By Jesse Berst
Many smart meter installations in the U.S. have been slowed due to difficult negotiations with unions, typically over what kind of retraining and new jobs to offer to meter readers rendered obsolete.
But a Quebec union is going even further, making an all-out effort to block the roll-out, as reported in the Montreal Gazette. The union complains that the meters would lose money for the province, not save it as claimed by Hydro-Quebec. The main objection is the loss of jobs for meter readers and others.
If the union succeeds in pushing back the clock on meters, perhaps they can try to ban automobiles next, thereby bringing back all those lost jobs for grooms, coachmen and buggy-whip makers.
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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com. He consults to smart grid companies seeking market entry advice and M&A advisory. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the US and abroad, he also serves on the Advisory Council of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Energy & Environment directorate.