Ian Bailey, Globe and Mail, Jan 30, 2013
VANCOUVER —B.C. Hydro says it won’t install smart meters if households don’t want them, even after the B.C. Liberal government insisted for years that the program was mandatory.
by Grant Scott, Castanet (Kelowna), Jul 27, 2012
FortisBC took the first step in changing the way it serves its customers by filing an application with the BC Utilities Commission on Thursday.
FortisBC spokesperson Neil Pobran says there are many benefits to the program.
By Geoff Olson, Courier, December 8, 2011
Lab rats right to call for referendum
This week, The City of North Vancouver called on the provincial government to halt plans to install smart meters or allow the program’s inspection by the B.C. Utilities Commission. In California, 43 cities, towns or counties have publicly opposed the devices, with 11 jurisdictions banning them outright. Are civic leaders bowing to pressure from paranoid Luddites, or are they wising up to a multibillion-dollar boondoggle that’s outfitting homes with fry-and-spy devices? Or is the answer huddling somewhere in between the contending claims?
Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Nov. 03, 2011
While the B.C. government was busy with what now stands as the province’s worst example of government communications on a major public policy – selling the harmonized sales tax – it discouraged BC Hydro from distracting the public with a sales job of its own.
By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, October 24, 2011
Smart meters emerge as a policy Waterloo for the Liberals and could become nails in Premier Christy Clark’s political coffin.
By Paul Willcocks, Times-Colonist, October 5, 2011
Smart meters were expected to be a big deal at the UBCM meeting in Vancouver.
The surprise was Solicitor General Shirley Bond's bombshell revelation that the federal government had issued a takeit-or-leave-it final offer for a new 20-year RCMP contract.
Frances Woolley, Globe and Mail, October 4, 2011
The Ontario Progressive Conservative party promises to end mandatory time of use pricing, and stop “compelling seniors to do laundry late into the night.”
Les Leyne, Times Colonist, October 01, 2011
Premiers are always looking for a crowd-pleasing stunt for the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.
Four years ago, Gordon Campbell came up with smart meters.
It seemed like a natural. People love home electronics, don't they?
CBC News, September 30, 2011
[Excerpt] - Delegates at [the 2011 UBCM] convention in Vancouver also voted narrowly in favour of moratorium on BC Hydro Smart Meters, 55 per cent in favour and 45 against.
Kathryn Burnham And Larissa Johnston, Times Colonist, August 28, 2011
With smart meters rolling out across the province, some households are taking active steps to block the change at their homes. However, B.C. Hydro maintains there is no other option and that every house will have its old meter changed to the new Wi-Fi meters.
By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, July 2, 2011
Digital system will be safer, reduce effect of blackouts, utility's chief project officer says
Bc Hydro's $930-million rollout of smart meters is scheduled to begin on Monday.
Press release, BC Hydro, April 11, 2011
VANCOUVER – British Columbia's electricity system is one more major step closer to modernization Monday with the confirmation of Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) as BC Hydro's metering system provider to supply approximately two million new electric meters over the next two years as part of its Smart Metering Program.
By Patrick May and Dana Hull, Mercury News (Daily News, Los Angeles), March 24, 2011
After months of controversy, PG&E on Thursday unveiled an opt-out plan for its SmartMeter program that further enraged its critics, who said its high fees would punish the customers it was designed to help.
By DEBRA KAHN of Greenwire, New York Times, January 5, 2011
Citing alleged health effects from electromagnetic waves, a county in the North San Francisco Bay Area has criminalized the installation of "smart" electric meters.
By Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, 24 Dec 2010
The giant publicly owned utility waited until Dec. 23 to file the business plan on its $1 billion smart metering program.
Smart meters: Your existing meter will be replaced with a digital version including a permanent two-way connection between your home and Hydro.
Supposedly this will help conservation.
Karen Howlett, Globe and Mail, Sep. 14, 2010
Toronto — The McGuinty government is looking at giving consumers a break on hydro prices under a program that critics say is not living up to its promise to save electricity users money and promote energy conservation.
by Peter Seidman, Pacific Sun, Marin County, August 20, 2010
PG&E's not-so-smart approach to wireless power grid a shocking lesson in 'advanced' planning
When Pacific Gas and Electric Company stuck its finger in the smart meter socket it got a shock.
Les Leyne, Times Colonist, July 24, 2010
"B.C. Hydro is a thought leader with our proposed approach of using system meters."
Being a "thought leader" is an new concept to me (some readers will likely be nodding in agreement).
As a connoisseur of government jargon, it's always nice to hear a new example.
By Colleen Kimmett, TheTyee.ca, 19 May 2010
BC Hydro is preparing to roll out smart meters in every home. The tech industry is ready to jump on board, but are government and citizens prepared?
Editorial, Mercury News (San Jose, CA), April 27, 2010
PG&E has one heck of a credibility problem on its hands.