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OPINION: Opponents Hammer CPUC on Smart Electricity Meter Fees

The San Clemente CPUC meeting overflowed with speakers decrying smart meters, describing serious illnesses and privacy concerns. All demanded no fees and banning smart meters.

YouTube Audio w/ Pics of Smart Meter Opt-out Fees CPUC PPH, San Clemente, CA, 12/18/12

The San Clemente Public Participation Hearing (PPH) was a roaring success! A smart meters protest was held on the street before the meeting. An overflow crowd of about 100 attended, which included Stop OC Smart Meters, Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), nuclear and other activists and many other citizens unaffiliated with organizations. Many speakers (about 45) who passionately described serious illnesses and other objections to fees and smart meters - such as privacy concerns, the gathering and selling of personal data (concerning habits in the home and more), smart meter fires, hacking of data and use of smart meter information by thieves, before an impassive Administrative Law Judge Amy Yip- Kikugawa, for the CPUC. Speakers were only given 2 minutes each and the meeting was cut off early without any apparent good reason, to the objections of the audience, after 1 1/2 hours, though it was to have lasted 2 hours. CEP audiotaped it and took some pics, offered in an uncensored pair of YouTubes.

Part 1 of 2 http://youtu.be/bO2ulWvDdg4
Part 2 of 2 http://youtu.be/JmgOMICt01I

This is raw footage and pics - nothing fancy, but you can listen to the very compelling testimonies from Southern Californians who came together to decry smart meters and fees.  I was speaker #7 and spoke as a citizen, and told my story of being made ill. The short time allotted did not allow for all that could have been said.

Virtually all were against smart meters and any opt-out fees, demanding no fees and banning smart meters. They objected to increases in fees. This meeting is one of five similar meetings held in December, throughout California. The last meeting will be held in Santa Rosa on Dec. 20th.

Location where meeting was held:
San Clemente Community Center
Ole Hanson Fireside Room
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, CA 92672
December 18, 2012
6:00 pm - 7:30 PM (ended early by judge)

if you were unable to attend and would like to submit written comments about the
smart meters and opt-out fees (due to be doubled), please contact:

Public Advisor
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102-3298
Or via e-mail to Public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov
Telephone: (415) 703-2074 or toll-free: 1-866-849-8390
Teletype (TTY): (415) 703-5282 or toll-free TTY: 1-866-836-7825

Opting out has been legally available since April, 2012, in California.

For information on opting out (getting rid of the smart meters on your property) click here or contact your local gas and electric utilities.

CENTER FOR ELECTROSMOG PREVENTION (CEP) IS A FORMAL PARTY TO THE CPUC SMART METER OPT-OUT PROCEEDINGS IN CALIFORNIA. CEP ADVOCATES FOR UTILITY CUSTOMERS, DEMANDING NO SMART METER OPT-OUT FEES, ELIMINATION OF BANKS OF METERS, ANALOG-ONLY OPT-OUTS, AND BANNING OF SMART METERS.  

www.electrosmogprevention.org. Contact us at info@electrosmogprevention.org

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Susan Brinchman December 20, 2012 at 04:22 AM
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Chris December 20, 2012 at 07:54 PM
The stories of the elderly, adults, and children hurt by smart meters should be enough to move any HUMAN BEING. Why then has the CPUC not moved to stop smart meters immediately especially when they know that RF radiation is dangerous. No one should be required to have a potential danger on their home. What does it take to make the CPUC and the utilities see that smart meters are hurting people? Many more are sick and don't even know why. The primary job of any regulatory agency is to make sure that no product or service hurts the health and safety of any person. To allow mandates of something KNOWN to be dangerous is reason enough for the Governor to remove the CPUC Board immediately for failure to do their job. This smart meter garbage has gone on long enough. It doesn't save power it just puts meter readers out of a job and puts our health and privacy at risk. Shame on Judge Yip for not stopping this long ago. As a MOTHER SHE KNOWS BETTER!
GreenInOC December 30, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I just had a "smart" meter installed by SDGE - my electric usage and bill shot up dramatically. I am very stingy with my usage so it's generally very low and stable. Last month (standard meter) my usage is 303 kWh - ($44.01). This month (smart meter), my usage shot up to 523 kWh ($88.23). The bill for the same period 2011 was 303 kWh ($42.05) and 2010 was 395 kWh ($55.29). Also for comparison, my 09/18/12 bill when I had 3 ceiling, 3 floor and 2 desk fans going nearly 24/7 and an outside light that was inadvertently left on for a whole month 24/7, my usage was 416 kWh ($64.04).
Chris December 31, 2012 at 04:40 AM
PG&E admitted that their smart meters over billed people. I know of several people who had bills soar even though electrical usage had remained the same. This smart meter thing is just another way for the electric monopoly greed machine to run wild with no way to verify honest billing. This is not surprising when the head of the CPUC is the past CEO or Southern California Edicson (Mike Peevey). The wolf is watching the chicken house so why would the electric monopolies have to fear the CPUC doing their job to protect the public? If that isn't bad enough smart meters' RF radiation makes people sick and has no testing that can verify it is safe for women, children, babies, fetuses, etc. It is just an evil program.

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