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Smart meters, DWP rate increases and your impact on climate change—a sit down with your Public Utilities Commission President

Earlier this month, a divided California Public Utilities Commission approved Southern California Gas Co. to charge customers $1.05 billion to install radio-controlled smart meters on 6 million homes throughout the state, despite complaints that the technology just isn’t necessary. Mike Peevey, the man who heads that commission—which regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies throughout the state—clues us in on those smart meters; weighs in on the DWP hikes; answers your questions about cell phones; and explains just who knows when you turn the lights on and off—it could soon be Microsoft. He answers Patt’s questions and yours.