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Gloria Darlene Linch, Red Bluff: SmartMeters

There are 34 comments on the Red Bluff Daily News story from Feb 15, 2011, titled Gloria Darlene Linch, Red Bluff: SmartMeters. In it, Red Bluff Daily News reports that:

Editor: I received a letter from PG&E last week informing me I was on their installation list for the new and much talked about SmartMeter.

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Somewhereoutther e

Jersey City, NJ

#1 Feb 15, 2011
I wish solar was more affordable so a person could just take that smart meter and toss it and the company out to the road on thier duffs. It would be great if the came up with a portable system that could power a house without haveing to put up three parking lots of cells or a new roof of cells, although that is a pretty cool idea
Alan Horn

United States

#2 Feb 15, 2011
google emfsafetynetwork.org I am very proud of you for writing your letters, speaking out and trying in your own way to not have smartmeter. If enough people were willing, I would be honored to help blockade your home with other like minded people so that trespassers with radiation devices won't be able to harm you. Please call the police or sheriff if you see such trespassers and tell them you are afraid of being injured by the trespassers and to come and arrest them and take them away and impound their vehicles and radiation devices.
Isaac Clark

Newark, NJ

#3 Feb 15, 2011
You should consult with mazzozuchinni on this subject. Oh thats right in his estimation you are just a Bleater...Why do you think they are called the flock...
RobertWilliams

United States

#4 Feb 15, 2011
78-YEAR-OLD LADY HAS BETTER SENSE THAN PG&E CORPORATE.

1. Attorney General of Connecticut finally did a COST-BENEFIT analysis on Wireless smart meters. The result is that the Cost of the meters is greater than the promised benefits.

And the Cost of the meters is tremendously greater than the actual benefits as the attorney general determined that the promised benefits were not accurate and so actual benefits are considerably less or none.

The only certain benefits (firing lots of employees) were for the Utility Company and NONE of those benefits would trickle down to customers.

The Attorney General only counted the actual dollar cost of the meters. He did not add to the cost the Wireless security risks, the hacking risks, the interference with electrical devices, the fire problems and the health problems*.

The meters will also need to be replaced again in 20 years or less.

Prior to this, all that we heard was PROPAGANDA from Utility companies.

A rational quantitative COST - BENEFIT analysis done by a qualified professional shows that the program not only does NOT pencil out, but that it is a FINANCIAL DISASTER for customers.

Gloria Darlene Linch - at 78 years old, your intelligence and sense exceeds that of the entire PG$E Corporate Management.

…and your decency and honesty is in a different world from PG$E Corporate.

*IF WIRELESS RADIATION FROM SMART METERS ISN'T HARMFUL, THEN WHY WON'T INSURANCE COMPANIES INSURE THE HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM WIRELESS SMART METERS?

VIDEO: Insurance Companies Won't Insure Wireless Device Health Risks (3 minutes, 13 seconds)
http://eon3emfblog.net/...

“Sustainable and Spiritual Soul”

Since: Nov 09

Los Molinos, CA

#5 Feb 15, 2011
This letter is reminiscent of "Granny get you gun - there's revenuers at the door!" Sadly there are those that think the upgrade to SmartMeters by PG&E should be met with same reception due to ignorance, fear, or just plain bullheadedness.

Utilities are regulated monopolies by nature, and as such can stipulate the conditions of service to their customers. PG&E's conditions are subject to public review and comment through the California Public Utilities Commission that has the responsibility to ensure the prudency and cost-effectiveness of their programs.

It has been determined that it is in the best interests of PG&E customers as a whole that SmartMeter deployment will increase utility effiency, decrease billing, transmission, and supply costs, and thereby minimize our utility bills.

Unlike taxes however, participation is optional, so no gun is required to keep PG&E from your door. All one need do is develop a lifestyle that doesn't require their services and have them remove their meter. But if you want the service, PG&E has every right and responsibility to stipulate their conditions, so long as they are in compliance with the law and directives from the CPUC.

So sorry Granny and Mr. Williams, but the customers at large have already expressed their interests as part of the public process and your choices are limited. Rather than forment a revolt I would suggest you adjust you either accept the upgraded meters, or live off-grid by generating your own power or developing lifestyles that can do without it.

Like universal health care you can accept progress or indignantly claim it is being shoved down your throat. In both cases even if you think the pill is bitter, it is better than the alternative.
Same Stuff Different Day

Paradise, CA

#6 Feb 15, 2011
I heard from some that have it installed now that it doubles our bills. So does that mean we won't have electricity any way? If we can't afford it.
Kathy Nelson Red Bluff

Chico, CA

#7 Feb 15, 2011
Richard

Are you on to strong of medication or are you on a salary with PG&E? You sir have not given any true information about SmartMeters yet. You are deceiving readers by repeating what you learn on the PG&E web site and nothing else. If you can't give out pertenant and honest information to those that are truely looking for it. Get off your soap box and let others supply the facts.
Robert Red Bluff

United States

#8 Feb 15, 2011
All I can say about most of these comments is welcome to Red Bluff, a little bit of Arkansas in heart of the great state of California. Yehaw!

“Sustainable and Spiritual Soul”

Since: Nov 09

Los Molinos, CA

#9 Feb 15, 2011
Kathy Nelson Red Bluff wrote:
Richard
Are you on to strong of medication or are you on a salary with PG&E? You sir have not given any true information about SmartMeters yet. You are deceiving readers by repeating what you learn on the PG&E web site and nothing else. If you can't give out pertenant and honest information to those that are truely looking for it. Get off your soap box and let others supply the facts.
I speak from my training and experience as a retired research engineer and energy management analyst for Seattle City Light and a present customer of PG&E. All the information I have provided is factual based upon reliable sources and public records. If you have legitimate concerns they are properly taken to the CPUC rather than used to raise specious concerns to the poorly informed.

As regulated entities, PG&E and other utilities are managed to prudently and efficiently serve their customers. They earn profits by effeciently serving their customers, not by defrauding them and subjecting them to harm as you and other meter bleaters suggest.
Its a good thing

Stonyford, CA

#10 Feb 16, 2011
Same Stuff Different Day wrote:
I heard from some that have it installed now that it doubles our bills. So does that mean we won't have electricity any way? If we can't afford it.
If a person's bills have increased from this then it is because it is a new and accurate measurement of power usage as opposed to the old outdated metering system so deal with it and learn to use power wisely. I think it will be great and give the customers more information on their usage habits. You will now be able to track not only how much you use, but WHEN you use it and maybe now people will quit wasting power, especially during peak times.
Teri_ reader for free

United States

#11 Feb 16, 2011
PG&E is a business and as such it offers a service that you take advantage of,,,,or not. It's quite simple, much like Richard mentioned. You have options. I realize change is difficult for some, but all changes do not require a revolt. I am curious about the comment concerning the gentleman that you spoke to about your concerns. Is it because you ASSUME he wasn't born here that his response offends you, or just the fact that the answer wasn't what you wanted? Why is his accent or ethnicity relevant?
I wonder

Chico, CA

#12 Feb 16, 2011
My home has had a digital "Time of Use" meter for many years. During the summer months my rate varies between about 10cents and 30cents per Kwh depending on the time of day with the highest rate being between noon and 6PM Monday thru Friday. So, we plan our power use to take advantage of the "non-peak" rates. It takes some awareness on our part but is not a problem for us at all. "Time of Use" metering is something that helps balance out power usage across the grid -- get used to it.
Mr fare

Brownsville, CA

#13 Feb 16, 2011
To start smart meters are a waste of time since we need money that could do better things right now, like helping teachers, police officers, and on and on. The others work just fine but thats goverment for you put more in there pockets and less for us. People around the world are tire of being control just look at the news. I would not be surprise if the people start a revolution in a few years cause of all the stuff they get away with. Goverment is crap you vote and then once they get in it becomes about there gains and not whats really needed in are country. I'am Mr Fare.
Hoof Hearted

Long Beach, CA

#14 Feb 16, 2011
Wait - did this lady say that electricity is a constitutional civil right?

face palm
Teri_ reader for free

United States

#15 Feb 16, 2011
Yes, she claimed that somehow the change to the smart meter would be a violation of her constitutional rights. I find that a laughable stretch of the imagination, as well as a bit sad due to the amount of ignorance it would take to assume that stance. I am divided in my opinion of the meters. Currently we pay as consumers for meter-readers, the vehicles necessary to the occupation as well as the gas involved, and the benefits for said employee. With the advent of the smart meter, those positions will be eliminated. It makes sense for the business owner, but is quite awful for those awaiting a pink slip because they are no longer needed.
Don Polson

Anderson, CA

#16 Feb 16, 2011
I read her statement of "constitution of civil rights" being violated by a take-this-or-have-electricity- shut-off mandate. Utility may well have right to change their owned equipment, but they may not have right to shut off usage when bills are current. For the 4th amendment folks, what questions are raised over the idea that, ultimately, Smart Meters are intended to read and record each individual electrical device's usage in your home? Not a problem to me but... Once they have that info, what other things might they do with it. Do people implicitly trust PG&E with marketable data? Or, would anyone consider that the meter could, like any device, be capable of hacking. Why, I don't know, but does it concern people justifiably? Would higher rates or appliance shutdowns by remote control be voluntary? At first? Are people prepared to have to forgo media viewing in prime time if there's an energy shortage? Or an energy shortage because PG&E invested in wind or solar that are incapable of generating peak or spike electricity? I do find the apparent acceptance with blind faith, by folks that ordinarily mistrust corporations and government, to be curious.
jaline

United States

#17 Feb 16, 2011
Its a good thing wrote:
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If a person's bills have increased from this then it is because it is a new and accurate measurement of power usage as opposed to the old outdated metering system so deal with it and learn to use power wisely. I think it will be great and give the customers more information on their usage habits. You will now be able to track not only how much you use, but WHEN you use it and maybe now people will quit wasting power, especially during peak times.
1.) If you work nights and have to do your laundry during the day, you'll be paying more to PG&E.

2.) Better hope it doesn't get hot during daytime peak hours. If it does, be prepared to pay through the nose for power to run your A.C.
craig

Loyalton, CA

#20 Feb 16, 2011
jaline wrote:
<quoted text>
1.) If you work nights and have to do your laundry during the day, you'll be paying more to PG&E.
2.) Better hope it doesn't get hot during daytime peak hours. If it does, be prepared to pay through the nose for power to run your A.C.
Your 2nd statement is the main reason that I am against time of use meters. We live in one of the hottest parts of the country and the idea that we are forced to go without AC during the daytime hours is absurd. Think about what this is going to do to the utility bills of places like rest homes, hospitals, offices, and the such, that need to keep their air on, or shut down. This is not just about residental use, it is also about business use. The only way that they will be able to pay these higher bills, is to raise the price of everything. Calif has for years stopped the building of new power plants, and we must depend on imported power to have the electry that we need. Calif only produces 1537 kwhs per person, and the rest must be imported. Arizona produces 13,695 per person and they are 1/6 the size of calif. So who do you think that we buy our power from?
Hoof Hearted

Long Beach, CA

#21 Feb 16, 2011
How did this topic go to time-of-use rates all of a sudden? Did I miss a public announcement by PGE or a letter in my bill stating we're switching over to time-of-use billing instead of the tiered-rates billing?

If I didn't miss it, then lets stop with all this extra noise and focus on what's at hand. Smart Meters.
Neighbor

United States

#22 Feb 16, 2011
We had a Smart Meter installed last March. Our bill did not double, in fact, they barely changed from the previous year. No changes in the residents or usage, either.

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