The city of Piedmont was notified by PG&E that its new technology, SmartMeters, would be installed on city property despite several customer complaints and conflicting reports.
Some reported concerns of PGE SmartMeters include bill increases, health problems due to radio frequency radiation, interference with medical appliances, diminished residence security owing from meter vulnerability to hackers and, most of all, that residents are not able to opt out of the meters if they choose.
Alameda County residents have petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission, Alameda County Supervisors, Berkeley City Council members, Assembly woman Nancy Skinner, State Senator Loni Hancock and Arnold Schwarzenegger for a moratorium on SmartMeter installation until problems and resident concern are satisfied.
Read the entire city of Piedmont staff report here containing articles and resident reactions to PG&E.
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