Posts Tagged ‘smart meter opt out’

Today (April 8) we won a victory in the fight against radiation in New Mexico. The Public Regulation Commission has denied PNM’s application for Smart Meters. “The plan presented in the Application does not provide a net public benefit and it does not promote the public interest,” wrote the Commission.

The Commission accepted the Hearing Examiner’s recommended decision without alteration. It ruled that:

• PNM did not demonstrate that smart meters will save money.
• PNM did not demonstrate that smart meters will produce energy efficiency.
• PNM did not show that customers want smart meters.
• PNM did not evaluate alternatives.
• PNM did not say how it would protect customer data privacy.
• Cybersecurity issues need to be addressed.
• 125 good, high-paying jobs would be lost.
• Proposed opt-out fees were unreasonable.
• There was insufficient public input.
• There was insufficient response by PNM to public objections.

EVIDENCE ABOUT HEALTH EFFECTS was discussed at length. “Customers who have strong feelings about the
health effects of the meters should be allowed to protect their stated health concerns without a
prohibitively high cost.”

The decision goes on to state: “The conditions of the portion of the population who believe they are
electromagnetically sensitive deserve acknowledgment and consideration as decisions are made
regarding the implementation of an AMI Project. Accommodations could include reasonable
opt-out provisions and fees and perhaps the selection of technologies that minimize the impacts
on such people. Such accommodations may be desirable to minimize health risks to customers
and address the needs and preferences of PNM’s customers. These are issues that can and should
be addressed in a public input process of the sort PNM stated in its 2012 Report that it would
conduct before bringing a smart meter proposal to the Commission for approval.”

The decision means there will not be smart meters in the near future in New Mexico’s metropolitan areas: Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Clayton, Ruidoso, Tularosa, Alamogordo, Silver City, Lordsburg and Deming.

May 29, 2016 — ALBANY, N.Y. (May 27, 2016) – A second New York Assembly committee has passed a bill that would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Final passage of this bill would allow New Yorker’s to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

The following states have issued the following rules and regulations regarding statewide opt outs of deadly smart meters.CALIFORNIAIn February the California PUC agreed to allow electric customers to keep their current analog meter or reinstall an analog meter if a smart meter had been installed. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK WITH YOUR STATE FOR UPDATES.
CONNECTICUTIn August  2011, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) asked the Public Utilities Regulatory Agency (“PURA”) to suspend actions in smart meter cases until it could develop a policy on smart meters. This has since changed and they are installing smart meters in many parts of the state. You and your neighborhood need to request an opt out.
FLORIDABrevard County Commissioners requested of Florida Power & Light (“FPL”) a smart meter opt-out plan for its residents and called upon the Florida Public Service Commission to hold public hearings on the issue of smart meters and their potential benefits and/or potential hazards to Florida residents.
GEORGIALegislation allowing customers to elect not to have a smart meter installed on their property passed the State Senate but stalled in the State House.
HAWAIIIn April 2012, the parties agreed the preliminary injunction motion was rendered moot as a result of the defendant utility’s oral agreement that it would refrain from installing a smart meter on the plaintiff’s home.
LOUISIANAIn February 2012, the City-Parish city council voted to allow Lafayette Utilities System customers to opt-out of smart meters.
MARYLANDIn May 2012, the Maryland PSC entered an order allowing individual who are opposed to smart meters to defer installation until MPSC issues a final, permanent rider on whether to allow customers to opt-out of receiving a smart meter.
 MichiganIn January 2012, the Michigan PSC opened a review of smart meters.
 NEVADANevada PUC has approved smart meter opt-out plan.
OREGONIn August 2011, Portland GE offered smart meter opt-out option.
MAINEMaine PUC allows for customers to opt-out of receiving a smart meter.
MARYLANDIn May 2012, the Maryland PSC entered an order allowing individual who are opposed to smart meters to defer installation until MPSC issues a final, permanent rider on whether to allow customers to opt-out of receiving a smart meter.
PENNSYLVANIAA plan allowing consumers to opt out of smart-metering systems has been proposed in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.
TEXASIn February2012, the PUC opened a project to evaluate the feasibility of instituting a smart meter opt-out program.”
VERMONTIn May 18, 2012, Governor Shumlin signed law allowing for smart meter installation if utility company (1) provides prior written notice to the customer indicating that the meter will use radio or other wireless means for two-way communication between the meter and the company and informing the customer of his or her rights; (2) allows a customer to choose not to have a wireless smart meter installed, at no additional monthly or other charge; and (3) allows a customer to require removal of a previously installed wireless smart meter for any reason and at an agreed-upon time, without incurring any charge for such removal.WISCONSINWisconsinWisconsin has introduced an opt out plan.