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SmartMeter Program. July 2007 NARUC Summer Meeting Tom Bottorff, Sr. VP Regulatory Relations. Key Messages. PG&E’s SmartMeter program leverages proven technologies PG&E’s SmartMeter program is cost effective Customers will benefit through improved service and bill savings opportunities

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SmartMeter Program

July 2007

NARUC Summer Meeting

Tom Bottorff, Sr. VP Regulatory Relations


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Key Messages

  • PG&E’s SmartMeter program leverages proven technologies

  • PG&E’s SmartMeter program is cost effective

  • Customers will benefit through improved service and bill savings opportunities

  • Rates will rise about 1% during the first five years, but decline thereafter

  • Low income customers are exempt from any rate increase


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SAP

OUTAGE

MANAGEMENT

The SmartMeter Program Leverages Proven Technologies – the Dual Network Architecture

DCSI

Electric powerline

carrier network

CONSUMER

Web

Server

PG

&

E

Substation

Meter Data

Management

& Storage

PUBLIC

WIRELESS

NETWORK

TWACS

Substation

PLC

Communication

System

Equipment

Controller

BEA / EAI

Hexagram

MDMS

Fixed Wireless Network System

PUBLIC

STAR®

WIRELESS

NETWORK

RF Network

Data

System

Collector

Controller

Unit

WELLINGTON POWER CORPORATION

Meter & network installation / supply chain management

MBC

Data Warehouse

CC&B

Interval billing

upgrade

IT Systems Integration &

Project Management


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4% net positive

90% of costs

SmartmeterProgram Will Pay For Itself

Costs*

Benefits*

Demand

Response

O&M

Operations

ISTS

Deployment

$189M

Meters

Networks

Installations

IT Systems

System Integration

Project Management

ISTS O&M $191M

Field

Deployment

$1,299M

Meter Reading

* 20 year Present Value of Revenue Requirement


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Customer Benefits

  • Access to better pricing information

  • Fewer estimated or inaccurate bills

  • Faster outage detection and restoration

  • Remote turn-on / turn-off

  • No inconvenience due to manual meter reads (e.g., no need to unlock gate or tie up dogs)

  • Opportunity to lower bills by taking advantage of new tariff options


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SmartRate:

  • SmartRate is voluntary and will be offered to all customers

  • A premium charge ($0.60 per kwh for residential customers) will be added to current rates during peak hours on designated SmartDays

    • SmartDays will be called during summer months only (June 1 - September 30), a maximum of 15 times each summer

  • ASmartRatecredit is given for usage all other hours of the month

  • Bill will be capped during the first year at otherwise applicable charges


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Customer Rate Impacts

  • Average residential rates will increase by about 1 percent during the first five years

  • After five years, cost savings will kick in and result in bill decreases

  • Low income customers are exempt from paying the increase


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Future Capabilities

  • Appliance control and monitoring

  • Smart thermostat

  • Enhanced grid monitoring / switching

  • More tariff options

  • Pre-paid metering


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