Published October 29, 2015 by Jack Money (Tulsa World)
Some Oklahomans who don’t want digital smart meters to measure electricity usage at their homes and communicate that data with the power provider using cellular technology could be allowed to opt out of the program — if they are willing to pay to make that choice.
A proposal by Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to allow for that option cleared a hurdle this week when an administrative law judge at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission recommended its approval.
Next, the judge’s recommendation will be reviewed by the commission’s elected three-person board.
PSO sought a one-time fee of $183 to cover the cost of swapping a customer’s new digital meter with a replacement that won’t be capable of transmitting (communication modules will be removed), and then a monthly fee of $28 to physically read the customer’s alternative meter.
If the judge’s recommendation ultimately is approved, a $183 opt-out fee would be established until PSO completes installing digital meters throughout its service territories in Oklahoma.
After that, any PSO customer wishing to opt out of the program would be required to pay the utility a fee of $261. The $28 monthly charge to read the substitute meter would remain the same.Follow @FortySixNews