SmartMeter: So much for PG&E's credib...

SmartMeter: So much for PG&E's credibility

There are 10 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from May 13, 2010, titled SmartMeter: So much for PG&E's credibility. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

After months of denial that there were any significant problems with its SmartMeter program, PG&E belatedly admits tens of thousands of the new digital meters were involved in some kind of problem.

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Vallejo, CA

#1 May 13, 2010
Shame on anyone who believed that PG&E had credibility to begin with! PG&E has been taking advantage of its customers with its monopoly for years and will continue to do so.

Since: Jun 09

Walnut Creek, CA

#2 May 13, 2010
Say it ain't so! PG&E was WRONG about the smart meters? NO!!! I would think after thousands of complaints they would have looked into this further before blaming the higher fees on rising rates and temps. Then again, it is PG&E so not that suprised.
Pro Greed and Extortion

Birds Landing, CA

#3 May 13, 2010
If you Google Smart Meter + problems you'll get pages of complaints. My complaint is that the controller in my dishwasher got fried when they put in my Dumb Meter. The repair bill was over $250. and I'll be sending that bill to Pathetic Greed & Extortion. Another unintended consequence of an ill prepared technology.

You do know that if you have solar panels, where the old meters would run backwards the new ones won't? Yeah, seems you have to buy or rent a separate, expensive additional meter for your solar. Scam-a-rama!
Sticker for Accuracy

Vallejo, CA

#4 May 13, 2010
With my new smart meter, my April PG&E bill was $30 more than my January bill. That's totally bogus. My PG&E bills go DOWN in the spring and summer, not UP. Especially since I turned off my heater last month and I don't have an air conditioner.

Obviously the new meter is faulty. Evidently I am going to be overcharged every month. Do I have any recourse? It sure doesn't look that way.

Since: Jun 09

Walnut Creek, CA

#5 May 13, 2010
This is like being extorted by the mob. PG&E has an unreliable device, they say we HAVE to have it, and it is known to steal the customers money??? Would any other group get away with this? Even the mob had some integrity, why not PG&E?
FIRETHEMALL

Vallejo, CA

#6 May 13, 2010
State Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, D-Shafter, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on the Smart Grid, is understandably upset with PG&E's slow response.

Man they sure put those meters "IN" Lickity Split!!!
Straight Truth

San Francisco, CA

#7 May 17, 2010
Considering the large number of these that have been installed PG&E has done
a very good job.

Its perfectly normal when you install millions of these to have a few malfunction.

Keep this in context since the old meters had an even higher error rate.

Since: Jun 09

Walnut Creek, CA

#8 May 17, 2010
Straight Truth wrote:
Considering the large number of these that have been installed PG&E has done
a very good job.
Its perfectly normal when you install millions of these to have a few malfunction.
Keep this in context since the old meters had an even higher error rate.
The issue for me is PG&E's ARROGANCE when this issue was brought up. Treating consumers as idiots when our monthly bill triples and saying there is nothing wrong with the meter because they are too lazy to get off their @$$ and check. I truly wish PG&E had some competition because with their monopoly they do as they please, screw the consumer.
Steve

San Jose, CA

#9 May 18, 2010
Hi, I have spoken to individuals that are responsible for the program being implimented for the new type meters. They were meant to record on 8hr. intervals, but the State wanted them to record on a 15min. interval setup. This has caused some setup issues with the new system. What this new system does is record your usage during peak & nonpeak times minutly. What your not hearing yet is this new system can be remotly controlled to subdue overuse of residential & bussiness customers. PG&E are mearly complying to new regulations being imposed by our new government. Please understand that you will be exsperiancing other new wonderus things in the near future. Comrad or Citizen?

Since: Jun 09

Walnut Creek, CA

#10 May 18, 2010
Steve wrote:
Hi, I have spoken to individuals that are responsible for the program being implimented for the new type meters. They were meant to record on 8hr. intervals, but the State wanted them to record on a 15min. interval setup. This has caused some setup issues with the new system. What this new system does is record your usage during peak & nonpeak times minutly. What your not hearing yet is this new system can be remotly controlled to subdue overuse of residential & bussiness customers. PG&E are mearly complying to new regulations being imposed by our new government. Please understand that you will be exsperiancing other new wonderus things in the near future. Comrad or Citizen?
Oh I see, Obama is behind SmartMeters?! ROFLMAO! I haerd he was responsible for that pothole down the street from your house too, better close the blinds, LOL!!!
FYI, these meters were in the works PRIOR to the election. Maybe it's a REALLY BIG conspiracy?????????

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