But it’ll cost the tin-foil-underwear crowd.
California utility regulators have proposed allowing customers to turn off the wireless signal on their electricity and gas meters that were intended to be used statewide as part of a “smart” grid.
The proposed decision by California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey would have customers pay $90 up front and $11 to $15 per month to have a wireless meter with the radio turned off, as meter readers would still have to take manual readings.
The wireless meters have drawn outsize opposition from a number of counties and environmental and health groups, which claim smart meters’ radio-frequency signals are hazardous to human health. Though state-sponsored studies have found no ill effects from the meters, protesters maintain the meters’ signals are causing migraines, nausea and other ailments.
We oppose smart meters because they are a stop on the path to electricity rationing. The health claims are totally bogus.