Pacific Gas and Electric installing 13,000 smart meters per day

San Francisco, November 5, 2009 – California utility Pacific Gas and Electric is installing smart meters at a rate of 13,000 units a day and intends to have 10 million meters deployed by 2012.

The utility estimates it will have installed 3 million smart meters by the end of 2009.

Smart meters will give the utility the ability to connect and disconnect meters remotely, and also allow households to more closely monitor electricity usage.

Overall, PG&E and two other California utilities, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric, will deploy 12 million advanced electric meters by the end of 2012.

The effort to modernize the current grid system was boosted when President Barack Obama announced $3.4 billion of grants to help build a smart electric grid.

The grants, which range from $400,000 to $200 million, will go to 100 companies, utilities, manufacturers, cities and other partners in 49 states.

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