On Monday, BC Hydro submitted to the BC Utilities Commission the enrollment figures for the Meter Choices Program.
The Commission is in the process of independently reviewing fees for the choices to ensure BC Hydro is only recovering the additional cost of providing and servicing the radio-off and analog options.
The Meter Choices fees were approved on an interim basis by the Commission in October. If the final fees differ from the interim rate, BC Hydro will adjust customers’ bills accordingly.
About 68,000 customers had the option of making a choice as part of the Meter Choices Program. Of these customers:
• 48,240 customers elected to take a smart meter.
• 6,270 customers elected to retain the old legacy meter.
• 450 customers elected to take a radio-off meter.
• 13,110 customers did not contact BC Hydro and will retain the old legacy meter by default.
In total, about 19,380 customers will now have a monthly legacy meter fee — this represents one per cent of the total number of BC Hydro customers. Those fees were effective Dec. 2. Customers who requested a radio-off meter will see the fees applied April 1, 2014.
BC Hydro expects the enrollment numbers to evolve over the coming months as the utility continues to confirm customers’ choices.