Smart meter notice

Fortis will be mailing this letter to customers to explain it's smart-meter installation plans.

Fortis will begin installing smart meters in Kelowna homes next week.

Installation of the new meters will start in Joe Rich, Black Mountain and parts of Rutland.

In a news release, Fortis said customers will see its crews and installers from Corix Utilities in their neighbourhoods in the coming weeks and months, as the meter exchanges continue in Kelowna through the first few months of 2015.

Meter installers will carry identification and be easily identifiable as FortisBC contractors.

Fortis will notify customers by mail a few weeks before the electricity meter is to be exchanged at a property.

Fortis has been installing meters in the Trail-Salmo area since September.

"Once the project is complete in late 2015, the new meters will open the door to benefits our customers are asking for, like fewer bill estimates, up-to-date electricity use information, and a more efficient response to power outages," says Fortis.

Smart meters are controversial with many critics claiming they emit dangerous electromagnetic radiation.

Some jurisdictions have removed smart meters or stopped their installation programs after fires were reported in the units.

BC Hydro has already installed the units across the province.

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