BC Hydro’s plans to replace traditional meters on the Gulf Islands with smart meters to modernize and upgrade the company’s infrastructure have met a hostile response from some residents.

Fiona Taylor, a spokesperson for BC Hydro, said most of these efficiencies will be passed to consumers as lower utility bills.

“Smart meters represent a major early step in BC Hydro’s overall programme to modernise the grid,” she said. Installation of smart meters on the Gulf Islands will start in spring 2012, she added.

Yet about 50 local protesters oppose the plan. Chris Anderson, the chairman of Gulf Islanders for Safe Technology (GIST), claims the devices could raise costs and pose a risk to health and privacy.

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