The refusal rate for next-generation meters remains below 0.4. Since this rate is much lower than the initial hypothesis of 1, Hydro-QuĂ©bec wishes to submit a request to the RĂ©gie to reflect the planned real costs related to opting out.
The hypothesis submitted in 2012 was based on the experience and practices implemented by other electric power distributors. With close to 900,000 meters installed, Hydro-QuĂ©bec is now able to reflect the real costs incurred and to submit to the RĂ©gie a request to modify its conditions of service. This request is closely related to a continued low rate of refusal.
Hydro-QuĂ©bec management and the Minister of Natural Resources held discussions on this matter over the last few weeks. The Minister has been informed of Hydro-QuĂ©becÂ’s plans.
Meters that pose no health hazard
Hydro-QuĂ©bec would like to reiterate that next-generation meters pose no health hazard.
Health Canada and the MinistĂ¨re de la SantĂ© et des Services sociaux MSSS have both issued notices confirming that next-generation meters do not pose a health risk. In fact, radiofrequency emission levels measured 1 metre away from a next-generation meter are approximately 120,000 times less than Health Canada limits. Ambient levels are also well below normal exposure in urban environments.
Nearly 900,000 meters already in service
The deployment of next-generation meters is progressing very well. Hydro-QuĂ©bec will soon reach the mark of 900,000 next-generation meters installed since roll-out of the technology began last February. Half of the 1.7 meters included in Phase 1 of the project are already installed at customersÂ’ homes in the greater MontrĂ©al area.
Hydro-QuĂ©bec has filed an application with the RĂ©gie de lÂ’Ă©nergie for the approval of the deployment of the last two phases of the project.