Extra B.C. Hydro charges bogus

Re: Regulator’s reading on smart meters (B.C. Views, Sept. 25)

Re: Regulator’s reading on smart meters (B.C. Views, Sept. 25)

I totally agree with Tom Fletcher’s column debunking the imaginary health problems.

However, charging a monthly fee for reading the meter is absurd. For years our bill would arrive marked “estimated usage,” and maybe twice a year the meter would be read. I believe that people who used the equalized payment system would only have a reading once each year.

B.C. Hydro said that we will be able save money by monitoring our usage. I live in a condo and have no access to the meter. I heard that we can access our usage online, but there are only sites saying that at some time in the indefinite future this information will be available.

B.C. Hydro needs money to help pay for this high-priced system. Perhaps it is time for B.C.’s energy minister to have another look at independent power producers, with the guaranteed high price for every watt they produce.

Geoff Barnard

Saanich