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BCUC dismisses application against smart meters

BCUC dismisses application against smart meters
BC Hydro confirms modernization program progressing well

The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued a decision earlier this week dismissing an application by an anti-smart meter group to place an injunction on the project. The BCUC dismissed the group’s premise that the technology used in the new meters exceeded the authority of the Province’s Clean Energy Act.

The decision came as the BC Hydro smart metering project nears the halfway mark of installations with widespread customer acceptance of the meters and their benefits. BC Hydro has installed over 890,000 new meters to date which represents just under half of its 1.85 million customers.

Over 99% of customers are accepting a smart meter and more than 1,800 customers who initially asked for their smart meter installation to be put on hold have agreed to have one installed after being provided more information about the program.

BC Hydro is responsible for providing safe, reliable power to the British Columbians and smart meters are an important part of that responsibility by helping modernize B.C.’s electricity infrastructure.

Smart meters will provide many customer benefits including:

  • Keeping rates among the lowest in North America by helping BC Hydro operate more efficiently;
  • Getting the power back on faster in the event of an outage; and,
  • In the future make it possible for customers to track and manage their own power use through a free and secure customer web site and thereby save money on their bill.

Safety of smart meters confirmed
The new meters have been confirmed safe by health and science authorities including B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer. Smart meters communicate for an average of one minute per day and the exposure to radio frequency over the lifetime of a smart meter is equivalent to a 30-minute cell phone call.

BC Hydro’s smart meters are well below Health Canada’s exposure limits and the precautionary limits set by Switzerland, the country with the most rigorous standards in the world.

For more information on BC Hydro’s smart meter program, please visit www.bchydro.com/energy-in-bc/projects/smart_metering_infrastructure_program.html.

About BC Hydro
Fifty years ago, British Columbians turned to BC Hydro to build the clean electricity system they count on to power B.C.'s economy, create jobs in every region, and keep the lights on. Now, BC Hydro is building again for the next 50 years. B.C. continues to grow and so has the need for more electricity. That’s why BC Hydro is building and renewing electricity infrastructure, and encouraging conservation to meet today’s needs and those of future generations.

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