Smart meters to be installed this summer 

BC Hydro hasn't set dates but installations must be finished by end of 2012


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At one point in the tour, Taylor talked about how she uses a "smart washer and dryer" at home that can be programmed to turn on and off at different times of the day.

However, to a ratepayer in British Columbia, it would make little sense to program appliances in such a manner with any concern for rates because residents in this province pay the same amount of money no matter what time of day it is.

Asked whether BC Hydro is looking to implement time-of-use billing, everyone on the tour denied such a program was imminent. And if it were, BC Hydro could not implement it unilaterally.

"Any rate that gets implemented in BC has to have full customer consultation and get approved by the B.C. Utilities Commission," Taylor said. "We don't have a time of use rate on the table right now. In our business case, we do have a volunteer-based time of use rate, over the next, we anticipated in the next 20 years, but there is no mandate. We don't see a need for it yet and there's no mandate to implement it."

Dates for smart meter installations haven't been set yet, but a BC Hydro spokesperson said they're scheduled to start this summer. The Clean Energy Act permits BC Hydro workers to enter private properties and install them without the owner's permission.




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