Stop OC Smart Meters has provided updated details (read below) about this month’s special Calif. Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Public Participation Hearings (PPH) that will happen on Dec. 17 in Los Angeles, and Dec. 18th in San Clemente. This is YOUR rare opportunity to tell the CPUC about the Smart Meter Opt Out Fees, costs, and program.
FYI: The other Southern California PPH will be in Santa Barbara Friday Dec. 14th at 3 p.m. at the Santa Barbara: County Administration Building Board Hearing Room, 4th Floor 105 East Anapamu Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
For the addresses of the Northern and Central California PPHs in Bakersfield (Dec. 13 @ 6pm), and Santa Rosa (Dec. 20th @ 2pm), please read our previous blog post, Coming to your region: CPUC Holds Public Hearings on Smart Meters.
Don’t forget: You can also use this opportunity to complain about the SoCalCas costly $1-billion smart meter program. That’s right, SoCalGas is now installing smart gas smart meters throughout Southern California. For instance, how do you feel about paying SoCalGas monthly opt out fees to opt out of a gas smart meter, in addition to paying your electric utility fees to opt-out of your electric smart meter? Is this double-extortion and doubly unfair?
From Stop OC Smart Meters:
SCE IS REQUESTING TO RAISE THE OPT-OUT RATES, IMPOSE MORE FEES, AND MUCH MORE…(SEE AGENDA ITEMS, BELOW)
YOUR HELP IS CRITICALLY NEEDED!!!
Save These Important Dates
CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Hearings:
“Smart Meter Opt-Out Phase 2“
DECEMBER 17* in Los Angeles
DECEMBER 18* in San Clemente
THIS IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE A VOICE AND TO EXPRESS YOU SMART METER CONCERNS DIRECTLY TO THE CPUC (UTILITIES REGULATORY AGENCY)
MEETING AGENDA ISSUES:
- Raise The Opt-Out Fees: So. Calif Edison (SCE) wants an outrageous initial Opt-Out fee of $98 plus $24 per month (discounted 20% for CARE) claiming the Opt-Out program will cost a staggering $21 million for the next few years. Are these valid costs?
- Impose An Additional Opt-Out “Exit” Fee: Since 2008, all customers have paid 1.6% of their monthly bills towards the Smart Meter program, which includes the cost of installing a Smart Meter. SCE would like to charge this fee again. Do you agree?
- Validity of Opt-Out Fees: SCE wants to pass the entire cost of the Opt-Out program directly on to those that will use it – the Opt-Out customers. Thus, an Opt-Out customer pays for two billing systems: a Smart Meter AND an Opt-Out. How many meters and billing systems should a customer be required to pay for?
- Vary Fees Based on Meter Type: The CPUC is considering imposing different Opt-Out fees based on the type of electric meter chosen. Remember, their goal is to have 100% Smart Meters. Thus, those customers keeping their old “analog” meters could potentially pay higher fees than those that allow a Trojan Horse Replacement “Analog” Meter to be installed.
- Community Opt-Outs: How do entire communities or local governments Opt-Out of the stupid Smart Meter program? Or perhaps the CPUC should ask why these controversial Smart Meters were deployed without customer consent in the first place?
- Smart Meter Harassment: As their goal is to have 100% compliance with the Smart Meter program, at any cost. They intend to continue harassment of customers with threats of price increases and forced installations until we all comply. Do you agree?
- For more information, see the California Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, Stop Smart Meters and the Center for Electrosmog Prevention websites.
Monday, Dec 17, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
Junipero Serra State Office Bldg
Carmel Room – Auditorium, 1st Floor
320 West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
– and / or –
Ole Hanson Fireside Room
IMPORTANT: If you are unable to attend these hearings, you may submit written comments to the to the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at the address noted below. Please refer to the application filing number, A.11-03-014 et al, when writing.
Please state if you would like a response, otherwise no response will be sent. Your comments will become a part of the formal file for public comment in this proceeding. The Public Advisor’s Office will circulate your comments to the five Commissioners, the ALJ, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), and to CPUC staff assigned to this proceeding. You may also write to the CPUC if you need advice on how to participate in this proceeding, or would like to receive further notices regarding the date, time, and place of any future hearing in this proceeding:
The Public Advisor
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102
PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO ANY OTHER FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND, CO-WORKER, OR NEIGHBOR WHO IS ALSO AGAINST SMART METERS!!!
Let us know if you are going (or want to carpool?) and if you are willing to help get the word out about these hearings. We need you now more than ever! (If you are going to the L.A. or San Clemente PPHs, or want to carpool, please e-mail: info@StopOCSmartMeters.com)
* The CPUC, SCE and SDG&E purposely designed these PUBLIC meetings to have a minimal number of people attending. Nice. They are in the EVENING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON (a week before Christmas) when we are all VERY BUSY. This is a disgrace and an outrage for a public agency which is purported to represent the people of California. Voice your own opinion about the choice of these dates/times to the presiding judge.