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Josephine County Considers New Smart Meter Ordinance

The new ordinance would make it easier for people to opt out of smart meters without additional fees.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2018 9:27 AM
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018 9:53 AM

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore -- Josephine County wants to block opt-out fees for people who don't want smart meter on their homes

The Josephine Board of Commissioners read the ordinance Wednesday. 

"I feel like Pacific Power is just really ramming these smart meters down their consumers and it's not appropriate to not provide them a choice," said Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare. 

If approved, the ordinance would prevent public utilities from requiring people who decline smart meters to pay an opt-out fee. 

The utility would have to replace smart meters that are already installed with non-radio frequency meters if the customer requests it within 90 days of the ordinance taking effect. 

The ordinance would also require the utility to use alternative reading or reporting methods for any customers who request it. 

"I know the constituents are behind us in Josephine County and probably throughout other portions of Oregon," said Hare. "We've got other counties that are looking at the draft of our ordinance and are probably looking to do something similar."

The ordinance still needs to be approved by the Board of County Commissioners. There is a meeting schedule for October 31. 

If approved, the ordinance could go into effect by the beginning of February. 

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