have been asleep at the switch.
"PG&E, the utility company responsible for the pipeline, has not been terribly helpful in providing information to pinpoint why the disaster happened, nor in adopting changes to head off future disasters of this sort. Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases findings of its investigation of the incident, and of PG&E's handling of it. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:
A defective weld in the pipe segment that ruptured existed from the moment the line was buried under the Crestmoor neighborhood in 1956, said investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board. The flaw would have been apparent if anyone had checked, either then or in the years since, the investigators said at a hearing in Washington, D.C."
Read the rest of the article at the link below:
http://scientopia.org/blogs/ethicsandscience/...
Careful what you say here Maxi! PG&E, being a monopoly can get pizzed at you for giving them bad PR and either start misreading your smart meter and overcharging you by the month or, they might even shut down your power and tell you that they "can't identify the source of your outage."

Allowing monopolies in business is the closest that our government comes to facilitating fascism (an unnatural cozy relationship between government and business.)

How many members of the California Public Utilities Commission do you think have been bought by those corporations that they are paid by the taxpayers to regulate? Think about it. Another example of government waste, fraud and abuse perhaps?

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