Bill Text: IA HF154 | 2019-2020 | 88th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: A bill for an act relating to customer choice regarding the installation of certain public utility meters.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2019-02-20 - Subcommittee Meeting: 02/20/2019 3:30PM RM 15. [HF154 Detail]

Download: Iowa-2019-HF154-Introduced.html
House File 154 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 154 BY SHIPLEY A BILL FOR An Act relating to customer choice regarding the installation 1 of certain public utility meters. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1177HH (5) 88 gh/rn
H.F. 154 Section 1. Section 476.6, Code 2019, is amended by adding 1 the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 22. Public utility meters —— customer 3 choice. 4 a. (1) A public utility shall not install a digital meter 5 or smart meter at a customer’s residence or place of business 6 on or after July 1, 2019, without first providing the customer 7 with educational information regarding the full scope of 8 the digital meter or smart meter’s functioning and effects, 9 including but not limited to health and safety warnings, and 10 the opportunity to consent to the installation or refuse such 11 consent by electing to keep or receive an electromechanical 12 analog meter instead of the digital meter or smart meter. 13 (2) A public utility shall offer to replace a digital meter 14 or smart meter with an electromechanical analog meter free of 15 charge and at any time upon a customer’s request. 16 (3) A public utility shall not offer to provide or provide 17 discounted rates to customers in exchange for obtaining the 18 customer’s consent to install a digital meter or smart meter, 19 and shall not charge a fee, assessment, or higher rate to any 20 customer choosing not to consent to the installation of a 21 digital meter or smart meter, or requesting the replacement of 22 a digital meter or smart meter with an electromechanical analog 23 meter. 24 (4) The board shall adopt rules to implement this 25 subsection. 26 b. For purposes of this subsection: 27 (1) “Digital meter” means a public utility meter which uses 28 electronic components and produces conducted emissions. 29 (2) “Electromechanical analog meter” means a public 30 utility meter which is purely electric and mechanical, uses 31 no electronic components, has no radio frequency or conducted 32 emissions, and is not upgraded to function as a digital meter 33 or smart meter. 34 (3) “Smart meter” means an advanced metering infrastructure 35 -1- LSB 1177HH (5) 88 gh/rn 1/ 3
H.F. 154 device which uses radio or other wireless means for two-way 1 communication between the device and a public utility, an 2 advanced meter reading device using radio or other wireless 3 means for one-way communication between the device and a public 4 utility, or any public utility meter that emits wireless 5 radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation or requires a direct 6 current to operate. 7 EXPLANATION 8 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 9 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 10 This bill relates to customer choice regarding the 11 installation of certain public utility meters. 12 The bill defines “digital meter” to mean a public utility 13 meter which uses electronic components and produces conducted 14 emissions. “Electromechanical analog meter” is defined as a 15 public utility meter which is purely electric and mechanical, 16 uses no electronic components, has no radio frequency or 17 conducted emissions, and is not upgraded to function as a 18 digital meter or smart meter. “Smart meter” is defined as a 19 device which uses radio or other wireless means for two-way or 20 one-way communication between the device and a public utility, 21 or any public utility meter that emits wireless radiofrequency 22 electromagnetic radiation or requires a direct current to 23 operate. 24 The bill provides that a public utility shall not install a 25 digital meter or smart meter at a customer’s residence or place 26 of business on or after July 1, 2019, without first providing 27 the customer with educational information regarding the 28 full scope of the meter’s functioning and effects, including 29 health and safety warnings, and the opportunity to consent 30 to the installation or refuse such consent by electing to 31 keep or receive an electromechanical analog meter instead of 32 the digital meter or smart meter. A public utility shall 33 offer to replace a digital meter or smart meter with an 34 electromechanical analog meter free of charge and at any time 35 -2- LSB 1177HH (5) 88 gh/rn 2/ 3
H.F. 154 upon a customer’s request. A public utility shall not offer to 1 provide or provide discounted rates to customers in exchange 2 for obtaining consent to install a digital meter or smart 3 meter, and shall not charge a fee, assessment, or higher rate 4 to any customer choosing not to consent to the installation of 5 a digital meter or smart meter, or requesting the replacement 6 of such meter with an electromechanical analog meter. The bill 7 directs the Iowa utilities board to adopt rules to implement 8 the bill’s provisions. 9 -3- LSB 1177HH (5) 88 gh/rn 3/ 3
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