B.C. Hydro isn't going to make its December 31 deadline for installing 1.87 million of the controversial smart meters.
So, the B.C. Liberal government has granted the public utility an extension under the Clean Energy Act—until December 31, 2013.
According to a news release from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, B.C. Hydro has installed 1.73 million of the digital meters, or 93 percent, across the province.
"Shortages in qualified labour, equipment and specialized meters, plus customer concerns, prevented BC Hydro from fully installing all smart meters in 2012," the release, issued today (December 27), states.
"The additional time will enable BC Hydro to complete the work and address as many customer concerns as possible before finalizing smart meter installations."
Critics of the program have raised health, privacy, rights, and cost concerns about smart meters. B.C. Hydro is spending $930 million on the roll-out.