The District of Invermere is calling on BC Hydro to put its smart meter program on hold until further studies of the wireless meters are conducted.
The decision followed a presentation from Invermere resident Beverley Sinclair, who argued the meters could pose health risks, increase electrical costs and eventually penalize those who are at home during peak usage hours.
Councillor Spring Hawes proposed the district send a letter to BC Hydro and Minister of Health Michael de Jong asking for a hold on the smart meter program and an independent assessment of the devices.
She said she’d like to see the utility provide an alternative for those who aren’t comfortable with wireless metering — one that doesn’t require the customer to pay extra.
“I’ve done a lot of reading and many people are concerned,” she says. “It’s sort of strange to me that BC Hydro isn’t offering alternatives.”