I have just received a letter from BC Hydro stating that in addition to the $35 a customer who refuses the installation of a smart meter will be charged, there will also be a failed installation fee added to the customerís bill.
No mention yet of that amount. If BC Hydro has the power to punish its customers by charging that fee, it will then be time to take a hard look at what appears to be the whittling away of our rights and freedoms.
The BC Utilities Commission approved the $35 penalty without input from the customers. Is it possible they might be asked to approve a failed installation fee as well?
My hydro bill from Aug. 10 to Sept. 10 was $74.56. My present bill from September 11 to Oct. 7 is $212.56. I suspect that my cats used all that power to entertain their friends while I was away travelling.
In the early 1930s, a political party in Europe slowly, over a period of time, imposed its will on the citizens in their country until citizensí rights and freedoms were all but eliminated. It would appear that BC Hydro is doing just that to its customers with what also appears to be the tacit approval of our government.
If BC Hydro wants more money, maybe they should consider gathering the names of all the people who write anti-smart meter letters to the press. They might be lucky and get approval for such action. Then Hydro can impose a fee on those people as well.
Don Hensler, Gibsons