Rafael Reyes on Friday, 03 September 2010 17:57
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2010
Rafael Reyes, 408-409-5534
BAY AREA CLIMATE COLLABORATIVE STATEMENT ON CPUC INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF PG&E SMART METERS
SAN JOSE – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative applauds the work of the CPUC to independently evaluate the PG&E Smart Meters. The evaluation – conducted by The Structure Group and commissioned by CPUC – included nearly 900 meters in laboratory testing, field meter testing, and end-to-end system testing. The study found that all of the tested Smart Meters and systems were working accurately and that customer billing matched the expected results.
“Smart meters save money and lower green house gas emissions by giving consumers and businesses the power to make smarter decisions about energy use. We welcome the independent report today which found the meters to be accurate. We ask PG&E to embrace the other findings about ways to improve customer communication,” said Rafael Reyes, Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative.
The Structure Group evaluation demonstrates the reliability of the technology and supports its continued rollout.
“Smart Meters are the key to a Smart Grid, which is the foundation of greater use of renewable energy, greater conservation efforts and the transition to emerging technologies like electric cars,” Rafael added. “The Department of Energy has stated that that these Smart Grid technologies can save $36 billion annually by 2025. That’s just how important this technology is to a greener California.”
More information on The Structure Group report is available at: www.cpuc.ca.gov. More information on the Bay Area Climate Collaborative is available at www.baclimate.org.