October 23, 2008

PG&E Plans to Deploy 3.3 Million GE Meters With SmartMeter Technology

Pacific Gas and Electric has announced its plans to deploy 3.3 million GE meters equipped with SmartMeter technology to utility customers in northern and central California.

The meters will help customers manage their energy consumption and costs, while helping the utility improve customer service. Overall, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) plans to deploy 10.3 million SmartMeter gas and electric meters by the end of 2011 to virtually all of its customers.

The GE meters will be equipped with Silver Spring Networks smart grid-advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications technology. This technology will enable two-way communications between the utility and the electricity customer, supporting renewable generation at the customer's home, critical peak and time-of-use pricing and more.

Bob Gilligan, vice president of GE Energy's transmission and distribution division, said: "PG&E is demonstrating its leadership by embarking on a large-scale SmartMeter deployment. This program will help PG&E's electricity customers better manage, and lower, their energy consumption. Ultimately, this will help the utility reduce load and help reduce the need for more expensive generation."