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Power firm agrees to remove smart meters

In the US, utility firm PG&E bows to public pressure, and the ruling of the California Public Utilities Commission, to offer an alternative to their smart meters.

The firm’s press release says: “Residential electric and gas customers who have concerns about wireless technology can now choose either a new SmartMeter or a traditional analog meter, following the final decision today by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) supports the CPUC’s decision and will respond quickly to customers who opt-out of the utility’s SmartMeter program.

Read the original press release here

“We know personal choice is important to our customers when it comes to the meters on their homes,” said Helen Burt, PG&E’s Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. “This final decision in support of analog meters is a positive step forward for those who have concerns over wireless technology. We understand some customers have been waiting for this decision, and we are actively reaching out to those who have expressed their desire for a SmartMeterâ„¢ alternative.”

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