California – Epicenter of a Planetary Issue
This unedited recording of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Workshop on Smart Meter Opt-Out Options, Sept. 14, 2011, is posted by EON in 6 segments as a public service.
Please consult the following official Agenda to locate the hourly segments which address your interests.
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[Photo: CPUC Administrative Law Judge Amy Yip-Kikugawa (far rt.) presides, as utility executives and vendors field questions from intervenors and concerned citizens.]
[ For unedited footage of the noontime “Pull the Plug on ‘Smart’ Meters” protest that occurred outside this workshop, go to CPUC Sept14 Protest ]
Workshop on Smart Meter Opt-Out Options
September 14, 2011
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. Ratemaking 101
Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael R. Peevey
Smart Meter Assistance
Supervisor, Consumer Affairs Branch, CPUC
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Topics Applicable to All Opt-Out Options
1. Meter Technology – Are there differences in technology between the meters
utilized by each utility? Is there a difference between gas and electric meter
technology? Do the differences require consideration of different opt-out
options for each type of meter?
2. What are the costs considered by the utility (cost drivers) when setting the
costs for an opt-out option?
3. What additional procedures, if any, should be adopted for residents in multi-
unit residences who wish to opt-out of a utility’s Smart Meter program?
4. What level of assistance should be provided to low income ratepayers?
5. What provisions are there for ratepayers who wish to delay installation of a
Smart Meter at this time?
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Analog Meter and Radio-Out Options
1. Retention of existing electromechanical meters
2. Digital meter with radio transmission removed
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Analog Meter and Radio-Out Options
1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. Radio Off Option
1. Meters manually read by ratepayer or utility
2. Intermittent Transmission
2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wired Smart Meter Option
4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks
The following utility and consumer representatives will be available to address questions
concerning the various opt-out proposals:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company – Jim Meadows, Director, Smart Meter
Southern California Edison – Kenneth Devore, Director, Smart Grid
San Diego Gas and Electric Company – Ted Reguly, Director, Customer Programs
Southern California Gas Company – Pat Petersilia, Director, Advanced Meter Project
Itron North America/Latin America – Mark deVere-White, Vice President and
CPUC Division of Ratepayer Advocates – To be determined
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