BC Hydro plans extortion of smart meter holdouts

It's all part of a plan to introduce "time of use" billing for electricity.

Editor: BC Hydro is extorting those opposed to having a smart meter on their property. It wants $35 per month to keep an analogue meter, or $20 per month plus a $100 set-up fee in order to install a radio-off meter.

I find the whole premise of charging me for a service I am not receiving to be highway robbery. I am currently on the equal payment plan with a yearly reconciliation of actual cost once a year. This is just another example of the arrogance of this out-of-control, debt-ridden, quasi-government corporation trying to punish those who have opted to keep their old meters.

The huge rate increases that are just around the corner according to the latest news releases are in part a result of the $1 billion smart meter program, among other poor management decisions. These include run of the river power projects and the cost overruns for transmission lines to favoured mining locations.

There is no justification for Hydro to try to charge these ridiculous fees when they do not have to do anything more than read my meter once every two months — less often if they like. They could read it every six months and reconcile the difference in cost at that time if they think I am somehow beating them out of electricity.

This is just a concerted effort on their part to force everyone on to the smart meter program, so at some point they can start to introduce “time of use” billing.

John Marchant,




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