PG&E may deploy as many as 3.3 million GE meters


Bob Gilligan,
Vice President,
Transmission &
Division, GE Energy
San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 24, 2008 – Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) may deploy as many as 3.3 million GE meters in its SmartMeter™ project rollout to customers in northern and central California, the supplier has reported.

The meters will be equipped with Silver Spring Networks smart grid/advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications technology, which will enable two-way communications between the utility and the electricity customer, supporting renewable generation at the customer’s home, critical peak and time-of-use pricing, among other benefits.

"PG&E is demonstrating its leadership by embarking on a large-scale smart meter deployment," said Bob Gilligan, vice president of GE Energy’s transmission and distribution division. "This program will help PG&E’s electricity customers better manage, and lower, their energy consumption. Ultimately, this will help the utility reduce load and help reduce the need for more expensive generation."

Overall, PG&E plans to deploy 10.3 million SmartMeter gas and electric meters by the end of 2011 to virtually all of its customers.

GE Energy is a leading supplier of power generation and energy delivery technologies globally.