BC Hydro says its Smart Meters are different that the ones in Saskatchewan that are being yanked out after several burst into flame.
“The smart meters that BC Hydro has been using on its system for the past three years are made by Itron. These meters are manufactured in the United States and they have gone through extensive testing.”
Hydro’s Greg Alexis says as far as fire risk homeowners are safer with the new smart meters.
“There is no evidence that a smart meter has ever been the cause of a fire in British Columbia. In fact a University of Fraser Valley report last year concluded there have actually been fewer residential structure fires in the province since we started installing smart meters back in 2011.”
But what about news stories in Coquitlam, Port Alberni, Mission, and Nanaimo where fires originated at the smart meter’s base?
“In regards to the Mission incident we can confirm the smart meter was not the case of that fire. The fire was the result of a hairline fracture at the customers meter base. It would not have been visible when our installer inspected the meter socket.”
In any event BC Hydro can’t re-install the old analog meters anyway.
“The old meters were recycled.”
Alexis says Hydro has installed one-point-nine-million smart meters in BC.
Saskatchewan has ordered the removal of 105,000 installed smart meters and pressed pause on its smart meter program.