Mar 152012
 
 March 15, 2012  Non-U.S.

If your privacy is only worth 65 cents, what are Canadians likely to do in response to Hydro-Québec’s proposal to charge $302 the first year and $204 each year thereafter to opt-out of using a smart meter?

How much do meter readers up there earn, anyway?

And why can’t they use a simple system like we used to have here: homeowners circle numbers on a card and mail it in to report usage, and the utility only sends out a reader once or twice a year to verify?  Or are they saying they charge $200 just to have your meter read once a year? If so, yikes!

Protecting privacy shouldn’t be so expensive. Hydro-Québec should be encouraged to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better offering.

Offering opt-out is A Good Thing. Making it prohibitively expense is not.

Thanks to the Canadian reader who sent in this link.

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