KIUC is offering a deferred installation option for members who do not want an advanced meter installed. If the member decides to defer installation, they do so with the understanding that they will not be receiving the benefits of the smart meter and that KIUC has agreed to defer installation while continuing to analyze the impacts that are caused by members who decide not to receive an advanced meter and how to address those impacts. Members who would like to be placed on the deferred installation list may contact KIUC at 246-4300 to request a deferred installation request form. This deferral program does not reflect a final determination by KIUC regarding advanced meter installations and KIUC may decide to obtain cost recovery for the costs and impacts caused from those members who decide not to receive an advanced meter.To Opt Out of a Smart Meter To opt out KIUC customers are instructed to phone KIUC to obtain a form that must be filled out and verified. They instruct customers to phone them to receive the form. The text of the form is below. The "official" PDF of the file can be found on this obscure KIUC page (http://website.kiuc.coop/content/smart-meter-deferred-installation-information-0) at this link: (kauai.coopwebbuilder.com/sites/kauai.coopwebbuilder.com/files/advancemeterinstallationdeferralform_final_0.pdf). If for some reason the file is not available online at the KIUC site, I have stored a copy on the Island Breath server (www.islandbreath.org/2012Year/04/120415optoutform.pdf).
The the form reads as follows:
Important Reminder There is no deadline date for submitting the form on the KIUC website that we have found. We recommend submitting the form before May, when the installation roll-out begins. Our Recommendation It is our opinion that not submitting the official PDF form (or an exact printed replica) by the means described on the form will result in you getting a Smart Meter installed on your home. There are two major problems with the form as it is.
- It is only addressed to"Members" of the cooperative. It should be addressed to "Customers". This is not only because KIUC is not truly a cooperative, but because those customers, who are not members (such as myself), probably have more independent rights on this issue than the members. For example, non-members are not restricted from buying energy from other providers than KIUC.
- The form does not have a check box for those that never want a Smart Meter installed on their home. The sneaky use of the term "defer" installation comes with the qualification: "The deferral program does not reflect a final determination by KIUC regarding advanced meter installations"
If instead what you want is to reject the ʻSmart Meterʻ installation, using the same format as KIUC, P2P has crafted you this rejection form: (www.islandbreath.org/2012Year/04/120415p2prejection.pdf)Ea O Ka Aina: Urgent call to halt Smart Meters 4/16/12 Ea O Ka Aina: Refuse to Opt In! 4/16/12 Ea O Ka Aina: Smart Meter Surveillance 4/8/12 .