Smartmeters rolled out without thought to cost

In mid 2011 the Gordon Campbell Liberal government passed legislation in the House called “The Clean Energy Act,” or Bill-17.

To the Editor:

In mid 2011 the  Gordon Campbell Liberal government passed legislation through its majority in the House called “The Clean Energy Act,” or Bill-17. This draconian piece of legislation gave birth to the “smartmeter” or AMI as they now call it. Section 17 required BC Hydro to have Smartmeters installed and have operating in every home and buisness in B.C. by the end of 2012, they missed that. It also removed smartmeters and other capital projects from being srutinized by the BC Utilities Commission. These projects had a estimated cost of over $8 billion over four years. This paved the way for BC Hydro smartmeter rollouts before any analysis of the $1 billion expenditures was done. This jumping the gun is typical for these kind of capital projects here in B.C.

George Venables,

 

Cawston

 

 

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