PG&E rolls out smart grid technology

Sep 27, 2014 8:33 PM by Vanessa Vasconcelos

Storm season is approaching so PG&E is working to increase efficiency. Smart grid devices are revolutionizing the way PG&E responds to outages.

The devices isolate problems and send a signal to their control center where they can monitor which meters are effected and where.

It doesn't just create efficiencies for PG&E. It helps the customer monitor their usage as well. For years they've been rolling out this technology to make the grid smarter, meaning fewer and shorter outages for PG&E customers.

A major example of how these devices are proving their worth... The Napa earthquake. Because of the smart meter technology, PG&E was able to get everyone's power back on within 24 hours.

From Marysville to Cottonwood there are about 1,000 of these smart grid devices installed on power poles. Throughout the next couple of years PG&E wants up to 7 times that.

With the roll out 2013 was already their best year in terms of fewer outages and faster response times.


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