For weeks, Anoush Barzegar pestered city officials, agitating to have the city remove the smart meter that had been installed at her home. Two weeks ago her wish was granted.
Barzegar is one of five Glendale residents who have had their smart meters — which they believe makes them ill because of the radio frequency waves they emit, a claim officials deny — removed. When her story was shared at a forum organized by opponents of the technology Thursday night, many of the almost 170 people in attendance said they wanted theirs out, too. The digital meters transmit energy and water use data to the utilities that own and operate them.
But the city won’t be heeding those removal requests, at least not right away.
Atineh Haroutunian, Glendale Water & Power spokeswoman, said her department is waiting for the City Council to make a policy decision on the issue. That decision won’t come until after a state body that regulates investor-owned utilities comes out with its own ruling, which Glendale’s policy likely will model. The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to review the matter in December.