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Cost increases

Research the “smart” grid issues:

Cost increases

ALSO SEE: the Cost section in our External Video Archive, here:
https://takebackyourpower.net/our-videos/external/cost-issues/

Posts about Cost Increases:

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External articles and links:

Hydro horror stories show smart meters just aren’t that smart by Michael Smyth – The Province – March 31, 2012:
http://www.theprovince.com/technology/Column+Hydro+horror+stories+show+smart+meters+just+aren+that+smart/6392515/story.html

East Vancouver homeowner blames smart meter for monster hike in bill by Michael Smyth – The Province – March 24, 2012:
http://www.theprovince.com/technology/Column+East+Vancouver+homeowner+blames+smart+meter+monster+hike+bill/6355319/story.html

Hydro Bills – CHEK TV – February 29, 2012:
http://video.cheknews.ca/services/player/bcpid1011606683001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAA4mHNTzE~,ejlzBnGUUKY1gXVPwEwEepl35Y795rND&bclid=975107450001&bctid=1481621818001

150 more Complaints on BC Hydro Bills – EmrHealthAlliance – CTV Vancouver – February 29, 2012:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E1dftkdgBw

Smart meters blamed for hydro bill spikes by Darcy Wintonyk and Lynda Steel – CTV BC – February 28, 2012:
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120228/bc_steele_hydro_bills_120228/20120228/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

Controversial smart meters spark fear, suspicion, claims of increased costs – B.C. Hydro initiative still met with skepticism by some Nanaimo residents by Matthew Gauk – Nanaimo Daily News – February 10, 2012:
http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/news/story.html?id=3c45bc27-c727-41cf-838c-59995af185d5
(read all the Comments)

High BC Hydro Bill? Action to take if BC Hydro doesn’t listen:

(2) Things to Check on your BC Hydro bill:

– Meter Reading Information: the # read, then go check the # on your meter – maybe it was read incorrectly.
– Steps 1 & 2 (tier system): check that Step 2 is not hugely higher than Step 1. Compare with your previous bill, and bills for the same time period from previous years. Look at usage and the difference between these 2 steps.

Remember: Smart meters use electricity to work, all the time, to relay information back to the utility. Even during power outages (uses battery backup). Even with the main breaker off. Even with appliances unplugged.

Coalition to Stop Smart Meters – Report a Problem:
http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca/html/?page_id=2290
then – Increased utility bills or BILL INCREASE:
http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca/html/?page_id=3157

Officials to Write to:

Make a complaint to B.C. Utilities Commission:
http://www.bcuc.com/Complaint.aspx

e-mail: Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com
or
B.C. Utilities Commission, Box 250 – 900 Howe Street, 6th Floor, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2N3
Attention: Commission Secretary

Make a complaint to Ombudsperson:
Kim Carter, Ombudsperson for the Province of British Columbia (FAX 250-387-0198)
(1-800-567-3247) (250-387-5855)
2nd Floor – 947 Fort Street, Victoria, BC (0830-1630) M-F
BC Ombudsperson: http://www.ombudsman.bc.ca/home/contact-us

Make a complaint to Charles Reid, Acting President & CEO, BC Hydro:
Charles Reid, Acting President & Chief Executive Officer BC Hydro
and Registered Letter
To: BC Hydro, BC Hydro Building, 503 – 333 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5R4

and cc: premier@gov.bc.ca , rich.coleman.mla@leg.bc.ca , Adrian.Dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Randall Garrison, Sue.Hammell.MLA@leg.bc.ca , John.Horgan.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Maurine.Karagianis.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Jane Sterk

and your area MLA and your Municipal Mayor & Councillors

Make a complaint to Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy:
Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy & Mines
Room 128, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4 (250-387-5896)

and cc: premier@gov.bc.ca , Adrian.Dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Randall Garrison, Sue.Hammell.MLA@leg.bc.ca , John.Horgan.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Maurine.Karagianis.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Jane Sterk

and your area MLA and your Municipal Mayor & Councillors

NDP Mailing List:

Robin.Austin.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Harry.Bains.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Dawn.Black.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Jagrup.Brar.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Raj.Chouhan.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Katrine.Conroy.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Gary.Coons.MLA@leg.bc.ca , kathy.corrigan.mla@leg.bc.ca , Adrian.Dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca , doug.donaldson.mla@leg.bc.ca , Mike.Farnworth.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Rob.Fleming.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Scott.Fraser.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Guy.Gentner.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Sue.Hammell.MLA@leg.bc.ca , John.Horgan.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Carole.James.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Maurine.Karagianis.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Leonard.Krog.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Jenny.Kwan.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Harry.Lali.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Norm.Macdonald.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Michelle.mungall.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Bruce.Ralston.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Bill.Routley.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Douglas.Routley.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Michael.Sather.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Nicholas.Simons.MLA@leg.bc.ca , Shane.Simpson.MLA@leg.bc.ca , diane.thorne.mla@leg.bc.ca , Claire.Trevena.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Tell Your Story to:

Lynda Steele – Steele on Your Side – CTV: steeleonyourside@ctv.ca

Michael Smyth – The Province: msmyth@theprovince.com

Murray Langdon – CFAX 1070: cfaxnews@cfax1070.com

CHEK News – tips@cheknews.ca

BC Newspapers: http://www.vancouverisland.com/general/details.asp?id=38

This section will be updated soon… please check back as we add data. For now here are several raw research links and videos. Thank you.