MONTREAL, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - After 18 months of trials and the installation of over 20,000 meters in
Boucherville, Memphrémagog RCM and Villeray, Hydro-Québec announces the
completion of the initial phase of the rollout of next-generation
meters. The next step in the project will be to present the full
application at Régie de l'énergie hearings within a few weeks.
The advanced metering infrastructure is a global end-to-end solution
integrated with the billing system. The command centre, which collects
and processes encrypted electricity-use data, is already up and
running, so home visits are no longer necessary in those areas, and
bills are now based on remote meter readings.
Close to 100 utilities around the world have already adopted this
evolvable technology, which will provide a number of practical
advantages, including remote disconnection and connection when
customers move, outage detection and service restoration.
Radio-frequency emission levels well below Canadian and international
Hydro-Québec is aware that some people may have concerns about this new
application of technology, especially the meters' radio-frequency (RF)
emissions, and would like to emphasize that RF emissions measured next
to a meter are well below Health Canada's recommended limits. For
instance, the average RF emission level measured a metre away from a
next-generation meter is approximately 100,000 times less than those
The Health Canada exposure limits are similar to those recommended by
the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection,
which works with the World Health Organization. Most European countries
have adopted its recommendations.
In December 2011, Health Canada published a special notice about smart
meters, in which it concluded that "exposure to RF energy from smart
meters does not pose a public health risk." The notice also stated that
no precautionary measures are needed to reduce RF energy exposure from
smart meters, even where several are installed together.
Exposure from RF meters is minimal and well below the background levels
to which everyone is exposed all the time.
For more information on the project, please visit our Web site, www.hydroquebec.com.
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