CPU signsPG&E's new, wireless Smart Meters were unpopular with a lot of folks to begin with. When the utility began charging customers extra to keep their old meters, that anger mounted. It all poured out at a PUC hearing in Santa Rosa yesterday.


CPU HearingAdministrative law judge Amy Yip-Kikugawa (upper left) takes testimony before a packed auditorium at Santa Rosa’s Steele Lane Community Center on Thursday afternoon. More than 90 people signed up to speak; all were critical of PG&E’s Smart Meters and the utility’s “opt out” program for those who don’t want the new wireless devices. (KRCB photos)None of the complaints and allegations aired at the Thursday afternoon hearing came as a surprise to former PG&E technician Patrick Wrigley.

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