- Week In Smart Metering

The road to smart metering in Canada is turning out to be a rocky one.
Published: Fri 19 Dec 2014

Stakeholders in the energy sector are taking a bashing for their program to bring advanced metering to the North American country - and not from anti-smart meter consumer groups but from independent assessors.

First, there were the nine smart-meter related fires in Saskatchewan province. The fall out: resignation of chief executive officer Robert Watson, recall of 105,000 meters, a compensation package of US$47 million.

Second, and most recently, there came the Lysyk report - the findings of auditor-general of Ontario’s legislature Bonnie Lysyk into the smart meter rollout in the province.

The overall soundbite from the annual report on the 4.8 million smart meter rollout was “few benefits for a hefty host” (Smart meters: Canada's auditor says 'few benefits' from US$1.7bn rollout) .

From a lack of cost-benefit analysis to the duplication of the central data office, the findings are devastating for the public image of smart metering technology.

So how did we get here?

One reader commented that the problems that Canada is experiencing is because “Canadian authorities mandated the early adoption of technology that wasn’t ready for prime time.

“The smart meter market was still more VC driven hype than fact and early versions of 'industry standards' weren’t fully baked.”  

This reader concludes with a moot point - that many will read the report as a condemnation of the current state of the technology rather than the forced premature wide-spread adoption of an emerging technology.

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