NDP Alleges Unqualified Workers Installed Smart Meters

August 18, 2014 By Kirsten Korosec

SaskPower energy manageSaskatchewan’s provincial government put the safety of SaskPower customers at risk by using unqualified workers to install its smart power meters, alleges Canada’s New Democratic Party.

The NDP says documents obtained through a freedom of information request shows the government granted an exemption in July 2013 to a law that requires only qualified electrical workers to install power meters, reported CBC. The exemptions applied to SaskPower and private contractor Grid One Solutions.

SaskPower, in response to the allegations, says it’s in compliance with all legislation in the province related to electrical workers, reported CBC.

Earlier this month, Canadian utility SaskPower was ordered by the Saskatchewan government to remove all 105,000 of the Sensus smart meters it has installed across the Canadian province in response to reports of several fires. 

SaskPower had been ordered to temporarily suspended its new smart meter installations on July 28 while it investigated the cause of six smart meter fires. The utility will replace the smart meters with traditional ones. Various reports put the cost of the replacement program between $9 million and $15 million. The replacement program is expected to take between six and nine months.

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