SEVERE WX : Air Stagnation Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Pacific Power Responds to Josephine County Smart Meter Ordinance

Contrary to what the ordinance intends, the utility claims that the County has no authority to scrap opt-out fees for smart meter installation.

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 11:25 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — On Thursday, the Josephine County Board of Commissioners met for their first reading of an ordinance intended to appease those who have resisted Pacific Power's transition to smart meters. By Friday, the utility company had responded — indicating that no such thing was possible.

"As a member of the local community, we always seek to earn our customers’ business and uphold their trust. That responsibility includes providing clear and helpful information around Josephine County’s proposed ordinance," Pacific Power said in a statement.

The utility company said that they had sent a letter directly to the County, laying out their response. Pacific Power also said that they had requested that the proposed ordinance be "removed from consideration."

"We were compelled to send this letter because the rates and regulations that govern our business are determined exclusively by the Public Utility Commission of Oregon. This ensures fairness for all of our Oregon customers. We are committed to addressing all stakeholders’ concerns within the framework established by the Oregon legislature and the Public Utility Commission of Oregon," Pacific Power said.

The company claims that a county ordinance cannot scrap or change Pacific Power's meter reading or exchange fees, which have been approved by the Public Utility Commission. Those fees are non-negotiable, the company says, as all Oregonians are supposed to be subject to the same rates.

"Customers who have opted out but do not pay the applicable fees would fall behind on their account and could be subject to disconnection for non-payment and additional fees to reconnect," Pacific Power said.

Smart meters have met with stiff resistance from several local groups. Notably, the community of Mt. Shasta requested a stop to smart meter installation due to public outcry. In Jackson and Josephine counties, protesters have picketed informational meetings held by Pacific Power, which the company has held to help dispel concerns over the change.

According to Pacific Power, the flames of this distress may be fanned by outside influences:

"Pacific Power has identified several out-of-state groups that are providing, and in some cases actively charging for, white papers, videos, and speaking engagements that perpetuate incorrect or misleading information. Pacific Power provides information on smart meters that can help customers navigate misinformation being promoted on websites, social media, and through word-of-mouth."

The company says that more than 70 million smart meters have already been installed at homes and businesses across the nation — half of all households in the U.S.

"Pacific Power smart meters are a key component to updating the energy grid initially built for technology from 100 years ago," the utility said. "They also help us hold down operating costs, improve customer service and reliability while maintaining the highest standards of security and customer privacy." 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 68503

Reported Deaths: 867
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah15561230
Washington940198
Marion8650135
Clackamas568777
Umatilla421248
Lane405040
Jackson357925
Malheur234942
Deschutes207414
Yamhill161516
Linn131019
Polk114015
Douglas88217
Jefferson79811
Union7463
Klamath7454
Benton7447
Morrow6357
Lincoln60014
Wasco49719
Josephine4824
Columbia4573
Coos4061
Hood River3751
Clatsop3450
Baker2703
Crook2086
Grant1301
Curry1202
Tillamook1150
Lake1131
Harney901
Wallowa703
Sherman230
Gilliam210
Wheeler30
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1171802

Reported Deaths: 19025
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3832757580
San Bernardino884691129
Riverside850771434
San Diego75307988
Orange731521559
Kern39990448
Fresno37349477
Sacramento35739566
Santa Clara32454476
Alameda28378502
San Joaquin25675502
Contra Costa23381260
Stanislaus21145422
Tulare20550308
Ventura18914175
Imperial15725356
San Francisco15053160
Monterey14695116
San Mateo13707170
Sonoma11846157
Merced11537179
Santa Barbara11205135
Kings1044087
Solano1003681
Marin7628129
Placer622468
Madera604785
San Luis Obispo595635
Shasta460147
Yolo456174
Santa Cruz420228
Butte385359
Sutter314415
Napa294517
El Dorado21544
Yuba198110
San Benito181316
Lassen17733
Tehama158725
Mendocino148522
Nevada11839
Tuolumne9088
Glenn8918
Lake88619
Humboldt8199
Colusa6946
Siskiyou6242
Mono5243
Amador48416
Calaveras47522
Del Norte3131
Inyo29016
Plumas2050
Trinity1390
Mariposa1262
Modoc1220
Alpine470
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 33°
Brookings
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 46°
Crater Lake
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 30°
Grants Pass
Clear
34° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 34°
Klamath Falls
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 30°
Cold & foggy mornings, air quality concerns
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events