BC Hydro Smart Metering update
July 3rd, 2012
Category: Capital Projects
July 3, 2012
VANCOUVER – The installation phase of BC Hydro’s smart meter program is 75 per cent complete and nearly 1.4 million smart meters have been installed across the province.
Independent testing confirms smart meter banks safe
The latest study looks at a meter bank of 40 smart meters installed in a high density residential complex in Victoria, B.C. Among the findings from the report:
The Planetworks Consulting report can be viewed in its entirety at www.bchydro.com.
Scientists support smart meter technology
The authors – made up of scientists and engineers primarily from Polytechnique Montreal and McGill University – summarize a number of arguments made by smart meter opponents and give a counterpoint to each one including:
The open letter is available for reading at www.polymtl.ca/en/.
Update on quality assurance meters
All the meters have been tested and less than one per cent did not meet BC Hydro specifications. The testing of the meters was not related to high bill inquiries and there have been no bill impacts to customers who had their meter replaced.
With nearly 1.9 million new meters being installed across the province, like any new electronic equipment, BC Hydro is finding a small number that have components that stop working shortly after they are installed.
In the future, when the smart grid is operational, BC Hydro will be able to detect many of these meter errors automatically. However, until the network is fully established BC Hydro is relying on meter readers and customers to notify them if a meter is not working properly.
BC Hydro takes a number of steps to ensure the accuracy of new meters:
BC Hydro issues over one million bills per month. To date, BC Hydro has adjusted six customer bills where a smart meter was the cause of a bill being incorrect.
Since 2010, BC Hydro has filed quarterly reports with the BCUC on the status of the project including updated forecasts of expenditures to completion. With 75 per cent of the new meters now installed, expenditures are tracking to be on or below budget.
For more information, please contact:
Minister Rich Coleman, conservation, Dave Cobb, Power Smart, Northwest Transmission Line, Interior to Lower Mainland, Greg Reimer, economic development, Mica Expansion Project , infrastructure, impact benefit agreement, generation, Mica, First Nations, Site C, Bev Van Ruyven, transmission, energy efficiency, clean energy, environmental review