B.C. court doesn't buy smart meter opponents' argument



A group opposing BC Hydro's smart meter rollout - after failing to persuade the BC Utilities Commission that the utility lacked authority to install wireless meters - sought relief from the province's appeals court. Citizens for Safe Technology didn't get what they wanted there either, but they are fighting on other fronts too.


In its decision issued this week, the court said the opposition group "had not raised a substantial question to be argued."


"The legal argument made against the wireless meters was based on the fact that they are not required or even mentioned in the Clean Energy Act, but apparently the judge didn’t seem to think that was a problem,” appellant Andrea Collins reportedly wrote by email to the Gulf Islands Driftwood in response to the judgment.


But a BC Hydro spokeswoman quoted by CKNW said the ruling confirms BC Hydro was operating within its mandate when the smart metering technology was selected. The utilityis almost finished installing its 1.7 million smart meters.


But the opposition's fight continues. We told you in September that the BC Human Rights Tribunal had conditionally accepted a complaint from Citizens for Safe Technology. The group contends BC Hydro discriminates against people with certain medical conditions and disabilities by refusing to accommodate their request for wired meters instead of wireless smart meters. Though accepting the complaint, the Tribunal said the group must narrow the types of medical conditions and disabilities it says smart meters affect before the case will continue.


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