SoCalGas smart meter upgrade under way

After seven months of system-wide upgrades, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has successfully installed more than a quarter million smart meters for customers in five counties.

In all, SoCalGas plans to upgrade six million natural gas meters through 2017, adding a small communication device to customer meters on a schedule throughout its service territory.

Since initiating advanced meter installations in southeast Los Angeles County in October 2012, SoCalGas has moved steadily forward and expects to be installing in several service regions by the end of 2013, including metro Los Angeles, and Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, Tulare and Ventura counties.

Unlike electrical smart meters, the advanced meter device cannot communicate with other appliances inside the home, turn on or turn off gas service and will only be active for a fraction of a second each day to read and send gas usage data. No personal information will be sent and usage data will be encrypted for added security.

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