Wednesday, January 20, 2015
Letters to Ed
Activist happy to get response from BC
Lori Geisbrecht, Mission
3 years of emailing BC Hydro, I can't tell you how much I appreciate a human
reply to my email. Thank you so much!
Please humor me, sir and take the time to read my response from
start to finish before you decide whether myself and all the other
70,000-ish of your other bullied and fed up customers in BC are
worth listening to.
It's really very simple, Michael: at
anywhere between $200 and $500 and every smart meter paid for by
your customers, regardless of how perfect, amazing, wonderful, cost
efficient, state of the art, even though they've had a long journey
after being pulled of homes in California and shipped up to BC to be
installed on our homes because they have a shorter lifespan,
regardless of how perfect, or how amazing, cost efficient, state of
the art, rigorously tested and wonderful the BC Liberals, Bill
Bennett, Patrick Wruck, BC Hydro and Fortis BC think your Itron
smart meters are.
It seems you are all missing some facts that none of you considered
or addressed before you decided to take your smart meter program and
try to stuff it on our homes, our lives, in our faces and down our
Whether you and everyone else I've sent this letter to like it or
• It is my Democratic right, it
is my legal right and it is in my Canadian Charter of rights to
decide and to choose for myself if a radio frequency device will
enter my private property and be installed on and attached to my
home by you by Fortis BC or by anyone or anything else.
• It is my right to decide if a radio frequency device will even
operate on my private property that is the sanction and home to
my family and I. My home is also my place of work as I own and
operate a home based licensed business inside my home and is no
different there either.
• It is most certainly my fundamental right to say I do not
permit some basic utility company to install a radio frequency
device on my home that will give them access my private life, my
private world and my private information.
• This also applies to: any and all government agencies,
corporations, companies, businesses and all other groups and
organizations, etc. expecting to generate income off of any
information gathered at or from my private property, my home and
our family's private lives.
time BC Hydro became smart with their power and started listening to
It's time BC Hydro became smart with their power and stopped
bullying us and violating our Democratic rights.
It's time BC Hydro got smart with their power before another home
burns or someone dies before the judges can rule.
BC Hydro Response
Thank you for your email regarding the safety of the batteries in
our smart meters.
Since 2011 we have used Centron OpenWay meters manufactured by Itron
to serve our residential customers. Just like pace makers, clocks
and cameras, these meters contain lithium batteries. Lithium
batteries are used in critical devices because they have a long life
Lithium batteries must meet the safety standards detailed in IEC
60086-4:2014 which, “specifies tests and requirements for primary
lithium batteries to ensure their safe operation under intended use
and reasonably foreseeable misuse.” These standards were set by the
International Electrotechnical Commission, an international
standards organization that prepares and publishes International
Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.
We have confirmed with our meter vendor that the batteries in use in
our meters meet these standards.
There are 1.9 million smart meters in operation in British Columbia
today, and they have proven to work safely and reliably in all
conditions in their four years of use. Like all grid equipment, our
meters pass strict safety testing before they are installed in the
Should you have further questions, please call us at 1 800 409 8199.
Michael | Smart Metering Specialist, Smart Metering Program, BC
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