Hawaiian Electric (HEI) is deploying "advanced" meters (aka "smart" meters) throughout the islands. Opt-out now!
Easy as 1-2-3!
There are many reasons to opt-out (see below) and the easiest way to do it is:
1) Call Customer Service
2) Tell them you want to opt-out
3) Ask for a confirmation email to be sent to you
Here are their contact numbers:
Oahu - (808) 548-7311
Maui - (808) 871-9777
Molokai & Lanai - (877) 871-8461
Hilo (808) 969-6999
Kona - (808)
Waimea (808) 885-4605
There is no fee to opt-out at this time. Nothing changes if you opt-out. You keep the
electric meter you have and your rate does not change.
If you get a smart meter, you cannot go back!
But if you opt-out you can choose later to get a smart meter, though we
don't know why you would (see below).
If in the future Hawaiian Electric wants to increase rates or charge a fee for opting-out, they have to get approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and you can decide then whether to keep your safe meter or get a smart
Here are some reason to opt-out and not get an "advanced/smart" meter:
Wireless networks, which smart meters require, are energy hogs. Our streets and neighborhoods will be littered with wireless network boxes and hubs. Advanced meters are not clean, not green, not sustainable. Energy consumption of wireless networks are incompatible with Hawaii's energy goals. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5783987
We are not anti-technology! We want Safe Technology! Analog ("dial") meters work just fine and do not emit wireless radiation.