Following a decision by state regulators, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will begin a three-year pilot program in Northern and Central California to replace master meters in manufactured housing communities (MHCs) with metes measuring gas and electric service going directly to individual homesites. Many communities have aging infrastructures, says wsj.com, some with owners who do not have the resources or expertise to maintain the utilities properly. Ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission, the pilot program will affect about 10,000 homesites and will be funded by a rate increase of .01 percent in 2015. As direct utility customers, MHProNews.com has learned community residents will be able to participate in “public purpose and load management programs such as low income energy efficiency (LIEE), California Solar Initiative (CSI), advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and demand response activities,” originally unavailable to them.
(Photo credit: santeepatch.com–manufactured housing community, Santee, California)