Monday, November 03, 2014

California Public Utility Commission Issues Opt-out Proposals After 2 Year Delay

California Public Utility Commission Issues Opt-out Proposals After 2 Year Delay

A message from the campaign

American Coalition Against Smart Meters

Dear Friends of Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP),
At long last, after a nearly 2 year delay in the CPUC Opt-out Proceeding, Phase Two, to consider opt-out fees and community-wide opt-outs for smart meters, we now have a set of proposed decisions issued by Administrative Law Judge Amy Yip-Kikugawa and CPUC Commission President Michael Peevey.
Center for Electrosmog Prevention, an Intervenor in this proceeding, will file a formal response in the next two weeks. Our opening brief explains our position. CEP Smart Meters ADA Opening Brief (7/5/12)
ALJ Amy Yip-Kikugawa’s Proposed Decision
Michael Peevey’s Alternate Proposed Decision
Article: EMF Safety Network article about proposed decisions
Amended from the article above:
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Judge Amy Yip-Kikugawa and President Michael Peevey have issued two proposed decisions (not yet final) in the smart meter opt-out proceeding. Here’s a recap of what they state:
Give 37 million dollars to Investor Owned Utilities (PG&E, SCE, SDG&E and So Cal Gas) for providing the opt-out program.
Adopt permanent fees for residential customers who “do not wish to have a wireless smart meter”.
Continue the same interim fees of $75 initial fee, plus $10 a month, and $10 initial fee and $5 a month for low income.
Local governments and multi-unit dwellings may not collectively opt out of smart meter installations.
Charging an opt-out fee does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
They refuse to address health and safety impacts in this decision.
Assess fees on a per location basis, for example if you have two or more meters on your property, that will be one fee, per utility company.
If you have two utilities, they can both charge you fees to opt out. (Some customers pay double because gas and electric are provided by two different companies.)
Peevey proposes putting a cap on the opt-out fees at 3 years.
Both Peevey and Yip-Kikugawa refuse to consider a no fee option. 
Suggestions from our partner in working on these issues, EMF Safety Network:

What you can do:
Send your comments by email to ALJ Amy Yip-Kikugawa: and to Michael Peevey’s advisor Manisha Lakhanpal: You can also request to meet with the Commissioners in person.
Go to the CPUC meetings. A current list of CPUC meetings is here. The CPUC is located at 505 Van Ness Ave San Francisco CA.
You may also contact the governor and your state legislators to express your opinion.
The Center for Electrosmog Prevention has been involved with these proceedings since May, 2011. We have an attorney representing us there. If you wish to contribute to a fund to help our efforts, we would appreciate it very much.
Please consider a donation of any amount to help fund our efforts! At this time, donations are not tax-deductible.
Please help by sharing this announcement widely!
Best regards,

Susan Brinchman, Director
Center for Electrosmog Prevention
P.O. Box 655
La Mesa, CA
91944 [note our email address has changed, all email responses must be sent to this address]

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