PEI

Smart electric meters will wait: Brown

P.E.I. Energy Minister Richard Brown is not convinced there are big savings for Islanders in electricity meters that provide discounts for off-peak use.
Richard Brown wants to wait and see how a pilot project goes in Summerside. ((CBC))

P.E.I. Energy Minister Richard Brown is not convinced there are big savings for Islanders in electricity meters that provide discounts for off-peak use.

The City of Summerside is installing new smart meters on 400 homes and businesses as a pilot project. The meters will charge lower rates when the wind is turning the city's wind turbines.

Brown said he wants to see how things go in Summerside before taking the idea to Maritime Electric.

"Are they going to do the whole city? We're just waiting to see how they implement theirs and then we'll go to Maritime Electric," he said.

"If it's cost effective and it saves Islanders money then we'll use it."

Brown said his first priority is to sign a new power purchase agreement that will provide overall cheaper electricity rates to Islanders. When that's accomplished he will look at whether it makes financial sense to offer off-peak, lower rates to customers.