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How much power to the people?

A letter writer says customers are at the mercy of BC Hydro, and have no alternatives when electricity rates are raised by the utility. - Leader file photo
A letter writer says customers are at the mercy of BC Hydro, and have no alternatives when electricity rates are raised by the utility.
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Re: BC Hydro rate hike.

I predicted this rate hike when I heard we were having the smart meters installed and that the public would probably have to pay for them.

I have a question for Hydro: How much does an individual meter cost and what is the charge for putting one in?

Because I would rather pay for my own and the cost for its installation.

For some reason, Hydro thinks that an $8-per-month hike won’t hurt us, but it’s almost $100 a year and I am not happy about that.

Just because they are always coming out ahead every year, doesn’t mean we are.

I keep praying that some very wealthy corporation will step in and give BC Hydro a run for their money. Some healthy competition would be great, because with BC Hydro having the monopoly on electricity, it keeps the public in their pocket.

We are at the mercy of companies like Hydro and ICBC and they like it that way because these are two expenditures that we the public require.

You can’t fight these companies, I tried that and got nowhere, only to be rudely threatened with disconnection.

BC Hydro knows that they have us over a barrel right down to having to completely trust them as to what we use in power. We have no way of figuring those kilowatt hours now that our smart meter has been installed; we have to believe the numbers that we see on our bills every month.

Wouldn’t it be nice if some big conglomerate would swoop in and offer us better rates? You can bet then that BC Hydro would be a little nicer to us all the way around.

 

S. Jane Stevens, Surrey

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