Requirements for smart meter opt-outs in California established


Michael Peevey,
California PUC
San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 27, 2011 – The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has set out certain requirements the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) must meet in their delay list procedures for customers seeking to keep their analog meter while the PUC considers an opt-out program.

The ruling by PUC president Michael Peevey follows a recent public workshop on the smart meter opt-out issue in which there appeared to be some confusion on how a customer may request a delay and the duration of such a delay.

Although it is not believed necessary to adopt a uniform set of procedures applicable to all the IOUs, specific procedures include that the IOUs must provide information on their websites that customers may request a delay in the installation of a smart meter and the instructions for making this request. The IOUs also are required to provide customers with sufficient advance notice that a smart meter will be installed so that the request for a delay can be made.

Once a customer requests a delay, that customer will be placed on a “delay list.” Once on the delay list, a smart meter cannot be installed for that customer without their request to be removed from the delay list or without the authority of the PUC’s executive director.

The requirements are applicable to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company. Southern California Gas
Company (SoCalGas) has stated that it will not deploy smart meters until the end of 2012 and as such, is not required to have such procedures in place.