PG&E Ordered To Release Smart-Meter Status Reports

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State energy regulators are ordering Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to make public the utility's reports on the status of its smart-meter program.

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey told PG&E Tuesday that it must hand over the reports to anyone who requests them. The documents have been confidential.

Peevey says they will help people understand the program, now under state investigation over its accuracy in reading energy usage.

The new meters allow PG&E to receive information about gas and electricity use wirelessly. A state commission is investigating customer complaints after the meters were installed.

In a statement, PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith said the utility is working to "provide information that we have already provided to the CPUC in a way that is transparent while protecting confidential customer and vendor information."

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