Capitola residents to protest against smart meters

August 26, 2010 2:27:16 PM PDT
Residents in Santa Cruz County are planning to protest on Thursday against the installation of SmartMeters throughout the county, claiming that the installations are forced.

Opponents of the meters say they are concerned that there has been no public consultation in advance of the installations. They claim PG&E has contracted with Wellington Energy to install the new wireless meters against the will of residents.

Opponents claim that according to peer-reviewed scientific studies the meters may have serious health consequences, similar to cell phones.

The demonstration will begin at the corner of 38th Avenue and Portola Drive at about 7:30 a.m.