Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E; San Francisco, California, U.S.) has selected Aclara Software (Hazelwood, Missouri, U.S.) to provide its customers with access to data being generated by smart meters. The selection supports PG&E's advanced metering infrastructure initiative, under which PG&E has stated its intentions to deploy 9 million smart meters to its electric and gas customers.
The Aclara Software application will enable customers to access daily and, in the case of electric customers, hourly views of their energy data over the Internet. In addition, customers will be provided with a range of tools to help leverage the information. For example, they will be able to view an estimate of their energy bill every day on a month-to-date basis. They also will be able to compare rate plans to determine whether they might be better off on a time-based rate based on their usage patterns.