Smart meter opt-out fee must go

BC Hydro's threat to cut off power for those who don't pay not acceptable

Dear editor,

I am writing to ask that the BC Utilities Commission not approve BC Hydro’s opt-out fee for those of us choosing to keep our analog hydro meters.

I am frustrated and angry over BC Hydro’s coercive, threatening and punitive tactics regarding my choice to keep my meter as Hydro’s actions go against my human rights and my right to choose.

Maintaining my health is my top priority so I choose to minimize my exposure to electrical radiation as much as possible.

At the same time, I live simply. My income is low so I am unable to pay the exorbitant and unfair monthly penalty fee Hydro has threatened to charge me for keeping my analog meter.

Not only is the fee extortionist but my meter is read bi-monthly so a monthly penalty to have my meter read makes no sense.

That there is a threat of having my power cut off if I don’t pay the fee is a further slap in the face after I’ve paid every Hydro bill fully and on time for 45 years!

Those of us who are concerned, aware and unwilling to have our democratic rights ignored don’t deserve to pay for a corporation’s abuse of power.

Roberta Meilleur,

Comox Valley

 

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