Homes in Sault Ste. Marie are about to get “smart” as PUC Distribution Inc. prepares to launch the city-wide installation of new electricity meters designed to help residents manage their energy costs.

The project is scheduled to begin in April and is expected to be completed in December 2009.  The smart meter, along with the planned introduction of “time-of-use” electricity rates, will allow customers to better manage their energy costs.

Under the “time-of-use” rate plan, the price of electricity will vary over each period during a weekday, as well as during weekends and holidays, and from season to season. Customers can take advantage of the low rate periods to reduce their electricity bill.

However, until the “time of use” rate structure is implemented in Sault Ste. Marie at a later date, there will be no change to how electricity rates work and how Sault residents are currently billed for electricity.

The job of installing a smart meter at every home in the Sault is a major undertaking and follows a significant period of planning.  

Information on the province-wide smart meter initiative is available on the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure’s smart meter website (www.Ontario.ca/smartmeters) and from the Ontario Energy Board (www.oeb.gov.on.ca).