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PG&E monitored SmartMeter critics, called them insurgents and slackers

Filed under: California Politics — aunursa @ 4:34 pm

Remember the PG&E executive who was fired last month over a sockpuppet scandal?  William Devereaux, the former senior director of PG&E’s SmartMeter program, monitored online discussion groups and used a fake name in an attempt to join one of the groups that opposed SmartMeters.

Statements by PG&E and internal PG&E documents that were released to state regulators detail some troubling details…

  • Employees at various levels of the SmartMeter program were aware that Devereaux “was reviewing online conversations and, in at least one instance, took action based on that information,” according to PG&E spokesman David Eisenhaurer.
  • The utility company kept track of SmartMeter opposition in several Northern California communities.  Company employees sometimes referred to SmartMeter opponents — all of whom were PG&E customers — as “insurgents” or “slackers”.
  • PG&E sent one employee to monitor a SmartMeter demonstration in Rohnert Park in October.  The employee took photographs of protestors and wrote in an email, “This is fun no one said ‘espionage’ in the job description.”


Previously: PG&E executive resigns over sockpuppet scandal


  1. What happened after this story was published? Were there any repercussions?

    Comment by DRJ — 12/23/2010 @ 4:48 pm

  2. So far there have been no more updates to the story.

    Comment by aunursa — 12/31/2010 @ 9:06 am

  3. It’s interesting that one guy is taking the fall when this sounds like a larger issue. I wonder what kind of severance he got.

    Comment by DRJ — 1/10/2011 @ 5:18 pm

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