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How to Read A PGE
GE kVs Watt-hour
Electricity Meter

by Vaughn Aubuchon

The controversial new GE SmartMeter

Are you using the new General Electric CL200 (PGE 77M446) model watthour power meter? Are you confused by the data displayed on the face of the digital power meter?

Below, I present photos of each of the 6 active GE kVs meter modes, as displayed on the meter face.

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1. Mode 888

2.
Mode 99

3.
Mode 01

4.
Mode 02

    Mode 03

5.
Mode 04

6.
Mode 05

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How To Read A GE kVs
Digital Watt-meter Display

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Mode Photograph/ Mode Description

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GE Wattmeter Display - Mode 888
Mode 888

Mode 888 is "Lamp Test" mode. All LCD segments are selected, to ensure that no element has "gone bad". For instance, if a middle horizontal segment is burned out, an intended 8 will be displayed as a zero.

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GE Wattmeter Display - Mode 99
Mode 99

Mode 99 displays your current kiloWatt consumption rate. The meter says that at this moment, the system is consuming 1.4 kW of electricity.

This mode is great, because it allows you to measure the actual current drawn by each circuit. For instance, turn off all circuit breakers except one, allow the meter to cycle through once, and then read the current draw by that one circuit.

Don't freak out when you measure your hot tub! Or clothes dryer.


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GE Wattmeter Display - Mode 01
Mode 01

Mode 01 displays the current date, in mm-dd-yy format. The meter says that at this moment, the date is April 24, 2006.


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GE Wattmeter Display - Mode 02
Mode 02

Mode 02 displays the current time, in 24-hour mode. The meter says that at this moment, the time is 12:31 PM. In 29 minutes, the display will read 13 00.


Mode 3 does is not used on this particular meter, presumably because it is somewhat redundant, and has little meaning, since 2 different rates are combined.

Mode 03

Mode 03 (when used) displays the Total kWh consumed during the current month.

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GE Wattmeter Display - Mode 04
Mode 04

Mode 04 displays the "On-peak" kWh consumed during the current month. The meter says that at this moment, the system has consumed 3,096 kiloWatt on-peak hours.

On-peak hours are daylight hours. These hours are billed at a higher rate, such as 11¢ per kWh.

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GE Wattmeter Display - Mode 05
Mode 05

Mode 05 displays the "Off-peak" kWh consumed during the current month. The meter says that at this moment, the system has consumed 556 kiloWatt off-peak hours.

Off-peak hours are nightime hours. These hours are billed at a lower rate, such as 8¢ per kWh.

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Controversial
The New Santa Cruz
PG&E SmartMeter

PG&E GE SmartMeter

Here is a photo of the new P.G.& E. GE SmartMeter, which is being installed throughout the Bay Area during 2010 and 2011.

It contains a MICROWAVE radio transmitter, which sends your data to P.G. & E. headquarters. A "meter-reader" will no longer be required. No more problems with dogs.

However, there are questions.
Many folks have questioned the safety, security and accuracy of these new meters, and suggest that there has not been adequate testing.
SAFETY - What is the nature of the radio frequency signal?
Several electro-sensitive people have made complaints.
SECURITY and ACCURACY - Is it a receiver, as well as a transmitter (transceiver)?
Can it's data be reprogrammed remotely, at will? If so, what safeguards are there against funny-business?


Area-wide installation continues, while the local citizens protest --->


Google report ---> Santa Cruz, CA SmartMeter Installation Controversy

The frequency used is the 900 to 928 MHz. spread spectrum band (microwave).
I cannot find a published spec sheet, which adds to the rampant speculation.

Technical Questions -
Time of Exposure ---> How often does it transmit?
Strength of Exposure ---> What is the RF power output?
     -- the radiation is how many times that of a a cell phone?

Where is the antenna? What are the radiation pattern characteristics?
Does it use the cell phone towers?
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DISCLAIMER
Although the author has tried to be as accurate as possible, errors are possible.

I could not find meter reading instructions like the above. So, I made this watthour meter-reading chart, to help myself understand the digital data output. I hope that it helps you.

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