Archive for January, 2016

Astonishing’: Hydro One pulling plug on 36,000 rural smart meters after years of complaints

Kelly Egan, Postmedia News | January 13, 2016 11:32 AM ET The introduction of smart meters to Ontario, mandated by the Liberal government at a cost of about $2 billion, created peak and off-peak rates that were to spark a conservation drive across the province. The results have been disappointing, writes Kelly Egan.  Hydro One has taken […]

Meter installations a fire risk, electrician says

Westsyde resident arrested again while resisting meter swap  January 7, 2016 2:35 P.M. Two days before Christmas, James Dreyer was arrested outside his Westsyde home after he allegedly assaulted B.C. Hydro staff attempting to change his electrical meter. It wasn’t the first time Dreyer has had a brush with the law. A little over a year ago, the married […]

New cell tower proposed for Mission’s Steelhead area

by  Kevin Mills – Mission City Record Jan 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM   Mission could soon be home to another telecommunication tower. An application has been filed by Cypress Land Service Incorporated, on behalf of Telus, to construct a new 60-metre tower at Red Mountain, located on Dewdney Trunk Road in the Steelhead area. […]

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 […]

Italian town shuts down Wi-Fi over health fears

Published: 08 Jan 2016 10:51   The mayor of Borgofranco d’Ivrea, a town in Piedmont, has ordered Wi-Fi to be turned off in two schools over health fears.  Mayor Livio Tola told the town’s high school and elementary school to return to using cables to connect to the internet after reading that the electromagnetic waves […]

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 […]

Small cells hit the street

BY  MARTHA DEGRASSE ON  DECEMBER 10, 2015 Outdoor small cells are a challenge for mobile operators. Nodes are often deployed to increase capacity in places where the network is struggling, but a spot that needs a small cell may not have a pole to support one. Even if a streetlight or utility pole is nearby, gaining access is […]