There are still some people in the Province holding out on smart meters.
A Mission resident is one of them and he’s gearing up for a fight with BC Hydro.
Alex Bronevitch has received a letter from BC Hydro that’s threatening service disconnection, unless the new metering equipment is installed.
Bronevitch says he’s concerned about radio frequency from the smart meter.
“There’s a lot of pros and cons against the meters and so on and so forth and second, we felt jilted because Hydro just said hey, it’s our way or no way and that’s really what’s gotten me upset is because we don’t really have anywhere else to turn.”
The letter from BC Hydro says if disconnection occurs, then a reconnection charge of up to $700 may apply.
Hydro’s Greg Alexis is asked what’s happening to these hold-outs like Bronevitch…
“When we announced the Meters Choices Program back in 2013, we said eligible customers could keep an old meter as long as the certification seal was in tact. However, as the certification seals expire, we need to replace the expired meters with either a radio-off meter of a smart meter.”
Alexis says Hydro will continue to work with customers and he says disconnection is a last resort.