Tree chipping and bottle drive at Elphi

Coast Reporter staff / Staff writer
January 3, 2013 01:00 AM

This Saturday, Jan. 5 you can clean up from the holidays and do a good deed at the same time by bringing your Christmas trees and empty bottles to Elphinstone Secondary School.

Peerless Tree Service will join the Elphi 2013 grad class to offer tree chipping at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations to the grad class are requested in return for this service. The grads will also be holding a bottle drive, so bring empties with you at the same time or donate your bottles to students canvassing in your neighborhood. Money raised from this event goes toward a legacy gift to the school and grad activities.

Smart Meter installation deadline extended

BC Hydro has installed 93 per cent or 1.73 million of 1.87 million smart meters.

To ensure the final seven per cent of smart meters can be installed, the Province is extending the deadline under the Clean Energy Act from Dec. 31, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2013.

According to a news release from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas shortages in qualified labour, equipment and specialized meters, plus customer concerns, prevented BC Hydro from fully installing all smart meters in 2012.

"The additional time will enable BC Hydro to complete the work and address as many customer concerns as possible before finalizing smart meter installations," said the release. "Smart meters are expected to pay for themselves by delivering $1.6 billion in benefits over 20 years. These are savings that BC Hydro will not have to collect from customers. Once smart meters are fully installed and operational, they will also let BC Hydro know of an outage immediately, so power can be restored faster."

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