You will see on the ‘Notice’ from BC Hydro a key element.
It says ‘Contact’ as in ‘You must contact BC Hydro at 1-800-409-8199’ As we are sure you are used to by now, this is yet another trick for them to make you think you MUST call them, but that is not the case it says clearly CONTACT and thus you can do so by mail. There is no need or reason to call them. DO NOT CALL THEM. If you are seeing other groups, letters, etc. saying to CALL them… do not.
You will also see they keep repeating “It is our equipment” in more or less words, and, if you have done a claim to which they have not disputed, it is not, so here you can see they are trying to make it so you think (despite all you have done) that it is their meter… which it is not.
There are some out there that may be saying ‘they are only wanting to switch an analogue meter with an analogue meter… what’s the big deal, this is a victory for us, let’s take it and run’ FALSE.
Their objective is to take OWNERSHIP of your meter which you have a Claim to. They want to end that claim. This is just tricks to get you to let your guard down, don’t fall for it.
Just think for 2 seconds, why on earth would they go through all the trouble to put on what is likely an older meter (likely taken from Fortis BC area) given a shine and prepped for you, when, you could simply just keep your meter that you have now? It is obvious something is up.
If you take the ‘Legacy’ Meter, not only will you lose ownership, but you will be giving your consent to enroll in the ‘Meter Choices Program’
This is easily understood by the language of the document itself as well as the fact that out in the field, they are not taking ‘new analogue’ meters to peoples houses. They are using multi-decade old meters to replace the ‘expired’ meters (many of which are decades newer than the replacement) so this is not about an ‘exchange’ but something much bigger. How does a blue, red, yellow… whatever tag on a meter make the mechanics Inside the meter any different? It doesn’t. It is all just desperate tricks, which was the whole point of the ‘meter expiry’ as they keep going on and on with new ‘tricks’ (offers to contract) Clean Energy Act, Meter Choices Program, Meter Expiry and so on (with many notices and offers in between).
This is their trick to not only take a meter they have registered into the Meter Choices Program (MCP) which puts you in that program but to also get you to take a new meter NUMBER, which changes your account, your contract and is most likely their way of trying to nullify all your previous hard work and document sending to get you into a new contract.
Please don’t fall for what other groups are saying that this is ok, just a simple swap out, just getting an analogue meter, we are extremely puzzled as to why this is being deemed ok or good advice from people. If it was analogue for analogue or electromechanical for electromechanical then… maybe… but still a bad idea. But they use “LEGACY METER” and have been for some time now, so you “ACCEPT” a “LEGACY” meter and you are in the MCP! Perhaps those saying this is a good idea didn’t even read the notice? Or perhaps cannot understand what is in play? Who knows…
We have made a very simple document for you to send off back to the Address at the bottom of the page that BC Hydro sent you. And if it is 1, 2, 3 notices… that’s ok too.
For now, you must rebut (see contact above) or BC Hydro will assume you agree to the terms of either losing ownership of your current meter (see ending your claim of right) or agreeing that they can cut your power. This is NOT a disconnection ‘notice’ this is a notice for you to ‘CONTACT’ them.
Understand as well, once you are in the MCP, they literally can (and likely will) come back in a year maybe less and say ‘this meter is also expired but now we have no ‘old’ new meters and you will have to take a smart meter since you decided to accept the terms of the MCP’
Which again is why we cannot understand why people are saying ‘let them swap the meter for a new analogue’ when of course we know this is NOT a new ‘analogue’ but is clearly stated, by BC Hydro, in the notice sent that this will be called a LEGACY METER. In the ‘physical’ world, yes, they are the same thing but in the game that BC Hydro is trying to play it is a totally separate entity altogether.
HOW TO RETURN ORIGINAL BC HYDRO (BCH) LETTER AND INCLUDE WITH IT THIS REBUTTAL NOTICE TO BCH
1) WRITE ON THE DIAGONAL ACROSS FACE OF ORIGINAL LETTER FROM BCH IN RED PEN
This should work on your computer if you have word and adobe etc. Please do not email us with issues with your own personal computer, we don’t have time to troubleshoot your computer. If for any reason it does not open, go to your library, use a friends computer, make sure you have applicable software etc. The Disconnect Notice Rebuttal is in Microsoft Word AND PDF Format which is very universal to everyone. If you cannot find it, make sure you check where documents download to on your computer. Thanks!
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