The Southern California Gas Company’s Advanced Meter

As soon as I completed my last article concerning the issues still unresolved about the Smart Meter being forced down the public’s throat by the electrical utility companies, I received a notice in the mail concerning the upcoming installation of the Gas Company’s Advanced Meter.

According to the notice, the benefits of the Gas Company’s new meter will give customers the ability to track the hourly, daily and monthly usage of your gas. It will also increase accuracy, security and efficiency in the billing system.

Please take note of the following facts already established concerning the Electric Smart Meters and the Gas Advanced Meters:

1.) In December of 2012, a lawsuit was filed in Federal Court charging that health impacts from smart meters, and the smart grid have occurred causing San Diego resident Deborah Cooney to no longer be able to occupy her home due to the RF (radiation frequencies) given off by the electric and gas smart meters.

2.) Former CIA director, James Woolsey, says the hacking vulnerabilities of the Smart Grid render it, “a really really stupid grid.” Cyber security expert David Chalk says: “There is not a power meter or device on the grid that is protected from hacking – if not already infected – with some kind of Trojan horse that can cause the grid to be shut down or completely annihilated.”

3.) The San Francisco Chronicle has confirmed *utilities are giving customers smart meter data to the government and third parties. Reporter David Baker writes, “Phone records and e-mail aren’t the only kinds of personal data that government agencies can collect on Americans. They can look at your home’s energy use, too. And that information can be revealing.”

4.) The Northern California ACLU writes, “transparency reports filed by the California utilities companies and obtained by the ACLU of California show that a significant amount of data about the energy use of Californians is also ending up in the hands of third parties. In 2012, a single California utility company, San Diego Gas & Electric, disclosed the smart meter energy records of over 4,000 of its customers.”

What this means to me is that if you have the Smart and Advanced Meter installed, your records of electrical and gas usage, can be sold on the open market and you will then be deluged with advertising in the mail and on your computer to purchase new appliances.

The Southern California Gas Company has provided an opt-out method. In the memo which they sent to our home it is stated, “If you defer installation, now, SoCalGas will contact you once the California Public Utilities Commission has ruled on our Advanced Meter opt-out program. You can decide at that time based on the rate approved by the CPUC, whether you want to formally opt-out and pay the applicable fees or allow the installation of an Advanced Meter at no incremental cost.”

That vaguely sounds like extortion to me.

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