British Columbia to get smart meters


Richard Neufeld,
Minister of Energy,
Mines and Petroleum
Vancouver, BC, Canada — (METERING.COM) — April 14, 2008 – The government of British Columbia has passed legislation that will see smart meters rolled out across the province by 2012, and has instructed energy company BC Hydro to work towards this goal.

Following on from the smart meter initiative in Ontario, the BC program is also intended to encourage energy efficiency and – by showing the cost of using appliances in dollars and cents – to persuade users to shift to operating non-essential appliances during off-peak hours. The meters will also help BC Hydro with its net metering program – the Standing Offer Program which was launched in March to help ensure the province can meet its growing electricity needs with power from clean or renewable sources.

The Program targets projects that generate up to 10 megawatts of power. Projects must generate clean or renewable energy or involve high-efficiency cogeneration; they must be located in B.C. and use proven technologies.

"The Standing Offer Program will help the province achieve two important goals of the BC Energy Plan – becoming electricity self-sufficient by 2016 and generating 90 per cent of electricity in the province from clean or renewable sources," said Richard Neufeld, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

BC Hydro has been trialing the smart meters and reports positive feedback. Over 60 percent of those taking part in the pilot project have said they were able to save both power and money through a better understanding of which appliances cost the most to run, and changing their behavior accordingly.