Commercial and Industrial customers will be seeing SaskPower smart meters installed over the next couple of months.
A total of 7500 smart meters will be installed as part of a continuation of a successful pilot project, which saw 500 smart meters installed last year.
Spokesperson Tim Eckel said several businesses are asking to get these meters installed.
“They’re our largest customers, the most amount of revenue and consumption, so we want to know where that is going,” Eckel said. “They’re dispersed across the province, so it’ll help us understand the grid as we roll out renewable programs and those types of things, and they’re the most interested in it at this moment.”
The smart meters meet advanced safety standards produced by Saskpower and are proven to withstand adverse weather conditions that Saskatchewan is known for.
Spokesperson Tim Eckel said it’s important to ensure the smart meters work in all conditions.
“It’s like any device, when you have to operate in minus 30 to plus 30 temperatures, it’s a real challenge, and so we just want to make sure that the meters we’re getting will be able to accommodate that; plus they got snow, rain, all that type of impact.”
Eckel says Saskpower has yet to see residential smart meters that can meet the crown’s safety standards and withstand weather conditions.
They’re is still looking for vendors in order to meet those standards.