BC Hydro Smart Meter completion delayed

BC Hydro Smart Meter completion delayed

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Smart meters are tested at a BC Hydro lab. More than 1.7 million of the meters have been installed.

BC Hydro
By Tom Fletcher – BC Local News
Updated: December 28, 2012 12:43 PM

BC Hydro has been given another year to complete its wireless smart grid project, as it nears the original deadline with 140,000 smart meters still to be installed.

Energy Minister Rich Coleman announced the extension of the Dec. 31, 2012 deadline imposed by the B.C. Liberal government’s Clean Energy Act. Pushed through the legislature in the spring of 2010, that legislation supports sweeping changes to BC Hydro’s expansion using wind, small hydro and other private power development.

In a ministry statement, Coleman cited shortages of skilled labour, meters and other specialized equipment as well as “customer concerns” for failing to meet the deadline for all 1.87 million meters across the province. BC Hydro has been dogged by political and citizen protests about the cost of the refit and persistent claims of various hazards from the meters.

Installers have also encountered meters made inaccessible by construction of garages, decks and other structures that covered them.

Some homeowners who refused replacement of mechanical meters now worry that they will be on the hook for costs if their old meter equipment fails after they refused the upgrade.

BC Hydro spokesman Greg Alexis said the one-year delay, originally signaled in a November finance ministry update, doesn’t change the utility’s target of the 2014 fiscal year to implement the entire system. Meters are only a small part of a province-wide grid that will automatically report power outages and offer customers a real-time display of their power consumption.

The Clean Energy Act was the culmination of former premier Gordon Campbell’s climate and energy strategy. It exempted the wireless meter project, the proposed Site C dam on the Peace River, and an array of private power proposals from scrutiny by the B.C. Utilities Commission.

NDP energy critic John Horgan has said he supports a review of the wireless grid proposal and other major projects by the utilities commission.

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COMMENT:

I consider this a major victory by the well- informed minority, (………but an rather sad indictment of the ill -informed majority).

Obviously,….. and without question, ……B.C. Hydro has waived the “white flag” and does not know how to proceed against us ,…….(if I may take the liberty to define ) …..”Truth Terrorists”.

QUOTE:

BC Hydro has been given another year to complete its wireless smart grid project, as it nears the original deadline with 140,000 smart meters still to be installed.

This is where it gets real UGLY…….140,000 customers likely extrapolates into far more parties per  Smart Meter locale.  This could easily be 280,000 or more citizens who say F*ck You BC Hydro and the BC Gov’t.”

If the ” NO Smart Meter ” parties in BC used this as a strategically organized platform,…..hint – hint…  this could resonate globally.

QUOTE:

Some homeowners who refused replacement of mechanical meters now worry that they will be on the hook for costs if their old meter equipment fails after they refused the upgrade.

What a bunch of BS.

IMHO, this “media flack” has been exposed as  a propogandist who should be forced to eat their words. Resistance is NOT futile, it is, in fact….. accelerating.

Clearly, UNdoubtledy BC Hydro (and by default the BC Gov’t) has consulted with their  legal advisors who have cautioned them to be very VERY cautious about pursuing the Smart Meter agenda. It is not at all a stretch to conclude that BC Hydro and the BC Gov’t has been overwhelmed by e-mails etc.from BC Hydro “NO Smart Meter” customers who have sent various links , documents, studies  etc. which outline the numerous health hazards of this Smart Meter EMF technology. This implies that they are on formal record and hence “legally liable”.

 

Finally:……….. I would submit that those with Smart Meters, ……and are just becoming aware of the Smart Meter issue via a delayed epiphany……should look at this latest decision as a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to demand equality and demand an analog meter.

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