Smart Meter Update
Smart Meter Opt Out Opening Brief, filed Monday, July 16, 2012
On May 16, 2012, the Town Council introduced an ordinance to continue the moratorium on the installation of Smart Meters in Fairfax. A second reading and adoption of this ordinance is scheduled for the Thursday, May 24th agenda.
On May 2, 2012, the Fairfax Town Council adopted, by unanimous vote, a resolution in support of the CPUC allowing an entire community to opt-out from the installation of SmartMeters.
On April 30, 2012, Fairfax, the County of Marin and others filed the attached Motion to Delay Installation of Smart Meters. Certificate of Service
On Monday, February 13, 2012, the Town Council met (listen to recording) to discuss possible action to be taken in light of recent CPUC Decision regarding the SmartMeter opt-out plan. After hearing public testimony and discussing the issue, there was a consensus of the Council to:
- Keep communications open with PG&E and to maintain their assurances that no rollout of SmartMeters in Fairfax will happen without notification, including commercial properties;
- Keep the option open to file a Stay of the CPUC order if needed;
- Draft a letter to Governor Brown regarding President Michael Peevey;
- Explore long term options such as fiber optic and internet reporting by utility customers; and
- Keep information on the Town’s Web site on the issue up to date including information on how to opt-out.
The Council recommends that customers opt-out under protest and to object to any charges to opt-out. The Council acknowledges that the threatened fees to be imposed are keeping residents from opting out and clarified that fees won’t actually be imposed until the second phase hearing before the CPUC.
Information presented at the February 13 meeting:
Further information from PG&E is available at:
(Please note that efforts are still being made to allow for entire communities to “opt-out”.)
Use the following links to view the ordinance and previous correspondence between the Town and PG&E:
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