Speech to Text for Smart Meter Workshop Met with Protesters
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smart meter. pacific power says its job is to communicate whole home electricity usage back to pacific power without someone having to come to your home. protestors with no smart meter say the exposure from its radio frequecy is harmful. but pacific power says you get more exposure from a microwave or your cell phone." hundreds came to pacific power's workshop on smart meters. and outside, about 150 were protesting against them -- for two reasons. one is the opt-out fee. they want it completely gone. randal says: "right now people need to opt out people need to opt out to protect their families and we will fight the fees." if you choose to opt out of having a smart meter, you'll have to pay a 36 dollar monthly reading fee. if you already have a smart meter and decide you want to go back to the older analog meters, that will cost you 169 dollars plus that 36 dollar fee. randal says: "we're going to get it reversed completely. we're not looking for reduced opt out fees. they're illegal. we want them gone completely. we want the analog meters put back on at no cost." the group no smart meter is also concerned the meters give off radiation and harm people nearby--causing people to get sick. the group says the smart meters also start fires. but pacific power says that information is outdated. christina says: "there is a lot of information out there and i feel like some of it is really old information that is attributed to roll-outs that happened before we adopted the technology. we are late adopters. there are more than half of the homes in the united states that have them" pacific power says about one percent of people are choosing to opt out. andryanna says: "pacfic power plans to roll these out in josephine county starting next week. in grants pass, andryanna sheppard, newswatch 12." to see all of