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BC Hydro backs off on installing smart meters

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – BC Hydro is backing off on its insistence that homeowners accept the installation of smart meters.

The move comes after the company installed more than 90 per cent of the high-tech devices across the province.

Hydro spokesman Greg Alexis says with most of the meters in place, the company has decided to take some extra time to work with customers who still have concerns about the equipment.

He says 9,000 customers who initially refused a new meter changed their minds after speaking with Hydro, but he says the meters won’t be installed at any home unless the company has the customer’s permission.

However, Alexis also says Hydro can’t remove any of the smart meters already installed because they’re now standard operating equipment like utility poles and power lines, and the old devices are being recycled and are no longer available.

Some people have refused the meters over concerns about the wireless system the devices use to transmit electrical usage, but Hydro insists the meters are safe and will help people conserve power while also providing faster information about power outages.

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Upset

Just got my bill after the smart meter was put in, compared to last year I apparently consumed 250Kw/h more a month than last year but my consumption pattern hasn’t changed at all. I assume the smart meters are the cause.

February 05, 2013 at 12:18 pm
    Vishus

    Smart electricity meters are basically surveillance devices, wiretapping without a warrant.
    These meters send data of your power usage back to the utility company many times during the day. We don’t know for sure how often data is sent out over the wireless network, it could be once a minute, twice an hour or 10 times a day.
    This data helps the power company build a detailed profile of you and your home life.
    By studying the peaks, spikes and troughs of your daily power usage, utility firms can determine what time you get up, when you are out of the house, on holiday, what time you go to bed and if there are patterns of unusual power usage.
    We believe power meters should have one job, to measure the amount of power you use each month (the billing period). All the power firm needs, and has ever needed until now, is the set numbers that show the amount of power you have used.
    We believe that people should have the choice as to what technology is attached to their home.
    And I wouldn’t be suprised if you are in fact paying for the power that the smart meter uses to send their data pulses.

    February 05, 2013 at 4:48 pm