Skip the Smart Meter and pay extra 0
Smart Meter holdouts now have a choice to reject the new emission-emitting devices if they pay extra.
According to the provincial government, holdouts will have from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 to decide whether to accept the regular Smart Meters — at no cost — or pay extra to either stick with the old analog system or accept a Smart Meter with its radio transmitter deactivated.
The analog option is expected to be the most expensive. The costs haven’t been released.
James Smith, president of the StopSmartMeters.ca group, said Victoria needed to document its concessions on paper. The current Clean Energy Act required Smart Meters to be installed at every home by 2012. Despite the deadline passing, 60,000 homes remain without the new digital meters.
Additionally, Smith doesn’t think having to pay extra to opt out is fair.
“When is the last time anyone went into a coffee shop and paid not to have a cup of coffee?” he said.
“We want a no-cost opt out … applied to the entire BC Hydro customer base retroactively.”