The CPUC has issued their proposed rulings (to be voted upon in April) for opting out of a Smart Meter for both San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. Both proposals are similar to PG&E’s, with the utilities charging 75 dollars upfront and 10 dollars monthly, in order for customers to keep what they already have, which some people have said is like being double charged. However, the SCE proposal does not allow customers who currently have a digital non smart meter to choose an analog meter. They may, the SCE proposed ruling states, only “retain the meter currently installed at their location or receive the meter form (i.e., an analog meter or a non-analog, non-smart digital meter) that had been at the customer’s location prior to the installation of a wireless smart meter.”
A “digital non smart meter” also emits RF radiation (though not, like smart meters in a “mesh” network; instead the meter is read by the utility from a truck or the sidewalk). Some people have suffered health effects from this type of meter, such as shattering of the ear drum from the pulses. SCE should be doing what the other two utilities are doing and offering the analog meter option to all its customers.
See also this article by Sue Brinchman in Le Mesa Patch about the SDG&E Opt Out Proposal.