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Complaint under Section 47 of the Utilities Commission Act re B.C. Hydro's Smart Meter Program
Collins et. al. and BC Hydro - May 9, 2012
Re: Andrea Collins, the Citizens for Safe Technology Society and
British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority
- Complaint under Section 47 of the Utilities Commission Act
"On behalf of Andrea Collins and the Citizens for Safe Technology Society ("the Complainants"), the following is submitted in reply to BC Hydro's submissions dated April 25, 2012, in the context of our reconsideration application with respect to the above-referenced matter.
A. Operation of the UCA by default BC Hydro asserts that the CEA exemption was meant to capture the smart meter system. We agree. This issue arises because there are two kinds of smart meter systems: hard-wired systems and wireless systems, the latter of which are accompanied by a host of health and environmental concerns.
"The Legislature and Cabinet knew, at all material times, that both these options existed. If it was intended that the exemption apply to the wireless option, why did the Legislature and Cabinet fail to make a specific reference in that regard - either by describing a system that includes a wireless component or by wireless functionality?
"The failure of the Legislature and Cabinet to bring, by explicit reference, wireless communication technology into the scope of the CEA exemption, results, by default, in the application of the UCA's CPCN requirement. We advance this assertion based on the following reasoning . . .
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