California PUC approves smart meter opt-outs for SCE and SDG&E


Michael R. Peevey,
President, California
San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 20, 2012 – The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) yesterday approved analog meter options for customers of Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) who wish to opt-out of having a smart meter installed.

SCE customers choosing to decline an electric smart meter may retain the meter currently installed at their location or receive the meter form (i.e. an analog meter or a non-analog, non-smart digital meter) that had been at their location prior to the installation of a wireless electric smart meter.

SDG&E customers who do not want a wireless smart meter installed at their location can choose to have an analog electric and/or gas meter.

Customers participating in the opt-out option will be assessed an initial fee of $75 and a monthly charge of $10 thereafter. Customers enrolled in the PUC’s low income CARE program electing to opt-out will be assessed an initial fee of $10 and a monthly charge of $5. These fees are interim to allow residential customers to begin selecting the opt-out option immediately. However, they may be revised when the actual costs associated with offering an analog opt-out option are assessed.
“As we move toward a more advanced electricity grid, smart meters will offer customers real benefits. However, if a customer does not want to have a smart meter, our decision today gives them that option," commented PUC president Michael R. Peevey.

This ruling follows a similar ruling for Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE) that was made last November.

SCE said in a statement that it supports the PUC’s decision but at the time of publication SDG&E had yet to comment.