Council will consider new meter morat...

Council will consider new meter moratorium

There are 11 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Aug 7, 2010, titled Council will consider new meter moratorium. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

The Ross Town Council will consider requesting a moratorium on remote-controlled gas and electric meter installation from the California Public Utilities Commission during a 6:30 p.m. meeting Thursday at Town Hall, 31 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

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Jerry

San Rafael, CA

#2 Aug 8, 2010
Stop PG&E 'Smart' Meters - Dumb Idea

Recently PG&E had the nerve to spend $47 million of ratepayers' dollars to try to confuse people into enshrining their monopoly into California's constitution. PG&E's Prop 16 would have required a two-thirds vote if we wanted to form local non-profit electricity organizations like Marin Clean Energy. Fortunately we voters weren't fooled and defeated Prop 16.



Now, with no vote whatsoever, PG&E says we have no choice but must accept their plan to install wireless electrical and gas meters.


These meters will replace your current meters and will allow PG&E to track and control your gas & electricity usage without having a meter-reader come to your home which saves PG&E money.


To get the purported benefits of smart meters, consumers must purchase their own communications devices, computers, high speed internet, special thermostats, appliance chips and other automated equipment. The cost of retrofitting or replacing existing appliances alone will be astronomical.

Without the expenditures, consumers will not see any difference from the new meters except higher electric bills.

Millions of these devices have already been installed in California, and thousands of consumer complaints are pouring in to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and to the media forcing the CPUC to conduct an investigation. A class action lawsuit has already been filed in Bakersfield.
Nexra Blevins

Mill Valley, CA

#3 Aug 8, 2010
We really need to stop PG&E from installing these meters.

I have talked to a PG&E meter reader and he tells me that in his opinion PG&E is obviously the one who will have more control over how you use electricity. They'll be able to shut you off at will. Not to mention real time monitoring of your consumption. He could not tell me if it continually transmits or if that is intermittent.

I'm not real happy knowing there is one more electronic radio transmitter broadcasting close to my head when I am in my room with the meter just outside the wall.

Hopefully I am in an electronic transmitting shadow area because cell phones do not get good reception where I live, and the meter won't work.

“Taste great in milk!”

Since: Aug 08

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#4 Aug 8, 2010
Nexra Blevins wrote:
We really need to stop PG&E from installing these meters.
I have talked to a PG&E meter reader and he tells me that in his opinion PG&E is obviously the one who will have more control over how you use electricity. They'll be able to shut you off at will. Not to mention real time monitoring of your consumption. He could not tell me if it continually transmits or if that is intermittent.
I'm not real happy knowing there is one more electronic radio transmitter broadcasting close to my head when I am in my room with the meter just outside the wall.
Hopefully I am in an electronic transmitting shadow area because cell phones do not get good reception where I live, and the meter won't work.
The reciever for the meter will be pole mounted, somewhere on one of the many power poles in Your Neighborhood.
If You use a cellphone, You're already getting about the same dosage of RF, although it's not constant, like the meter.
You can sheild the wall behind the meter, and ask them to re-imburse You for it, but You'll get what I got, a 14-day shut-off notice.

These meters should be banned flat-out, and Nation-wide.
Nexra Blevins

Mill Valley, CA

#5 Aug 8, 2010
Another reason to install solar. Its cost is about the same as paying your electric bill for 5 to 7 years and then you don't have to pay anymore.

Since: Jun 10

Marin County

#6 Aug 8, 2010
Jerry wrote:
Now, with no vote whatsoever, PG&E says we have no choice but must accept their plan to install wireless electrical and gas meters.
" a 1966 document that ties a conversation of a corporate executive in the San Francisco PG&E headquarters to the Hinkley station that knew the water was contaminated but didn't do anything about it and advised to keep it a secret from the Hinkley neighborhood. The evidence was examined by a judge without a jury and PG&E was ordered to pay a settlement amount of $333 million that was divided among the 634 plaintiffs."

OOOPS, not sure how this got here. Sorry, PG&E, it must have slipped in...my bad. I really do trust you...kinda.
hummm

AOL

#7 Aug 8, 2010
smart meters...no thanks! leave my meter alone PG&E..Ya hear me?
jesse

Novato, CA

#8 Aug 8, 2010
don't worry, I and other have got a wonderful invention that will save the day,problem is the county, via the state via fed won't allow it...

its a very simple biogas system that uses methane digestors linked together in "blocks"

basically instead of sewage being treated, it is collected at site{several houses are linked,blocks}mixed with yard waste. Our test's indicate that once a system is primed, it can provide well over 70% of typical usage for an average home...
West Marin Native

United States

#9 Aug 14, 2010
Did any of you manage to attend the City Council meeitng? I did. While their decision favored oppontents - voting to endorse the BoS' SmartMeter moratorium request to the CPUC - oppontents and supporters alike learned a number of details about PG&E's SmartMeter rollout plan.

My conclusion: Every bit of opposition posted here or otherwise has continually proven to be irrational and insubstantial in the face of our energy and climate crisis. Some people, however, just don't get the message.

At the end of the day, like it or not, SmartMeters are coming to our neighborhoods.

Think not how you can resist change but, rather, how to shape and channel this important movement that will, ultimately, enable a brighter and more sustainable future for our children.
Nexra Blevins

Mill Valley, CA

#10 Aug 14, 2010
You probably think Oswald killed Kennedy and Pearl Harbor was a surprise. What you should be thinking about is what color they will let you paint your new tent in the FEMA camp you will be living in after the Feds declare martial law. That's where your children will be living long after your future is gone. This country wouldn't even be here if someone didn't resist change.

Run with scissors

Remember the color blue
West Marin Native

Alameda, CA

#11 Aug 17, 2010
For smart grids and grid security, learn more here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/160972369/1...
West Marin Native

Berkeley, CA

#12 Sep 2, 2010
PG&E has room for improvement but let's get on with the show already...

"Probe finds no problems with PG&E's Smart Meters but criticizes roll out"

See: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_1...

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