Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 9, 2010 - The way has been cleared for Southern California Gas Co. to implement its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program following its approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

The advanced meter technology will enhance operational efficiencies, customer service and safety, and energy conservation.

“We are pleased that the California PUC supports our advanced meter program and recognizes the benefits it will provide to our customers,” said Anne Shen Smith, chief operating officer for Southern California Gas Co.  “Knowing how much energy is being consumed is a fundamental tool to help customers reduce usage and lower utility bills. We want to help them do both."

The PUC approved $1.05 billion for the project from 2010 through 2017. Southern California Gas plans to begin replacing and retrofitting an estimated six million natural gas meters with wireless communications modules throughout its service territory beginning in mid-2012.   

According to the PUC decision, Southern California Gas’s advanced meter system “is consistent with Commission energy policy objectives of increasing energy conservation and demand side management, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and providing customers with information and tools that allow them to manage and make educated decisions about their energy use.”

All Southern California Gas customers, including residences, businesses and other institutions, will be provided with AMI.

Southern California Gas Co. is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving 20.5 million consumers in more than 500 communities in a service territory encompassing approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border.