LETTERS: Fortis responds to meters

We would like our customers to know that safety is a top priority in everything FortisBC does.

A recent article and letter to the editor in the Penticton Western News (both in the Nov. 14 issue) outlined concerns about advanced meters.

We would like our customers to know that safety is a top priority in everything FortisBC does. We base the safety and viability of our projects on the findings of experts recognized in their specific fields. In the case of advanced meters for electricity customers, we’ve relied on the conclusions of trusted authorities such as Health Canada and the BC Cancer Agency.

Before moving ahead with the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project, FortisBC went through a public approval process through its regulator, the B.C. Utilities Commission. Health and safety were discussed extensively before the commission.

The BCUC approved the AMI project in 2013, concluding the AMI meters are well within Health Canada’s radiofrequency guidelines — and well below levels from common devices like cellphones and baby monitors. Similar to other utilities around the world, FortisBC has found that advanced meters will open the door to benefits for customers.

The meters will also help us run a more reliable and efficient electricity service, an important factor as controlling the cost of supplying a safe and reliable electricity service is always on our customers’ minds.

FortisBC expects to begin safely exchanging advanced meters in the South Okanagan in mid-2015. Meter installers will take the opportunity to inspect the meter base during the exchange, allowing them to flag any existing safety issues. The new meters will wirelessly transmit electricity consumption information to FortisBC, meaning fewer bill estimates and up to date account information for customers. No personal information is transmitted by the meters.

For more information about the AMI project, visit fortisbc.com/ami or call 1-866-436-7847.

Ian Dyck, Project Director,

Electric Advanced Metering Infrastructure, FortisBC

 

Just Posted

(Facebook)
New trial date set in Penticton for Thomas Kruger-Allen’s triple assault charges

May trial was delayed after Crown witnesses failed to show up

A for sale sign is shown in by new homes in Beckwith, Ont., just outside Ottawa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Thompson-Okanagan population grew despite COVID-19: report

The Chartered Professional Accountants of BC said there are 8,462 new residents in the region

Scales of Justice
Acquittal in Okanagan crash that killed vacationing dentist

Daerio Romeo, 29, was charged with dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm

Renderings of what the skating rink could look like beside City Hall between Martin and Main in downtown Penticton. (Activate Penticton image)
Penticton to get outdoor ice rink this winter

It’s hoped the rink will be ready to host 2022 BCHL’s 60th year celebration

The fate of Skaha Marina and its operations will be decided Saturday, June 19 on general election day. (File photo)
Penticton city hosted last forum before voters decide on fate of Skaha Marina

Residents share concerns about length of operations agreement, parking and control of park

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Vernon-Monashee NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu supported a motion in the B.C. legislature for Canada to create a national Indigenous History month Monday, June 13, 2021. (Contributed)
Canada needs a national Indigenous History Month, Vernon MLA agrees

Harwinder Sandhu supports motion to recognize June as month to advance reconciliation efforts with First Nations

Orange ribbons are tied to the fence outside Vernon’s Gateway Homeless Shelter on 33rd Street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
POLL: Low-key Canada Day in the works for Vernon

Councillor calling for Indigenous recognition for 2022

A conceptual design of Vernon’s new Active Living Centre, which will go to referendum Oct. 15, 2022. (Rendering)
Active living centre 2022 referendum planned in Vernon

City hoping to get Coldstream and Areas B and C back on board

Closure of the 2900 block of 30th Avenue will allow restaurants and other businesses to extend their patios onto the street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Green light given to downtown Vernon road closure

Single block of 30th Avenue to close over summer months to boost business

Graduating Grade 12 student Savannah Lamb has been awarded an approximate $40,000 scholarship from the Beedie Luminaries foundation. (Contributed)
Dedicated Salmon Arm student earns scholarship to pursue post-secondary education

Savannah Lamb is graduating from Salmon Arm Secondary with a $40,000 scholarship

A provided photo of the suspect. (Kelowna RCMP/Contributed)
Kelowna RCMP investigating after business robbed

An undisclosed amount of money and merchandise were taken from the business

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

Most Read