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Will the selected technology eventually allowHydro-Québec to offer a variety of new services?

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Yes. Next-generation meters installed by Hydro-Québec have a two-way communications card, so they can transmit and receive. They transmit electricity use data, but can also receive updates or be reprogrammed remotely when new functions are implemented.

Before programming new functions, Hydro-Québec has to do an analysis to make sure that they will benefit customers or the company. This capability enables the selected technology to advance and to fully meet HQ’s business needs as they evolve over time. In addition, any services must be approved by the Régie de l’énergie [Québec energy board] in light of, for instance, the investment required and the rates affected.

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