CPUC expected to approve SmartMeter opt out

February 1, 2012 10:35:26 AM PST
The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to give PG&E customers the choice of opting out of having a SmartMeter and keeping their analog meter.

But, customers who choose to opt out would be required to pay a $75 and a monthly charge of $10. Low-income customers would pay less. PG&E says the fees are necessary for maintaining the analog meters and for paying workers to read them each month.

Many consumers have protested against SmartMeters because of privacy and health concerns, as well as questions about their accuracy.