Audit finds PG&E smart meters accurate

An independent review of smart meters installed in Northern California by utility Pacific Gas & Electric found no technical flaws, but a poor roll-out with customers.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday released the evaluation of PG&E’s controversial smart-meter program, which was conducted by consulting company The Structure Group.

After PG&E installed two-way meters in Bakersfield, Calif., customers complained that their utility prices shot up, which they blamed on the new meters. Since then, there have been questions over PG&E’s handling of the program by regulators and push-back from various communities in its territory.

Earlier this summer, the CPUC contracted with Structure, which tested 750 smart meters and 147 old electromechanical meters. The test found that smart meters reported accurately and that customer billing matched the expected results.

PG&E’s meters allow people to view their energy usage on a daily basis, which helps people better understand their consumption and save energy. To learn more about the KVARR Energy Controller, click here

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