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“Saskatchewan environment” to blame for SaskPower’s smart meter failures?


December 17, 2014 – SaskPower says it has received results of smart meter testing from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which confirm its Sensus meters comply with UL 2735 . “That being said, the way these meters failed in the Saskatchewan environment was unacceptable. It’s clear that the bar must be raised,” said Mike Marsh, SaskPower acting president and CEO.

SaskPower says it hired UL in August for independent testing on the model of smart meter installed on residential homes in Saskatchewan. UL 2735 “Standard for Safety for Electric Utility Meters” covers the accuracy and safe performance of smart meters; testing included things like flammability, water ingress, accuracy, exposure to various voltages, and operation under extreme conditions.

“The test results underscore the importance of committing additional dollars to research and development of a smart meter for Saskatchewan,” said Marsh.

The utility continues to remove all remaining smart meters in the province, with a deadline for completion of March 15, 2015.