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russ wrote: »
Yours is a location where there can be benefit to solar PV - good insolation and an A/C requirement plus cooperative electric billing.
Though you really just need the meter to effectively run backward to pile up credits.
A 'smart meter' is a different thing İ believe.
russ wrote: »
Are you guys who don't see a difference in your bill on 'time of use' or 'flat rate' billing.
A smart meter will have the ability to control or limit consumption at critical times. What İ have heard of so far really only allow the utility to charge different rates for different periods.
The smart part is yet to come.
When complaints about the meters surfaced last year, the company responded by blaming the soaring bills on hot weather and a change in electricity rates. But in recent weeks, San Francisco's PG&E has admitted finding problems in more than 43,300 meters, out of the 5.7 million that have been installed. The company has criticized its own initial response to the controversy and promised to do better, while insisting that more than 99 percent of the devices installed appear to be working perfectly.
But they do reveal interesting twists in the program. In March, for example, one of the companies that makes SmartMeter components - Silver Spring Networks - found a problem with a component that helps the devices communicate over a computer network. PG&E placed a hold on installing 290,000 of the meters that could be affected by the problem.
In another instance, the company returned 117,000 meters - under warranty - to one of the device manufacturers, after the manufacturer found that some of the meters weren't storing or sending their data properly.
BB. wrote: »
From the San Francisco paper:SmartMeter customers, check your bill
You are supposed to be able to download the report from this link:www.pge.com/SmartMeterCPUCreports (PDF, 25 MB).
But it chokes Firefox for me if I click directly on the link... (not a pdf or corrupt)
PS: If I right click and save the file (download) to my computer--I can then open the PDF file.