Saturday April 19, 2014



QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Survey results are meant for general information only, and are not based on recognised statistical methods.



Smart meters...

Comments

Dear Editor,

I would like to respond to some misinformation that was recently published about the safety of BC Hydro’s smart meters.

BC Hydro is responsible for safely keeping the lights on and this is a responsibility we take very seriously. From our customers to our crews restoring power outages after storms, safety is our number one priority.

The new meter used by BC Hydro provides improved surge protection – up to 575 volts while digital meters only protects up to 385 volts.  The old electromechanical (analog) meters do not offer any surge protection.

Further, our installers have identified over 2,000 cases where homeowners had pre-existing unsafe meter socket conditions. All of these potential safety hazards have been repaired by a certified electrician at no cost to the homeowner.

Addressing broken meter sockets mean a safer electrical grid and this has been confirmed in a report authored by the President of the B.C. Fire Chiefs.  The report shows electrical related fires in residential structures are rare and have actually declined in British Columbia since we started installing new meters in July 2011. The report is available on line at www.ufv.ca.

BC Hydro has to meet rigorous safety standards for all of our grid equipment – including meters. Our meters are regulated by Measurement Canada, and are compliant with the American National Standards Institute, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

We have been exchanging meters for over 50 years and are committed to delivering power safely to our customers, now and in the future.

Gary Murphy

Chief Project Officer, Smart Metering and Infrastructure

BC Hydro


Comments

Comments


NOTE: To post a comment in the new commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Alaska Highway News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

blog comments powered by Disqus



About Us | Advertise | Contact Us | Sitemap / RSS   Glacier Community Media: www.glaciermedia.ca    © Copyright 2014 Glacier Community Media | User Agreement & Privacy Policy

LOG IN



Lost your password?