Skip to comments.As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters
Posted on 05/28/2013 7:21:52 PM PDT by opentalk
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That’s certainly been true in my case but I’m not sure whether the cause is the meter or endless rate increases approved by the state PUC. They’ve concocted an extremely complicated “base use” mechanism that applies exorbitant charges for every kwh used above the stingy “base” amount of electricity some bureaucrat has decided is the maximum I should use per month. I’m beginning to feel like a character in a Franz Kafka novel.
Southern California Edison installed Smart Meters in our area last year. They initially said we could opt out but when it came to it the State Utilities Board allowed them to charge us a monthly $75 fee to have our meter read and $150 per year fine. Who could pay that? So we were forced to have the meter. Our bill jumped 10%. Meanwhile, because of the glut of solar panels companies are springing up to lease solar systems. So we are having a solar system installed on the house which will cut what we pay SCE from $200/month to $40. We will still have a Smart Meter but it’s a little of our own back. I’m sure Edison will make the State outlaw this before long. You all should look into it where you live. Ours is called Solar City.
Our solar guy told us they will be increasing revenue because they charge on a 3 tier system. The more power you use the more it costs per kwh. The new meters measure more accurately so you are put into a higher tier faster. In our area it’s pretty much the norm for the bill to go up when the meter is installed. There were lawsuits in Bakersfield over it.
I’ll bet they don’t have fluoride either.
The first thing you know, they’ll have cell phones
I thought we all already paid for meters with stimulus hand outs.
When the utility is able to set up interrupt-able service to your AC (or hot water heater), that circuit is separate from the main circuit feeding current to your house. That circuit will have a remotely re-closeable breaker in the substation, or an extra gadget at your house. We had such service in Sacramento in 1986-1987. The utility company only needs to engage the interrupt-able service provision during peak loads on that part of the distribution system — peaks last only a few hours at most. The tactic is only useful when a bunch of folks opt for the alternate circuit to the AC (or hot water). The governing PUC forces utilities to have installed available capacity for well over 100% of estimated peak load. Thus, there is no incentive for the utility to shut off service except in extreme circumstances. Responses to extreme circumstances would otherwise require amperage reduction (brownout — damaging equipment by overheating) or selective blackouts.
It will take all of 30 seconds before the police are monitoring electricity of ‘targets of interest’ in real time, most likely without warrants.
Or some other aluminum object?