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Residents unhappy with new meters

Posted: December 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a public hearing Dec. 17 in Los Angeles to hear from Southern California Edison customers who want to keep their analog electric meters.

The hearing, one of five scheduled around the state, is scheduled “to hear from consumers about costs and cost allocation issues associated with providing an analog opt-out option for residential customers” who do not want Smart Meters, according to a notice about the hearing.

Edison installed wireless Smart Meters in most Santa Clarita Valley homes, promising they will allow consumers to monitor their electricity use and exert more control over their electric bills.

The devices also eliminated the need for on-site meter reading.

But some residents objected, saying Smart Meters provide Edison — not the customer — with more control.

The Public Utilities Commission announced in April that residents could keep their analog meters as long as they paid an initial fee of $75 and a monthly charge of $10 thereafter.

Edison and Southern California Gas Co. will have representatives at the hearing to answer questions but will not make presentations, the commission said.

The two-hour hearing is scheduled at 6 p.m. at Junipero Serra State Office Building, 320 W. Fourth Street, Los Angeles.

Written comments may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave. Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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