California to miss 20% RPS goal

Surprise! As expected California’s three major investor owned utilities will not meet the 20% RPS goal by the end of 2010 as required by law.  At the end of the third quarter reporting period the RPS performance was about 15% of retail electricity sales allocated as follows: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) – 14.4% Southern Read more about California to miss 20% RPS goal[…]

Strangling Smart Grid or Greasing the Skids: Federal Uniformity-vs-State Rights

Ever since the beginning of public utility regulation there has been tension between the role of the Federal Government and the States.  So far States have fared well in this checks and balances contest of wills.  The Federal government’s focus on interstate commerce and the wholesale market rules, regulations and safety requirements to enforce a Read more about Strangling Smart Grid or Greasing the Skids: Federal Uniformity-vs-State Rights[…]

Snap!# Crackle#*! Pop!#* Interference: Another Smart Meter Problem Hits the Fan

In a San Jose Mercury News story running on page one above the fold with large graphic to capture more attention, the San Jose mercury News reports that “common household electronics operating on the same frequency (900-928 megahertz) as PG&E’s smart meters might experience interference.” While this has not happened in my household where we Read more about Snap!# Crackle#*! Pop!#* Interference: Another Smart Meter Problem Hits the Fan[…]

“Smart Meters, Bad Manners”

It did not take long for the reaction to the CPUC report by The Structure Group on Smart Meters to pour in—and it was not good.  The front page headline in the San Jose Mercury News story blared “Smart Meters, Bad Manners”. The news story prominently blasted the PG&E customer service saying that customers of Read more about “Smart Meters, Bad Manners”[…]

The Bakersfield Effect Hits Santa Cruz

The Bakersfield Effect is Spreading as Santa Cruz Opposes PG&E Smart Meters. The City of Watsonville, California banned smart meter installation last week.  It was the second community to try to stop PG&E from moving forward with the installation of this new technology following the lead of Marin County.  Now Santa Cruz County is making Read more about The Bakersfield Effect Hits Santa Cruz[…]

PG&E Guide to Managing My Smart Meter and Bill

The bright blue brochure arrived in the mail with the caption on the cover announcing that it was my “Checklist for Summer Savings” so naturally I opened it instead of throwing it out with the other junk mail. The Checklist for Savings included the following: Get to know your rates:  www.pge.com/yourtiers Sign up for energy Read more about PG&E Guide to Managing My Smart Meter and Bill[…]

Marin County Town Says ‘NO’ to PG&E Smart Meters

SOURCE:  www.marinij.com It all started in early July when PG&E told customers in Marin County that it expected to begin installing smart meters in their communities.  Only this time the complaint was not the expected rate spike argument PG&E heard in Bakersfield.  Resident’s worried out loud about the electromagnetic fields from wireless networks used for Read more about Marin County Town Says ‘NO’ to PG&E Smart Meters[…]

PG&E Smart Meter Bill for July 2010

Now that I have a smart meter I can get daily updates of my energy use for electricity and natural gas every day.  The PG&E site offers a convenient set of tables and graphs to allow me to quickly assess how I am doing.  I can download meter reading detail in a spreadsheet for further Read more about PG&E Smart Meter Bill for July 2010[…]

PG&E Smart Meter CPUC Public Hearing on Wireless Radiation Risks

Maybe it was a slow news day and there was nothing else to report on in the middle of the summer doldrums, but here it was in the online version of the daily fish wrap.[1] The California Public Utilities commission was holding a public hearing on customer complaints over the risk of wireless radiation from Read more about PG&E Smart Meter CPUC Public Hearing on Wireless Radiation Risks[…]

PG&E Smart Meter Feedback: Congratulations, You are Below Average!

That was the happy message when I logged into my PG&E account’s smart meter usage report online.  The page allows me to get updates on my usage today by 3pm the following business day.  I admit I don’t go check my PG&E electricity and gas usage that often for the same reasons my stomach acid Read more about PG&E Smart Meter Feedback: Congratulations, You are Below Average![…]