Hydro One reports that 36,000 smart meters in rural areas are reverting back to the old manual system. Instead of information on electricity use being transmitted back to home base, the devices will now be read manually.
The Wi-Fi connection to these devices wasn’t strong enough, thanks to hilly terrain and the presence of those tall green leafy things that unexpectedly inhabit parts of Ontario. They’re called trees. You’d think the government would’ve have noticed those issues before adopting this technology.
For those customers returning to the old system, they will pay one rate for the first 600 kWh in the summer/1,000 kWh in the winter and then a higher rate for anything used above that mark.
The province spent $2 billion (double the original budget) to install 4.8 million smart meters in Ontario.
Would you like yours to be ripped off of your house?