Pacific Power and other Oregon electric companies are currently installing smart and radio frequency meters. They expect the roll-out of these harmful meters to be completed sometime in 2018.
Pacific Power customers are allowed to OPT-OUT. However, to date, we do not know with 100% certainty that NON-RADIO FREQUENCY meters will be used, even though they have assured us they will.
Some customers of Pacific Power in Southern Oregon have had radio frequency meters installed already without their knowledge. They find out only after they start getting sick, and that’s the lucky ones. Some get sicker and sicker and, after spending a fortune on medical care, still don’t know it’s the meter on their home.
To make things even worse, when they try to call Pacific Power to complain they find out they will have to PAY to have the meter they didn’t ask for removed. We know of five families who have gone through this, and each one was told a different price. Most recently, we heard $300 to change the meter and $40 a month to pay forever! We would like to know what is going on, but every time we contact Pacific Power and/or the Oregon Public Utility Commission we are told a different story.
In spite of all the uncertainty, we urge you to send an opt-out letter to Pacific Power. Don’t wait until a smart or R.F. meter is installed. SEE BELOW FOR A SAMPLE OPT-OUT LETTER
We also suggest that you inform everyone you know about what’s going to happen, especially those with children, the elderly, and the health-compromised.
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 restate my intention to OPT-OUT of the proposed smart meter installation scheduled for late 2017 – 2018.
Do NOT put a smart meter or other radio frequency meter at my home. I believe these meters compromise my health and the health of my neighbors.
When the proposed rollout occurs, I specifically request that you install a NON-RADIO FREQUENCY DIGITAL 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