BCUC & Smart Meter Fires report (July 2017)

Fire Report – http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/bcuc-smart-meter-fires-the-failure-to-protect/ – for the complete report, spreadsheet, documentation, and addenda.


BC Hydro Answers & Sharon Noble’s Response Back:


BC Hydro Comments & Sharon Noble’s Response Back – http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/bc-hydro-response-to-bcuc-request-for-comment-on-ms-nobles-correspondence-re-smart-meter-fires-report-october-20-2017/

Press Release – http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/press-release-bcuc-smart-meter-fires-september-21-2017/

Additional important information & links re smart meter fires:

2 thoughts on “BCUC & Smart Meter Fires report (July 2017)”

  1. Hi
    I have an old legacy meter. I have recently received a letter from BCHydro indicating I had to have it replaced with a smart meter (radio off). Do you know if there is there anything I can do to keep my old meter.
    Thank you

    1. Some comments by Sharon Noble on this topic.

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      As it stands, the Clean Energy Act still is in effect, and this is the law that allows this to happen. I propose we present our evidence of lies to Carol Bellringer, the Auditor General of BC (http://www.bcauditor.com/reach), who has found that BC Hydro has been dishonest in other regards. If the Clean Energy Act was implemented due to the lies then it’s time for a review to see if, in fact, there is a reason for our rights to be trampled. Here are some of the lies, and I bet some of them are in the letter you received.

      1. BC Hydro said that Measurement Canada said that the analogs did not meet their new standards and needed to be replaced with smart meters. This is not true. I contacted Measurement Canada and was told that there was no requirement regarding the type of meter being used – only that meters were accurate.

      2. BC Hydro said that analog meters were outdated and could not be re-certified or replaced. This is not true. Many US states allow their customers to keep their analogs permanently, e.g. California, Arizona, Vermont, Oregon, Illinois, Hawaii, New Mexico, just to name a few. Many states charge no additional fee for those who elect to keep their analogs (http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/OPT-OUT-FEES.pdf).

      3. BC Hydro said that the grid would not work if there were gaps where analogs remained. This is not true. Today, the grid is working with 10-15,000 analogs remaining and 50,000 non-functioning smart meters. The grid is working in all those US states where people are allowed to keep their analogs permanently.

      4. BC Hydro said the smart meters would have a 20 year life expectancy. This is not true. Industry representatives testified before a US Congressional committee that the expected life expectancy for smart meters is 5-7 years because they are plastic computers. Also, in Jan. 2016, BC Hydro replaced 88,000 smart meters. BC Hydro refuses to provide any replacement figures to the public and has not provided them to BCUC. Analogs, being made of glass and metal, have a life expectancy of 30-40 years or more.

      5. BC Hydro said that smart meters would result in cost savings. Not true. Rates have continued to increase and will continue to do so because the smart meters will require continual upgrading and replacement. Analogs are cheaper to buy and last indefinitely. Also, power usage has remained fairly constant.

      6. BC Hydro said that costs would be reduced due to meter readers no longer being needed. Not true. Meter readers were replaced with technical (IT) employees required to run Head Office computers and others to maintain/replace the smart meters on a regular basis.

      7. BC Hydro said that smart meters would be good for the environment. Not true. Not only have they not resulted in changes in habits that reduce usage, but the meters themselves are not “green”. The smart meters are made of plastic and have lithium batteries – both of which are environmentally harmful. Analogs, being made of glass and metal, are far better ecologically.

      8. BC Hydro said that smart meters are not a health hazard. Not true. In fact, before BC Hydro began installation, the World Health Organization’s IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) declared that microwave radiation, like that emitted by smart meters, is a Possible Human Carcinogen like lead, DDT, or many industrial chemicals. Such toxins are not allowed to be used commercially yet microwave radiation-emitting devices were put on our homes, near children, the elderly and the infirm.

      9. BC Hydro said that smart meters are not a fire hazard. Not true. Before BC Hydro signed the contract with ITRON, many smart meters had caused fires in the USA. Design flaws have been found that cause smart meters to be prone to causing fires. Dozens of smart meter fires and incidents occurred in BC from 2013-2016, damaging property and putting lives at risk. I provided a complete report with 600 pages of documentation to Premier Horgan, Energy Minister Mungall and others in Sept. 2017 and have yet to receive even an acknowledgement. Incidents continue to occur, with 30 reported during the first 6 months of 2018.

      If the government had known the truth about smart meters, would the Liberals have mandated that every home and business in BC have a smart meter, without exception? If the public had known, would they have refused more vigorously having this dangerous, unnecessary and expensive program being part of the Clean Energy Act? If BCUC had known, would it have approved the application for FortisBC’s program?

      There are still legacy meters available. Some people with medical devices, e.g. pacemakers or sleep apnea machines, have been given analogs or have been allowed to keep their old ones. When I get “THE” letter, I will demand an explanation about the absence of analogs. Where are all the ones they’ve taken off — many were brand new, most were still working perfectly and would have lasted for many more years. Why can other utilities in the USA (e.g. California) get analogs? Is BC Hydro so much less competent?

      Are you in an area where others have smeters that are functioning? I don’t know where Elkford is, but if it is extremely rural, it is highly likely that there is not the infrastructure to support the “smart” grid. If you don’t know, you might check with your neighbours to see if their meters are manually read. There continue to be 50,000 smeters that are not functioning.

      Just remember, if you submit to the exchange, turn your power off for the whole house to reduce the chance of a power surge. Also, having the transmitter disabled does not reduce the fire hazard. We have to keep fighting these things in every way we can.

      Good luck.

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