No end of questions about smart meters

Dear editor,
Hydro say they need smart meters to know immediately of power outages, so they will be able to restore power more quickly.

Dear editor,

Hydro say they need the smart meters to know immediately when a single house is in a power outage, so they will be able to restore their power more quickly.

All of the people without power who call Hydro not fast enough?Exactly how much faster will power to the first house be restored with the smart meters? How often do the old meters need to be replaced? How long is a smart meter guaranteed to last? What is

the cost of an old meter compared to a smart meter? What is the cost of maintenance and monitoring of a smart meter to that of an old one?

Will the people who steel power by splicing into the hydro line ahead of the old meter, stop and start splicing into the line at or after the smart meter so that they may be caught quicker? Would it not make more sense to put the smart meters at the transformers on the poles and in the boxes on peoples lawns to know when and which hydro grid is without or using more power?

If total usage on all homes in that grid is less that the total usage of the grid, then they would know that a home in that grid is using more power without paying and someone may possibly be doing an illegal act in their home. Having everyone sign a waiver that they must allow this information be forwarded to the RCMP to receive hydro, is not violating anyone’s constitutional rights any more than having smart meters forced on us.

Asbestos use to be considered safe. Has the smart meters been proven one hundred percent safe? Why are they not approved by the Canadian Standards Association? Does the Canadian Electrical Code require CSA approved components?

If not, why? Are CSA products mandatory? If not, why? What is the difference of using CSA approved products from those not.

While cities are voting for a independent review and moratorium on installing the smart meters; how many will be installed before they are told to stop? Will they remove the ones already installed?

What are the union representatives’ and members opinions’ on all

of this? Are they upset about all of the job losses due to BC Hydro installing the smart meters? Will they receive a golden severance buyout like a CEO when they are no longer needed?

D. Edwards,

Courtenay

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