We spoke with a representative from Pacific Power today regarding the upcoming smart meter rollout. Here’s what we learned:
If you opt-out, you will be able to retain your rotary meter.
It’s advised to send an opt-out letter to Pacific Power to be put on their opt-out list. SEE THE SAMPLE OPT-OUT LETTER BELOW. You might also get something from them in the mail soon asking if you want to opt-out. You can also call them:
We were also advised that when you call, ask them how old your rotary meter is. Some of the ones in the Rogue Valley are 25 years old, or older. This will give you an idea of when you might be required to get a NON-RADIO-FREQUENCY METER.
If you opted out to keep your rotary meter, and it breaks, you will get non-radio frequency meter.
This is actually good news, because we were previously told everyone would lose their rotary meters. Perhaps they had so many people complaining that they have become a bit more reasonable.
The bad new is that you will have to pay to opt-out. The fees have been voted on and approved by the Oregon Pubic Utility Commission. If enough people call and write the PUC, perhaps the fees can be lowered. But as of now, the (outrageous) fees are:
$137 up front. This is a “deposit” against a possible future time when your meter needs to be replaced with a smart meter–likely because you moved.
Plus $37 per month, ongoing, to pay for the meter reader to come and read your meter.
After a particular area has had smart meters installed–or not–there will be a six-week interval before they activate them.
If you feel inspired to complain to the Oregon Public Utility Commission about the opt-out fees, here is their contact information:
P.O. BOX 1088
SALEM, OR 97308
SAMPLE OPT-OUT LETTER:
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO OPT-OUT
To: Pacific Power
P.O. Box 26000
Portland, OR 97256-0001
ACCOUNT NUMBER: ______________________
Dear Pacific Power and all agents, officers, employees, contractors, and other interested parties:
This notice is to inform you that I want to OPT-OUT of the proposed smart meter installation currently scheduled for 2018.
Do NOT install a smart meter or other type of radio frequency electric meter at my home. These meters compromise my health and the health of my neighbors.
When the proposed rollout occurs, I specifically request that you
DO NOT REMOVE MY ANALOG METER.
Installation and use of any radio frequency or activity-monitoring device is hereby refused.
Very truly yours,
Oregon Public Utility Commission
Consumer Services Section
P.O. Box 1088
Salem, OR 97308-1088