PG&E is holding open houses in Petaluma and Santa Rosa next week to answer questions about the company's controversial SmartMeter program.

The first is Wednesday in Petaluma, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Lucchesi Center on McDowell Boulevard north of East Washington Street.

The following evening, PG&E representatives will be in Santa Rosa to answer questions in the Willow Room at the Finley Center, 2060 W. College Ave.

The company will have a SmartMeter demonstration board and will answer questions about the new program's billing process, company spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers said.

For months, PG&E has been deploying SmartMeter gas and electric meters in Sonoma County. In some cities, the meters have been met with suspicion and concerns that they are inaccurate or could cause health problems.

PG&E maintains SmartMeters provide customers with more information about their energy usage and more rate options to help reduce energy use.