2 Million Smart Meters Planned In Canada

BC Hydro of Canada has selected Itron to rollout approximately two million smart meters over the next two years. The company says the smart meter program will save roughly $70 million in the first three years by keeping rates lower than they would have been under current circumstances.

Under the $270 million contract, Itron will supply its OpenWay brand of smart meters and associated data management software over a network powered by Cisco. The smart meter program will support two way communications between utility users and BC Hydro, allowing for a variety of information exchanges.

image via Itron

Itron highlights a few areas that will provide greater costumer service, including: updates on outages, automated meter readings, power use data analysis, and alarm systems for operational problems and possible theft. While electricity theft may not seem like a large concern now, if more and more people choose to install EV charging stations in their homes, it may become a bigger issue.

BC Hydro claims its smart meter system will ultimately save ratepayers $500 million, but as we’ve noted on several occasions, many consumers still don’t understand smart meter technology, and others are worried about the potential hazards of the units and the data they collect.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

    • Anonymous

      1. WIRELESS SMART METER HEALTH WARNING ISSUED BY THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes).nhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Releasennn2. INSURANCE COMPANIES WON’T INSURE THE HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM WIRELESS Smart MetersnnAnd Insurance companies don’t sacrifice insurance premiums ($$$) for no reason.nnTV NEWS VIDEO – Insurance Companies Won’t Insure Wireless Device Health Risks (3 minutes, 13 seconds)nhttp://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382nnn3. WIRELESS SMART METERS TRANSMIT RADIATION APPROXIMATELY 25,000 TIMES PER DAY, 24/7, not 45 seconds per day as claimed by PG Corporate management.nnVIDEO – Radiation Measured From Smart Meter Mounted On A Home (6 minutes, 21 seconds)nhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OEnnn4. CELL DAMAGE, DNA BREAKS & BREACHES IN THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER observed in laboratory tests from low levels of pulsed RF signal radiation as emitted by Wireless smart meters – reported by Top Wireless radiation scientists in the world at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Nov 18, 2010:nVIDEO – http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/nnn…AND in the U.S. and UK and other countries where Wireless smart meters are being installed, energy use is NOT decreasing, customer UTILITY BILLS ARE INCREASING, there are additional PROBLEMS and COSTS incurred from increased SECURITY & HACKING PROBLEMS and the Wireless meters are creating ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE PROBLEMS, motion detector device interference and even starting fires in some homes.nnWireless smart meters are NOT mandated by the US Federal Energy Program, but the utility companies are pretending that they are being forced by the Government.nnThe Utility companies are salivating over eliminating the jobs of the full-time-with-benefit meter reader employees and replacing them with phone operators in India and the Philippines who read scripts to customers over the phone for $4 per day and NO Benefits.nnThe monetary transfers from customers to utility companies are huge, the problems are real, but the advertised benefits are NOT occurring.

    • Anonymous

      This is a disgusting development, considering smart meters are hazardous to public health and wildlife.

    • http://profiles.google.com/greenenergyinsiders Maxie Coale

      Good news! Knowing your energy consumption is the first step in lowering your energy consumption. Having this information allows you to play around with different energy saving techniques to see which one works best.