Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority is warning utility companies not to use a certain model of smart meter after problems with the meters were discovered in Saskatchewan
Last summer, Saskatchewan’s provincial government ordered 100,000 of the newer model meters to be removed after reports of nine fires related to the equipment.
An investigation into the matter showed that rain and other contaminants got into the meters, making them malfunction and fail.
The Electrical Safety Authority says no local utilities are using the meters, but wants to be sure that similar equipment is removed.
Currently, there are 5,400 of the malfunctioning meters being used out of 4.8-million throughout the province.
President and CEO of Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority David Collie says “no serious safety events” have been reported, but the meters should still be removed as a precaution.
Last year, Ontario’s auditor general said the $2-billion dollar smart meter program had spent double its projected cost and had not met electricity conservation goals.