MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec will ask the Régie
de l'énergie to reduce the costs associated with opting out for
customers who do not want a next-generation meter installed. In
compliance with the regulatory process, the Régie must authorize the
review of opting out costs and set conditions for this option. The
company will thus submit such a request to the Régie.
The refusal rate for next-generation meters remains below 0.4%. Since
this rate is much lower than the initial hypothesis of 1%, Hydro-Québec
wishes to submit a request to the Régie to reflect the planned real
costs related to opting out.
The hypothesis submitted in 2012 was based on the experience and
practices implemented by other electric power distributors. With close
to 900,000 meters installed, Hydro-Québec is now able to reflect the
real costs incurred and to submit to the Régie a request to modify its
conditions of service. This request is closely related to a continued
low rate of refusal.
Hydro-Québec management and the Minister of Natural Resources held
discussions on this matter over the last few weeks. The Minister has
been informed of Hydro-Québec's plans.
Meters that pose no health hazard
Hydro-Québec would like to reiterate that next-generation meters pose no
Health Canada and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
(MSSS) have both issued notices confirming that next-generation meters
do not pose a health risk. In fact, radiofrequency emission levels
measured 1 metre away from a next-generation meter are approximately
120,000 times less than Health Canada limits. Ambient levels are also
well below normal exposure in urban environments.
In addition, the MSSS's recent reaffirmation of its position in a
response sent to a meter opposition group was made public.
Health Canada notice
MSSS notice (in French only)
Comparative table of RF emissions (in French only)
Nearly 900, 000 meters already in service
The deployment of next-generation meters is progressing very well.
Hydro-Québec will soon reach the mark of 90,000 next-generation meters
installed since roll-out of the technology began last February. Half of
the 1.7 meters included in Phase 1 of the project are already installed
at customers' homes in the greater Montréal area.
Hydro-Québec has filed an application with the Régie de l'énergie for
the approval of the deployment of the last two phases of the project.
To learn more about next-next generation meters, visit meters.hydroquebec.com.
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