Hydro-Québec reaches 1mn next-generation meter milestone

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Hydro-Québec’s next-generation meter project reached the milestone of 1 million meters installed since the project began.

Almost 60% of the 1.7 million meters making up phase 1 of the project, which is scheduled to end in June 2014, are already in service for customers in the greater Montréal area.

The company reports that deployment of this new technology is going very well, and installers have observed positive reactions in the field.

Last month, Hydro-Québec filed an application with the Régie de l’énergie for approval of phases 2 and 3 of the next-generation meter deployment. If approved, all of Québec will be covered by 2018, bringing the total number of meters installed to 3.8 million.

In response to rumors about health hazards with these next generation meters, last week Montréal’s Director of Public Health, on behalf of Québec’s regional directors of public health, issued a position statement concluding that the RF levels from the meters are very low – and very low compared to other sources of RF commonly found in the environment, including ambient levels of RF outside and inside the home – and that they do not pose a health risk.