Vancouver city council asks B.C. Hydro for smart meter opt-out
Vancouver city council has voted unanimously to ask that B.C. Hydro “offer an opt out option” to British Columbians opposed to having a wireless smart meter at their homes.
Green councillor Adriane Carr originally brought forward the motion, which was amended by a three-pronged motion from Vision Vancouver councillor Raymond Louie.
“I feel happy that there is some movement forward,” Carr told the Straight following the vote. “The most important piece of my motion was the request to B.C. Hydro to offer citizens an opt-out option, and that got retained in the modified motion. I’m very happy about that, because I think that is the critical concern for people.”
Una St. Clair of B.C. Citizens for Safe Technology told the Straight she felt “headachy” after being in council chambers for two straight days.
“But as far as the motion goes...this is a step in the right direction, in that it did give a nod towards democratic process and people’s right to keep their home safe.”
In all, 26 speakers addressed council, with the last speaker, consultant David Craig, urging caution. Others were unequivocally opposed, many wanting a provincewide moratorium.
The motion as approved follows:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT
The City of Vancouver write to BC Hydro requesting:
1) That BC Hydro provide public assurances that individual household privacy will be maintained in any public release or sharing of data collected by Smart Meters; and that this data not be sold to private companies;
2) That a “just transition” strategy is in place for BC Hydro employees whose jobs will be impacted by the introduction and maintenance of the Smart Meter program;
3) That BC Hydro offer an opt out option while continuing to research alternatives for real-time measurement of energy usage in British Columbia based on best practices in other jurisdictions.