They cannot legally turn off your electricity, but they might. So there is no one answer for that. Every utility is acting slightly differently and there is no way to predict what a criminal will do. There are rules and laws, but criminals break them. So there is no exact answer to this question. In an emergency situation, where vulnerable people are at risk of a power cut, the opt out might be the best choice, but let’s explore what the opt-out actually is.
With the opt-out program, the utilities are still trying to give everyone a smart meter. The opt-out program is a stepping-stone, or a mini-contract, that leads to the smart meter. First, they let you keep your analog for a while, and then they upgrade you to a dig-ital, and eventually move you to a smart meter.
It is a slower-process contract for getting you into the smart meter. That said, it takes a strong belief in your authority to not take the opt-out program. Therefore it is difficult for InPower to advise about what everyone should do when confronted with the opt-out program.
As of October 20, 2018, we do have an example of a man who stood his ground. He did the NoL through the whole process. And when he received letters from the utility offering him the opt-out program, he sent letters back refusing it. When the utility installers came down his street, they skipped him, but they did install digital / smart meters on all of his neighbors.
He still has his analog meter and did not take an opt-out. This is a “win.” This man read the NoL numerous times. He internalized the document and could stand in his understood authority and hold his ground.
There is a way to take a stand against the opt-out program, but it is not for everyone.
It has more to do with the person, themselves, and the strength of their ability to understand and re-claim their authority. The NoL is NOT a magical piece of paper.
The whole NoL process is to bring each person up to an understanding of themselves and their authority on this planet. We have God-given authority, but we have been conditioned to believe otherwise. We have been taught that this ‘other thing’ has authority over us and we have believed this all of our lives. So this is about coming out of that fiction, getting out of that mindset.
If you read the NoL enough times you will be able to stand on it.