By on August 1, 2012

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to management with FortisBC.
You appear determined to install the so-called “smart” meters in our homes despite the fact that they emit electro-magnetic radiation that is considered to be a class B carcinogen akin to DDT and asbestos.
This must be a program to lower your costs for labour and benefits.
Recently you announced a two-tiered rate system for electrical consumption. Obviously this will help to defray the costs of installations.
But I don’t think offering free clotheslines as a sweetener is going to change many minds about these smart meters.
Unfortunately, all energy used in my home is electrical, barring the clothes drying, as I use my outdoor clothesline all year.  During the summer months I can keep my home relatively cool by opening my doors and windows at night and closing them and drawing the blinds during the day.
Winters are problematic. As I am a senior and on a modest pension, as many of us in this community are, I am faced with a difficult choice.
Do I go hungry in a warm home or do I freeze with food on my table.

Valerie Watson
Osoyoos, B.C.

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  1. Linda R. Floyd

    August 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Utilities tell their customers that smart meters will save them money.

    If you spend millions of dollars to purchase smart meters, millions of dollars to provide “security” of data, and then customers’ bills double, triple, or quadruple … this is NOT saving money for the customer.

    Who’s doing this math? Oh, right … the Utilities.

    Customers are paying millions and millions of dollars for a program they don’t need or want. Utilities are pocketing millions and millions of dollars from outrageously high bills. And in these times of financial duress around the world, no business or government should be forcing people to spend billions of dollars to replace something that still works. Analog meters are destroyed (recycled) after being replaced by smart meters. Why aren’t utilities retaining the analogs for opt-out customers?

    Customers are NOT saving money. They will now have to choose between paying the rent, buying groceries, or paying the utility bills. It’s called FUEL POVERTY.

    Gas and water smart meters are next.

  2. Doug Pederson

    August 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Yup and fortis tells us We don’t need time of use billing. Duh. Off hours power is being sent to California for 10 cents on the Dollar. Then they don’t even pay for that.

  3. Sharon

    August 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Fortis is going to try again even with all the problems seen all around the world. In 2008 BCUC refused their application because the technology was too new and the benefits could not justify the costs. Nothing has changed. The technology is still too new and there are no benefits.Fortis, like Hydro, says the infrastructure is old and this will improve it. How? Smart meters only send usage data. It doesn’t deliver power. The same old lines, same old poles, etc. are there. Why not use the money to really improve the infrastructure? Oh, yes, the corporations don’t want that. Campbell’s. Clarks buddies don’t want that.

  4. James G Smith

    August 3, 2012 at 11:48 am

    The NDP has stated that in the event that they form the next government, they will refer the matter of BC Hydro Smart meters to the BCUC.

    Interestingly, these meters will come under review by BCUC via the Fortis application before then. Watch the outcome very carefully. A betting man would place his money on the BCUC now towing the government line and approving the application for Fortis, thus demonstrating once again that the BCUC is in fact controlled by the government and has lost all power to act on behalf of the public. Should the decision actually be a surprise and support the mood of the public, then clearly the BC Hydro program will become severely undermined, at which point we must hold the NDP’s feet to fire and demand that the program be shut down.

  5. Racquel Simper

    August 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

    August 1st 2012 there was a fire at the Post Office on the meter box where a Smart meter had just been installed that day.The meter sparked and welded it self to the box and was smoking.
    The Mission fire which Regan lost her home and three vehicles had a new fresh Smart meter attached.The daughter said she saw the unqualified installer try 3 times and force it on.
    Are your children safe?

  6. Racquel Simper

    August 4, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Sorry forgot to mention the fire at the Post Office was in Sparwood BC

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