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SMART METERS ARE OPTIONAL* IN THE FOLLOWING STATES OR LOCATIONS:
Maine* due to Maine PUC order (read more at Smart Meter Safety) ME – radio-off smart meter $20 & $10.50/mo or electromechanical $40 & $12
Fees being challenged legally in Maine - click here for article and listen to audio of Oral Arguments before Supreme Court of Maine (30 min)
Michigan [ BREAKING NEWS The Michigan Opt Out ruling:
http://www.w4ar.com/MPSC_decision_June_29_20112_ALLOW_OPT_OUT.pdf ]; [http://novi.patch.com/articles/public-service-agency-report-recommends-smart-meter-opt-out-option]
California* (SDG&E, SCE, PG&E) due to recent CPUC orders (read more here and here); $75 and $10 month/$10 and $5 month (CARE Program) fees being challenged on basis of discrimination laws Center for Accessible Technology ADA and Smart Meters Brief (6/29/12); CEP Smart Meters ADA Opening Brief (7/5/12).
Update 5/20/13: Some alleged harassment of opt-out customers reported in SDG&E territory – people with dogs in fenced yards being told they must not have them in yard 24/7 so access to meter is available 24/7 by SDG&E. One customer told electricity will be shut off if his dogs are found in the yard and spot-checks will be conducted at all hours of the day and night, any day of the week. Also, SDG&E not showing up for appointments to read meters, customers taking whole day off from work to have analog meters read by SDG&E, then meter readers don’t show up and reschedule. SDG&E refusing to allow self-reading of meters, even with 30 year previous history of allowing it. Some SCE customers report they are having a hard time obtaining the opt-out even though it was ordered by the CPUC judge last May, 2012. Opt-out proceedings in second phase, to consider costs, discrimination laws as they apply to fees, and community opt-outs. SDG&E and SCE wish to double the fees. Opt-out proceedings appear “stalled”. Judge Amy Yip-Kikugawa, the administrative law judge has been silent on these topics, nearing a year on the discrimination aspect of charging medically ill and disabled people to be “allowed” not to be irradiated. PG&E has indicated it is willing to socialize the costs (spread them out amongst the customer base). CEP continues to call for a ban on smart meters but meanwhile requests socializing cost as a means to allow everyone to have an opt-out who wants one. CEP also calling for “zone of safety” for those with medical reasons (removing meters within a zone TBD by customer, around one’s home).
Nevada* The Nevada Public Utility Commission has approved an opt-out (late Jan, 2012). NV Energy says it will charge a one-time fee of $52.86 and a monthly charge of $8.82 to opt out. Consumers won’t be able to keep their existing analog device. The company will provide new, sealed analog meters, which CEP considers “suspicious”, as the 1% of consumers with older version electromechanical analog meters will be forced to give them up.
Kaua’i, Hawaii (free) due to recently settled federal lawsuit against energy co-op KIUC – read more here. [Unconfirmed: KIUC has agreed to provide this for one litigant, and possibly, for others.]
Portland*, OR – $254 & $51/mo
*for a fee
(to alert us to additional opt-out states or locations email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and place Opt-out Location in the subject line)
AS OF MAY 29, 2012, list with details provided by Center for Safer Wireless, VA
other lists at Smart Meter Activism Sites – CA and USA
PENDING FREE SMART METER OPT-OUT LEGISLATION
State Legislature of Georgia, USA – read more here at StopSmartMetersGeorgia
Virginia: Jan. 2012: Senator Garret has introduced SB797 which prohibits electric utility companies from installing a smart meter on a customer’s premises or requiring a customer to use any advanced meter unless the customer has requested it. More info at www.centerforsaferwireless.org/.
PENDING PUC’S CONSIDERING SMART METER OPT-OUTS
Florida PUC -
Naperville*, IL - WARNING FROM NAPERVILLE RESIDENT : $68.35 & 24.75/mo for a “dangerous, powerline-communications” opt-out
CALIFORNIA LOCAL ORDINANCES AGAINST SMART METERS
SMART METER ACTIVISM IN USA AND INTERNATIONAL
For a growing list of state-by-state organizations fighting to obtain opt-outs and bans, click here
CA AND FEDERAL LAWS SHOWING SMART METERS AND FEES ILLEGAL, TO ASSIST YOU
For a list of CA and federal laws that show mandatory smart meters and opt-out fees are discriminatory and illegal, click here
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