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California utilities commission to allow customers to opt-out of smart meters

By Alison Hawkes

After repeated pressure from groups protesting the rollout of smart meters in Northern California, the California Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday that it will allow PG&E customers to opt-out of the devices on their homes. California PUC President Michael Peevey said he had spoken with the president of PG&E to allow customers who are...
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Big salmon bring big profits

By Alison Hawkes
Big salmon bring big profits

Here’s proof that a healthy environment is good for business. With salmon runs this year at the highest point since the 1970s, struggling fishing and tourism industries in northern California are seeing a sudden boom. But biologists can’t say whether the fish are back for good. Heavy rain and good ocean conditions may have...
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Smart meter fight in NorCal about corporate control

By Alison Hawkes

The growing resistance to smart meters in Northern California communities and towns across the country “reflects the reality that green solutions often involve new technologies,” writes the New York Times. In the San Francisco Bay area the fight has turned into objections over “corporate control” over what opponents believe should be consumer choice. PG&E is...
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