Archive for category BCHYDRO

Regulator rules smart meters not a fire risk but wants more information from utilities

BC Utilities Commission rejects citizen’s complaint over alleged Hydro power meter dangers By Bob Mackin | Aug. 29, 2016, 2:58 p.m. BC Hydro began installing smart meters in 2012 under a $1 billion program to increase energy efficiency, sparking customer fears of billing and rate hikes, loss of privacy and harms to health | Submitted The BC Utilities […]

Smart Meter with Radio-Off is still Broadcasting

According to the person who made this video, the meter is said to be off, but the readings show otherwise.  Anyone else with the same findings? “Is your Choice of a BC Hydro Smart Meter with Microwave Transmitter Radio-off, that you are paying extra for each and every month, sneakily broadcasting and actually still on, […]

CFAX : Sharon Noble on Smart Meters

Sharon Noble, the director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC is interviewed by CFAX 1070 AM Ian Jessop. June 6, 2016

Ontario Pulls Plug on 36,000 Rural ‘Smart’ Meters: Is Big Energy Imploding?

Hydro One finally admitted that rural ‘smart’ meters do not work, and has decided to pull the plug on 36,000 of them — to start. We will see more utilities begin to do likewise. [UPDATE: BC Hydro just announced plans to REMOVE 88,000 meters suspected of failure.]

Hydro One pulls plug on wonky smart meters in rural areas

Kelly Egan / Ottawa Citizen  - January 12, 2016   Photo : Darcy Cheek /Brockville Recorder and Times Hydro One has taken a new approach to pesky smart meters that refuse to send a reliable signal about electricity consumption in rural Ontario. Give up on them. The utility, which was ordered by its provincial masters to install […]

Adrian Dix slams BC Hydro for smart meter replacements

Replacing meters are ‘routine operations’, says BC Hydro, due to damage through house construction, demolition By B.C. Almanac, CBC News Posted: Jan 24, 2016 7:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 24, 2016 7:00 AM PT BC Hydro estimates that it will have to replace 40,000 of its smart meters by 2019 due to damage over time and will also pull an […]

Itron Introduced New Smart Meter Solution

 JANUARY 28, 2015  KATHLEEN TRACY Itron has launched a new smart metering solution that features the OpenWay CENTRON 4G LTE meter, which provides broad territory coverage, low latency, and network longevity. The OpenWay smart grid solution enables utilities to deploy any combination of cellular and RF mesh communications, including 4G LTE, all under the same network management […]

B.C. Hydro must remove more than 88,000 smart meters

  Crown corporation executive says most of the 1.9 million devices will last 20 years, as originally promised BY BOB MACKIN, SPECIAL TO THE PROVINCE JANUARY 18, 2016 B.C. Hydro needs to remove more than 88,000 smart meters that are either faulty or may not meet Measurement Canada standards, public records show. On top of that, […]

BC Hydro inflated claims of smart-meter benefits, NDP critic says

 MARK HUME   VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 8:50PM EST  Last updated Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 8:52PM EST  BC Hydro provided the public with misleading financial information in order to justify spending more than $1-billion to install smart meters across the province, claims NDP energy critic Adrian Dix. In a detailed letter […]

CERTIFICATION BODY (UL) DECLARES SMART METERS TO BE FIRE HAZARDS.

Smart meters have failed, melted and caused fires in British Columbia. While BC Hydro continues to deny that these devices pose risk of fires, Underwriters Laboratory admits it in its introduction of a “voluntary” standard: “… design flaws in smart meter units have been known to cause serious fire hazards and spotty performance. This has caused […]