Yes to Smart Meters

To the editor;

To the editor;

I was absolutely shocked when I heard that $100 million is being lost by BC Hydro every year due to electricity theft, most of it stolen by organized crime groups to power illegal grow ops.  That’s $100 million every year that gets added to your hydro bill and mine.  As an honest BC Hydro customer I don’t like that one bit.

Why hasn’t BC Hydro moved faster to bring in the kind of smart technology and smart meters that can put an end to electricity theft?  The archaic meter technology BC Hydro has on the ground hasn’t changed since my grandparents were kids, not doing anything other than crudely measure how much electricity has gone through it.  Can you imagine what it would be like if we were still using the same archaic appliances, phones, TVs and radios that were around in the 1940’s and 1950’s?  What a joke that would be. So why are we still using the same electricity meters from that era that can’t do any of the smart things current meter technology can do like detecting electricity theft?

As far as I’m concerned, smart meters can’t get installed fast enough.  Zeroing in on electricity theft in this province, the reputed grow op capital of North America, should be a major priority and I can’t wait to see the offenders cut off from their $100 million a year free teat.

Mike Taylor

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