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I don't want to pay to have a non-communicating meter installed. What should I do?

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If you opt for the installation of a non-communicating meter, you must pay the initial installation charge, plus a monthly charge for manual meter reading. Opting out, and paying these charges, is the only alternative to a next-generation meter.

The Régie de l’énergie [Québec energy board] has ruled that the customer charges are fair and equitable, based on the user-pay principle, because it is a personal choice. Hydro-Québec customers as a whole should not have to cover those costs through their electricity rates.

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