CPUC: Pacific Gas and Electric should allow opt-out for smart meters

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey says he will ask the utility to develop the proposal over the next two weeks

Sacramento, March 11, 2011 — California regulators will ask Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to set up a process so its customers can opt out of smart meters if they have concerns about the devices.

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey says he will ask the utility to develop the proposal over the next two weeks.

Peevey's announcement came before dozens of people and advocacy groups testified at the commission meeting that exposure to radio frequencies and radiation from the wireless electricity and gas meters was harming people's health.

PG&E maintains that the meters are safe. Other PUC commissioners have said they want to see more research on whether the electronic meter-reading system can impact health.

Peevey says he believes PG&E should allow customers to opt out for a "reasonable cost."

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