Smart meters not a ‘tax grab’

Re: New smart meters simply a tax grab, Letters Aug. 18.

To the Editor,

Re: New smart meters simply a tax grab, Letters Aug. 18.

For those who believe the government’s tax collectors hide behind each and every bush, this claim about the smart meters will certainly satisfy.

The new smart will eventually enable those who opt into the time-of-use program the opportunity to lower their energy costs by switching their consumption away from the peak (higher cost) rates to the lower off-peak times.

This also lowers the cost to B.C. Hydro and all of us, as it delays the need for new transmission lines as well as developing new power sources.

But because it will be a voluntary program, there is no “tax grab” in mind, as the writer claims.

Ian Gartshore, Nanaimo