Pubdate: Thu, 21 Apr 2011
Source: Aldergrove Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2011 Central Fraser Valley Star Publishing Ltd.
Author: H. Spencer



It seems that the ghost of Gordon Campbell is still stalking the
executive suite at BC Hydro. The decision by BC Hydro to install
'smart' meters seems like a real dumb move. It now appears that
waiting for Energy Minister Rich Coleman to review their long-term
capital spending plan is a waste of time.

Not surprising, as this was always on the cards and Coleman can add
nothing to this process, as an ex-RCMP constable who has operated way
above his pay grade for years.

We are being asked to believe that this move will pay for itself by
2030 (another ridiculous, far-out-on-the-horizon date favoured by
politicians who will have long retired by then) by reducing
electricity theft by illegal marijuana growers. And how do we know
that this will save $100 million per year? - well, a consultant said
so in 2006 (after BC Hydro had earlier said it was $12 million).

As an ex-consultant, I am deeply suspicious of any figures produced by
this clan of high-paid charlatans: they will give you any number you
wish. If you don't like $12 million, how about $100 million?

Who knows? The joke is that marijuana might soon be legal in Canada
and Hydro will be paid to help grow this stuff. In the meantime let's
fire nearly 400 meter-readers and save $10 million a year - that's how
big business usually improves its bottom line. Oh, and let's not
mention that these guys were just as capable of reading an electric
meter outside your property as Hydro will from their head-office using
these expensive $350 million 'smart' meters with most of that huge sum
going to US companies.

Spotting the grow-ops must be really sophisticated

Smart business decision? No way. Smart politics? Ask

This is a costly decision that should be deferred until after the next
provincial election; let the voters decide if this makes sense to them.

Dr. H. Spencer, Aldergrove 
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