Off The Top of My Head: Smart Meter Update

Russ Steele

My CABPRO News Column is posted at the CABPRO Report.

There is growing resistance to SmartMeters all across the county, with people worried about health effects from radiation, increased energy costs, impact of appliance changes, invasion of privacy, remote shutdowns and possible uninsurable consequences. I will be examining each of these individually and then tell you a story about how we were helped by having a SmartMeter, which enabled us to secure a PG&E billing adjustment.

Read the rest HERE.




About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to Off The Top of My Head: Smart Meter Update

  1. Dave Cranfield says:

    So far, I’m okay with the electric SmartMeter. At times, I find it useful to go to the PG&E web site to look at my daily, or hourly usage, albeit a 48 hour lag. I also have a gas SmartMeter and I wonder when we can see our daily/hourly gas usage on the PG&E site?

  2. Russ says:


    I have a smart gas meter and can see it on the PG&E web page. There is a button to switch between the gas charts and electric charts. Let me know if you cannot find the button and I will post some graphics.

  3. Dave Cranfield says:

    I can switch between electric and gas. But the gas option only shows me monthly and daily usage, not by the hour as electric does.

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