Canada’s BC Hydro has started installing smart meters in residences in the South Lower Mainland and Northern Interior of British Columbia. All homes and businesses in the province are scheduled to have new meters by August 2012 at an anticipated cost of $900m.

In addition to replacing electromechanical meters with digital smart meters, BC Hydro is introducing four other initiatives: technology upgrades to enable two-way communication; incentives for customers to purchase in-home feedback tools that provide real-time consumption and price information; the launch of a website to give customers real-time and comparative information about their energy consumption; communication with customers through social media.

BC Hydro is also implementing new theft-analytics software, which will indicate when and where a grid has been tampered with.

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