Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines, has asked me to respond to
your email regarding fees under BC Hydro’s Meter Choices Program. The
Meter Choices Program fees are not just meter reading fees.
The fees recover the additional
costs of adding and maintaining resources, equipment and systems that
have been automated by modern meters.
Asking customers who request customised services to cover these costs is
a fair solution because it prevents the additional costs from being
passed on to all customers.
The British Columbia Utilities Commission reviewed the fees to make sure
they are fair and only recover the additional costs.
A copy of the decision can be
found at www.bcuc.com
More than 99 per cent of BC Hydro customers have smart meters and the
vast majority are being read automatically. As BC Hydro works to
complete the communications network that supports the metering system,
field staff are manually downloading information from a small number of
smart meters that are not communicating automatically yet.
Customers with smart meters are not being charged for this service
because they have accepted BC Hydro’s standard equipment.
If you have further questions about BC Hydro fees please contact them
directly via email here
or by phone at 1 800 409 8199.
Lori Giesbrecht writes:
• bullying us into accepting
• blaming home owners when BC Hydro's hired Corix's under-qualified
Itron smart meter installers damage people's home's and business's meter
sockets like Trish Regan's home on Burdock Street in Mission just a few
blocks from ours.
• passing the buck by sending us on wild goose chases when we contact
you looking for answers
• avoided facing the BC tax payers by skirt tailing around the truth
• stopped avoiding and FACE this HUGE problem that is causing the
citizens in our province so much unnecessary stress, unrest, is
festering and growing in our province
• making excuses
• and stopped lying to the tax paying citizens of BC about our HUGE BC
Hydro bill increases, the REAL dangers and the SERIOUS health
consequences of YOU forcing these pieces of junk on our homes,
businesses and into our lives?
On August 1, 2014, the Vancouver Sun posted this
article and in it, Bill Bennett responded by saying
"BC Hydro has installed smart meters in 99 per cent of homes and
businesses provincewide, and said:
The utility uses equipment manufactured by Itron Inc., based in
B.C. Energy Minister Bill
Bennett said he's not aware of any problems with the meters.
BC Hydro and Bill Bennett tried to convince us that BC Hydro's
Washington state Itron made smart meters are safe while Saskatchewan
uses North Carolina based Sensus smart meters.
Ok, now there have been 9 smart meter fires/failures in Saskatchewn...
while there have been more fires and failures in BC then in Saskatchewn
and the state of Oregon combined!
So now my question is... who's smart meter is safe? ... NOBODY'S!!
The ones being pulled off homes in Saskatchewn OR the BC Hydro smart
meters that continue to burn up homes, appliances, televisions,
computers, microwaves, etc?
Itron smart meter burned these folk's home and killed their dogs...
So, exactly HOW does BC Hydro's smart meter program benefit the BC tax
paying, voting consumer??
Lori Giesbrecht, proud member of
Coalition to stop smart meters in British Columbia.
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