The Calif. Public Utilities Commission President issued a new ruling on Sept. 21 formalizing “Smart”meter delay lists. Now, by September 26, 2011, PG&E’s “Smart”meter installation delay procedures must —
1. Provide information on its website that if a customer currently has an analog meter, the customer may request a delay in the installation of a smart meter. The information shall include instructions for how the customer may make such a request.
2. Provide the customer sufficient advance notice BEFORE a smart meter is installed so that the customer may request that installation be delayed.
3. Place any customer immediately on a “delay list” when they currently have an analog meter and request a smart meter installation delay.
4. Once a customer has been placed on the delay list, a smart meter shall not be installed at the customer’s location unless:
a. The customer contacts PG&E requesting that they be removed from the delay list; or
b. PG&E sends a letter to the Commission’s Executive Director for authority to install a “Smart”meter at the customer’s location. A copy of that letter shall also be sent to the affected customer.
PG&E must receive written authorization from the Executive Director before installing a smart meter at any customer account on PG&E’s delay list.
The problems with this include that this is NOT necessarily a legally binding decision because only one Commissioner decided this. Also there is no requirement that PG&E have a “Delay Program.” So if PG$E junks its entire “Delay Program” these rules are worthless.