Glendale Water & Power plans to wait on creating an opt-out policy for those who oppose smart meters until a California regulatory body decides on the matter.
Some customers have been stumping at City Council meetings claiming the new meters emit signals that make them sick, even though officials say the radiofrequency waves emitted from smart meters meet Federal Communications Commission guidelines.
Members of the group have demanded that they be allowed to opt out of the smart-meter grid, but Craig Kuennen, a Glendale Water & Power official assigned to the Smart Grid Initiative, told city commissioners Monday that they’re waiting on a ruling from the California Public Utilities Commission.
“We’re waiting for the [commission] on how they’re going to handle these opt-outs, and then we’ll take our lead from them,” he said.
Smart meters have replaced most analog meters in Glendale with technology that digitally tracks energy and water use in real time. Many utilities have transitioned to the digital technology in hopes that customers who know more about their energy consumption and its cost will change their behavior.