SoCalGas submits opt out plan which would would require S0Cal ratepayers (who are SCE and SoCalGas customers) to pay fees to both utilities (doubling the opt out costs) . In addition SoCalGas’ proposed opt out fee is grossly out of proportion to its services. Its monthly opt out fee would increase monthly bills by 27.3 percent(!). See BurbankAction website for more information.
Update 2. SoCalGas informed us that their Advanced Meter device would be made by “Aclara.” Amy O’Hair of StopSmartMeters.org wrote
“The Aclara Star system is what PGE uses—in the 400MHz range, with each unit reporting to an antenna within a mile. Usually there are 2 antennas a unit can connect with. They are one-way only with no remote shut-off possible. PG&E’s pulse 4x a day (or thereabouts). The transmitting unit is placed onto an existing gas metering unit. They remove the dial portion, affix it to the grey “smart” unit, then replace it onto the gas unit (baffle, I think it’s called).”
Mindy Spatt, from Turn.org said that the gas meters are “the dumbest meters yet.” She said that there is no need for “advanced meters,” which also emit RF radiation, because people’s gas usage is very stable. She thinks there is still time to have “impact” on these as they haven’t been installed in our area. They have been installed , however, by San Diego Gas and Electric, and some people have reported serious health issues as bad or worse than the Edison meters.
This page will be used to gather info and pass on contacts and also provide info about what actions we need to take to stop the advance of “Advanced Meters.”
The SoCalGas web site says that “Advanced Meters” are “not an optional service upgrade.” They are not offering an “opt out” program. The installation involves attaching a wireless, radiation emitting device to existing gas meters.
They received approval from the CPUC to do this in April, 2010, according to a SoCalGas representative. They say the radiation will be emitted a half second every six hours.
I told the SoCalGas rep that this may not be complete information as with the electric meters we later found out it was emitted in tens of thousands of milliseconds. However, according to their fact sheet, not only are “advanced meters” completely safe but they say the FCC has said that even banks of Smart Meters are within FCC limits, which has also not turned out to be true.
From their fact sheet:
“According to studies by the FCC, the Electric Power Research Institute, and
the WHO, no adverse short- or long-term effects have been shown to occur from the radio frequency signals produced by advanced meter technologies or other such wireless networks.”
That statement is also not accurate. I wonder what “health” studies they are talking about that they say the FCC conducted. (Does the FCC conduct “studies?”) The Electric Power Research Institute is closely aligned with the utility industry. WHO just declared the RF to be a possible class 2b carcinogen because of increased gliomas (brain cancers) from this radiation.
Here is a link to an article about SoCalGas Advanced meters.
See this page regarding maps and SoCalGas’s plans. It also has contact information (Lizette: 213-244-4427) and an e-mail.
They are going to attach a wireless RF device to our existing gas meters–but they do not say in their document what it is exactly. They don’t say who the manufacturer of this device is.
For example, here is one manufacturer of such an RF device which looks like it’s for water meter reading. Itron also makes such devices.