In response to an ongoing wave of consumer opposition to digital meters voiced in regulatory and political venues, Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-Marin) introduced AB 37 Dec. 6. The legislation would allow consumers to opt out of utility \u201csmart\u201d meter installations. The bill calls for a moratorium on installations until there\u2019s a mechanism in place to allow customers to block digital meter installation. \u201cWhether or not you believe [radio frequency] exposures from smart meters are harmful, it\u2019s only fair that consumers who are concerned about health effects be given complete technical information and the choice of another technology for devices that are installed at their homes,\u201d Huffman stated. Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility with most of the meter complaints, according to the California Public Utilities Commission, is \u201cevaluating options,\u201d said PG&E spokesperson Paul Moreno. He would not reveal what options the utility is considering, such as replacing the new digital meters with analog meters or disabling the communications component of smart meters and reading them manually. No other utility responded to Current\u2019s questions. Public concern has coalesced around the potential health impacts of electromagnetic frequencies emitted from digital meters. In the last six months, citizens have publicly implored the CPUC at its business meetings to halt digital meter installations. Regulators, so far, have refused to intervene. At present, most of California\u2019s customers have had their analog meters replaced with \u201csmart\u201d meters. State regulators ducked the problem at the CPUC\u2019s Dec. 2 meeting, with Commission President Mike Peevey saying it was a matter within the Federal Communication Commission\u2019s authority. The federal commission has not provided guidance to the state in association with consumer radio frequency concerns, noted commission spokesperson Terrie Prosper. PG&E\u2019s installed about 7 million electric and natural gas digital meters, according to Moreno. The cost to replace them due to an \u201copt out\u201d customer, or deactivate smart meter communications is unknown or unavailable, he said.