Controversy Boils Over About PG&E Smart Meters

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PG&E's widespread installation of so-called "smart-meters" is sparking controversy around the state from residents who claim their utility bills are skyrocketing, the San Jose Mercury News reports. PG&E says there's nothing wrong with the meters, which the utility has been installing throughout the state and plans to begin implementing in Oakland in 2011. But the consumer advocacy group, TURN, is advocating for a moratorium on $2.2 billion meter program. The California Public Utilities Commission also has announced that it will require an independent evaluation of whether the smart-meters are allowing PG&E to gouge consumers.

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