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Saskatoon Light & Power uses Elster smart meters, a different brand than SaskPower. (City of Saskatoon)

City-owned utility company Saskatoon Light & Power is continuing with its program to replace all of its power meters with smart meters.

Yesterday, Minister responsible for SaskPower Bill Boyd announced the Saskatchewan government ordered the Crown to remove 105,000 smart meters installed at homes and businesses across the province.

Eight fires have been reported with smart meters installed by SaskPower since May.

However, Saskatoon Light & Power says it's using a different brand of meter than SaskPower, and hasn't had any problems since it started its installation program in 2008.

The city says over half of its 60,000 customers have smart meters installed already. The city plans to have all of its meters replaced by the end of 2017.

Smart meters send meter readings over wireless to utility companies. The companies say the meters make readings more accurate.

Saskatoon power users are split between SaskPower and Saskatoon Light & Power.

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