UPDATE TO THIS POST:
Now that the roll-out has begun, we are not sure whether customers need to send in an opt-out letter. A few weeks before a smart meter is scheduled to be installed on your house, you will receive a letter from Pacific Power asking if you want to opt-out (for an outrageous fee). WE STRONGLY SUGGEST EVERYONE OPT-OUT. The more people who opt-out, the more we can affect the power company’s profit margin. If you are intending to opt-out, we suggest you also send a letter, as well as call in. That way you’ll have written proof that you opted-out. Note it costs more to have a smart meter removed ($300) than to opt-out ($137 up-front and $36 a month to pay a human being to read your meter).
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 taking place in Southern Oregon.
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. I specifically request that you DO NOT REMOVE MY ANALOG METER, until such time as it becomes nonfunctional. Should this happen, I specifically request that you install a non-radio frequency meter.
Installation and use of any radio frequency or activity-monitoring device is hereby refused.
Very truly yours,
IN CASE YOU FEEL LIKE COMPLAINING, YOU CAN WRITE TO THIS AGENCY, WHICH HAS APPROVED THE ROLLOUT:
Oregon Public Utility Commission
Consumer Services Section
P.O. Box 1088
Salem, OR 97308-1088