SaskPower updates replacement timeline, saying smart meters will be removed by mid-February 2015
Acting CEO Mike Marsh says slow production of new units, not manpower, delaying replacement
PHOTO GALLERY: An east Regina resident woke up to the sound of banging and flames coming from her smart meter
The political mud-slinging over this issue has only heated up since the legislature resumed sitting in late-October, with the NDP questioning whether Boyd had been briefed on smart meter failures in the U.S. With another fire, it’s expected the topic may again come up in Question Period.
With moisture to blame in the eight fires that were reviewed, it is possible there will be fewer incidents as the province heads into winter. Electrical engineering consultants said significant rainfall led up to each of the meter failures, and it’s unlikely snowfall will cause the same problems.
Sensus is in the midst of designing and testing a new smart meter for Saskatchewan homes. SaskPower is committing $5 million to research and development, and an additional $18 million will be refunded to the province if the manufacturer can’t produce a new product. The process is likely to take three years, so the full scope of this debacle may not be known until then.