Smart meters a gimmick to get cash

Re: After the storm, smart meters could have helped, Letters, Jan. 25, 2012.

Re: After the storm, smart meters could have helped, Letters, Jan. 25, 2012.

The time saved from smart meter notification compared to telephone can be measured in minutes even seconds, so is it worth the billion dollar price tag for this device that produces not one watt more of power?

I also submit that the smart meter is just another gimmick by B.C. Hydro to extract more money from over and above their other planned increases to improve their bottom line to justify more bonuses for their executives.

We need more ways to create power not gimmicks. I also feel bonuses have no place in this public company that provides an essential service. This cannot become another cash cow for the one per cent to hold us hostage over.

I hope the smart meter goes the same way as the as the HST and people rise up in numbers and refuse this meter which is our right, as this is still a public utility.

John Wheatcroft



Just Posted

Major expansion coming to Royal Bay Secondary

Province will build space for 600 more students on same site

Colwood wins Victoria Flower Count for a five-peat

The 43rd annual Flower Count had over three billion blossoms counted in total

West Shore municipalities eye mass notification system

System would send out info via text, email or phone call in an emergency

Moving fire dispatch services will save taxpayers thousands, say mayors

Transition will save about $1.5 million over the next five years

One World Performance and Expo returns to the McPherson Playhouse

The annual event has been presented for nearly 40 years

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 16, 2018

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

Experts are speaking out following the murder of a woman and her son in Ontario

Women’s Expo seeks to empower women

Victoria Women’s Expo set for Saturday and Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre

Northern lights chasers in Canada discover new type named ‘Steve’

Phenomenon linked to a powerful current created by charged particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Washington state backs B.C. in pipeline dispute

Governor Jay Inslee says he is ‘allied’ with the province on Trans Mountain expansion projection

Dead rabbits found at Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds stoke concerns about Nanaimo virus

A B.C. wildlife veterinarian says a few of the dead bunnies will be sent for diagnosis next week.

SAY WHAT? Readers weigh in on high-speed rail to U.S.

B.C. to contribute $300,000 to a million-dollar business study on the proposed project

Most Read