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Regulators: PG&E higher-ups aware of SmartMeter snooping

SAN FRANCISCO — California energy regulators say the former Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employee who spied on SmartMeter opponents did not act alone.

A review by the California Public Utilities Commission concluded that William Devereaux forwarded e-mails he collected while using a false identity to snoop to his boss and other senior PG&E managers. The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/IbONmE) that the review was released late Wednesday.

Devereaux resigned in 2010 after acknowledging using the false name to try to join an online group opposed to the utility's SmartMeters.

PG&E initially claimed he acted alone.

PG&E spokesman Greg Snapper says the utility has since developed training instructions for employees about the professional use of social media.

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