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That whole PG&E smart meter debacle — the one where customers complained about higher rates in Bakersfield after the California utility installed smart meters in their homes — is being sent out to third party independent contractors for testing. Interested in being the ones to test […]

That whole PG&E smart meter debacle — the one where customers complained about higher rates in Bakersfield after the California utility installed smart meters in their homes — is being sent out to third party independent contractors for testing. Interested in being the ones to test out the gear and see if PG&E’s system is really responsible for the rate increase? The California Public Utility Commission on Friday sent out a solicitation calling for all interested contractors to apply by December 11 (that’s the end of this week) to conduct independent testing and validation of meters in the area.

The chosen contractors will need to test the meters, communications, meter data management system (MDMS), and billing system of both older and newer systems that have been installed. Initially PG&E installed first generation gear from Distribution Control Systems Inc (DCSI) and then switched to a system developed by Silver Spring Networks.

Both the CPUC and PG&E want the issued resolved as soon as possible — it’s created a PR headache for the utility — and the CPUC says it wants the testing project started by January and completed by the first quarter of 2010. Potential contractors interested in becoming the prime or a sub-contractor need to send in: a summary of related experience, a outline of the testing project and players involved, and any potential conflicts of interest.

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  1. [...] Wanna Test Out PG&E’s Smart Meters? Posted December 7, 2009 Filed under: Uncategorized | http://earth2tech.com/2009/12/07/wanna-test-out-pges-smart-meters/ [...]

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  2. [...] INDUSTRY & REGULATORY NEWS Wanna Test Out PG&E’s Smart Meters? The chosen contractors will need to test the meters, communications, meter management system [...]

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  3. [...] PG&E hunts for contractors to test smart meters — Following the Bakersfield lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric alleging that smart meters have hiked electricity rates, the utility is looking for independent contractors to retest their accuracy. Last week, the California Public Utility Commission called for contractors to apply to test the devices by Dec. 11. Earth2Tech has more. [...]

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  4. I live in Bakersfield and from my perspective PG&E would have fared much better if they had taken the complaints seriously and not immediately blamed the higher usage on the customer. If they had made an effort to look into the problem first, I think it would have gone much better for them. I do not yet have the latest meter and have not experienced a problem myself.

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  5. [...] insists that hot weather and a newly implemented tiered rate structures are to blame, and the CPUC has ordered a third-party audit of the smart meter [...]

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  6. [...] case, utility PG&E actually did end up slowing down its smart meter deployment in the area and looked to hire an independent auditor to test the accuracy of the meters. Both PG&E and network vendor Silver Springs Networks stated [...]

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