Ontario should get smart, follow Hydro Quebec decision to abandon time-of-use meters, electricity coalition says

    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario government would be doing
consumers a favour if it were to follow the example of Hydro Quebec and
abandon its plan to install so-called smart meters in all homes in the
province, says the Ontario Electricity Coalition.
    As in Ontario, the Quebec Liberal government had planned to equip all
homes with the time-of-use meters. However, Hydro Quebec has decided that the
expense of installing the meters would be borne by consumers through higher
electricity rates, according to a CBC news report.
    "Time-of-use meters are less about energy conservation and more about
raising the cost of electricity to pay for private power generation," said
coalition spokesperson Paul Kahnert. "When time-of-use meters are activated
the price of electricity will increase by 70% for the 10 hours a day that
consumers, especially small business need it most."
    In Ontario, the meters will be used in a context where pricing is based
on the open electricity market. With almost all new power generation in the
province being private, costs will continue to increase. And, estimates of the
increase on individual hydro bills to cover the cost of the meter itself range
from $3 to $10 a month.
    "There is little evidence that smart meters will reduce electricity
consumption and plenty of evidence that prices will increase. The cost of
installation alone in Ontario is more than $2 billion," he said. "There really
is nothing smart about basing an energy plan on time-use-meters in Ontario
    That money would be better spent on an effective energy conservation

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For further information: Paul Kahnert, (416) 407-0077

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