Hydro-Quebec has filed with Régie de l’énergie a proposed smart meter opt-out plan, which would allow customers to have meters that don’t emit radio frequency (RF) energy.
The customers could request to opt-out, but would have to pay an initial fee of $98 before taxes, to pay for installation of a non-RF meter, plus a manual meter reading monthly charge of $17. The Régie de l’énergie has already recognized the principle that options exercised by individuals are paid for by those who request them.
At the end of 2011, Health Canada discovered that the RF exposure from smart meters is under the human exposure limits specified in it’s safety code.
The AMI rollout is expected to reduce customer costs by $300 million in the next 20 years, by automated meter reading. To kick start the rollout an initial investment of $100 million is needed to implement the metering structure.
3 one-year pilot projects are in the process in Boucherville (6,000 meters), Montreal (19,000 meters in Villeray) and Memphrémagog (2,000 meters) that are due for completion in May.
Hydro-Quebec plans to install meters in the greater Montreal area during 2012.