Monday, September 13, 2010

Blog #52 - Moratorium on Deployment of Smart Meters and a No Smart Meter Zone

On August 4, 2010, the Town Council passed an urgency ordinance placing a one year moratorium on the deployment of smart meters in Fairfax. Town residents and businesses should not be receiving any smart meters during the moratorium as PG&E pledged at the August 4th Town Council meeting to honor the moratorium.

However, some residents have informed the Town that PG&E has installed smart meters or is planning to stay on their deployment schedule for this area. Old meters that no longer are operable will be replaced by a digital meter that at a future date with the proper wireless device attached to the meter and wireless antennas on utility poles activated can then become an operating smart meter.

At the current time PG&E is replacing very old copper gas lines with new plastic gas lines throughout Fairfax. PG&E workers are replacing the gas lines.

If you are a resident in Fairfax who does not want a smart meter installed for any reason you can get information about the smart meter and a sign you can post on your house from the following website:

You can also get information about smart meters and utility companies from the following site:, for a utility reform group’s point of view.

The fist of two community meetings with PG&E will begin this Wednesday, September 15th at 7 PM at the Women's Club. The first meeting will be a listening session. See agenda below: