Wednesday Oct 06 2010
See your power with PG&E’s SmartMeter
By: Brian Jensen, Rocklin Chamber of Commerce
Pacific Gas and Electric Company has long been a part of California’s communities, delivering gas and electric services for more than 100 years. Over the last century, our customers’ expectations for service have changed dramatically, and the utility has changed the ways it provides energy service to best meet those expectations. One of these changes is the implementation of SmartMeter, which will empower customers to take greater control of their energy consumption, use less energy and save money. PG&E’s SmartMeter program is part of a statewide effort driven by the California Public Utilities Commission to upgrade California’s energy infrastructure through automated metering technology. For our business customers, the SmartMeter network will enable them to view their electric usage in 15-minute increments and daily gas energy usage data. As a result, they can easily find out exactly how much energy their businesses are using over the course of the day, week, or month — valuable information business owners can use to make smarter energy choices. The technology will also enable faster power restoration. Through SmartMeter automated meter-reading technology, business customers will no longer have to wait for a monthly bill to know how much energy they use. Once the meter can be read remotely by the SmartMeter network, customers will be able to log on to www.pge.com/myaccount to see and track their electric and daily gas from the previous day and before. SmartMeter technology also gives business customers access to new electric pricing plans. Some are available today, and more will be available in the future. New pricing plans will give business customers more control over their electric bills while also benefiting the environment. Visit www.pge.com/smartmeter for more information. In addition, the ability to monitor energy usage gives customers the information they need to conserve or shift energy usage. When many individuals conserve, the results can include decreased pressure on the power grid, less need to build new power plants and reduced carbon emissions. To learn more about PG&E’s SmartMeter program and its benefits, go to www.pge.com/smartmeter or call (866) 743-0263. Brian Jensen is the secretary of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce and is a government relations consultant.