Wednesday, January 20, 2015

Letters to Ed

Meter Martyr Still Battling

Activist happy to get response from BC Hydro...but

Lori Geisbrecht, Mission 


fter 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 throats.

Whether you and everyone else I've sent this letter to like it or not:

• 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.

It's time BC Hydro became smart with their power and started listening to their customers.

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

Dear Lori,

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 span.

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 field.

Should you have further questions, please call us at 1 800 409 8199.


Michael | Smart Metering Specialist, Smart Metering Program, BC Hydro

Phone 1-800-409-8199
E-mail here


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