Request to opt out of the SmartMeter™ program
Fill out this form once per residence that you wish to opt out of the SmartMeter™ program.
Learn about financial assistance requirements
If you qualify for financial assistance, the setup charge for an analog meter is $10 and the monthly charge is $5. Visit financial assistaance programs.
If you need help completing this form, please call 1-877-660-6789.
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CPUC rules for SmartMeter™ opt-out fees
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved analog mechanical meters as an alternative to the SmartMeter™ for our residential customers.
If you choose to opt out, meter readings will take place every other month.
The following charges set by the CPUC will be added to your energy statement:
- An initial $75 setup charge, as well as a $10 monthly charge for your first 36 months in the program
- Income-qualified customers pay an initial $10 setup charge, as well as a $5 monthly charge for the first 36 months in the program
- Monthly charges are automatically discontinued after 36 consecutive months
Note: The decision on opt-out rules was issued by the CPUC in December 2014.
CPUC Decision 14-12-078 December 18, 2014 (PDF)
Tariff and rate changes related to the decision by the CPUC
Implementation of SmartMeter™ Opt Out Phase 2 Decision 14-12-078: Revise the SmartMeter™ Opt-Out Program Balancing Accounts, Electric and Gas Rate Schedules E-SOP and G-SOP, and Electric and Gas Rule 9 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
There is an initial $75 setup charge and a $10 monthly charge. If you are an income-qualified customer (enrolled in our California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs), the initial setup charge is $10 and the monthly charge is $5 for your first 36 months in the program. After you have been charged for 36 consecutive months, the monthly charge will automatically be discontinued.
Generally, the opt-out costs help to maintain two meter-reading systems.
No, the setup charge is per residence, not per meter. If you have both a gas meter and an electric meter at your property, only one setup charge and one monthly charge will be added to your energy statement. However, if you would like to opt out for other residences on your account, there is a setup charge and a monthly charge for each additional household.
The installation will be completed within 10 business days. As your analog meter installation date nears, we will call you to let you know when we plan to visit your home.
The California Public Utilities Commission's Final Decision authorizes residential customers to opt out for any reason, regardless of whether they have a SmartMeter™ or an analog meter in place.
The SmartMeter™ Opt-Out Program went into effect on February 1, 2012. On December 18, 2014 the California Public Utilities Commission made another decision that affects the monthly fees and frequency of meter reading for opt-out customers.
- Monthly Charge—After 36 consecutive monthly charges, residential customers will no longer be charged.
- Meter Reading—Customers enrolled in the Opt-Out Program will have meters read every other month, which started in late September 2015.
If you do not advise us that you wish to opt out, we will assume that you prefer to have SmartMeters™ at your home. We will upgrade the meter at your home to a SmartMeter™ as part of our standard upgrade process. We will notify you before we plan to upgrade the meter at your home, and you'll have another opportunity to opt out at that time.
The meter at your residence will be read every other month rather than every month. When the meter(s) are not manually read, customers will receive an estimated bill based on your historical usage. If needed, we will “true-up” or reconcile your estimated bill against your actual usage when we read the meter the following month.
Yes, it is important that you provide easy and safe access to the meter(s) during your scheduled read date so that we are able to obtain an actual read.
We do our best to read your meter. You will receive the following meter read reminders from PG&E:
- Phone/ Email/or Text – PG&E will send you a reminder a few days before the meter(s) are scheduled to be read (usually 2 days prior)
- Mail – PG&E’s energy statement gives you a heads-up the month before the meter(s) are scheduled to be read
Remember, by providing us safe and ready access to the meter you can avoid extended periods of estimated usage which can lead to multiple months of estimated bills.
If you move to a new location and elect to enroll in the Opt-Out Program, you will need to pay the initial setup and monthly charges for that residence. After you have been charged for 36 consecutive months at your new residence, the monthly charge will automatically be discontinued.
More on SmartMeter™
If you have additional questions, call our SmartMeter™ line at 1-866-743-0263.
Meter reading schedule
View the PG&E schedule for reading your meter.
Reading a SmartMeter™
The SmartMeter™ display shows an arrow that indicates whether you are using or exporting energy.