Regie green lights controversial smart hydro meters
Quebec's energy board has given Hydro-Quebec the go-ahead to start working on plans for smart meters, all the while giving the consumers the choice to opt out.
The plan is to replace 3.75 million hydro meters with the new technology by 2018.
The meters emit electromagnetic signals which transmit meter information to Hydro's offices.
Hydro says the new metering system would cut costs, alert the utility to power failures, and help consumers better manage their energy consumption, among other things.
Critics suggest the new meters, and the radiation they emit, can cause health problems.