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Proposal Would Allow SDG&E Customers To Opt Out Of Smart Meters

San Diego Gas & Electric customers who don't want the new wireless smart meters at their homes might be allowed to keep the older analog models, but they'll have to pay more, according to a proposal today by a California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge.

The ruling by Amy Yip-Kikugawa grants a request by the San Diego-based Utility Consumers Action Network to modify SDG&E's smart meter program.

Opponents of the smart meters express concerns over perceived health risks and privacy issues.

The judge proposed that, since SDG&E will incur additional costs in carrying both types of meters, customers who opt for analog meters should pay $75 up front and an extra $10 monthly. Consumers in the "California Alternate Rates for Energy'' program would be charged $10 initially and $5 more per month.

Those charges can be adjusted in the future when SDG&E's cost-recovery requirements are determined.

Her decision will not be imposed on the utility immediately. After 30 days, the CPUC can adopt it in whole or part, or reject it.

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