The way has been cleared for Southern California Gas Co. to implement its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) programme following its approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

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.”

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