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San Francisco, CA, USA --- (METERING.COM) --- July 18, 2006 – California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is today expected to receive verdict from the California Public Utilities Commission on its smart meter replacement proposal for all existing PG&E customers. The change is part of an energy efficiency drive that envisions a future of smart energy usage.

While there has been some consumer opposition to smart meters, there is growing popular support, when its benefits are understood. Writing in the …. The editor said “Change can be discomfiting, and this is no exception… (But) this change is inevitable and one of the smarter long-term ways to conserve power and better manage the state’s electricity load.”

In support of its smart meter initiative, PG&E recently organized a demonstration of the technology in the city of Vacaville, about 50 km northeast of San Francisco, where some 2,500 homes have been testing the meters since January.