Thursday, March 10, 2011

PG&E to host two SmartMeter Education Centers in Humboldt County next week

HUMBOLDT COUNTY — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will host two SmartMeter Education Centers next week in Humboldt County.
The first will be held Wednesday, March 16 at the Trinidad City Hall, 409 Trinity Street from 2 to 6 p.m.  The second will be held Thursday, March 17 at the Ferndale City Hall, 834 Main Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Customers with questions about PG&E’s SmartMeter program can come to any of the educational centers.  PG&E will have a SmartMeter expert available for customers to speak with individually. Customers can drop in anytime during the educational center hours to ask questions one-on-one.
The SmartMeter program provides customers with more information about their energy usage and more rate options to help them reduce their energy use and bills. SmartMeter technology will also help the state meet its renewable energy goals and provide the foundation for a future smart grid which will make the power grid more reliable, efficient and sustainable.
For more information about PG&E’s SmartMeter program, visit or call PG&E’s 24-hour SmartMeter Hotline at 1-866-743-0263. Information is also available at or call PG&E’s SmartMeter Hotline, 1-866-743-0263

There are a lot of people upset about these smart meters.  Many don't like the 1 watt microwave transmitter that cycles 24/7 sending information back to PG&E. These are putting meter readers out of work. 

On a wall that might have meters for 24 apartments and then across the alley there are 24 more apartments with their meters, you have an area under constant bombardment from low level microwaves. 

I have to admit that I live on a large lot and my meter is about 25 or 30 yards away from my house.
I feel safe at that distance.  Also since I work days and don't use hardly any electricity during peak hours, my bill has been cut by almost 50%. 

If I lived in an apartment with a baby in a room that had 24 or 48 meters on the wall outside, I would be much more concerned.  The technology exists to send broadband information over power lines.  I wondered why they didn't just use this technology instead of microwave transmitters.  Then I saw the two gas meters at work that were just converted to smart meters.  I live off the gas grid and didn't even think about gas meters until yesterday when I saw them.

That means if those 24 apartments also have gas meters we are talking 48 transmitters at about 48 watts.  Put a building across the walkway or alley and you are approaching 100 watts.  That would seem to be significant.

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