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September 03, 2010



Here's a bit of an update from the Mercury Times:

Pacific Gas & Electric said Monday it will replace 1,600 SmartMeters due to a "rare defect" that causes the wireless meters to run fast and inflate customers' electric bills.

It's the first time PG&E has acknowledged experiencing any kind of technical problems with the controversial meters, which have drawn consumer complaints for inaccuracy and negative health effects. The 1,600 defective meters, which are manufactured by the Swiss company Landis+Gyr, comprise less than 0.1 percent of the nearly 2.1 million Landis+Gyr meters installed in Northern California to date.


I have not heard about this potential problem (fire) before:

State utility regulators have voted to formally launch an inquiry into the safety of smart meters installed on over 1 million Nevada homes and businesses by NV Energy.

Thursday's action by the Public Utilities Commission comes after Reno and Sparks fire chiefs identified nine fires they say started at a residential smart meter.

NV Energy must provide documents answering 20 detailed questions. The PUC seeks information on meter failures, the number of fires associated with meters, any lawsuits involving the meters and internal documents on meter fires.

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