Fairfax seeks moratorium on PG&E's 's...

Fairfax seeks moratorium on PG&E's 'smart meters'

There are 23 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from May 6, 2010, titled Fairfax seeks moratorium on PG&E's 'smart meters'. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

The Fairfax Town Council has asked the California Public Utilities Commission to put the brakes on plans by Pacific Gas and Electric to install remote-controlled "smart meters" in the town.

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palamino

Mesa, AZ

#1 May 7, 2010
fairfax dudes don't want their pot farms exposed!
San Rafael

Mill Valley, CA

#2 May 7, 2010
Only in Fairfax. Need I say more?
Orwell

San Rafael, CA

#3 May 7, 2010
Smart meters cannot go backwards. That means that if you have or plan on installing solar panels you cannot use the 'smart meters'. You will have to pay to uninstall them and pay an exorbitant fee to install a meter that is now free by state law when you install solar. Build a box around your meter so that it can be read but not removed.
Aaron

Fremont, CA

#4 May 7, 2010
Hundreds and hundreds of wifi routers in Fairfax, thousands of cellphones, broadcast TV, broadcast radio, CB radios, cordless phones, microwaves, etc - And everyone is worried about power meters?
John

San Rafael, CA

#5 May 7, 2010
Aaron wrote:
Hundreds and hundreds of wifi routers in Fairfax, thousands of cellphones, broadcast TV, broadcast radio, CB radios, cordless phones, microwaves, etc - And everyone is worried about power meters?
No we are worried about PGE and their duplicitous reputation.
Domino 21

Napa, CA

#6 May 7, 2010
If you are afraid of the radio signal, build a Faraday cage around it. It will trap the emission.
FatFreddysCat

Tracy, CA

#7 May 7, 2010
Walk around in an Iron Man suit or a suit of armor (with a grounding wire).
classaction lawsuit

Santa Maria, CA

#8 May 7, 2010
It's the price of electricity that's concerning me!
Allan King

San Francisco, CA

#9 May 7, 2010
This is the funniest article I have read in weeks. "electromagnetically sensitive?" Putting meter readers out of work? What a bunch of maroons.

“Taste great in milk!”

Since: Aug 08

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#10 May 7, 2010
Aaron wrote:
Hundreds and hundreds of wifi routers in Fairfax, thousands of cellphones, broadcast TV, broadcast radio, CB radios, cordless phones, microwaves, etc - And everyone is worried about power meters?
Constant exposure to 33CM(903-928mHz) at an unsafe distance is'nt funny, it's actually in violation to the FCC laws on RF exposure.If the meter was located a safe distance from the end-User, in a "controlled enviroment", it would be safe, but unfortunately, most meters are placed wherever the old meter is, and PG&E doe's'nt really seem to care about exposure to It's users.

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#11 May 7, 2010
Allan King wrote:
This is the funniest article I have read in weeks. "electromagnetically sensitive?" Putting meter readers out of work? What a bunch of maroons.
5,000-10,000 meter-readers will be put out of work, but alot of Them will be temporarily employed in different positions for a few months.

Yes, PG&E is going to can alot of It's Workers, pretty "smart" eh?

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Since: Aug 08

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#12 May 7, 2010
Domino 21 wrote:
If you are afraid of the radio signal, build a Faraday cage around it. It will trap the emission.
If You built a Faraday cage around the meter, They'll shut you off, no opting-out on this issue, believe Me, I've been fighting it for well over a year.
I have a 'disabled Smart meter" on My plce, since there is'nt any recievers for it this far in the boondocks, plus the interference it causes to My radio gear.
If the cage actually touches the meter, You'll probably be arrested, and possibly sent to jail, there's a warning on all meters saying so.
Loser Alert

Concord, CA

#13 May 7, 2010
Lew Tremaine is a smoker, an alcoholic, a low life who does not pay his bills, a cell phone hypocrite, and a know it all on top of it all. The guy can't manage his own life but somehow is spending money that is not his to provide phony "green power" to Fairfax. A complete loser that loves to conjure up issues he really knows nothing about. He should have a promising future in Marin politics.
Koalabear2525

Oakland, CA

#14 May 7, 2010
ho0w smart is it ? what if I pull out the so called smart meter and put an old meter back in . when will the smart meter know what happen .

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#15 May 7, 2010
Koalabear2525 wrote:
ho0w smart is it ? what if I pull out the so called smart meter and put an old meter back in . when will the smart meter know what happen .
They take the old meter with Them when They slap on the new meter.
There's also the issue of the seal, if it's broken/missing, You'll either get shut-off, fined or tossed into the hooz-gow.
Or possibly have a leg whacked-off, and sent to Singapore...
BGHOZ

Union City, CA

#16 May 7, 2010
Commander Bunny wrote:
<quoted text>They take the old meter with Them when They slap on the new meter.
There's also the issue of the seal, if it's broken/missing, You'll either get shut-off, fined or tossed into the hooz-gow.
Or possibly have a leg whacked-off, and sent to Singapore...
Lol, right on bunny.

“Taste great in milk!”

Since: Aug 08

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#17 May 7, 2010
well, just trying to put it in terms that She'll understand....the last part that is..
ginger

Corte Madera, CA

#18 May 8, 2010
I would like to have a smart meter to monitor my utility consumption. I think it will make people more energy conscious if they are able to go online and review their usage and make adjustments as needed. I am tired of the Fairfax town council telling others what they think is good for me.
Koalabear2525

Santa Clara, CA

#19 May 8, 2010
go back to the good old days . but if I want to steal power I just go down the street and grab one meter from a home no one lives in and place it on mine and but it back before the meter reader comes . but with this smart meter , just how smart is it . would it know if the power was shut off or some one changed the meter ? so if you are so smart Commander Bunny how would you know . you just have to go to any new home sites and see the meters are in place and the homes that people have walked away from , the PG&E has not remove the meters so I can just take one of those, so how smart is this meter . the old ones you can swap out and replace it and then if i were to be gone for awhile from home I shut every thing down by taking the meter out so no one can steal power from me .
Redi Kilowatt

San Rafael, CA

#20 May 8, 2010
Koalabear2525 wrote:
go back to the good old days . but if I want to steal power I just go down the street and grab one meter from a home no one lives in and place it on mine and but it back before the meter reader comes . but with this smart meter , just how smart is it . would it know if the power was shut off or some one changed the meter ? so if you are so smart Commander Bunny how would you know . you just have to go to any new home sites and see the meters are in place and the homes that people have walked away from , the PG&E has not remove the meters so I can just take one of those, so how smart is this meter . the old ones you can swap out and replace it and then if i were to be gone for awhile from home I shut every thing down by taking the meter out so no one can steal power from me .
The smart meters alert PG&E when there is a loss of power, that is one of the features being touted. Also each meter has an address that is a unique code that also identifys the physical billing address, so if you attempt to swap out a meter from a vacant forclosed home you will get popped for sure.
If you have an analog meter and want to lower your electricity rates, take the meter out and turn it upside down for two weeks out of the month and it will run in reverse, but make sure you know the meater reading schedule and have it upright on meter reading day.

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