1) Below is a notice from Hydro Quebec in which the implication is pretty clear that the remote disconnect switch, which ITRON meters have, should not be near flammable materials, like a propane tank. What are BC Hydro and FortisBC doing about putting these in garages that have flammable materials stored, or on dry wooden homes? These meters are fire hazards and the remote disconnect switch is just one dangerous component.
2) CTV carried the story about the City of Berkeley, CA’s resolution for the right to know about dangers associated with cell phones, requiring info that is now buried in manuals or in the online version. You can bet the Canadian Wireless Association will have fits with this. The article could quickly disappear.
3) All of these Canadian newspapers carried the UK article “Is Wifi Making Kids Ill?”, and after one day, it was removed entirely. The industry is attempting to prevent the public from knowing the possible dangers from Wi-Fi. The power of the industry!! Hope you’re sharing this widely and the article which is at:
And of course, it is on our own web site
4) In Michigan, the utility company is giving false and incorrect info. just as BC Hydro and FortisBC have. “we’re not using RF, we’re using cell”
If you’re having trouble reading this message, please consult the online version
Survey of electricity meters near propane tanks
Hydro-Québec has agreed with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec to survey all of our customers’ outdoor electricity meters to ensure compliance with standards governing the minimum distance between a stationary propane tank and an electricity meter. The standards require a clearance of three metres for a Hydro-Québec next-generation meter with remote service interruption enabled. The standards apply only to permanent propane tanks connected to buildings, not mobile barbecue tanks.
Although no incidents involving propane tanks have been brought to our attention, we have decided to proceed this way because you don’t have to inform us when you install a stationary propane tank. We are conducting this survey to obtain the most up-to-date information possible. If you don’t have a next-generation meter, this check will be done when one is installed.
Along with this survey, we are conducting precise scientific tests, as agreed with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, regarding the necessary clearance between a stationary propane tank and a meter.
Until your installation has been checked and found to be up to code, the remote service interruption feature will be deactivated. This is a feature that can be used to turn the power on or off at a customer’s request or to cut off power to a customer in collections.
All the meter’s other functions, such as remote meter reading, will remain active. The meters will continue to transmit actual electricity use data. There is no impact or risk to our customers.
Only outdoor meters will be inspected, so you will not be disturbed.
If you have a stationary propane tank and think it might be less than three metres away from your electricity meter, please call us at 1 877 234-6548, access code 8444, Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
You can also visit our Web site: www.hydroquebec.com/residential
Hydro-Québec customer services
75, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal (Québec) Canada H2Z 1A4