Hydro Smart Meter proponent objects to reader’s letter

BC Hydro Smart Metering and Infrastructure project officer Gary Murphy responds to letter, says Smart Meters are safe

Re: “Revelstoke city council should act on Smart Meter Concerns,” Letters, June 6

Editor,

Smart meters are safe. They use radio frequency signals that are similar to what is used in televisions, radios and other common household devices.

B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Health Canada and the World Health Organization all confirm the wireless meters pose no known health risk.

Independent testing confirms the meter communicates for less than 2 seconds per day. Smart meters are below the strictest standards in the world for radio frequency that are based on the precautionary principle.

The new meters don’t give BC Hydro personal information about you. They cannot tell us what appliances you are using or when you are using them.

Further, time of use rates will not be implemented in B.C. We are fortunate to have a flexible hydroelectricity system where water flow can be adjusted to match supply and demand as needed.

Smart meters are an important part of upgrading and modernizing the electricity grid which delivers power to almost 1.9 million customers and supports our economy. They will also get the lights back on faster during power outages and provide customers with tools to conserve energy and save money.

Upgrading the electrical metering system and grid will deliver $1.6 billion in savings to British Columbians over the next 20 years and help keep our rates among the lowest in North America.

Gary Murphy

Chief Project Officer, Smart Metering and Infrastructure

BC Hydro