This document (Filed March 8, 2007) is the application of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) for adoption of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployment scenario and associated cost recovery and rate design. This document provides information about AMI functionality and implementability, analysis of AMI's cost effectiveness, and analysis of the settlement agreement.
This decision approves a settlement among SDG&E's Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) and Utility Consumer’s Action Network (UCAN) to allow $572 million for SDG&E’s proposed Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project from 2007 through 2011. SDG&E’s deployment is scheduled to begin in mid-2008. From 2008 through 2010, SDG&E will install approximately 1.4 million new, AMI-enabled, solid state electric meters and 900,000 AMI enabled gas modules that can, among other things, measure energy usage on a time-differentiated basis. The deployment will improve customer service by providing customer premise endpoint information, assist in gas leak and electric systems outage detection, transform the meter reading process and provide real near-term usage information to customers. AMI will also support such technological advances as in-house messaging displays and smart thermostat controls.