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BC's Energy Minister is finally talking to the media over the smart meter confusion.
Rich Coleman says the smart grid worksbest withy every home in BC having a smart meter.
Coleman says there is no confusion and at this point there's also no opt out options.
"I think the confusion - I don't know who it comes from. The op-ed speaks for itself. It's very clear. It doesn't say about going to an opt out program. It only says we are going back to talk to our customers one on one to explain why the smart meters. Our experience is that about 75 percent of them will probably take them at that point. Then I'll know the numbers and we'll sit down and formulate the plan from there. That's been pretty clear."
Coleman says when it comes to forcing people to have a smart meter, even if they don't want one, his policy has been clear from the start.
"Well I think what will happen over time if you look at other jurisdictions they have looked at different programs so that people could make a decision based on what it may cost, or not cost, in the future. My policy on this all along is lets get through the whole one point eight million customers go back and respectfully have a conversation with those customers about the meters and then we will build a plan."
He says he has no regrets over how the meters were rolled out saying they have substantial benefits.