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Smart meter rollout “did not meet the high standards” SaskPower admits


October 29, 2014 – The smart meter rollout in Saskatchewan “did not meet the high standards that customers have come to expect of SaskPower or SaskPower’s own standards” admits the utility after receiving a copy of a report examining its smart meter program—part of the formal review conducted by independent consultants—that refers to eight unusual meter failures that resulted in overheating or melting on or at the meter site.

READ “Sensus defends its meters; failures due to external factors”.

“SaskPower employees are working hard to address the challenges faced with the smart meter program,” said Bill Boyd, minister responsible for SaskPower. “This report provides valuable insight as to where gaps existed. We will be implementing changes accordingly over the next few days.”

SaskPower will now examine each aspect of the CIC review and take recommendations forward as planning for new smart meters continues in the next several years. SaskPower previously reached an agreement with the meter manufacturer that will assist with the pursuit of a smart grid for the province.