PG&E President, Christopher P. Johns, says, “We developed this plan with a clear focus on what our customers want and value. Our plan is a new vision for providing customers with safe, clean, affordable and reliable service and promoting new growth opportunities for green jobs and businesses in California.”
The utility presented its Smart Grid plan as mandated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) of each of the state’s investor-owned utilities. PG&E’s plan includes future projects that will leverage a wide range of advanced communications, computing, sensing and control technologies. PG&E will integrate these diverse technologies to improve service, lower customer costs, and incorporate more renewable energy onto the grid.
Via SmartMeter technology, the utility’s customers can now view hourly electricity use online up to the previous day. In the future, as part of PG&E’s plan to enable new consumer energy management capabilities, pricing signals will help customers save money by shifting their energy use to times of the day when energy prices are lower.
PG&E’s Smart Grid projects will also support more widespread customer adoption of rooftop solar as well as “smart charging” programs that encourage the use of zero-emission electric vehicles while helping protect the safety and reliability of the energy grid.
As part of the regulatory process to seek input on its plan, PG&E has been benchmarking its Smart Grid activities and vision with the Environmental Defense Fund, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electric Power Research Institute and other major California utilities, as well as the GridWise Alliance, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the United States Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.
Johns adds: “The Smart Grid is an evolving goal that will require careful planning, piloting, phased implementation and customer engagement to realize its tremendous potential value. Going forward, we will consider it a privilege to serve our customers by bringing them these
and other new energy innovations.”
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, the company delivers energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.