Residents wishing to opt out of Burbank's smart meter program will need to wait to do so, as the City Council postponed discussion on the matter, preferring to wait to how state utility officials will weigh in.
The California Public Utilities Commission, according to a draft agenda item, is leaning toward mandating analog meters for customers who don't want the wireless device. The commission is scheduled to meet in early February.
Privately owned electric, natural gas and water companies, among others, are regulated by the CPUC.
Opposition to the smart meters has grown across the country and utilities have been forced to discuss alternatives amid mounting customer opposition.
Burbank resident Kiku Iwata is among those who have spoken out against the new meters.
During the public comment period at the meeting, she noted that the CPUC seems to be taking the analog option seriously.
“I'm hoping we did make a difference by showing up and sharing that revision [about] analog meters,” Iwata said.