Friday, September 10, 2010

Californa Class Action hits Snag -- reality

Energy And Capital
September 6th, 2010

Last year, a group of about 200 people decided to sue Pacific Gas & Electric, claiming that newly-installed smart meters had jacked up their usage.

Considering these new smart meters were being paraded around as the beginning of a major step in smart grid development, stories about faulty meters were not doing PG&E any favors...
But the stubborn California utility maintained that there was nothing wrong with the meters, and that the lawsuit was without merit. Nonetheless, the California Public Utilities Commission brought in a third-party auditor to review the accuracy of the installed meters, and to see if these smart meters had actually caused higher energy bills — which more than 600 consumers claimed.

The results of that audit came in last week.

Turns out that the meters worked just fine, and that higher utility bills were a result of hotter temperatures during the heat wave of 2009.

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