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CPUC Approves SmartMeter Opt-Out Plan

February 1, 2012 | 11:49 am

CPUC Approves SmartMeter Opt-Out Plan

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California regulators say Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can start charging its customers fees to avoid having wireless utility meters installed in their homes. Four members of the California Public Utilities Commission approved a proposal Wednesday that allows PG&E to charge residential customers an initial fee of $75, and a monthly fee of $10 to […]

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What Makes Us Conserve Energy? Six Lessons from the Smart Grid

October 10, 2011 | 10:31 am

What Makes Us Conserve Energy? Six Lessons from the Smart Grid

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Smart meters have arrived for many Californians. More than 11 million have been installed by electric utilities in the state, with PG&E leading the way. The new meters digitally track a household’s energy use. So, for the first time, we can see our daily and even hourly data online (with a one-day lag before it’s […]

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June 15, 2011 | 12:13 pm

Audio/Video: PG&E Contractor Threatens SmartMeter Refusenik With Disconnection

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The group Stop SmartMeters posted audio yesterday from Charles Pine, an Oakland homeowner who refused installation of the device by PG&E contractor Wellington Energy. The contractor responded by informing Pine his power would be disconnected. Pine captured the whole thing on a pocket tape recorder. Listen below: KGO interview with Pine:

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Morning Splash: Quan Budget Under Fire; CA Tax Revenue Surges; $1400 SmartMeter Refund

May 5, 2011 | 7:56 am

Morning Splash: Quan Budget Under Fire; CA Tax Revenue Surges; $1400 SmartMeter Refund

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Oakland mayor’s budget under fire before unveiling (SF Chronicle) Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will personally present her budget to the City Council tonight, but it’s already coming under criticism. Police and firefighter union leaders say Quan’s budget, which was released online Friday, includes proposals they’ve never heard about even though they would require union approval. […]

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Morning Splash: PG&E Customers Can Delay Getting SmartMeters; New Details on SFUSD Corruption Scandal

April 26, 2011 | 7:59 am

Morning Splash: PG&E Customers Can Delay Getting SmartMeters; New Details on SFUSD Corruption Scandal

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PG&E eases stance on CEO package, SmartMeters (SF Chronicle) (PG&E) reported that its customers won’t have to pay for chief executive Peter Darbee’s $34.8 million retirement package, widely attacked as lavish after Darbee announced his retirement last week. Instead, the cash will come from PG&E profits. In addition, the company granted a temporary reprieve to […]

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April 14, 2011 | 9:16 am

Live: CPUC Commission Meeting Public Comment Period

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The California Public Utilities Commission is meeting right now, with 84 items on the agenda. The public comment period at these meetings are pretty remarkable these days, and this one’s no exception, as person after person is making their way to the lectern to rip into the commission on any number of issues: San Bruno, […]

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March 23, 2011 | 4:58 pm

Wednesday Weeklies: ‘Smart Meters, Stupid Company’; Was Sex Trafficking Study ‘Junk Science’?

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This week’s new articles from the alternative weeklies… Smart meters, stupid company (San Francisco Bay Guardian) Smart meters seemed like a good idea at first glance — a little wireless device that, unlike it’s dumb analogous predecessor, would track precise readings of household energy usage in real time, identifying wasteful activities and helping consumers make […]

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March 10, 2011 | 12:39 pm

CPUC Wants PG&E to Set Up SmartMeter Opt-Out

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Update 3:56 p.m. KQED’s Stephanie Martin talked to PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno about the CPUC’s request for a SmartMeter opt-out. The upshot: Sounds like PG&E will file an opt-out proposal by the CPUC’s prescribed deadline. But what that proposal will consist of — the company is not yet saying. Update 1:35 p.m. Statement from PG&E […]

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Morning Splash: PG&E Pressure Spikes, Yudof’s Warning, SmartMeters Coming to SF

January 20, 2011 | 7:13 am

Morning Splash: PG&E Pressure Spikes, Yudof’s Warning, SmartMeters Coming to SF

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Lawmakers push PG&E to identify spiked gas lines (SF Chronicle) State lawmakers pressed Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Wednesday to reveal which of its urban gas transmission lines had been subjected to intentional pressure spikes since 2003, a practice that experts fear could have weakened the pipes. Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said he […]

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January 13, 2011 | 4:00 pm

The Day in SmartMeters

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Marin sheriff defies supervisors, won’t enforce SmartMeter ban (Marin Independent Journal) Opponents vow to continue fight against PG&E’s SmartMeters (San Jose Mercury News) PG&E surprises Huffman with a SmartMeter (Watch Sonoma) Supervisors discuss SmartMeters (Lake County Record-Bee)

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