MONTREAL, Jan. 30, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec has installed
1,136,000 next-generation meters since the beginning of the project—65%
of the 1.7 million meters included in the first phase of the project
are already in service. The company is confident of meeting its
objective of completing the first phase of the rollout by the end of
The smooth progress in the installation of the next-generation meters is
reflected in the data included in the most recent quarterly follow-up
of the project, submitted to the Régie de l'énergie this week.
By maintaining tight control over costs, Hydro-Québec has reduced the
cost of the first phase by $13 million so far.
During the fourth quarter of 2013 alone, Hydro-Québec installed 403,000
Since deployment began, the percentage of customers who selected the
opt-out plan remains stable at around 0.3%.
Safe meters that pose no health hazard
Québec's Direction de Santé publique and Health Canada have both issued
notices confirming that next-generation meters do not pose any health
risks. In fact, radiofrequency emission levels measured 1 m away from a
next-generation meter are approximately 120,000 times less than Health
Health Canada notice
Direction de Santé publique notice [in French]
In accordance with the Régie de l'énergie's decision, customers who do
not wish to have a next-generation meter installed at their homes can
opt out by paying the related costs. Customers cannot keep the old
meters currently installed in their homes.
Hydro-Québec will soon ask the Régie de l'énergie to reduce the costs
associated with opting out. This request is being submitted since the
rate of refusal (0.3%) remains stable.
Concrete advantages for customers
Over the next five years, Hydro-Québec must replace its meter fleet
throughout Québec with next-generation meters, since the previous
technology is outdated and electromechanical meters are no longer
available on the market.
More than 125 million next-generation meters have already been installed
around the world. Safe and reliable, they incorporate functions that
will eventually improve service to customers, including:
Automated transmission of consumption data
Billing based on actual consumption rather than estimates
Faster outage detection
Ability for customers to monitor their electricity consumption through
their Customer Space on Hydro-Québec's Web site.
For more information on next-generation meters, customers can go to www.hydroquebec.com/next-generation-meters.
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