August 2, 2016
Hon. Glenn Thibeault
Minister of Energy
Whitney Block 6th Flr Rm 6630,
99 Wellesley St W,
Toronto, ON M7A 1W3
It has been brought to my attention that the Ontario Energy Board has begun notifying residents in North Hastings that they are in the area with the highest rate of smart meter malfunctions and false readings in the province.
As a result, this could mean that residents who have been paying increasing hydro rates for the last few years have been overcharged as a result of a poorly rolled out and expensive system that the Auditor General has pegged at a $2 billion cost. While I’m sure the residents join me in acknowledging the information provided by the OEB regarding the malfunctioning of Smart Meters, a more pressing concern for all is what exactly your Ministry intends to do to mitigate the disastrous implementation of this policy.
There has to be a better public policy solution than allowing people to be at continual risk of being overcharged for electricity because of malfunctioning meters. While Bancroft residents are currently Hydro One customers and the government cannot issue directives to the company on how to behave, it can through Ministerial Directives ensure that consumers are protected from technology which, at present, is serving no other purpose than to artificially inflate their hydro bills.
I look forward to your attention to this matter.
Todd Smith, MPP