SaskPower recalling smart meters

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SaskPower is recalling the approximately 105,000 smart meters it has installed due to safety concerns.

In this SaskPower image, an employee installs a smart meter. The 105,000 installed meters are being recalled.

The meters — almost 15,000 of which have been installed in the Friendly City — were the source of some concern after a number of fires were reported.

In total, eight fires have been reported over the past two months.

SaskPower's plan was to have 500,000 of the devices installed across the province by 2015, but installation was initially halted and the installed devices are now being recalled.

"Concerns about safety are paramount here," Bill Boyd, minister responsible for SaskPower, told the Regina Leader-Post. "The concerns are significant enough that we believe that any time families are at risk here in Saskatchewan actions have to be taken."

The meters will be replaced by the older models that they were designed to replace.

The investigation into the failures continues, but according to SaskPower's Twitter account, the organization is "developing a plan (to) replace smart meters as quickly (and) safely as possible."

In response to the recall, the Sask. NDP issued a release noting it is "pleased that the meters are finally being recalled," but "(disappointed) that it took eight fires over the course of weeks before the government addressed this issue." 

Organizations: SaskPower, Regina Leader-Post, NDP

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Friendly

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