Pacific Gas and Electric has responded to a state requirement that it develop a smart grid plan with the introduction of a nearly 300-page blueprint for a system that will offer an array of customer-centric energy-efficiency solutions, including in-home management, demand response and time-of-use pricing. The utility says it plans to invest as much as $1.25 billion over the next two decades to build its smart grid infrastructure and an additional $500 million to $700 million to operate it.

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