The utility says power could be shut off in part of nearly 30 counties in central and Northern California starting Wednesday and through Thursday, when hot weather and strong winds are forecast.
Utilities say smart meters help improve service reliability and support the use of renewable energy sources. But some utility customers in other states have raised privacy and health concerns related to smart meters.
The completion of the transaction is expected to take place at the end of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
The utility says that after weather improved Sunday morning, crews by land and air began inspecting about 950 miles of power lines in the three counties to ensure they were free of damage and safe to energize.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has agreed to pay $65 million to settle California claims that it falsified records about how it notified construction workers about underground gas and electric lines.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission already gave its approval to the project.
The study surveyed 1,726 utility professionals responsible for securing or overseeing cyber risk in Operational Technology (OT) environments at electric utilities with gas, solar, wind assets, and water utilities
The Senate voted 26-16 on Wednesday for a bill worked out between House and Senate negotiators. House debate and a vote won’t occur until at least next week. A final, approved bill would be subject to Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto.