July 19, 2013 1:00 am

BC Hydro outlines options for customers who don’t want smart meters

One Toronto man received an abnormally large bill after switching to a smart meter.

Global News files

BC Hydro has outlined the options for people who do not want smart meters in their homes.

Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, announced on Thursday the options for customers who have refused smart meters.

The three options are:

- Choose to accept a standard smart meter at no cost
– Accept a digital meter with the radio off (subject to a one-time cost to modify the meter, plus a monthly monitoring fee)
– Keep their old analog meter (subject to monthly fee for reading the meter and installing a duplicate system)

Fees have not yet been set but will have to be approved by the B.C. Utilities Commission.

BC Hydro says 96 per cent of customers have elected to have a smart meter installed.

Hydro says customers who choose to keep their existing installed analog meter will be able to keep them until the meter breaks down, their Measurement Canada seal expires or they relocate.

If the account holder changes, the analog meter will be replaced with a standard smart meter or a digital meter with the radio off, subject to monitoring fees.

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