The following Canadian Press article appeared in local media outlets on August 15, 2014.
A Crown agency is going to do a review of SaskPower’s smart meter program.
Dick Carter, president of Crown Investments Corporation, says independent experts will look at procurement and contract management of the smart meter program, safety issues and cost recovery options, which could include legal action.
The province ordered SaskPower to replace all 105,000 installed smart meters after at least nine fires believed related to the devices.
The government pegs the replacement tab at $15 million, but the full cost of the program is expected to be $47 million once the defective meters are removed.
PricewaterhouseCoopers will review procurement and contract management — the firm has written several reports that are available online regarding smart meter implementation in various parts of the world.
CIC has hired Saskatoon law firm Robertson Stromberg and engineers Ritenburg and Associates of Regina to provide advice on cost recovery options and safety issues.
“There will be a public report issued at the conclusion of the review, with findings and recommendations.” Carter said in a news release.
“Were sound processes followed by SaskPower in selecting the meter supplier and installer? What was the cause of the fires? And what recourse is available to recover costs? These are some of the questions that need to be answered by this review.”
To learn more about this: http://regina.ctvnews.ca/smart-meter-program-to-undergo-review-1.1961852#ixzz3AV3Ognp3