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Hydro-Québec meters must be replaced

BACKGROUND

Most of Hydro-Québec’s 3.8 million meters are electromechanical, with a spinning disc and several dials. They haven’t been manufactured in North America since 2010.

More than 125 million next-generation meters have already been installed around the world. This technology has become the industry standard.

The next-generation meters we’re now installing automatically register electricity-use data and transmit it to us; that’s what we call remote meter reading. A Hydro-Québec meter reader doesn’t have to go to your house anymore.

BENEFITS OF NEXT-GENERATION METER

  • Your bills will be based on your actual consumption rather than on estimates, as could happen with the old technology.

  • If your meter is indoors or hard to get to, you won’t have to be home to let a meter reader in.

  • You’ll no longer have to report a power failure because, with the advanced technology, Hydro-Québec will be informed automatically. We can thus determine the scope of the outage and restore service more quickly.

  • The new technology offers a range of functions that could be implemented in the future. For instance, you could monitor your electricity use and manage it wisely.

  • There will be hundreds of tons less CO2—one of the main greenhouse gases—produced every year, since we’ll be able to retire a large number of cars currently being used by meter readers.

APPROVED BY THE RÉGIE DE L’ÉNERGIE

The Régie de l’énergie has approved the free replacement of Hydro-Québec meters with next-generation meters for the whole territory served by Hydro-Québec.

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