Omissions noteworthy in smart meters letter

B.C. Hydro manager's explanation filled with holes

Re: B.C. Hydro responds to attack on its smart meter technology (Letters, Feb. 22)

Gary Murphy clearly stated many positive benefits of smart meters. But he neglected to inform us what would happen to the considerable savings B.C. Hydro will make after the elimination of meter reader positions. Will the customer see any of those savings?

He also did not mention if B.C. Hydro intended to follow the European model, where customers are billed proportionally to the demand and cost of generation. Hence, electricity is significantly more expensive during peak periods and cheaper overnight.

I cannot think the benefits he mentions on their own are worth the significant capital expenditure. I fear a cost hike is to come.

Tim Whitehouse

Victoria