July 31, 2014 3:02 pm

Saskatoon Light & Power continues with smart meter installation

A SaskPower smart meter in Saskatoon's College Park neighbourhood. Saskatoon Light & Power says it’s not affected by recent issues with SaskPower smart meters, it’s using a different brand.

Brent McGillvray / Global News

SASKATOON – Saskatoon Light & Power will continue with the installation of smart meters in customers’ homes.

The city-owned power company made the announcement after the provincial government ordered SaskPower to remove all 105,000 installed smart meters after at least eight of those caught fire.

City officials said the reason it is not removing its smart meters is because the two utilities are using different brands.

“The City-owned power company has been installing AMI meters supplied by Elster Canadian Meter Company since 2008 and we have not heard of any problems with the Elster brand meters,” said Kevin Hudons, metering and sustainable electricity manager for the city.

The city has installed over half of its 60,000 customers with smart meters and expects to have all meters replaced by the end of 2017.

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